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Anderson’s Diabetes Self Management Program Can Help

Uncontrolled diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar levels. While many people are aware of the immediate complications of diabetes, such as high blood sugar and the need for insulin, it is important to understand how uncontrolled diabetes can affect the entire body over time. From head to toe, this condition can wreak havoc on various organs and systems, leading to serious health complications.

1. Cardiovascular System: Uncontrolled diabetes significantly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) and increasing the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.

2. Nervous System: Diabetes can cause nerve damage, known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition primarily affects the feet and legs, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain. Over time, it can also affect the nerves in other parts of the body, including the digestive system, causing problems with digestion and bowel movements.

3. Eyes: Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This can cause vision problems, including blurred vision, floaters, and even blindness if left untreated.

4. Kidneys: Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney disease. High blood sugar levels can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys, impairing their ability to filter waste from the blood. This can eventually lead to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.

5. Skin: People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to skin infections and slow wound healing. High blood sugar levels can impair the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. Additionally, poor circulation can lead to dry, itchy skin and foot ulcers that are difficult to heal.

6. Digestive System: Diabetes can affect the nerves that control the digestive system, leading to problems such as gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying), which can cause nausea, vomiting, and bloating. It can also lead to constipation or diarrhea.

7. Sexual Health: Uncontrolled diabetes can affect both men and women’s sexual health. In men, it can lead to erectile dysfunction, while women may experience vaginal dryness and decreased libido.

8. Immune System: High blood sugar levels can weaken the immune system, making individuals with uncontrolled diabetes more susceptible to infections, including urinary tract infections, skin infections, and respiratory infections.

It is crucial for individuals with diabetes to manage their blood sugar levels through proper diet, regular exercise, medication, and regular check-ups with healthcare professionals. By doing so, they can minimize the risk of complications and maintain a healthier, more fulfilling life.


October 25, 2023 (Maryville, IL) – Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Adam Quitmeyer, RN,  of Anderson Hospitalwas recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The nomination submitted read:

“I was in the hospital following an ER visit and emergency Pace Maker implanted. Adam was the Nurse on the ICU level at night during my stay. He was just exceptionally kind, constantly checked on me, answered tons of questions, and continuously went above and beyond. I was quite scared considering my heart had such a large issue, but Adam kept checking on me, letting me know he would return, offered his assistance with every little thing to include making sure I was hydrating, checking my hydration levels, getting me food, and preparing me for all of my tests. My family was not able to stay at the hospital and thanks to Adam I didn’t feel so lonely and he was so reassuring and kind. I had an issue where my chest was hurting badly and made me very nervous. When I told him about it rather than just addressing it he took the time to explain what was happening and why it was hurting. He explained that the muscle where the PaceMaker was attached was irritated and that the areas around it can become tense and have pain as well. He then got me some pain medication and checked on me multiple times to make sure I was feeling better. I am very thankful that I had Adam on shift during my stay at Anderson Hospital and wished every medical professional was as kind, caring, and thorough as he was.”

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. 

Changes in Leadership: As we continue to grow and evolve as an organization, it is essential to ensure that our leadership structure aligns with our goals and objectives. With this in mind, we have made some strategic changes in leadership including the appointment of a new Chief Nursing Officer.

Current Chief Nursing and Operating Officer for Anderson Hospital, Lisa Spencer, will transition to Anderson Hospital President in early 2024.  On October 11, she announced the appointment of Andrea Burns, RN, BSN, as the incoming Chief Nursing Officer. 

Andrea has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, with 23 of those being at Anderson Hospital. “Throughout her career, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills; inspiring and motivating her team to provide the highest quality of care,” said Lisa. “Andrea brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and heart to the Administration Department.”

Andrea has a proven track record of driving positive change and implementing innovative strategies to enhance patient outcomes. As our new CNO, she will play a pivotal role in shaping our nursing department’s future, ensuring the highest standards of care, and fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. She will work closely with our entire team to drive excellence in nursing practice, promote professional development, and enhance patient satisfaction.

Andrea will be transitioning into her new role as she works on a replacement for her current position, Director of Care Coordination and Specialized Nursing Services.  The official effective date and delegation of duties will be December 1, 2023.

Anderson Hospital is proud to honor and celebrate the extraordinary leadership, dedication and selfless service of Anderson Hospital Board Member, Frank Flanigan,  who has volunteered tirelessly for an incredible 55 years.   In recognition of this milestone, Flanigan was honored with a plaque dedication and reception at Anderson Hospital on Tuesday, September 26, 2003.

“Today, we gather to express our deepest gratitude and admiration for Frank’s exceptional service to Anderson Hospital,” said Keith A. Page, Anderson Healthcare President and CEO.   “Over the course of five and a half decades, he has played an integral role in shaping the hospital’s success and growth, embodying the spirit of volunteerism and community service.”

Flanigan’s unwavering commitment began long before the doors of Anderson Hospital opened.   His determination to bring a hospital to the area began in 1966.  In the years that followed, he played an essential role in all aspects of the hospital campaign. 

In 1968, Flanigan filed articles of incorporation as the registered agent of the Central Madison County Hospital Association (CMCHA). The CMCHA was comprised of people from Collinsville, Edwardsville, Maryville, Troy, Hamel, Glen Carbon, and Caseyville. 

Flanigan was the co-chairman of a capital fund drive, conducted in 1971-72, which resulted in contributions and pledges of nearly $2 million – nearly twice the goal. 

Flanigan was there for the Anderson Hospital groundbreaking ceremony on April 21, 1974, and on January 5, 1977, when the first patient was admitted to the Hospital.

Since opening, Frank has been a continuous supporter of Anderson Hospital serving in many capacities including Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2008. He has received numerous awards for his personal successes, leadership and civic service. 

We are excited to announce the appointment of Patrick Garvey, CPA, as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Anderson Healthcare System. With an impressive background in finance, Patrick brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare management, including 10 years as a CFO in various health systems.  He most recently served as CFO at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, Tennessee.

As our new CFO, Patrick will play a pivotal role in guiding our financial strategies, ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of our healthcare system.  He will manage the fiscal operations for all System entities, including Anderson Hospital and Community Hospital of Staunton.  He will also have responsibility for the departments of Finance, Materials Management, Revenue Cycle (including Patient Access, PFS, and Coding), and Managed Care contracting.

We are confident that Patrick will bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to our financial operations, fostering a culture of fiscal responsibility and will be instrumental in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare economics.

Patrick’s first day was Monday, August 28, 2023.

Ann Altgilbers achieves board certification in advanced diabetes management through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Ann Altgilbers MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CPN has recently passed a rigorous examination that qualifies them as board certified in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM) through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Attaining this certification showcases Altgilbers’ expertise in providing people with diabetes in the metro east access to high quality diabetes care and management.

“Obtaining the board certification in advanced diabetes management, shows my commitment to my patients and nursing practice. Continuing education is so important for the care that I deliver to my patients. I will continue to keep learning and collaborating with my patients to reach their health goals,” said Altgilbers.

“Becoming certified in advanced diabetes management helps to ensure that the services Ann provides are commensurate with their advanced training,” said Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, ADCES director of accreditation and content development. “Potential and current employers should recognize this credential as a distinguishing factor when considering the workforce they deploy to assist those with diabetes to reach their health goals and to have a meaningful role in the management of those with diabetes, prediabetes and cardiometabolic conditions.”

The person holding the BC-ADM credential skillfully manages complex needs and assists people with prediabetes, diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions in their therapeutic problem-solving. Health care professionals who hold the BC-ADM certification, based on their scope of practice defined by their state licensure, can:

Altgilbers practices at Endocrinology of Maryville and has practice hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Maryville. Some Monday hours in Highland.

Obtaining the BC-ADM certification from ADCES for advanced clinician practitioners promotes recognition of their skills and knowledge managing the complex needs of people with prediabetes, diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Learn more about the BC-ADM credential at

Ann Altgilbers MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CPN

A recent donation of training equipment is enhancing preparedness and improving the skills of rural fire departments and their community members.  Thanks to a grant from the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program, Community Hospital of Staunton (CHS) was able to purchase CPR mannequins intended for rural volunteer fire departments.

Anderson Hospital EMS Coordinator, Darin Hartman, along with CHS President, Larry Spour, and Past-President, Sue Campbell, presented the equipment during a recent training at the Hamel Fire Department (FD).  Responders from Hamel Fire\EMS, New Douglas FPD, Alhambra FPD, Olive FPD and Worden FPD were in attendance.  The CPR mannequins will be used by these dedicated volunteers to teach their citizens hand only CPR. CHS’s generosity and support through this donation will undoubtedly enhance preparedness and improve the skills of rural community first responders.

The training event also included first responder instruction on various scenarios using a high-fidelity mannequin known as the Apollo High-Fidelity Patient Simulator.  “This advanced manikin can simulate real-life scenarios, allowing our team to practice and refine their techniques in a safe and controlled environment,” said Darin.   “This invaluable training will ultimately translate into better care and assistance for our community members during emergencies.”

One of the rewarding things about being a community hospital is when we get the chance to “give back” to the community.  Our Auxiliary and Medical Staff do that every year through the scholarship programs they created for area students seeking education and careers in healthcare!

This year a total of 13 students earned scholarships worth $1,000 each to be used for their education seeking healthcare careers. Eligible students must be enrolled in hospital-related healthcare fields. 

The Medical Staff awarded scholarships to:

Kennison Adams, Edwardsville

Ellery Darr, Edwardsville

Courtney Garrison, Collinsville

Amber Gassmann, Maryville

Lily Jurgena, Collinsville

Gracy Levin, Alhambra

Sarah McLaughlin, Maryville

Mackenzie Sievers, New Douglas


The Auxiliary of Anderson Hospital awarded five $1000 scholarships for the 2023/24 academic year. 
Scholarship recipients were honored at an Anderson Hospital Auxiliary dinner on July 31, 2023.


Kennison Adams, Edwardsville

Jonathan Botterbush, Godfrey


Amber Gassmann, Maryville


Mackenzie Sievers, New Douglas,

Kate Toennies, Albers

Congratulations to our 2023 recipients and best wishes for continued success.



6 of the scholarship winners were presented their scholarships from a group of our Medical Staff leaders on Tuesday, August 1.  Three of the winners also earned the Auxiliary Scholarship including Kennison Adams, Amber Gassmann and Mackenzie Sievers.

Pictured:  Winners, front row, left to right are:  Lily Jurgena, Mackenzie Sievers, Ellery Darr, Gracy Levin, Sara McLaughlin, and Courtney Garrison. 

medicalstaff scholars with logo

Keith A. Page set to retire in February 2024

KAP 2023


On Tuesday, August 1, Anderson Healthcare President and CEO, Keith A. Page, announced his future retirement and succession plan to the staff of Anderson Healthcare.  Page is planning a February 2024 retirement which will then mark 28 years of leadership at Anderson Healthcare.   “It has been an incredible privilege to serve as the President and CEO of Anderson Healthcare,”  said Page.  “Together, we have achieved remarkable milestones, overcome challenges, and made a lasting impact on the lives of countless patients and their families. I am immensely proud of the progress we have made in advancing healthcare, fostering innovation, and providing exceptional care to our community.”

Page began his career at Anderson Hospital in Maryville as chief operating officer in 1996 and became president and chief executive officer in 2003.  He has spearheaded many key projects over the years including the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center; an award-winning chest pain center and cardiac catheterization lab; private patient rooms; 24/7 SSM Cardinal Glennon pediatric staffing in Anderson’s emergency room and OB unit; 4 Express Care facilities throughout local communities; the establishment of Anderson Healthcare; the addition of Community Hospital of Staunton to Anderson Healthcare; and the establishment of Anderson Medical Group. 

Most recently, Page lead the development of a 15-acre Anderson Healthcare Goshen Campus in Edwardsville. This location includes three facilities including the Anderson Surgery Center with Cardinal Glennon Specialty Clinic, the  Anderson Rehabilitation Institute and a 50,000 square foot, multi-specialty medical building offering outpatient services as well as over 20 Anderson Medical Group providers.

“None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the unwavering dedication and commitment of our exceptional staff,” expressed Page. “I am grateful for having been a part of such an extraordinary journey, transforming a small community hospital into a regional healthcare system.”

As Page prepares to step down from his role in 2024, he is confident that the hospital is in capable hands as his transition has been carefully planned for several years.  “Our leadership team, along with the entire staff, is well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare and continue to deliver exceptional care to our patients,” he said.  Page announced that upon his retirement, the current Chief Operating Officer, Mike Marshall, will assume responsibilities of President/CEO of Anderson Healthcare.  The current Chief Nursing Officer, Lisa Spencer, will take on a new position as President of Anderson Hospital. “Mike and Lisa have shown extraordinary leadership and knowledge of our organization over the years,” said Page. “I have no doubt that under their leadership, we will continue to be a pillar of healthcare excellence in our community.”

Page was honored earlier this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber said,  “Anderson Healthcare, one of the region’s largest employers, continues to evolve and innovate through Page’s leadership. The economic impact Page’s efforts have had, both directly and indirectly, are staggering. The positive quality-of-life impact on those needing accessible medical services is immeasurable.”



Congratulations Daisy Award Winner


July 28, 2023 (Maryville, IL) – Emergency Department Nurse, Madison Roam, RN,  of Anderson Hospital was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

The nomination submitted read:

Madison was the first person I  encountered when the paramedics wheeled me into the Emergency Room. She was the nurse that helped me change into a hospital gown somehow preserving my modesty in a room of 6 men. She was competent,  efficient, caring,  professional, and personable all at the same time.  I came into ER with chest pain during an evening where the department was swamped. A lot of my time was  spent waiting for test results.  Even though Madison had a lot of other patients that evening,  she always checked on me to make sure that I  didn’t need anything,  that I  wasn’t in pain, etc. It was a very long night. After about 7 hrs, it was finally decided that  I would be admitted, but no room/bed was available  on the floor. Madison went in search of a hospital bed to be brought to the ER because I had spent over 8 hrs on a gurney, none could be found. It finally calmed down for the Emergency room staff and Madison could tell that I was getting anxious laying there, my family members had gone home, I  was uncomfortable on the gurney, so Madison spent time with me, doing vital signs, checking IV sites, all the while talking to me. After a while, we deduced that we are in fact almost neighbors. Madison is young and at the beginning of her nursing career, but she is showing the compassion and professionalism of a nurse that is much older with more nursing time behind her. She is truly an asset to Anderson Hospital and especially to the Emergency Department. I want to thank her for taking such excellent care of me on a crazy night in the ER.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.  

Said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Doctor of Humane Letters (h.c) and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do.  The kind of work the nurses at Anderson Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

For a complete listing of healthcare organizations currently running the program, please go to


In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to

the nursing profession internationally in over 5,000 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with

recognition of Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nurses Advancing Health Equity,

Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes

Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Medical Mission Grants and their new

Health Equity Grant programs. More information is available at