OSF HealthCare - Archive (feature)

2018
April
24,
2018
OSF HealthCare became the first healthcare system in the nation to receive system-wide accreditation for its Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Fellowship. The fellowship brings together newly-licensed advanced practice nurses and physician’s assistan...
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April
19,
2018
It's been two years of change, uncertainty and anxiousness for the residents of Streator.  The community's in-patient hospital closed in early 2016 and OSF HealthCare announced it would take over the property, but the health care delivery model wo...
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April
17,
2018
On average, hospitals in the United States produce over 33 pounds of waste each day per staffed bed. With over 950,000 staffed beds in hospitals across the country, that results in nearly 6 million tons of waste per year. OSF HealthCare recently impl...
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April
05,
2018
It's been a long anticipated - nearly three years to be exact - but the day is finally here. OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center is ready to open the doors on its brand new North Tower addition. The centerpiece of the 144-thousand square f...
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March
29,
2018
Atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as AFib, is when the two upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and out of coordination with the two lower chambers of the heart. The result is less blood flow to the body that can lead to heart palpita...
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March
23,
2018
OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center further establishes its position as the number one hospital for stroke care in Rockford with the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. OSF Saint Anthony is the first and only medical center in north...
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March
22,
2018
The statistics should get your attention: More than 420,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest every year in the United States. 9 out of 10 of them will die. In 2012, the rate of survival in the state of Illinois was so poor it was selected to re...
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March
15,
2018
Among the myriad of medical services and programs provided by OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, there is an important behind-the-scenes service aimed at saving lives. The medical communications (MedComm) department at the ho...
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March
12,
2018
According to Consumer Reports, knee and hip replacements are now the third and fourth most common surgeries in U.S. hospitals, behind cesarean sections and circumcisions. Although these procedures are becoming even more prevalent as the Baby Boome...
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March
08,
2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of ...
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March
01,
2018
Lillian Stringer was a year old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive organs. Now 10, the Edelstein, Illinois girl (north of Peoria), endures multiple treatme...
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March
01,
2018
Providing the most advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients is the motivation behind a major investment being made by OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, in Ottawa.  Dotty Peare, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Saint Elizabeth, c...
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March
01,
2018
The OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute implanted an MRI-safe pacemaker into a patient in early February, the first procedure of its kind in east-central Illinois. Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Abraham Kocheril says the surgery went smoothly an...
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February
28,
2018
OSF HealthCare and the Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care (HOIHCOC) collaborative and its United Way partner agencies have been recognized by the City of Peoria for establishing a comprehensive interim housing system for individuals and fam...
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February
28,
2018
In an emergency situation, a main goal of first responders and emergency department personnel is to get people the competent and compassionate care they need efficiently. To foster that goal, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center has partnered...
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February
01,
2018
It's proven that a pet can be a big help in the healing process. Barb Roberts now knows that all too well.  As a longtime volunteer in the animal assisted therapy (AAT) program at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, in Rockford, Barb says...
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February
01,
2018
20 year old Cody Blacklock has never let an injury slow him down. The avid wakeboarder has had his share of spills and mishaps, but a major fall recently resulted in his eighth concussion, and he was having trouble recovering. “My symptoms didn't ...
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February
01,
2018
Nearly 400 patient beds.  1,400 new employees. More than 2,100 brand new devices added to a brand new network. That was just some of the monumental task facing OSF HealthCare as it welcomed hospitals in Urbana and Danville, Illinois as the n...
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January
24,
2018
February is American Heart Month, and OSF HealthCare is proud to kick off the month with The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement on February 2, 2018. Go Red for Women is designed to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke i...
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January
24,
2018
Medical advancements have led to beneficial changes for today's patients. Robotic surgery, for instance, reduces pain and discomfort, as well as the time a patient has to stay in the hospital - from weeks to days.  That was just one of the revelat...
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January
18,
2018
For 72 year old John Sumner, retirement was going well. He was spending time on the golf course and working part time at McBride’s Printing in Godfrey, IL – something he calls a hobby instead of a job. Although he had smoked for more than 50 years...
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January
18,
2018
It’s estimated that 80 percent of Americans will experience back or neck pain at some time in their lives, with billions of dollars spent each year to either treat the pain or because of lost productivity due to it. Any number of activities can ca...
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January
18,
2018
The new year brings new hope to the 4,700 people in Illinois waiting for an organ transplant. Now 16 and 17 year olds in the state can register to be organ donors - provided they have parental consent.  Allison Wallace, a hospital development coor...
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January
09,
2018
In its continuing mission to serve with the greatest care and love, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center has started a new program that will provide a free meal once a month to anyone who needs it. SmartMeals: Sharing Christ’s Love through Food i...
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January
04,
2018
It was an unexpected find: during the construction and renovation of the lobby and entrance at OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois, a time capsule was discoverd, buried behind a plaque that hung on the lobby wall. It had bee...
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January
04,
2018
While fortunately very low, cardiac arrests in school age children do occur, many of them are outside of the athletic setting. In addition, present screening practices are unable to identify every child who may be at risk. As such, it is important to...
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2017
December
28,
2017
Did you get a new smartphone for Christmas? Did it come with ear buds?  You'll want to listen to what an expert has to say before you have trouble listening at all.  Dr. Megan Haas is an audiologist for OSF HealthCare Medical Group in Escanaba,...
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December
21,
2017
Christmas is a magical time for children. That doesn’t stop just because you’re in the hospital. On Thursday, Bill Turney and Santa's Hospital Helpers made their 21st annual visit to OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. Turney and Sa...
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December
18,
2017
We are in the midst of the season of giving, and on Monday, the Livingston Anglers brought that spirit to OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. The group collected dozens of toys for kids, and along with OSF Heal...
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December
18,
2017
It's a winter past time that can transport you back to childhood - ice skating. As we get older, life, location and vocation can get in the way - and take you away from the rink. So when given the opportunity, the joy the rink once brought returns. ...
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