Alton Memorial Hospital and BJC Medical Group are expanding their presence in Madison County with a new medical office building that will soon be under construction in Bethalto. The building will replace the Family Physicians of Bethalto office and will be located on the south side of Route 140, just east of its current location. At nearly 9,000 square feet, the new structure will be four times the size of the current office. It will be able to accommodate five providers; the current space has room for only two.
A few days of renovation work with no disruption to patient care have resulted in a spruced-up Alton Memorial Convenient Care.
Penny Krause has had quite a year at Alton Memorial Hospital. The manager of Respiratory Therapy, the Sleep Lab and Neurodiagnostics worked hard to get the Sleep Lab accredited and was also a key figure as AMH transitioned to the EPIC electronic medical record system. She also learned how to fly an airplane and became a pilot.
Sept. 12, 2017, was a life-changing day that Bill Burton of East Alton will never forget. A limb-saving day, to be precise.The date marked his initial visit to the Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, beginning the process to save his right leg from amputation.
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.
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.”
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.
Hard-working doctor wants to be an example for his patients to "get out and keep moving."
The opioid epidemic saw 71 confirmed deaths in Madison County in 2016 and at least 42 more in 2017. As part of its commitment to community health, Alton Memorial recently hosted a town hall to explore ways to address the crisis.
Strokes don't always result in obvious signs like pain or shortness of breath. Kyle Ogle, Alton Memorial's stroke expert, talks about the subtle signs of stroke and the importance of accessing rapid care.