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Alton Memorial Hospital

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Since 1937, Alton Memorial Hospital has cared for countless people in Alton and the surrounding communities.

Sisters Ellen Hatch and Eunice Smith donated funds and a portion of their family estate to build a community hospital that opened its doors Nov. 15, 1937. They were visionaries with the expectation that the hospital they founded would be “laid out according to the best modern principles.”

Sitting on 100 beautifully landscaped wooded acres in historic Alton, the hospital has continued to expand in size and services to fulfill its mission of improving the health of the people and communities it serves.

Today, AMH is a full-service, acute-care hospital, accredited by the Joint Commission with approximately 900 employees and 206 beds serving patients in a five-county area. More than 225 physicians in 32 specialties make up the hospital’s medical staff. Alton Memorial was named the safest hospital in Illinois and third safest hospital in the United States by an article in Consumer Reports magazine.

Alton Memorial offers patients a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, including surgery services, medical imaging, interventional and diagnostic heart services, cancer care, digestive health services, physical therapy, rehabilitation, 24-hour emergency care, ambulance services and more.

In 2010, the hospital opened the Duncan Wing, which houses 76 state-of-the-art private rooms. The major $45 million expansion project quickly changed the face of how health care is delivered in the River Bend area. From the original building in 1937, which is now the Smith Wing, the hospital has also added the Olin Wing (1959), the Hatch Wing (1966), the Beeby Wing (1977) and the Platt Wing (1994).

In addition to the hospital, Alton Memorial operates Eunice Smith Home, a freestanding, 62-bed long-term care and skilled nursing facility, on the hospital campus. The Cancer Care Center opened in 2005, providing the opportunity for radiation oncology without leaving the area. One medical office building opened in 1980 and a second one opened in late 2011, providing patients with several doctors’ offices on the campus, including the new Outpatient Cancer and Infusion Center.

Since the 1990s, Alton Memorial has been a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations with annual net revenues of $3.2 billion and more than 26,000 employees in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC HealthCare serves patients and their families in urban, suburban and rural communities through its 13 hospitals and multiple community health locations.

For more information visit www.altonmemorialhospital.org.

 

OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center

 

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From advanced health care technology and home-like birthing suites in the Women's Pavilion to rehabilitative services and supportive living residences for seniors overlooking the Mississippi River, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center provides quality health care for every stage of life.

OSF Saint Anthony's has been rooted in the greater Alton community for 90 years. Established by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and sponsored by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, the 203-bed health system operates with two main campuses – OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center and OSF Saint Clare's Hospital. And with a family of related services, River Bend residents count on the compassion and quality care that are unique to OSF Saint Anthony's. The Health Center, recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Provider for Key Quality Measures, is home to advanced cancer, stroke and heart technology, nationally-certified rehabilitative services, advanced surgical services, the area's premier wound center and an emergency room where health care professionals are committed to treating patients immediately,with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the Gift of Life.

For more information, visit https://www.osfhealthcare.org/saint-anthonys/ or call (618) 465-2571.

Highlights of the Health Center services include:

Cancer Center of Excellence

Through surgical intervention, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, OSF Saint Anthony's cancer care professionals have a proven track record in the treatment of cancer. In fact, The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons not only awarded OSF Saint Anthony's Cancer Center of Excellence their Approval with Commendation, but also ranked it in the top 75 cancer centers nationwide. In addition, OSF Saint Anthony’s provides state of the art imaging services that includes being recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. With links to national clinical trials and teaching facilities, OSF Saint Anthony's cancer professionals offer the latest in cancer treatments and technology.

Heart Center of Excellence

Experienced interventional cardiologists on the medical staff of OSF Saint Anthony's lead a specially trained staff to provide a variety of procedures, from balloon angioplasty, pacemaker implants and implantable defibrillators to stress testing and stent placement. OSF Saint Anthony's Cardiac Rehabilitation features state-of-the-art equipment for individuals seeking rehab after open heart surgery or heart attacks. From diagnosis and treatment to rehab, OSF Saint Anthony's Heart Center of Excellence is here for the area's heart health.

Advanced Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognizes OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. OSF Saint Anthony’s is also a member of the Mid America Stroke Network, a collaborative system of hospitals that shares knowledge, educational opportunities and technologies to provide high-level stroke care for individuals.

Emergency Department

OSF Saint Anthony's commitment to the community means providing quality care - day and night. At OSF Saint Anthony's Emergency Department, ranked #1 in the nation by the Women’s Choice Award, the treatment team includes physicians trained in emergency room care who are committed to seeing patients within 30 minutes or less of arrival, and treating them with state-of-the-art technology. In fact, OSF Saint Anthony's Emergency Department is the only emergency department in the area to offer special cardiac technology to quickly and painlessly diagnose congestive heart failure - so treatment can begin immediately. In addition, the Emergency Department utilizes teleneurology for individuals presenting with stroke symptoms and includes immediate access to board certified, fellowship trained neurologists via telemedicine – day and night. In emergencies, every second counts - area residents count on the unmatched technology and compassion of OSF Saint Anthony's Emergency Department.

Joint Replacement Center

The Joint Replacement Center located at OSF Saint Anthony's specializes in the care of patients who are having knee or hip replacement surgeries, with a focus on patient education and wellness. A cooperative effort between local orthopedic surgeons and OSF Saint Anthony's health care professionals, the Joint Replacement Center creates a unique and stress-free environment for patients undergoing these commonly performed procedures. Special amenities await those who stay in the Joint Replacement Center, including private rooms, room service and hair styling.

Women's Pavilion

Since 1988, more than 17,000 area babies have been welcomed into the world by experienced physicians and Mission Partners of OSF Saint Anthony's Women's Pavilion, a designated Level II Nursery by the Southern Illinois Perinatal Program. Nationally ranked in the 99 percentile in patient satisfaction, OSF Saint Anthony's Women's Pavilion staff demonstrates that caring for patients is at the top of their list. The pavilion prides itself in family-centered maternity care - a recently renovated unit provides a home-like, cheerful atmosphere for our birthing families. Mothers labor, deliver, and have their post-partum recovery in the same room. The Women’s Pavilion practices and encourages skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. Families and friends of parents are welcome to visit. OSF Saint Anthony's Women’s Pavilion wants to be sure that this lifetime blessed event is a truly memorable experience.

Rehabilitative Center of Excellence

With a focus on quality patient care delivered with skill and compassion, the specially trained rehabilitative team of OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital has earned national recognition through CARF - the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. As the area's only hospital-based CARF – medical rehabilitation and stroke accredited program, the 28-bed inpatient unit provides first-rate rehabilitation to area residents with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and a variety of orthopedic conditions.

Saint Clare's Villa

Be sure to check out Saint Clare's Villa, the area's only hospital-based supportive living facility for seniors who need some health care assistance, located at OSF Saint Clare's Hospital on the second through fifth floors, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Saint Clare's Villa offers lovely studio and one-bedroom apartments for senior citizens. Residents enjoy three meals a day in a spacious dining facility, as well as weekly laundry and housekeeping service. Lots of social events and weekly entertainment keep the residents motivated and active!