Monday, October 24, 2016

Recent Additions to the Jersey Community Hospital Board of Directors

Jersey Community Hospital recently welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors,
Zach Crawford and Therese Macias.


Zach Crawford is a lifelong resident of Jersey County, graduating from Jersey Community High School in 2009.  After graduating from high school, Zach went on to obtain his Associates of Applied Science at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  Zach has been employed at Crawford Funeral Home since his graduation.
  
Professionally, Therese Macias is currently the Public Health Administrator at the Jersey County Health Department.  Therese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration and has held numerous nursing positions before entering into administration. Therese, also a longtime resident of Jersey County, has been married nearly 41 years to Andy Macias.  The couple has three children and thirteen grandchildren. Therese enjoys singing at her church.
  
Jersey Community Hospital would like to welcome Zach and Therese and thank them for their continued service to the Jersey County community.

Other Board of Directors at Jersey Community Hospital are Bill Strang, Bill Rice, Barb VanWalleghen, Mary Kirbach, Joe Soer, Randy Newberry and Dean Heneghan.
   

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

JCH Hires New Information Technology Director

Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) recently hired Shane Winters as the new director of Information Technology. Winters comes to Jersey Community Hospital from St. Louis University where he was Manager of Server and Storage Operations.  He was responsible for the strategic and architectural direction of all enterprise information systems ensuring continued compliance for the University’s server systems in governmental regulations and for the daily operations of the University’s academic and clinical systems.
  
Shane has over 20 years of Information Technology experience staring with Karmak in Carlinville, IL where he traveled North America rolling out their business systems to various trucking companies.  He then worked for Smurfit-Stone where he moved up the ranks from deploying desktops, tier 3 server support to automating the build and patching process for all servers traveling throughout North America.

“Technology is so vital in the healthcare industry and I am excited to bring my expertise to JCH” stated Winters.  “This is a great opportunity, I am anxious to enhance the technological capabilities for the physicians, staff and patients.”

Shane has been a lifelong resident of Jerseyville where he married his high school sweetheart Andrea (Hill) Winters.  Shane and Andrea have three children Hayden, Brooklyn, and Davis.  In his spare time, Shane likes to attend his children’s sporting events as well as assisting on the family farm, hunting, fishing and golfing.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Jersey Community Hospital is recognized for Healthcare Quality ACHIEVING THE SAFECARE Group®

Jersey Community Hospital is recognized for Healthcare Quality ACHIEVING THE SAFECARE Group®
2015-2016 100 SAFECARE HOSPITALS® under 100 beds.

100 SafeCare Hospitals® represent the nation’s top performing hospitals in 40 evidence-based metrics of the Affordable Care Act. The selection was based upon superior hospital performance with HCAHPS, Core Measures, 30-Day Mortality rates, 30-Day Readmissions, Complications Rates in Medical and Surgical Care, Medical and Surgical Infections.

About 100 SafeCare Hospitals®
To produce a meaningful ranking of US hospitals, The SafeCare Group® looked to the Affordable Care Act for guidance of an evidence-based framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® rankings. The distinguished medical and legal experts who designed, developed, and implemented the Affordable Care Act believed that a listing of hospitals in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) would promote strong incentives to improve care. The SafeCare Group adopted this framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® methodology, as it represented evidence-based metrics in the areas of “Quality of Care”, “Patient Safety”, and “Efficiency of Care”.

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 www.jch.org/donate


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.

For more information on Jersey Community Hospital go to
www.jch.org.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Gateway Cardiology and Jersey Community Hospital to Provide Comprehensive Cardiovascular Services at the New JCH Heart Center



We are very pleased to announce that Gateway Cardiology, P.C. has joined forces together with Jersey Community Hospital to lead and provide comprehensive cardiovascular services at the new JCH Heart Center.  Effective April 18, 2016 and forward, Gateway Cardiology physicians will be seeing patients at the new JCH Heart Center and will collaborate with JCH Medical Group to further enhance the quality of health of our patients and their families. Our mission is to provide the community with the highest quality cardiovascular services and to become the preferred and trusted choice for all your cardiovascular healthcare needs.

The JCH Heart Center is located at 400 Maple Summit Rd., Jerseyville, IL 62052 and will be accessible from the south entrance.  Parking space will be in the area that is between the hospital and the JCH Wellness Center.

In order to facilitate the transition and ensure continuity of care for our patients, all previously scheduled appointments will remain valid and at the same scheduled times. Further, all medical records will be integrated into the JCH Medical Group electronic health records. It is also important to note that the same current phone number of Gateway Cardiology will remain in effect and will be assigned to the new JCH Heart Center. The number is (618) 498-7653.  
 
We would like to welcome you to the new JCH Heart Center and we kindly request that you note the below items to ensure a successful transition. On the day of your next appointment, you are expected to:

  • Complete a new patient registration form. 
  • Complete a HIPAA communication release form. 
  • Provide us with your insurance cards so we can make a copy for our files.  Insurance cards are required for  each and every visit to ensure accuracy. 
  • Provide us with your Driver’s license so we have a photo for our system.

Please note that services rendered on April 18, 2016 and forward at the JCH Heart Center will be billed and processed by JCH Heart Center. The Central Billing Office is located at 101 N. State St., Jerseyville, IL and payments can be made online at www.jch.org. Please contact Central Billing Office at (618) 498-8322 if you have any questions.

Services rendered by Gateway Cardiology prior to April 18, 2016 will be billed by Gateway Cardiology billing department.  Payments should be made and send to Gateway Cardiology, P.C.,  P.O. Box 505036, St. Louis, MO 63160. You can contact Gateway Cardiology billing department at the following number (314) 729-0088.

If you are currently enrolled in one of the clinical trials conducted by Gateway Cardiology, P.C. and Gateway Cardiovascular Research Center, Inc., you will continue your clinical trial follow up visits at 270 Maple Summit Rd, Jerseyville, IL 62052.without interruption. Questions related to clinical trials should be directed to the research department at (314) 729-0088. All other visits and follow ups not related to clinical trials will take place at JCH Heart Center effective April 18, 2016 and forward.   

The Physicians & Staff of the JCH Heart Center appreciate your cooperation and look forward to providing you the highest quality cardiovascular care.  If you have any questions, please contact the JCH Heart Center at (618) 498-7653.