Thursday, July 28, 2016

JCH Foundation Awards Medical Education Scholarships

Pictured Left to Right:Jordyn Hoesman, Olivia Nairn, Kara Tepen, Zach Tepen, Collin Walter
The Jersey Community Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, has awarded nine
Medical Education Scholarships to local students for the 2016/2017 school year.  These hard-working students live in the tri-county communities of Jersey, Greene or Calhoun County and have been accepted into their chosen field of medical study as full-time students. 

The JCH Foundation held an open house for the 2016 recipients of the Foundation’s Medical Education Scholarship on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  The recipients include:
·         Alex Bertman, a Jersey Community High School graduate, seeking a degree in Physical Therapy from Maryville University
·         Jordyn Hoesman, a North Greene High School graduate, seeking a degree in Speech Pathology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
·         Laura Kirbach, a Jersey Community High School graduate, seeking a degree in Nursing from Chamberlin College of Nursing
·         Olivia Nairn, a Jersey Community High School graduate, seeking a Nursing degree from Illinois State University
·         Kara Tepen, a Carrollton High School graduate, seeking a degree in Physical Therapy from Maryville University
·         Margaret Tepen, a Jersey Community High School graduate, seeking a degree in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University
·         Zach Tepen, a Carrollton High School graduate, seeking a degree as a Physician Assistant from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
·         Abigail Tonsor, a Jerseyville Community High School graduate, seeking a Nursing degree from Quincy University
·         Collin Walter, a Southwestern High School graduate, seeking a Pre-Med degree from Illinois College.

The JCH Foundation’s Medical Education Scholarship program began in the late 1990’s after the estates of Cleon and Beulah Palmer and of Robert and Dorothy Gledhill were left to Jersey Community Hospital to create the scholarship program.  Additional funds for the Scholarship program have been raised over the years by donations received at the annual Golf Tournament. 

Since the bequests to JCH, 132 students have been awarded the JCH Foundation’s Medical Education Scholarship.  Over $237,000 has been distributed to students from the local community through this program with an incentive for the students to return to the tri-county community to use their medical education.

This year’s Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 16th at Spencer T. Olin’s Golf Course.  The much-anticipated event begins with a barbeque lunch on the pavilion, golfer’s gift bag, cold beverages on the course throughout the day, golfing contests, a Margaritaville stop, Poker Run on the green, and a fun post-tournament evening reception.  Please call the JCH Foundation at (618) 498.8392 to register to play, to sponsor a hole, or for further information on the charity event.  If you would like to make a donation directly to the Jersey Community Hospital Foundation scholarship program, please visit

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

JCH Hires New Health Information Management Director

Jersey Community Hospital recently hired Callie Shaver as the new director of Health Information Management Director. Shaver is a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT), and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) through Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She has worked in Health Information Management (HIM) for 19 years and began her career as a coder along with many other positions within the medical records department.  For the past 9 years, Callie has held various director positions.

Callie enjoys working in HIM, particularly since the implementation of the electronic health record.  Shaver commented that “no two days are ever the same, and working on patient safety, quality and compliance are a must in everything done in HIM. The functions of the HIM department are essential and affect so many people in our community by completing and safeguarding their personal health records every day.”

Callie resides in Smithton, IL. She has two grown children and one four year old grandson, who Callie describes as “the apple of my eye.”  In her free time, she loves to play outside with her grandson and enjoys boating on the weekends with friends and family. Another of Callie’s hobbies is her affection for fast cars and enjoys cleaning and detailing her two supercharged cars every chance she gets.

Monday, April 18, 2016

JCH earns designation as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital

Jersey Community Hospital has been recognized as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  This means stroke patients can receive high quality treatment right here in their own community.  To be eligible for this designation, Jersey Community Hospital developed emergency stroke care policies and procedures to align with evidence based standards, such as those from the American Heart Association.

In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 2244, allowing the creation of stroke systems of care in Illinois.  The law identifies hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directs Emergency Medical Services personnel to transport possible acute stroke patients to these facilities. The Illinois Hospital Association worked with the American Heart Association and the IDPH to create the regulations and enact the landmark legislation.

“Stroke patients have a narrow window for treatment.  Time equals brain.  Being a Stroke Ready Hospital means our emergency department has the expertise to diagnose and treat stroke patients with advanced therapies to minimize the damage that can occur from a stroke. If a patient requires a higher level of neurological expertise, we have partnerships with hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield in order to rapidly transfer the patient so they can have the best possible outcome.” said Dr. Michael McNear, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the stroke program.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. It is the leading source for long-term disability in the nation.

Stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. The acronym F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke and what to do if you think one has occurred.  The most important action is to call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance immediately. 

F.A.S.T. stands for:
·         Face- Ask the person to smile.  Check to see if one side droops.
·         Arms- Ask the person to raise both arms.  See if one arm drifts downward.
·         Speech- Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Check to see if the words are slurred and if the sentence is repeated correctly.
·         Time- If a person shows any of these symptoms, time is essential.  It is important to get to the hospital as quickly as possible.  Call 9-1-1 and act F.A.S.T.

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