Thursday, January 30, 2014

IMA & JCH Plan to Integrate

Illini Medical Associates, SC (IMA) and Jersey Community Hospital (JCH)
have announced plans to integrate operations in the summer of 2014.

According to Michael McNear, M.D., Chief Executive Officer at IMA, the two organizations expect a smooth transition as they work to meet all regulatory requirements. “While both JCH and IMA have longstanding track records of success, we will be stronger by becoming an integrated system.”

JCH CEO Jon Wade agreed, “The goals of the new integrated delivery model will be to deliver the highest quality and safest patient care possible. Integrated delivery systems are in a better position to successfully navigate the challenges both organizations face in a dynamic and evolving environment.  This new structure also develops exciting new possibilities for expansion of services in the future.”

Integrated for Greater Service
IMA’s multispecialty practice is composed of pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and adult psychiatry. JCH features a newly remodeled ER, state of the art imaging, cardiopulmonary, laboratory and orthopedic departments; as well as many other diagnostic and treatment related services.  Together, IMA and JCH will be able to offer an effective solution that is built upon more physician and hospital staff collaboration and coordination of patient care.

IMA began serving Jersey, Greene, Calhoun, Madison and Macoupin counties more than 20 years ago.  With eight locations in these counties, IMA includes 18 physicians and nine mid-level providers.

As an independent facility, owned by the people of Jersey County, JCH is focused on providing and being the areas primary healthcare resource. The hospital has been serving the tri-county areas of Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties since 1954. JCH is a general medical and surgical hospital in Jerseyville, Ill., with 65 beds.

Friday, December 13, 2013

JCH Awarded Accreditation from Joint Commission

Jersey Community Hospital

Jersey Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Jersey Community Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Jersey Community Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2013. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Jersey Community Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Jersey Community Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Jersey Community Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Jon Wade, CEO of JCH.  “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

If you would like more information about Jersey Community Hospital, please go to or contact the Community Relations Department 618.498.8466.

Monday, September 30, 2013

JCH Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon to Medical Staff

Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) is proud to announce that Orthopedic Surgeon Jonathan Blake, D.O.,
has joined its staff. Dr. Blake is seeing patients at the JCH Physician Clinic (located next to Cardiopulmonary).  He is now accepting new patients at his office at Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville.

A board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Blake has experience with a variety of procedures, including partial joint replacements (Hip/Knee), elbow replacements, thumb joint replacements and some types of shoulder replacements. He is trained in adult and pediatric fracture care and sports medicine and is skilled at hand surgery, knee and shoulder scopes, ACL reconstructions and carpal tunnel testing/surgery.

“I am looking forward to meeting new patients in Jerseyville,” Dr. Blake said. “As an orthopedic surgeon, I am trained to determine who might benefit from surgery, but I also offer minimally invasive options, such as pain injections, that will benefit my patients whenever possible.”

Dr. Blake earned his medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He also completed extra training in pediatric orthopedics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and in traumatology at the University Medical Center of Nevada in Las Vegas. He is a member of Psi Sigma Alpha Academic Honor Society and the American Osteopathic Association.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (618) 498-8472.