Boy Scout Spruces Up Hope Monument


This young man is working hard to earn his Eagle Scout rank -- the highest rank and honor within the Boy Scouts.  Nicholas Branding, 12, of Granite City and Troop 1046 recently earned his Life Scout rank and stands one badge away from earning Eagle Scout.  He will achieve the rank by completing his Eagle Scout-Service Project, which Anderson Hospital is the beneficiary.  Nicholas’ project involves installation of lighting and refreshing landscaping around Anderson Hospital’s Angel of Hope Monument.  

The monument, unveiled in 2016, is a solemn place that offers anyone facing grief a place of comfort and solace.  The Share Group, a support group for those whose lives have been touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life, helped raise funds for the monument and holds events there each year. 

Nicholas’ project is very personal.  His sister, Natalie, was stillborn at Anderson Hospital when he was just 3 years old.  Since then his family has been involved with the Share Group and continues to visit the monument where a brick paver memorializes Natalie.  “This is my way to honor my sister,” said Nicholas.  His project will allow the monument to shine even in the darkest of nights.

Earning merit badges is no small feat. The rank of Eagle Scout requires 21 badges with 13 specific to the rank.  Most Scouts approach the Eagle Scout rank well into their teens.  At the young age of 12 (almost 13) Nicholas has earned 40 merit badges!  One of the Boy Scout laws is, “A Boy Scout must be reverent.”  As “reverence is an attitude of honoring life,” Nicholas is doing just that.

Nicholas plans to work on the project over the summer with hopes to unveil the finished project before the October 5 Day of Remembrance event. 

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Breaking Ground on Goshen Campus


Today representatives from Anderson Healthcare, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, City of Edwardsville, Korte Construction and other community supporters ceremoniously broke ground on a one story building that will house the Anderson Surgery Center and an SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic.

The Anderson Surgery Center will provide an array of services for both adults and children.   “Our plans are to provide an exceptional facility and patient experience,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, Anderson Hospital Chief Nursing Officer.   “The surgical center will include private patient pre and post-operative areas, two operating rooms and a procedure room.  A lab draw station and plain film x-ray machine will be on site to complement surgical services as well as provide an additional outpatient service to local residents.”

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will be the pediatric partner, in partnership with SLUCare Physician Group, in this unique facility.  “Anderson Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital have a longstanding relationship that has enhanced pediatric services in Madison and our surrounding counties,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital President and CEO.  “This facility continues that partnership while also offering exceptional outpatient surgery options for adults and children.”

The building is anticipated to be complete by summer 2020.  The project cost is $8.5 million. 

Three additional buildings are planned in the future for the complex and may include a physician office building, urgent care center and imaging center.

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Stop the Bleed Training May 23

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May 2019 is the first ever National Stop the Bleed Month.

The Edwardsville Fire Department and Anderson Hospital along with partners from Glen Carbon Fire/EMS, Maryville Fire and Troy EMS will be offering STOP THE BLEED CLASSES on May 23rd. Class Schedules are below.

May 23 is the second annual National Stop the Bleed Day.

During this month and on this day...

  • • This nationwide campaign will highlight the importance of Stop the Bleed training and provide the public with information and education through local fire, EMS, and health care professionals.
  • • FREE Bleeding Control Basics classes will be offered to the public, furthering the goal of the American College of Surgeons to train everyone in the U.S. about what to do during a bleeding emergency.
  • • Many of our thousands of registered instructors will participate in this grassroots effort by leading hundreds of courses in the United States, with additional course offerings in other countries.

Classes being offered by the Edwardsville Fire Department and Anderson Hospital along with partners from Glen Carbon Fire/EMS, Maryville Fire and Troy EMS on May 23rd:

0800 – 0930 Anderson Hospital 
1030 – 1200 Anderson Hospital

1300 – 1430 Edwardsville Public Safety Building
1500 – 1630 Edwardsville Public Safety Building
1800 – 1930 Edwardsville Public Safety Building
2000 – 2130 Edwardsville Public Safety Building

Prior registration is recommended to ensure seating. For questions about the STOP THE BLEED program or to register for a class at the Edwardsville Public Safety Building, call (618) 692-7540. To register for a class at Anderson Hospital, please call (618) 391-6516.