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August 9, 2013

Hospitals receive state grants

MT. VERNON — Gov. Pat Quinn announced $5.1 million in investments to hospitals across Southern Illinois — 28 in all — as part of $24.3 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program.

“It’s important for Southern Illinois hospitals to take good care of all of our people. We want to make sure we put health care as our top priority,” Quinn said during a news conference Thursday at Good Sam’s surgical center. “These investments will create good construction jobs while helping Southern Illinois hospitals provide better service and treatment to their patients.”

Quinn added, “We have to have 21st Century medicine in Illinois. We’ve got to make sure these hospitals get these resources necessary that they can invest … that’s what these capital grants are all about.”

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center received $257,750 for an operating room integration system.

Mike Warren, president of Good Sam, said the integration system is being used in all six surgical units that simplifies often complex operating functions.

“The system provides a simple, single point of control to route all of our images, video, our data, our lighting, and our audio that a surgical team needs. The system has improved timeliness of procedures and patient safety, and it did so by providing an organized and systematic environment to complete surgical interventions,” Warren said.

Funds received for St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia are being used to update radiology and nuclear medicine equipment.

“This equipment, which is used for a wide range of diagnostic testing, is integral to the care provided by St. Mary’s Hospital to the community,” Warren said. “Grants like this truly make health care better and safer for our patients.”

In addition to Good Samaritan, area hospitals receiving grant money include: Franklin Hospital in Benton, $176,345 to replace the water plumbing system; Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, $176,120 for a new fire suppression system and loading dock; Salem Township Hospital, $176,142 to renovate clinical space for a rural health center; Marshall-Browning Hospital in Du Quoin, $172,407 for equipment and HVAC upgrades; Pinckeyville Community Hospital, $172,520 for roof replacement and a new fuel backup system; Washington County Hospital in Nashville, $173,510 to construct a storage building and IT server room; and Fairfield Memorial Hospital, $183,680 for a new generator.

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