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St. Joseph’s Hospital’s patient volume continues to grow

Hospital Dedicates Third Time Capsule Peggy Sebastian, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland (pictured front center left), and Jeannie Korte, manager of spiritual care (pictured front center right), led colleagues in a time capsule dedication ceremony on Aug. 28, continuing a tradition from previous time capsule dedications held in 1948 and 1987. A commemorative plaque will be placed in the hospital’s Franciscan Healing Garden to mark the occasion. St. Joseph’s Hospital has been a part of Highland for 137 years. The latest SJH facility opened its doors in August 2013.
Hospital Dedicates Third Time Capsule Peggy Sebastian, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland (pictured front center left), and Jeannie Korte, manager of spiritual care (pictured front center right), led colleagues in a time capsule dedication ceremony on Aug. 28, continuing a tradition from previous time capsule dedications held in 1948 and 1987. A commemorative plaque will be placed in the hospital’s Franciscan Healing Garden to mark the occasion. St. Joseph’s Hospital has been a part of Highland for 137 years. The latest SJH facility opened its doors in August 2013. Courtesy photo

The new St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) in Highland continued to see patient volumes grow during its second of operation, hospital officials recently announced.

SJH opened the doors to its new $63 million on Aug. 22, 2013. Since then:

▪ Inpatient admissions have increased 20 percent;

▪ Outpatient registrations/procedures have grown by 19; percent

▪ Surgical procedures climbed 12 percent; and

▪ Emergency room visits have risen by 35 percent.

“From the moment we announced that a new St. Joseph’s Hospital was going to be a reality more than four years ago, we promised local residents that they would have access to a hospital campus providing advanced technologies in a state-of-the-art facility that they would be proud to call their own,” Peggy A. Sebastian, St. Joseph’s Hospital president and CEO, said. “The new St. Joseph’s Hospital was designed to emphasize healing and wellness with a focus on outpatient treatment and therapy — and that’s exactly what we’ve seen since moving in on Day 1.”

SJH also added services and physicians and had several noteworthy accomplishments in year No. 2

New additions to the hospital’s medical staff included:

▪ Joshua Knolhoff, MD, general surgery (HSHS Medical Group);

▪ Meena Murugappan, MD, pulmonologist (HSHS Medical Group);

▪ Matthew Wilkinson, MD, pediatrics & internal medicine (HSHS Medical Group); and

▪ Rebecca Merchiori, ANP, nurse practitioner (HSHS Medical Group).

Partnering with the HSHS Medical Group, SJH also implemented the Hospitalist Physician Service, where individuals admitted to the Inpatient Services Department at SJH now have a dedicated physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By focusing their practice on the care of hospitalized patients, the hospitalist can gain a great insight in the unique aspects of a patient’s needs during their hospital stay.

In January, SJH also introducing the “Maternity Onto Motherhood” (MOM) women’s health service. SJH partners with its sister hospital St. Joseph’s Hospital-Breese in providing Highland area expectant mothers with quality care for mom and baby. All pre-natal visits are provided in Highland with an option for delivery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. The program also program provides lactation (breastfeeding) consulting, “Getting to Know Your Newborn” classes, and fetal non-stress testing.

“We must always continue to improve and introduce new services,” Sebastian said. “Having a new hospital facility gives us the ability to do more – and introduce new amenities - now and in the future.”

Awards won by SJH in the past year

Recognition given St. Joseph’s Hospital in its second year of operation included:

Top Performer on Key Quality Measure Award: Given by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. SJH was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia and surgical care. SJH was one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the Top Performer distinction.

“Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH)” designation: Given by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), this designation is validation to the importance SJH plays in delivering specialized emerging services.

5 Stars from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: SJH was of only 251 hospitals nationwide to earn 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars in a new rating system coordinated by CMS, which created the Star Ratings to give consumers to quick and easy assess the hospital patient experience of care information. SJH received a higher score than 25 St. Louis metro area hospitals on both sides of the Mississippi River.

Greenhealth Partner for Change Award: Presented by Practice Greenhealth, the award honors outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector. It was the sixth consecutive year SJH won the award.

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