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Blazing a Trail

Don and Dot Lemm are very thankful for the medical help that Don received from Alton Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home March 25. But just as impressive to Dot was an underrated skill that EMT Amy Green displayed. “Amy did a tremendous job driving the ambulance, because there are so many people who really don’t make an effort to get out of the way,” Dot Lemm said. “She had to navigate some pretty tight spaces sometimes, but she got us there quickly.”

AMH Occupational Therapy Happy to Lend a ‘Hand’

Joanna Krajewski is right-handed and never gave much thought to how important her left arm was – until she broke her left elbow in a fall earlier this year. But thanks to several sessions with Callie Feldman, an occupational therapist at Alton Memorial’s Human Motion Institute who specializes in hand therapy, Joanna is regaining strength and mobility.

Prone Breast Board Enhances Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer treatment is taking another step forward at Alton Memorial Hospital with the addition of a prone breast board. Funded by the AMH White Cross Auxiliary, the prone breast board assists in providing comfortable and reproducible patient positioning for treatments.

Jennifer Popp is New Eunice Smith Home Administrator

Resident-directed care is the trend inside skilled nursing communities, and Jennifer Popp is looking to amplify that as she takes over as administrator at Eunice Smith Home.

AMH Adds Dr. John Pargulski as Cardiologist

Alton Memorial Hospital is excited to welcome Dr. John Pargulski to the AMH medical staff and St. Louis Cardiology Consultants. He is now accepting new patients in the St. Louis Cardiology Consultants office in Medical Office Building A (Suite 102) on the AMH campus. Please call 618-462-6612 to schedule an appointment today.

Kristen Ryrie is New AMH Development Manager

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Kristen Ryrie, the new manager of Development and the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation. Ryrie grew up in Alton and is a 1999 Alton High School graduate. After 15 years of experience in media, public relations, event planning and fund development, she is excited to be the successor to Marlene Lewis, who retired in July. Ryrie can be reached at 618-463-7701 or Kristen.ryrie@bjc.org.

Dr. John Pargulski Added to Cardiology Staff

Alton Memorial Hospital is excited to welcome Dr. John Pargulski to the AMH medical staff and St. Louis Cardiology Consultants. He is now accepting new patients in the St. Louis Cardiology Consultants office in Medical Office Building A (Suite 102) on the AMH campus. Please call 618-462-6612 to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Mary Schinkel Joins AMH Staff as ENT

Mary Schinkel, DO, joined the physician staff at Alton Memorial Hospital on July 1. Board certified in Otorhinolaryngology/facial plastic surgery, she joins Daren Kest, DO, Gerald Moritz, MD, and family nurse practitioner Amy Cooley, who all practice in the ENT specialty. To schedule an appointment, call 618-463-7247. Dr. Schinkel is located in Suite 230 of Medical Office Building B on the AMH campus.

Duck Pluckers Ball Raises $100,000 for Ambulance

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Alton Memorial Hospital’s annual Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners & Fish Hookers Ball raised $100,000 on June 2. The money will purchase a new AMH ambulance that will honor Barry and Gaye Julian, longtime champions of the event.

C.A.R.E. Channel Now Available in Patient Rooms

Alton Memorial Hospital has added The C.A.R.E. Channel for patient room televisions. The 24-hour broadcast, offered on Channel 17 of all AMH televisions, is uniquely designed to reinforce the day/night cycle, which is a significant factor for the body’s ability to heal. All televisions are programmed to have the C.A.R.E. Channel showing when the set is turned on.

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