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Four AMH Departments Earn PRC Awards


Four Alton Memorial Hospital departments were recently recognized 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 second consecutive year. PRC’s highest honor recognizes health care facilities, service lines and hospital units who score at the 100th percentile for the Overall Quality of Care percent “Excellent” score in PRC’s national client database for the prior year.

In-Person Childbirth Classes Increase Capacity

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.


Free Monthly Skin Cancer Screenings Resume

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.


Symbol of Strength

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.


Reducing Readmissions is Goal of MIH Program

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


EMT Hopes to Help Through Medicine, Philosophy

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.


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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.


Krista Ludwig Joins WU Urology Practice

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.


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