Alton Memorial Hospital's Women's & Infants unit restarted in-person classes in late March, and can now accommodate up to 20 people per class, including the instructor. BJC has revised its policy about in-person gatherings to allow up to 20 people for indoor events. As a result, the classes are also moving to the Hatch meeting rooms in the hospital's Hatch Wing. To register, call 800-392-0936 or GO HERE.
After a hiatus of more than a year, Alton Memorial Hospital is resuming its free monthly skin cancer screenings in partnership with Washington University Physicians of Illinois Inc.The screenings will be held, by appointment only, from 4-6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month, with the first one held April 27. Call 800-392-0936 or click here to reserve your spot. The screenings will be held in Suite 101 of Medical Office Building A on the AMH campus.
Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation raised $10,295 to support cancer patients at Alton Memorial Hospital through a project where donors purchased banners that were put together to form a 101-foot purple ribbon. The donations go to the Foundation’s Extra Mile and You’ve Got a Friend funds, which help patients who experience financial hardships as a result of their diagnosis or treatment.
The Alton Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team is aiming to reduce hospital readmissions by instituting the Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) Community Paramedic Program. The MIH program – the only such hospital-based EMS program in this part of the state -- is completely free of charge to patients, and is referral-based by providers to ensure that only chronically ill, high-risk patients are enrolled
Ruth Kvistad, an EMT with Alton Memorial Hospital’s EMS team since November 2020, has even loftier goals. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri–St. Louis last year with a BA in philosophy and has also completed premed studies. Ruth has been accepted into the MD/JD (Juris Doctor) program at Southern Illinois University. But her admiration for EMTs is firm thanks to an unforgettable experience as a young girl.
Terrea Harper, a peer recovery specialist in the Warm Hand Off program of AMH's Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine unit, was just doing her job Oct. 27 as she helped a patient in the Emergency Room. But those few hours together impacted Shamyria Wingate so much that she named her baby after Terrea when she was born in January.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is as much as 4.3 percent in the general population and higher if you have a family history of the disease. Colon cancer can be curable if detected early, as pre-cancerous lesions can be removed during a colonoscopy. David Henkhaus of Alton is one who knows about this, from both a positive and negative point of view.
Urology has long been a male-dominated medical specialty. But Washington University has made the addition of a female urologic nurse practitioner on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus. Krista Ludwig, MSN, ANP, FNP-BC, has joined urologic surgeon Arjun Sivaraman, MD, at the Washington University Urologic Surgery office located in Suite 205 of Medical Office Building A. Please call 618-433-6632 for more information.
Ty Bechel, the leed peer recovery specialist for the Warm Hand Off program in Alton Memorial's Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine department, was once a candidate for such services helping people with substance abuse issues. Now he's been honored for his work in the community and tells his story.
A machine in the Alton Memorial Hospital café stands ready to help satisfy the hunger of employees, physicians and visitors during the hours when the café’s serving line is not open. The Byte machine holds a limited amount of items but can be accessed by the use of a credit card.