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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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 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. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cindy Drainer named as OR Director at JCH

After years of gaining vast skills and experience, Cindy Drainer felt it was the time to invest those skills and experience at Jersey Community Hospital.  Cindy is excited to be close to home and working in a facility that she feels is an important asset to the community where she has lived for 30 years. Cindy is responsible for managing the staff and overseeing the day-to day function of various surgeries performed at JCH.

For the last 25 years, Cindy was employed at St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, Illinois.  Cindy began her career at St. Anthony’s in Day Surgery and transferred to the OR where she spent 15 years scrubbing, circulating and assisting in surgical procedures.   Cindy was the preceptor for new nurses for 9 years and charge nurse for 2 years before becoming the Director of Perioperative Services.  Her responsibilities included 6 departments; OR, RR, Day Surgery, Preadmission Testing, Sterile Processing and the GI Center all of which included 50 team members.  Early in her career, Cindy spent 4 years in critical care including 3 years Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.  Cindy attended Lewis and Clark Community College where she received her degree as an RN.

Cindy resides in Jerseyville and is the proud mother of 4 and grandmother of 5.  Cindy wrote, “I am excited to be a part of a management team whose goal is to provide excellence in healthcare to Jerseyville and the many surrounding communities.”