Wellness & Prevention

Blood Drive at WCH Tuesday March 2nd, 2021

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Washington County Hospital is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 2nd, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Changes to our process will now include requirement to schedule an appointment.  You may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: WaCoHospital to schedule your appointment.  It is recommended to complete the Rapid Pass to help streamline your donation experience.  You can complete this on the Red Cross Blood Donor App or online at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.  When you arrive you will need to wear a face mask, and if you do not have one, one will be provided.  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.  Each pint donated can save up to 3 lives!

WCH participates in ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry


Washington County Hospital is now participating in the American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Registry.

Participation in the registry is voluntary and allows our imaging facility to compare its lung cancer screening performance to other facilities nationwide. Our doctors and staff can use these objective comparisons to advance our lung cancer screening practice, target specific areas for improvement, implement quality improvement programs, and improve patient care.

Contact your primary care provider if you have questions or would like to know if you qualify for the Lung Cancer Screening program.

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Registry (LCSR) is approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to meet Medicare quality reporting requirements. As part of the ACR National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®), the LCSR leads the effort in developing benchmarks and comparisons to help imaging facilities improve quality of patient care.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, and professions of radiological care.

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WCH Recognizes Primary Care Providers during National Primary Care Week




In recognition of National Primary Care Week, WCH would like to thank the Primary Care Providers in the WCH Medical Group. Our providers are an important component in our community’s health and well-being. Your primary care provider is your best investment for better health!


Thank you for your Hard Work and Dedication!!

Ginger Fewell, M.D.

Alfonso Urdaneta, M.D.

Andrea Baldwin, FNP

Crystal Storck, FNP

Alicia Santel, FNP

Deb Auld, PA-C

Primary care providers are the leaders of your care coordination team. They offer preventative care services, while also managing current conditions helping to lower your expenses.

Please help us to recognize our Primary Care Providers at WCH Medical Group and in our community!!!



Medication refills on previous Deb Auld PA-C patients

This past April, Deb Auld retired from Family Practice at Washington County Medical Group.  With this change, all medication refills or new labs/diagnostic testing will not be able to be completed by Deb.  All the Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, and staff at Washington County Medical Group are pleased to continue supporting your healthcare needs. Please call our office today at (618) 327-2225 to get established with one of our providers as your Primary Care Provider to have continued medication management and treatment.

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Digital Mammography Department receives ACR re-accreditation

Washington County Hospital Radiology Department is excited to announce it has successfully met the quality requirements necessary to achieved the ACR three year re-accreditation for Digital Mammography. A special thank you to our Mammography Technologist, Joy Grzegorek, for all her hard work during the renewal process!!!

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Washington County Hospital (WCH) is teaming up with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring awareness about Strokes to our community during the month of May.  You may ask, “What is a Stroke?”  Per the CDC, a stroke can happen in one of two ways: Ischemic or Hemorrhagic.  An Ischemic stroke is when the blood supply to the brain is blocked and a Hemorrhagic stroke when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.  Either of these events causes brain tissue to die, which can lead to brain damage, disability, and death.

How do you know if you are risk for a stroke?

Strokes can happen to anyone at any age.  There are numerous factors that can increase your risk such as, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity.  Other risks include smoking and too much alcohol consumption.  Per the CDC, approximately 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke annually.

What are the signs and symptoms of a stoke?

The easiest way to remember the most common signs of a stroke is with the acronym F.A.S.T.

F = Face drooping: Ask a person to smile. Does one side droop?

A = Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech difficulty:  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?

T = Time to call 9-1-1:  If the person shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke treatment can begin in the ambulance.

Some other common signs of a stroke might include, sudden dizziness, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, a sudden severe headache with no known cause, sudden confusion, or sudden numbness to face, arm, or legs.

How is a stroke diagnosed and treated?

Your doctor can perform several different diagnostic tests, which include, computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  If you have had a stroke you may receive emergency care, treatment to help prevent another stroke, and rehabilitation to help regain any skills you may have lost.

Please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts_stroke.htm for more information about stokes symptoms and prevention.

WCH Generates $32.3 Million Annual Impact on the State’s Economy

Employs 122 people; generates additional 172 jobs for the community 

Washington County Hospital is a key contributor to Illinois’ economy, creating good-paying jobs to bolster working families while enhancing the health and well-being of the communities we serve. According to a new report, Washington County Hospital provides 294 direct and indirect jobs for the community, and generates a total annual impact of $32.3 million on the state economy.

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