The Washington County Hospital Board of Directors and Finance Committee meetings on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, has been changed to Monday, January 6, 2020. The Board of Directors meeting will be held in the WCH lower level conference room at 7:00 p.m. The Finance Committee meeting will be held in the Boardroom at 6:30 p.m.
WCH and SSM Health is excited to announce Erica Ibendahl, MD, will soon begin seeing patients at Washington County Hospital. Dr. Ibendahl brings the latest expertise in the field of general surgery to the southern Illinois region, including endoscopic and robotic surgery.
Call 618-436-8300 to schedule an appointment at WCH.
WCH Women’s Auxiliary Hosts Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 19th
The Washington County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary is hosting their Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale. They will be in the front lobby of the Hospital from 8am – 2pm. The Auxiliary will have numerous handmade crafts and items to purchase along with an exceptional homemade baked goods. The Lattice Garden Gift shop will also be open during the Boutique and offer a wide selection of Melissa & Doug toys and gifts. Tickets for the Quilt Raffle will also be sold during the event. At 2 p.m. the auxiliary will draw the winner of the Quilt. For more information about the WCH Women’s Auxiliary please contact current President, Melodie Wilkey at 618-314-0155.
Washington County Hospital is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 5th, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The Blood Drive will be in the lower level conference rooms of the hospital. The best entrance would be the Education Entrance on the South East corner of the hospital. Please come and join us and help us reach our goal of 40 units donated. Each pint donated can save up to 3 lives!
WCH to Host Flu Clinic and Blood Pressure Screening
at Country Mart on Friday, October 25th
The Washington County Hospital is partnering with Country Mart to host a Flu Clinic and Blood Pressure Screening on Friday, October 25th from 9am to 12 noon at their store. The cost of flu shots will be $35.00 (cash only). The blood pressure screenings are free. It is recommended by the CDC that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every season. It is particularly important for people who are high risk of serious complications from influenza.
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This October, Washington County Hospital (WCH) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. (Male breast cancer incidence is small but it is important to know that the disease can affect men as well.) The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A report released by the American Cancer Society states that, “death rates from breast cancer in the United States have dropped 39% between 1989 and 2015.” This trend can be related to women having their screening mammograms done annually.
- The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.A mammogram is a special breast X-ray that can detect 90 percent of cancers – even before a lump can be felt. While this makes mammograms a very important tool in early detections of breast cancer, they are not perfect. Approximately 10 percent of breast cancer can be missed. A woman should not ignore something she feels just because she had a normal mammogram.For more information about the Breast Health Services offered at WCH please call the Radiology Department at 618-327-2323.
- WCH offers Digital Diagnostic and Screening mammography services in our Women’s Health Suite. The Mammography Department is accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology). All mammography studies are performed by Registered Mammography technologists. All diagnostic services that are needed are performed the same day if indicated by the Radiologist from Clinical Radiologist, S.C., who specializes in Breast Imaging. The patient is then able to speak with a Radiologist at time of exam. Most Diagnostic exams will have results that day and the patient will know if any further procedures are needed. Screening exams will have results within one or two business days. WCH is also available to complete Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsies if determined necessary by the Radiologist.
- Total breast health is the key to early detection. Early detection of breast cancer is maximized through a combined approach of monthly self-examinations, a thorough physical examination by a physician, and a mammogram.
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Washington County Hospital and Medical Group (WCH) are excited to announce our new laser services. The CO2 Nova Pulse Laser system is state of the art and ideal for our clinic setting. This unit has a combined advantage of utilizing the laser precision and hemostasis (controlling bleeding) to vaporize the lesion. This technique gives results with no bleeding, no sutures and no scarring. This laser system can be used on any raised surface. These can include but not limited to verrucas (warts), moles, papillomas (skin tags), actinic keratosis (pre-malignant), dermatofibromas, mucoceles, adjunct to ingrown toenail ablation, condylomas and external hemorrhoidectomy. There are some instances where a biopsy of the area will need to be completed before laser treatment and removal to identify if lesion is malignant or benign.
Our current Laser Clinic is held on Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. through 12:00 noon. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 618-327-2225. If you are not currently a patient of the WCH Medical Group, a brief appointment will need to be scheduled. At this appointment staff will review and confirm that treatment with the CO2 laser is the proper course of treatment and to evaluate if a biopsy is required first.
Deb Auld, PA-C has more than 20 years of experience with laser treatment and procedures. WCH hopes to expand our laser services in the future. Please contact the WCH Medical Group with any questions or to schedule your appointment today.
Washington County Hospital has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety and quality with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Aware from IHA’s Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality. The Partners in Progress Innovation Challenge helps support the mission of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) mission to reduce harm through impactful organizational innovation that can be implemented at other hospitals and health systems across the state.
“IHA and its more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health system members are dedicated to advancing person-centered health care through evidence-based quality and safety initiatives and innovative programs that can measurably strengthen health and healthcare for all Illinoisans,” said A.J. Wilhelmi, IHA President and CEO.
“The IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Awards highlight innovations that can lead to better outcomes both locally and statewide,” said Helga Brake, Vice President of Quality, Safety and Health Policy, IHA. “Improving the healthcare system is a team effort, and we hope that hospitals in Illinois and elsewhere can use these patient safety initiatives as a starting point for their own quality improvement projects.”
Sue Drabing, Vice President of Provider Services at MEDS, shared, “ensuring providers and the nursing team are educated to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis is crucial in the rapid treatment and for the best possible outcome for the patient. MEDS providers are currently providing 24/7 Emergency Care and managing Inpatients at Washington County Hospital in collaboration with SSM Telehospitalists.
Sepsis is an infection that can develop quickly and rapidly worsen. It is a medical emergency that can be life threatening if left untreated. The CDC states that more than 1.5 million pe