SHARE Day of Remembrance October 3


You are invited to participate in the 2020 Day of Remembrance for Share Anderson Hospital.  As with many things this year, our event will happen, but happen differently than in years past.  What will remain the same…


Your babies will be honored and remembered…

This year the registration process is different as well.   On the attached pages you will find the following information:           

  • How to register for the event and include your child’s name for this year.
  • How to order t-shirts for this year.
  • How to order Share Bears for 2020, plus other items available.
  • How to order a memorial brick that will be placed at the Angel of Hope.



On October 3rd, at 10 a.m., you can participate by going to the Anderson Hospital Pavilion for Women Facebook page live event.  The program will include the reading of baby’s names for this year.  Your registration grants permission for your child’s name to be read

You are welcome to visit the Angel of Hope Statue that day or any day, and lay a flower at the Angel for your baby.  Thank you for embracing the changes we must make this year.  If you have questions or need assistance with registering, please contact me at:    

     Email:           [email protected]          or    Phone:      618-391-5984

Our goal remains the same, honoring special babies who are always remembered and always loved.


Barbara Donahue



 Included in that information will be your name, contact information, and your baby’s name and special date.




Choose your merchandize, and pay through this site.  Your payment for your merchandize is your contribution that supports Share Anderson Hospital and the National Share Organization.




select a catalog, then 2020 Share Walk of Remembrance and Hope

There are numerous items available. Order and pay through this site.





Complete the attached brick order form and return with payment to:

Share Anderson Hospital, 6800 State Route 162, Maryville, IL. 62062




[email protected]


Memorial Brick Paver Order Form


COVID Testing in Maryville

PLEASE NOTE:  Our Drive Thru Testing site is for COVID 19 testing only.  We perform an oral swab which is one of the gold standard tests for detecting the COVID19 virus.  

***This COVID19 testing site is by appointment only.   Testing can ONLY BE SCHEDULED through a healthcare provider. 

We do NOT provide test results.  You must contact the physician who ordered your test for the results. 

What:            Physician Ordered, Outpatient Drive Thru Testing for COVID19

When:           By Appointment Only
                     Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday:  7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                     CLOSED ON WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS 
Where:          2930 North Center Street, Maryville, Illinois
                     Anderson Healthcare Building on Corner of 159 and 162

Who:              Physician Ordered Patients Only


Scheduling Fax: (618) 205-8007





Home Health Services On the Rise

While the hospitals and physician offices across America emptied due to fear of COVID19, a major shift in home health occurred.

“We saw an increase in physician referrals start in March,” explained Natalie Miller, Clinical Manager of Anderson Home Health.  “Physicians needed eyes on their patients and our staff answered that call.”  What was normally happening in physician offices was now up to Home Health staff. 

Natalie and Home Health Services Director, Lisa Kuhl, have a “good” problem.  They estimate they now receive nearly 30 referrals a week and can only accept 17 – 20 of those patients.  “Our therapy groups and nurse schedules are full.”

The Home Health industry is poised to boom in the post-COVID phase as there is a growing preference and shift from institutional to in-home care.  An article on revealed:

  • Shifting Demographics – As the Baby Boomer generation retires, the population the industry serves is exploding. The population over 65 in the United States will continue to grow significantly in the future.  By 2030, 19.6%, or nearly one in five, Americans will be over the age of 65 which is expected to rise to 23.4%. Effectively, older adults will outnumber children.
  • Expanding Market for Private Duty Home Care. In 2018, spending on nursing-home services and continuing-care retirement communities increased by 1.4% to $168.5 billion. That compared to 5.2% growth in home care spending, which totalled $102.2 billion, according to the CMS Office of the Actuary. Home-care spending is expected to hit $186.8 billion by 2027.
  • Cost of Care – The growing economy is unlocking immense opportunities for the home care industry. The 65+ age group is preferring to stay at home instead of staying in Assisted Living Facilities or Skilled Nursing Facilities. This trend will accelerate with COVID-19’s significant impact on Skilled Nursing Facilities (about 40% of the deaths are in nursing homes).
  • Economic Trends –  When the economy is growing, consumers feel that they can spend money on in-home care. Further, the demand is fueled by state agencies and payers alike promoting in-home care against institutionalized care.
  • Cost Effectiveness vs. Institutional Care.  Hospital care is costly. State agencies and healthcare payers are promoting healthy lifestyle changes and also promoting home care to support older adults.  Care can be skilled or non-skilled care. The economic affordability and quality of care means that there will be increasing demand for credentialed private duty nursing care.

Anderson Home Health is comprised of nurses, nurse aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and office staff.  Their average daily census has climbed from 77 in March to 92 in June.  They are an important part of the continuation of nursing or therapy needs as a patient transitions home.  Their jobs take them all over the map, five counties in fact.  Most work from dawn till dusk, and someone is always on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Through regular visits, home health nurses establish a relationship with each patient while monitoring his/her medical condition and providing specialized care. They can suggest changes in routine to help the patient live more fully, answer questions about the patient's care, and can train family members to take an active role assisting with many treatments and procedures - all while keeping the physician aware of the patient's progress.  Many patients also need assistance with day to day activities like bathing, dressing, exercising, and cooking. So nursing assistants are provided for those needs, to make sure patients receive the most complete care.

With hospital stays ever shortening, Home health care is the fastest growing component of medical care in the United States.  At Anderson Hospital’s Home Health department, experienced teams of caregivers, led by nurses and therapists, provide one-on-one care to patients.  Nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapy services and home health aides help manage disease process and improve daily activities.

Care provided by the Registered Nurse is directed toward:

  • wound care
  • dressing changes
  • catheter insertions
  • catheter maintenance
  • diet therapy
  • ostomy care
  • IV therapy
  • patient education
  • medication monitoring
  • teaching basic nursing care
  • teaching disease process
  • diabetic care

Care provided by the Aide is directed toward:

  •  assisting in personal care
  •  bathing
  •  skin care
  •  assisting in meal preparation
  •  light housekeeping (linens)
  •  reporting changes to the RN
  • Care provided by the Physical Therapist
  • is directed toward:
  •  therapeutic exercise
  •  muscle strengthening
  •  transfer training
  •  gait training
  •  muscle re-education skills
  •  ultrasound therapy

Care provided by the Occupational Therapist is directed toward:

  •  energy conservation techniques
  •  daily skills training
  •  sensory treatment
  •  splinting
  •  use of adaptive equipment
  •  upper extremity strengthening
  •  fine motor coordination

Care provided by the Speech Therapist is directed toward:

  •  voice disorders
  •  speech articulation disorders
  • non-verbal communication
  • swallowing difficulties
  • stroke rehabilitation

Care provided by the Medical Social Worker is directed toward:

  • referrals to community resources
  • application for financial assistance
  • counseling

Coverage Information

Medicare and Medicaid coverage is available when certain criteria are met. Coverage by insurance plans varies and depends on the level of care required. The Home Care Office performs insurance verification and all billing.

For more information regarding home care services, please call Anderson Home Health Services at 618-288-9355.

The Passing Of Millie Belobraydic

millieBIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Millie Belobraydic.  Millie passed away on Saturday morning.  She will be greatly missed by so many.  Arrangements are are under the direction of Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville.  Click here for more information.

Millie’s involvement with Anderson Hospital began in 1967, a decade before the hospital opened. She was part of the visionary group dedicated to building a hospital to serve Maryville, Troy, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Collinsville and surrounding communities.   The group played an essential role in the establishment of Anderson Hospital.  Millie was there when they broke ground in 1974 and was the Volunteer who wheeled in the very first patient on opening day, January 5, 1977.  Since then, Millie  has been a constant presence at Anderson Hospital, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Auxiliary in which she served as President for two terms.  

In 2000, she was awarded the coveted Founders Award which recognized her as an instrumental  figure in the development and ongoing success of Anderson Hospital.  For years, she volunteered alongside the Materials Management staff and most recently volunteered at the Information Desks of the Hospital and Cancer Center.  

She was honored in 2018 when the Administrative Board Room was named after her.  The following is a story that accompanied the honor in the Troy Tribune which gives great insight into the wonderful woman that Millie was… to everyone.  


Story by Charles Feldman/Troy Times-Tribune. Reprinted with permission.

Millie Belobraydic and Anderson Hospital go back a long way. She was one of the original founders of the hospital's Auxiliary and has served on the Anderson Board for many years from the beginning. She was even at the 1974 groundbreaking.

And now a room has been dedicated in her honor. The Administrative Board Room was dedicated July 17.

"It was quite a surprise. I knew nothing about it," said Belobraydic, 87, of Maryville. "I was very humbled by it, let me tell you."

She served as Auxiliary president  from 1982-84  and from 1992-94 and has served on its board of trustees for many years. She is one of the representatives from the village of Maryville for the Troy Maryville St. Jacob Marine Chamber of Commerce,

And she helped form the Auxiliary years before the hospital admitted its first patient. It all began when an East St. Louis hospital decided to open a satellite facility in the area during the mid-1960s.

"I started out as a gray lady at St. Mary's Hospital and the sisters were going to build us a hospital where Collinsville High School is right now," Belobraydic said. 

"After about a year of working with the Auxiliary, the sisters backed out and decided they couldn't afford to build a hospital. But we had already formed our Auxiliary and so for ten years before Anderson Hospital opened we were known as the Auxiliary without a hospital," she said.

"We continued raising funds. We pledged $10,000 to be paid off in ten years," she said. "We paid it off in eight years.  We were pretty proud of ourselves for a little organization that just did petty fundraisers."

Ground for Anderson Hospital was broken in 1974. "When the hospital opened on January 5, 1977 we opened the doors. I wheeled the first patient in on January 6."

At the time, Belobraydic had been visiting different area hospitals to see how their Auxiliaries were run. After Anderson opened, the director of nursing worked with her to set up how the Auxiliary would take care of patient visits, work with the staff and do the things they do now. 

Well, some of the things.

"You've got so much now with state rules so we have to be cautious with what we do," she said. "We used to have volunteers that would help deliver meals and we don't do that anymore. "

What the Auxiliary does these days is cover a lot of areas. They have volunteers in the emergency room changing sheets. Helming the admissions desk in the O.R. waiting room and the Wellness and Cancer Centers. Minding the gift shop, making things for babies, taking things to the lab,  driving the shuttle bus and serving as runners for hospital personnel.

"You go where you're needed," Belobraydic said. "Over the years I don't keep track of what I do. I just do it."

They need volunteers, she said. 

"Those interested can contact the hospital," Belobraydic said. "There's applications at the all the desks and they can go online. All they have to do is call the hospital and they'll connect them with somebody. They'll be happy to contact them.

"We need everybody," she said.  "We need shuttle drivers. We need somebody at the desk. We're getting bigger and bigger, you know.

"This hospital has been the love of my life for a long time," Belobraydic said. "It is just very hard for me not to be involved with it. The hospital is very, very special to me. It's an excellent hospital.

"I will be as active as I can possibly be because I am not going to slow down," she said. "If I do, I might stop."

Distinctive Care Welcomes Dr. Shah


While there are many factors women consider when choosing an OB/GYN for their care, patient/doctor communication should be high on the list.  Receiving the best care possible can be greatly dependent upon the patient/doctor relationship.  If a patient is not comfortable sharing personal issues with their doctor, the patient may not receive optimal care.

At Distinctive Care for Women, doctors Patrice Staten, MD, Erin Wright, MD, and Manisha Shah, MD, feel communication with their patients is of the upmost importance.  “Our patients are sharing some of their most personal life experiences with us,” said Dr. Wright.  “It is important for all patients to feel our office is a safe space where all of their concerns can be addressed in a respectful manner.”  

Part of what makes their care so distinctive is that they are an all-female practice, including their support staff.   “Many women feel more comfortable talking with a woman regarding their body and reproductive health,” said Dr. Staten.  “As women, we can empathize with our patients.  When I share similar personal experiences with them, they feel more at ease.” 

This practice offers more than just a place where women seek care during pregnancy; they treat women of all ages and stages.  “I enjoy engaging with my younger patients and empowering them to take a proactive stance regarding their health,” said Dr. Wright.  “Even my patients who are away at college know that I am always accessible and will support them while they are away.”

“We help patients come full-circle from puberty, through pregnancy, and well into menopause,” said Dr. Staten.  Caring for multiple generations of women within the same family is common in this practice.  “The long lasting relationship we build with our patients is one of the most rewarding aspects of being doctors,” they said.

Although they are proud of providing patients with compassionate care, they are equally as proud of the quality of care they render.  Dr. Staten received a combined Bachelor of Arts and Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She completed her residency training with the Army and Air Force at Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall in San Antonio, Texas and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Dr. Staten extends her service to Highland, Illinois every first Tuesday of each month. She is also one of few physicians on staff who perform robotic surgery.

Dr. Wright earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and Medical Degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School and was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia prior to relocating to Southwest Illinois. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Manisha Shah, a Board Certified Ob/Gyn, has over a decade of expertise in the latest advances in women’s care.  Following the completion of medical school at the prestigious M.S. University Baroda College of Medicine in her native India, Dr. Shah completed her residency training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Allegheny General Hospital/Allegheny Health Network, affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine, where Dr. Shah served as Chief Resident. 

In addition to seeing patients at their main office in Maryville, they all see patients in offices located in Bethalto, Highland and Staunton!  Call for details if you’d like to be seen in one of those offices!  618-288-9320.