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Team Promoting Vaginal Births Earns Virginia Ilch Award

Among the awards handed out during Health Care Week recently was the Virginia Ilch Team Quality Award. The ”Promoting Vaginal Births” team was the winner for its part in a 2021 quality initiative as a part of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Their 2021 cesarean section rate dropped to 18.5 percent --well below the target rate.

Scholarship Winners Have Moms to Thank

The two winners of Alton Memorial Hospital’s first two Health Equity Scholarships had to consider those honors a very special Mother’s Day gift this year. Taryn Wallace, a senior at Alton High School, and Samara Helton, a senior at Edwardsville High School, were both raised by single mothers who have been steady influences in their lives -- and they were awarded the scholarships four days before Mother’s Day.

Alton Memorial Wins Three National PRC Awards

Three Alton Memorial Hospital departments were recognized recently with top awards from national health care research leader Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC). The Digestive Health Center earned a Top Performer award for the third consecutive year. The AMH Human Motion Institute and Cardiac Cath received 5-Star Awards.

Community Goes ‘Extra Mile’ for Cancer Patients

Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation's 2022 Ribbon of Strength fundraiser netted more than $15,000 toward the Foundation's 'Extra Mile' campaign, which provides cancer patients with funds for things like gas cards and utility bills.

Cancer Patient ‘Paints’ New Life for Herself, Others

Elizabeth Denis hasn't let her 2010 breast cancer diagnosis get her down. In fact, it has led to a joyous new life painting pictures, which she happily donates to her caregivers at Alton Memorial Hospital's Cancer and Infusion Center and also her fellow patients.

Monthly Skin Cancer Screenings Continue

Alton Memorial Hospital, a member of the Siteman Cancer Network, has free monthly skin cancer screenings in partnership with Siteman Cancer Center from 4-6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. The screenings are in Suite 101 of Medical Office Building A on the AMH campus. Call 618-463-7220 or visit, then go to Classes & Events to register.

Ambulance Gets ‘Second Life’ With Salvation Army

Alton Memorial Hospital has donated one of its out-of-service ambulances to The Salvation Army's Alton Corps for use as a mobile case management unit, an important need since The Salvation Army has transitioned to a 'scattered site housing model' in the community.

Dr. Narine Sargsyan Wins AMH Chairman’s Award

Narine Sargsyan, M.D., Ph.D., BJC Medical Group Hospitalist medical director and hospital department chief of Medicine, is the winner of the 2021 Alton Memorial Hospital Chairman's Award. Dr. Sargsyan won based on nominations submitted by employees and her fellow physicians. She received the honor recently from Gary Ayres, chairman of the AMH board of directors.

Six Other AMH Health Professionals Honored

Dr. Narine Sargysan is the 2021 Alton Memorial Hospital Chairman’s Award winner, but AMH is also honoring several other physicians and health care professionals for their work this year.

Auxiliary Fund Raiser Nets More than $10,000

The White Cross Auxiliary (WCA) of Alton Memorial Hospital is very grateful to the community for again generously supporting a mail-in fundraiser this summer. A total of $12,850 was raised, and after expenses the Auxiliary had $10,420 that will be used for grants to purchase important medical equipment for the hospital.

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