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.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you feel like you get
good sleep? 

Are you well rested
when you wake up? 

Do you have plenty of energy during the day without feeling like you need a nap? 

By Regina Plummer, Sleep Lab Technician

If not, you may need to visit the JCH Sleep Lab for a sleep study.  Not getting healthy sleep can be the root to many health problems because your body does not get the rest it needs to heal and restore itself.  There are over 80 sleeping disorders, the most prevalent being Sleep Apnea, which is where the airway closes off during sleep, causing the person to wake up long enough to breathe, and then go back into the shallow stages of sleep, repeating this pattern throughout the night.  This prevents the person from getting to the deeper stages of sleep, which is where the body fully relaxes.  Some of the health issues that are commonly seen with sleep apnea are high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, acid reflux, weight gain, frequent nighttime urination and depression.  

When you don’t get the energy you need from sleep, your body will retain fat and cause you to crave high calorie foods such as carbs and sweets.  The more weight you gain, the more severe the sleep apnea becomes, because you have more tissue in the back of your throat, closing off your airway.  By treating the sleeping disorder, you are allowing your body to function the way it is supposed to, and to heal itself.  

In order to have a sleep study, you must have a referral from your physician.  The doctor’s office can call Scheduling to schedule your sleep study.  We are open Monday – Thursday nights.  Feel free to take a look at the new sleep rooms on the Med Surg floor in rooms 218 and 220.  The beds have very nice pillow top mattresses, there is a comfortable recliner and a flat panel TV.  There is also a shower and you will receive a coupon for a free breakfast, if you would like to stay and eat in the cafeteria.   It is the easiest test you will ever take. 

If you would like to schedule a Sleep Study, contact the Center at (618) 498-8394.     

Monday, March 25, 2013

JCH Wellness Center Gearing Up for the 3rd Annual Bike-A-Thon

The event is set for Sunday, April 14th from 1-2:30 pm. We’re turning West Pointe Subdivision into a track and invite kids and families to come prepared to ride, ride, ride! There will also be a POOL PARTY from 2:00-3:30pm for all riders and their families to reward them for their efforts.  The route consist of a 2 mile loop within West Point Subdivision across the street from the Wellness Center.  Entry fee is $15.00 which includes a neon orange t-shirt and this years proceeds will benefit the “Jersey County Against Drugs Coalition.” 

Registration is open now and is encouraged for a guaranteed t-shirt.  Event day registration begins at 12:00 pm across from JCH in the entrance to West Point. Participants are guaranteed a t-shirt if registered by April 10th.  Event day shirts are available first come first serve.  Riders will start from the entrance of West Pointe Subdivision off of Maple Summit Road every two to three minutes until all riders are on the course.  Older riders will begin first on down to youngest.  The Bike-a-Thon will feature a 2.0-mile, monitored track that children of all ages can ride around multiple times.  Bikes using training wheels have a separate, shorter 1 mile course, on which younger cyclists can ride safely. Rule sheets are available at the JCH Wellness Center.

To help prepare for the event it’s a great idea to decide who will be your child’s “Pit Crew” – an adult is recommended to be on site supervising the ride for those 10 years of age and younger.  Additional cheering fans are always welcome and adults are able to walk alongside their small children too!  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy!  Registration forms can be found online at Wellness Center For more information contact the Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) Wellness Center  at (618) 498-3500 or email Jen Roger

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Graston Technique

Tired of Aches & Pains?

The Graston Technique is Clinically Proven to Achieve Quicker, More Effective Outcomes

The Isringhausen Family donated funds for the Graston
instruments in memory of Sharon Isringhausen.

Deb Wittman-PT, Meloday Watson-PT, Larry Bear-Administrator,
Dave Isringhausen, Kari Nairn, John David & Kelsee Nairn

Four clinicians from our physical therapy department were trained in the Graston technique in the month of December. The clinicians attending the training were physical therapists Melody Watson, Christa Kelly and Tiffany Blasa as well as Miranda Taylor, physical therapy assistant.

 What is the Graston Technique?
The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

 How is this technique better than other treatments?

This technique has numerous benefits and has been clinically proven to:
  • Separate and break down collagen cross-links and splays
  • Stretch connective tissue and muscle fibers
  •  Increase skin temperature
  •  Facilitate reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alter spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
  • Increase the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increase cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increase histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
  • Decrease overall time of treatment
  • Foster faster rehabilitation/recovery
  • Reduce need for anti-inflammatory medication
  • Resolve chronic conditions thought to be permanent
  • Allow patients to continue to engage in everyday activities

 How Are the Instruments Used?

Trained clinicians use the stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. Once the tissue has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.

What kind of results can I expect?

·         Patients are expected to experience an immediate increase in range of motion and decrease in pain. Treatment, particularly of a chronic condition, may be accompanied by mild discomfort and bruising. However, clinicians are trained to recognize and minimize bruising, and patients are advised prior to treatment.

How often will I need treatment?

Patients usually receive 2 treatments per week during a 4-5 week period. Most patients have a positive response by the 3rd or 4th treatment.

Common injuries or conditions that benefit from the Graston Technique:

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis                 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Sprain/Strain                        
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis                   
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain
  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis                   
  • Patellofemoral Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis  
  • Scar Tissue                                         
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Finger                                   
  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/itis

    For more information about this new technique contact the Physical Therapy Department at 618.498.8480.