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SI Now is a new initiative designed to attract businesses and residents to Southern Illinois.

SI Now recently launched to showcase Southern Illinois as a great place to live, work and do business. 


As more doses of COVID-19 become available, more people are being added to the groups eligible to receive the shot. 

SIH Chief Medical Officer Doctor Marci Moore Connelley says there are a of moving parts when it comes to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.


Southern Illinois Healthcare is joining the Siteman Cancer Network - a partnership that leaders hope will increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment in this region.

Health Systems Prepare For COVID Vaccine

Dec 2, 2020

As COVID cases continue to surge, local healthcare organizations are already looking ahead to vaccine distribution.

Southern Illinois Healthcare’s weekly briefing included updates on treatments, vaccines and COVID surges. While SIH has ICU bed available, Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Harre said they are at capacity due to staffing constraints.

“As far as the number of staff, that number of staff that’s out continues to be pretty consistent, and that ranges from 40 to 50 nurses that are out with illness or COVID positive,” she said.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH CEO Rex Budde and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marci Moore-Connelly about the latest COVID-19 numbers, and how the organization is moving into the cold and flu season with coronavirus surging. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marci Moore-Connelley and CEO Rex Budde about how they're responding to COVID-19, with regional cases rising.

Treating COVID-19 With Plasma Therapy

Sep 2, 2020

The FDA has recently issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19. Southern Illinois Healthcare has been participating in an extended access program, treating southern Illinoians with plasma.

The SIH Primary Care Clinic in Harrisburg will re-open Tuesday.

Being closed Monday due to COVID-19 exposure allowed time to complete testing and contact tracing of all employees as well a professional comprehensive cleaning.

COVID-19 exposures have forced the closure of two SIH facilities in Saline County on Monday (August 31).

Tuskegee Next Donates 10,000 N95 Masks To SIH

Aug 13, 2020

Face masks are an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. But some healthcare organizations are still having trouble keeping them stocked.

The Tuskegee Next Foundation and The Will Group decided to lend a helping hand in our region. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller caught up with SIH CEO Rex Budde about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in his oranization's service area, along with what he expects for the next several weeks and months.

Tuskegee Now And The Will Group Donate 10,000 Face Mask to SIH
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SIH received a donation of face mask and hand sanitizer Thursday.

Representatives from Tuskegee Next and The Will Group flew in to Southern Illinois Airport to deliver the first shipment of 10,000 N95 face masks to SIH.

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.

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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.