Trauma Patient Reunites With Team Who Saved Her

Nov 7, 2019
A woman with long hair and a man in a paramedic uniform.
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Misty Absher was one of the first trauma patients treated by SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, even before the facility received an official level 2 trauma center designation.

Absher's accident happened in January 2019, and she shared her story at an EMS Symposium in Carbondale on Wednesday and reunited with some of the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved her life.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved a new nursing program for SIU's Carbondale campus.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Gene Basanta and Michele Mekel of SIU's School of Law about their upcoming Health Policy Institute.

Southern Illinois Healthcare's Community Health Needs Assessment shows the region still exceeds national averages in cancer, chronic disease, and poverty.


Area residents who have suffered from heart failure gathered Friday in Carterville to learn more about their cardiac issues.

Southern Illinois Healthcare's Heart Failure University featured guest speaker Terry Burns of Marion, who underwent heart transplant surgery in St. Louis on May 20th, 2018.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The featured speaker at Friday's Southern Illinois Healthcare Coaches Clinic encouraged area high school coaches to focus less on wins and losses and more on the mental health of their student-athletes.

Tami Eggleston is a sports psychologist at McKendree University. She says anxiety disorders affect 25-percent of children between 13 and 18 years old.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Southern Illinois Healthcare's WorkCare program is designed to help businesses deal with their occupational health needs.

150 businesses attended Thursday's SIH Worker's Compensation Symposium in Marion.

Southern Illinois Healthcare is unveiling a new logo - an action its CEO says is more about reaffirming the mission than changing an image.


Southern Illinois Healthcare cut the ribbon Thursday on a unique facility.

SIH's senior vice president Philip Schaefer heads up the organization's medical group. He says the new Urgent Care and Work Care Clinic is a hybrid concept new to the region.

An older woman in a hospital bed, next to a younger woman wearing a mask and gown.
Donna Patton


Two years ago, Donna Patton became one of the nearly 800,000 Americans who suffer a stroke each year. She still remembers waking up from surgery and hearing the reaction from her medical team.


“He just said, ‘do you believe in a higher entity?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘I sure do.’ He said, ‘you should, because luck's been on your side all day long.’”


Centerstone is teaming up with nine community partners to try to improve the mental health of children and communities in southern Illinois.

A 200-thousand dollar planning grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation will help develop a plan for at-risk kids in Jackson, Williamson, Franklin and Perry Counties.

MCO Deadline Approaching

Jun 27, 2018

The deadline is approaching for Illinois Medicaid recipients who need to change their plan.

A plan developed by the legislature in 2014 requires Medicaid recipients have their benefits handled by a managed care organization to reduce costs. Adults covered by Medicare who have not already chosen a plan manager have been assigned to to an MCO.

But the assigned MCOs don’t work for everyone. Some individuals may find they have been assigned to a plan that doesn’t cover the prescriptions or doctors they need.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
People wearing hard hats shovel dirt in groundbreaking ceremony.
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says so many kids today are specializing in just one sport, that the number of overuse injuries is reaching numbers never before seen.

SIH Breaks Ground on Urgent Care Facility

Apr 25, 2018
Brian Flath, WSIU Radio

Southern Illinois Healthcare is bringing an urgent care facility to Marion.

System administrators say the hours of the new facility will work better for working people than traditions primary care locations.

 Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition
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The Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition celebrated its 15th anniversary on Thursday.

The Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition formed 15 years ago with a goal to improve the health and quality of life for the residents of Jackson County.

A workers compensation attorney from Chicago delivered the keynote address at a symposium on the issue in Marion.

Thursday's event sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare brought human resources personnel, business managers and municipal leaders together at Rent One Park.

Southern Illinois Healthcare is notifying more than 600 patients who might be impacted by a breach of their information.

SIH Privacy Officer Marcia Matthias says it was an isolated incident involving the misdirection of data to other HIPPA-governed medical facilities by a third party vendor.

One of the most beloved coaches in SIU athletic history will be back in the area this weekend for a book signing.

Former SIU head football coach Jerry Kill will sign copies of his new book,  Chasing Dreams.

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a case involving not-for-profit hospitals and their tax-exempt status.

Community Health Needs Highlighted At Local Event

Apr 28, 2016
Southern Illinois HealthCare
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SIH was joined by multiple health organizations Thursday to reveal the findings in their Community Health Needs Assessment.

The goal of the assessment is to determine the most significant health issues in the area and how to improve them.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute is celebrating its first year in existence.

SIH officials, a trio of cancer doctors and a cancer patient met with the media Wednesday at the facility in Carterville to commemorate the anniversary.

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Hybrid OR
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale gave a sneak peek at their state of the art Hybrid OR Tuesday.

They will start using the hybrid OR at the end of the month.

This is part of their 52 million dollar expansion they started in the fall of 2014.

The State of Illinois owes Southern Illinois Healthcare over $50 million in overdue bills because of the budget impasse.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Work to construct three new operating rooms is about to begin at Herrin Hospital.

Officials from the hospital and Southern Illinois Healthcare as well as community leaders gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking on the nearly 24-million dollar project.


One local health provider says a stall in the state budget is concerning, but potential cuts to Medicaid in a long-term spending plan are more worrisome.

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A national organization rates cancer services in southern Illinois as among the best in the nation.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has rated cancer services through Memorial Hospital of Carbondale as one of the top 75 accredited programs in the U.S.


Herrin Hospital is expanding. Southern Illinois Health Care announced Thursday morning that its Herrin facility will undergo a $23.7-million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s surgical center.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Southern Illinois Healthcare’s new Cancer Center is a little more than a month away from officially opening its doors, but the facility is nearly complete – with pieces from local artists already on display.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale will get three new operating rooms, and nearly double the number of patients it can care for in the ICU, as a result of a new expansion project started Thursday.