Local Hospitals Loosen Visitor Restrictions

Jun 29, 2020
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As Illinois continues to Phase 4 of re-opening, local hospitals are loosening visitor restrictions.

SIH will now allow one visitor for non-COVID-19 patients, as well as one support person for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 patients in end-of-life situations.

SIH Offers Guidelines For Reopening Businesses

Jun 10, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare has released a guide for businesses that are reopening in the age of COVID-19.

The guide includes information on screening workers and what to do if an employee contracts COVID-19. It also includes best practices for staff and customers, instructions on how to use personal protective equipment and how to disinfect offices and equipment.

The guide is available through the Chambers of Commerce in Carbondale, Carterville, Herrin, Jefferson Co., Marion, Murphysboro, Salem, Saline County, and West Frankfort.

SIH Testing New Remote Visiting Procedures

Jun 3, 2020

Southern Illinois Healthcare is piloting a new method to involve patient families in care while visitors are prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently being tested at two facilities, the method involves designating a family member who will be contacted during doctor’s rounds, to stay up to date on patient care.

Facilitating visitation through technology is something the organization has been working on since the pandemic began, said Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Harre.

SIH Participating In COVID-19 Plasma Study

May 20, 2020
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Southern Illinois Healthcare is participating in a study on treating COVID-19 with convalescent plasma.

SIH is one of more than 2,000 sites participating in the study led by the Mayo Clinic. In order to be enrolled in the study, patients must be hospitalized with COVID-19. The study hopes to determine whether plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can be used to help severely ill patients recover or help prevent moderately ill patients from becoming sicker.

Southern Illinois Healthcare has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the former Region’s Bank building at Rt. 13 and Poplar in Carbondale.

The drive-through location is in addition to a similar testing site at SIH Urgent Care in Marion. Both are open seven days a week.

After nearly six weeks, Southern Illinois Healthcare says it's working on a plan to resume elective surgeries in the region.

SIH halted the surgeries due to the COVID-19 crisis, and furloughed employees because of the cutback in activity.

Hands of Hope Foundation

A Southern Illinois  not-for-profit is teaming up with a few local restaurants to help workers on the front line during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

SIH Creates COVID-19 Relief Fund

Apr 21, 2020

A relief fund has been created to help healthcare workers, community and social service agencies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cobden JR.-SR. High School

A southern Illinois science teacher is among those helping produce protective materials for local healthcare workers.

Cobden High School Science Teacher Holly Hurt says she's using her skills and equipment at home to help fill a need for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I've got two 3-D printers set up in my dining room right now, printing face shields, as a request from Southern Illinois Healthcare."

After social media posts began questioning the number of ICU beds and other space available in southern Illinois, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with SIH Emergency and Trauma Services Director Garrett Burton about the organization's readiness.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH CEO Rex Budde about his organization's preparedness and response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Jackson County Health Department is reporting three new cases of COVID-19.

The three new positive tests are a man in his 60's, likely acquired from travel out of state...a woman in her 20's, likely acquired from travel to the Chicago area... and a woman in her 90's, acquired locally.

Southern Illinois Healthcare has submitted roughly 500 COVID-19 tests to labs for analysis over the past several weeks, and the organization's CEO says they're ready for the surge that may be coming.

The Jackson County Health Department  and Franklin-Williamson County Health Department are each reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare is doing drive through testing for the Coronavirus, at three locations in southern Illinois.  The sites are located in Jackson, Williamson and Saline counties.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH Public Information Officer Rosslind Rice about the organization's response and preparation for COVID-19:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.