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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.

Construction Begins on Anderson Rehabilitation Institute

Anderson Rehab Institute Rendering


LOUISVILLE, Ky. and MARYVILLE, Il. (May 27, 2020) – Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Anderson Healthcare have begun construction on an acute rehabilitation institute being built on Anderson Healthcare’s Goshen Campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. This institute will be the first freestanding rehabilitation institute in the Central and Southern regions of Illinois.

Anderson Rehabilitation Institute is a joint venture between Kindred and Anderson Healthcare and is expected to open in Q2 2021. The facility will provide care to patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and other complex conditions. Staff will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Other special services provided will include physiatry, internal medicine, medical/surgical consultations, rehabilitation nursing and nutritional services. The institute will have a dedicated pharmacy.

The 49,920-square-foot facility will have 34 beds and feature all private rooms; a secured acquired brain injury unit with private dining and therapy gym; large interdisciplinary gym for all therapy services; transitional living apartment designed to simulate a residential apartment, to prepare patients for their daily living tasks before they are discharged home; and a therapeutic courtyard with exterior amenities.

It will also have specially designed rooms to treat dialysis patients; and specialty programs dedicated to neuro, stroke, brain injury, and amputation.

Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of Anderson Rehabilitation Institute and Anderson Hospital will provide any medical support services. The new institute will replace a 20-bed hospital-based acute rehabilitation unit at Anderson Hospital that Kindred has managed since 2004.

“We look forward to opening our doors to this state-of-the-art institute and expanding our existing relationship with Anderson Healthcare as we address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the state,” said Russ Bailey, chief operating officer of Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals. “We are excited to partner with Anderson Healthcare to offer the community with quality care focused on providing hope, healing and recovery.”

“Throughout its history, Anderson Healthcare has responded to the needs of Madison County and Southern Illinois residents. Each new service and every expansion has been in direct response to community needs,” said Keith A. Page, President and CEO of Anderson Healthcare. “Our quality services are evident not only by our accreditations, certifications and designations but by our continued growth. Together with Kindred, we are proud to offer this level of care to patients requiring high-level rehabilitation.”



Kindred Healthcare, LLC is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $3.2 billion(1). At March 31, 2020, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 31,800 employees providing healthcare services in 1,731 locations in 46 states, including 64 long-term acute care hospitals, 21 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 10 sub-acute units, 95 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,541 non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. For more information, go to You can also follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

  • Revenues for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2020



Anderson Healthcare is a regional healthcare network in southwestern Illinois, composed of entities including Anderson Hospital, Community Hospital of Staunton, Anderson Mercy Cancer Care, Anderson Surgery Center, Maryville Imaging, and Anderson Medical Group. Anderson Healthcare’s Goshen Campus is the latest effort to bring exceptional healthcare services to the residents of southwestern Illinois.  Our quality services are evident by our accreditations, certifications and designations which endorse our expertise.  The mission of our 1400+ employees is to exceed expectations in providing personal, convenient, quality healthcare.

Thank You for Passing Senate Bill 2541

Anderson Hospital greatly appreciates our state legislators for returning to Springfield last week and taking critically needed action during this challenging and unprecedented time.  We are pleased to learn that the Illinois General Assembly unanimously approved final bipartisan legislation – Senate Bill 2541.  Special thanks to our local legislators, Representative Katie Stuart and Senator Rachelle Crowe for their support of this vital legislation that includes Medicaid funding, the Hospital Assessment Program, liability protection and telehealth.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your leadership and support for the reauthorization of the Illinois Hospital Assessment Program,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital President and CEO.  “Now more than ever, we must maintain the healthcare safety net and not impose any Medicaid cuts.”

According to President and CEO of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, A.J. Wilhelmi, even before the pandemic, one in four Illinoisans relied on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage to access needed services. “With the economy in a serious downturn, many more thousands of Illinoisans will need Medicaid,” said Wilhelmi.  “And with the very real prospect of future, multiple COVID outbreaks – including a possible second surge this fall and winter – it is critical that the state ensure hospitals and health systems have the resources they need to prepare for and deal with such extraordinary circumstances.”

More than 200 Illinois hospitals pay into the Hospital Assessment Program, triggering additional contributions from the federal government. The money is then redistributed to hospitals to offset the cost of treating patients on Medicaid. The joint federal and state health insurance system pays hospitals less than Medicare and commercial insurance.


Limited Entrances to Hospital

As services resume with caution, two additional service entrances will reopen to patients with restrictions:

imaging centerThe Imaging Center at Anderson Hospital (starting Friday, May 8)

The Imaging Center Entrance at Anderson Hospital will reopen on Friday, May 8th, to imaging patients only.

  • Entrance will be open Monday – Friday only (Main Entrance will be required on Weekends).
  • Staff screeners will be located at the entrance to screen and admit entry.
  • Patients must be wearing masks to be admitted entry.
  • Patient’s family/support person will be instructed to wait in their vehicle.
  • Authorization by staff will be made for any patients requiring a support person to accompany them inside the facility (i.e. pediatric cases, patients with disabilities, etc.).
  • If support person is deemed appropriate, they will be screened prior to entry with temperature check and will be required to wear a mask. 


Surgery Center 08The Surgery Center at Anderson Hospital (starting Monday, May 11)

Elective surgeries will resume on Monday, May 11, thus requiring the opening of the Surgery Center entrance to surgery patients only.

  • Staff screeners will be located at the entrance to screen and admit entry.
  • Patients must be wearing masks to be admitted entry.
  • Patient’s family/support person will be instructed to wait in their vehicle.
  • Authorization by staff will be made for any patients requiring a support person to accompany them inside the facility (i.e. pediatric cases, patients with disabilities, etc.).
  • If support person is deemed appropriate, they will be screened prior to entry with temperature check and will be required to wear a mask.