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Medical Staff Presents Scholarships

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

This year a total of 5 students earned scholarships worth $1,000 each to be used for their education seeking healthcare careers.

The Medical Staff awarded scholarships to:

Rebekah Kuhl

Troy, Illinois

St. Louis University

Occupational Therapy

Kevin Schrader

Collinsville, Illinois

SIU School of Medicine

Medical Doctor

Sydney Schwegel

Bunker Hill, Illinois

SIU School of Medicine

Medical Doctor

Kennison Adams

Edwardsville, Illinois

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Medical Doctor

Samantha Bassler

St. Jacob, Illinois

Goldfarb School of Nursing


Pictured left to right are: Dr. Michael Mulligan, Sydney Schwegel, Dr. Kelly Geldmacher, Samantha Bassler, Dr. Thomas Hulsen, Rebekah Kuhl, Dr. Laura Bird and Dr. Charles Lane.


Local Boy Scout Brings Light to Hope Monument


This young man is working hard to earn his Eagle Scout rank -- the highest rank and honor within the Boy Scouts.  Nicholas Branding, 12, of Granite City and Troop 1046 recently earned his Life Scout rank and stands one badge away from earning Eagle Scout.  He will achieve the rank by completing his Eagle Scout-Service Project, which Anderson Hospital is the beneficiary.  Nicholas’ project involves installation of lighting and refreshing landscaping around Anderson Hospital’s Angel of Hope Monument.  

The monument, unveiled in 2016, is a solemn place that offers anyone facing grief a place of comfort and solace.  The Share Group, a support group for those whose lives have been touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life, helped raise funds for the monument and holds events there each year. 

Nicholas’ project is very personal.  His sister, Natalie, was stillborn at Anderson Hospital when he was just 3 years old.  Since then his family has been involved with the Share Group and continues to visit the monument where a brick paver memorializes Natalie.  “This is my way to honor my sister,” said Nicholas.  His project will allow the monument to shine even in the darkest of nights.

Earning merit badges is no small feat. The rank of Eagle Scout requires 21 badges with 13 specific to the rank.  Most Scouts approach the Eagle Scout rank well into their teens.  At the young age of 12 (almost 13) Nicholas has earned 40 merit badges!  One of the Boy Scout laws is, “A Boy Scout must be reverent.”  As “reverence is an attitude of honoring life,” Nicholas is doing just that.

Nicholas plans to work on the project over the summer with hopes to unveil the finished project before the October 5 Day of Remembrance event. 

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Anderson Breaks Ground on 1st Building on Goshen Campus


Today representatives from Anderson Healthcare, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, City of Edwardsville, Korte Construction and other community supporters ceremoniously broke ground on a one story building that will house the Anderson Surgery Center and an SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic.

The Anderson Surgery Center will provide an array of services for both adults and children.   “Our plans are to provide an exceptional facility and patient experience,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, Anderson Hospital Chief Nursing Officer.   “The surgical center will include private patient pre and post-operative areas, two operating rooms and a procedure room.  A lab draw station and plain film x-ray machine will be on site to complement surgical services as well as provide an additional outpatient service to local residents.”

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital will be the pediatric partner, in partnership with SLUCare Physician Group, in this unique facility.  “Anderson Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital have a longstanding relationship that has enhanced pediatric services in Madison and our surrounding counties,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital President and CEO.  “This facility continues that partnership while also offering exceptional outpatient surgery options for adults and children.”

The building is anticipated to be complete by summer 2020.  The project cost is $8.5 million. 

Three additional buildings are planned in the future for the complex and may include a physician office building, urgent care center and imaging center.

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