Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Flu Surges in Jerseyville, Our Wellness Center is Jumping & New Doctors Join the Team!

Type A flu is upon us.  In a sudden surge last week, we saw scores of people in the medical offices, ER and ER Plus suffering with the malady.  It’s the usual set of symptoms, but this year’s version starts more in the head and works its way down to the chest.  As you can imagine, it’s pretty miserable, so encourage your family to cough like Count Dracula (into your elbow as if hiding behind your cape), wash hands often, and do all those other things your mother told you... take a daily vitamin, get enough sleep, and get regular exercise. Really, mom does know best!
JCH Wellness Center

Speaking of exercise, things are jumping at the JCH Wellness Center.  Class coordinator Jenifer Lyles tells me that participation is at an all time high. Good for you, members and guests!  She’s so excited about our programs that she’s volunteered to write our next blog on the subject, so stay tuned.

We called the State on January 3rd to inform them that phase one of the ER project was done and ready for inspection. Checking with them a couple of weeks ago, we were told that they could not get here until at least the month of March. So, it’s pretty... it’s done... and we cannot use it, yet.  Our license comes from the IllinoisDepartment of Public Health, and they require that a Certificate of Occupancy be issued prior to habitation by patients.  Anyone who would like a tour before we open can just stop by and ask for me.  I’d be delighted to take you on the 10-minute tour!

Dr. Jon Andersen
My congratulations to Illini Medical Associates on bringing the community new physician resources! For IMA, Dr. Jon Andersen is an experienced General Surgeon who has been working in the Carlinville area.  With the departure of Dr. Talcherkar, Dr. Andersen was a natural fit for the group and JCH.  Dr. Anderson does a complete General Surgery practice, including laproscopic work, endoscopy, and hernia repair.  Also joining JCH from Medical Associates is Dr. Mark Giovanelli.  Dr. Giovanelli is a Family Practitioner – moving to Jerseyville from Iowa City, Iowa – and will do pediatrics, adult medicine and geriatrics along with his associates, Drs. Don Murray and Sonja Schleeper.  Welcome to both new Docs!

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