Metro-East News

Anderson Hospital names new chairman for department of surgery

Ryan Diederich has been named the chairman for the department of surgery at Anderson Hospital.
Ryan Diederich has been named the chairman for the department of surgery at Anderson Hospital.

Ryan Diederich, of MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, was named chairman for the department of surgery at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Diederich is a native of Southern Illinois and established MidAmerica Plastic Surgery in Glen Carbon in 2011. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

“I am honored to be named to this position, and I look forward to the next two years of serving my fellow surgeons and the patients in our region,” Diederich said in a press release.

Touchette adds podiatrist

Franklin Harry Provided

Touchette Regional Hospital has added Franklin Harry, a doctor of podiatric medicine, to its Archview Medical team in Sauget. Harry specializes in diabetic foot care, bone deformities, arthritis, foot and ankle injuries. Harry completed podiatric training at Barry University.

Harry said, in a press release, “I want to stress the importance of foot health through patient education and offering the best podiatric services I can.”

HSHS Medical Group adds doctors

Strong, Hannah
Hannah Strong, pediatrician. Provided

Hannah Strong, a pediatrician, has joined the HSHS Medical Group and will care for patients at two locations: HSHS Medical Group Family and Internal Medicine of Highland and HSHS Holy Family Health Center of Greenville. She will accept patients from birth to 21 years old.

Strong completed her doctorate of osteopathic medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association.

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Sumbul Meraj, an infectious disease physician. Provided

Sumbul Meraj, an infectious disease physician, has joined the HSHS Medical Group team. She will see patients at 775 Sunset Blvd. in O’Fallon.

Meraj completed her medical degree at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She is board certified in internal medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians.

Meraj specializes in the prevention of infection and infection control, treating conditions requiring antibiotics, diagnosing and treating fevers of unknown origin, treating infectious disease in the HIV population, tropical medicine and wound care.

Promotion at Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water and Iowa American Water have promoted Beth Matthews to director of engineering. She will manage and coordinate capital investment projects in both Illinois and Iowa.

Matthews joined Illinois American Water in 2010 as a planning engineer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University and a master’s degree in the same from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Heidi Wiechert: 618-239-2500, @BND_HeidiW