Jefferson Regional Medical Center News


March 2011

Family Health Fair

Family Health Fair offers free screenings, information
Something for everyone planned at hospital conference center March 12.

The annual Jefferson Regional Medical Center Family Health Fair attracts hundreds of area residents looking for free health screenings, information and other services.

The fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12, in the hospital conference center. More than 50 booths will be set up throughout the center offering help and information for all ages.

One of the most popular features of the Family Health Fair returns this year offering children's bike helmets for only $5. Volunteers from the Twin City Optimists Club will be available again to make sure that the helmets fit properly.

Hospital departments and physician offices will be offering screenings at the fair. Among the many free tests available will be screening for glaucoma, high blood pressure, hearing loss, bone density, sleepiness, pulmonary function, smoking cessation and more.

Body mass index assessments will be provided for all, and information will be presented on resources for fitness and exercise. Long lines for cholesterol testing will be a thing of the past, as visitors this year will be able to pick up vouchers to receive a complete lipid panel screening at their convenience in the Outpatient Lab for only $10.

For more information about the health fair, call Jefferson Regional Marketing Coordinator Donna Easter at 636-933-5747.

January 2011

"Think Pink" event to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The St. Pius X High School Lady Lancer basketball team will again host a "Think Pink" event to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
This will be the third year for the fund-raising game. In 2009, the event raised more than $1,700, and last year the game against the Festus Tigers raised $2,868 to benefit breast cancer patients at Jefferson Regional.
This year's event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, when St. Pius hosts DeSoto High School. Both schools will design and sell T-shirts to promote the game. Money from the shirt sales will be combined with admission fees, 50/50 ticket sales, and concession stand proceeds to be donated to Jefferson Regional for cancer patients.
The St. Pius players will be wearing pink uniforms during the game, and all who attend the game are asked to wear pink. Last year's game was a standing room only sell-out.
For information call the high school at 636-931-7488.

Family, Gifts Welcome New Year's Day Baby at Jefferson Regional

When Aleyna Warden celebrates her third birthday on Jan. 28, none of the presents she receives will be as special as the one from Mom and Dad on her little brother's birthday.

Aden Keith Warden was the first baby of the new year born at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and proud parents Amy and Aaron Warden of Caledonia are almost as excited as the big sister.

"She says he's her baby," Amy Warden said.

Born at 1:31 p.m. on 1/1/11, Aden received two large gift packages from Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the OB/GYN physician groups at the hospital, and several local businesses.

"The gifts are fantastic," Amy Warden said. "The rocking chair from Cracker Barrel will be a keepsake."

With a due date of Jan. 20, Amy Warden said she never gave much thought to the possibility of being the mother of the first baby of the new year at the medical center.

"Everybody talked about it, but we expected it to be closer to Aleyna's birthday," Amy Warden said. "I was hoping for before the new year for insurance and tax purposes."

She almost had her wish, spending the night of Dec. 29 at the hospital after false labor. Her physician Dr. Luis Mertins predicted her return twice.

"He told me before he sent us home, 'I'm on call this weekend, I'll see you on New Year's Day.' He told me the same thing at my last office visit the day before," Amy Warden said.

With three trips from southern Washington County to Jefferson Regional in a week, Aaron Warden was familiar with the drive.

"It is about an hour to an hour and 10 minutes," he said.

"In labor it seems like about 30 hours," Amy Warden added. "It probably was about 45 minutes; he was driving a little faster than usual."

In addition to the gifts from the medical center and doctors, Aden left the hospital with a present his Dad was proud to display, a blue-trimmed camouflage diaper bag.

"He's going to be my hunting and fishing buddy, if he can beat his sister to it," Aaron Warden said.

Aden's birth weight was 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and he was 19 inches long. He will be welcomed home by his big sister Aleyna and and grandparents Layne and Susan Asher of Potosi, and Robert and Norma Warden of Belgrade. He is also the grandson of the late David Hinkle of Potosi.

In addition to contributions from the nurses and staff on the Third Floor Woman and Child Health Center and the Jefferson Regional Marketing Department, donations were made by OB/GYN Physicians, Dr. William Snidle, Dr. Charles Freeman and Dr. Luis Mertins, Pediatrician Dr. Venkata Nagireddi, Bank of Bloomsdale, Bon Vivant, Commerce Bank, Judy's Flower Basket, T-shirt Express and Wal-Mart of DeSoto.

December 2010

Jefferson Regional Health Foundation To Host Conference
Local presenters will address health, safety, and many other family and community issues

With the assistance and expertise of agencies throughout the region, the Jefferson Regional Health Foundation will present "Coming Together: Building Our Healthy Community Conference" from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, in the Jefferson Regional Conference Center.

More than 30 workshops presented by area experts will be available throughout the day including topics related to health and wellness, family life, first responders, county health issues, workplace wellness, schools and youth.

Lunch will be provided by the Jefferson Regional Health Foundation with a special presentation on healthcare reform. Attendance prizes will be awarded along with certificates of attendance.

Presenters from Jefferson Regional include Chest Pain Center Coordinator Laura Bailey, Safety Coordinator Deanna Bovaconti, Home Health Social Worker Robin Chmela, Pharmacy Director Ed Elder, Nurse Educator Courtland Hampton, Chaplain Dennis Heck, Wellness Coordinator Andy Held, Behavioral Health Director Brenda Johnston, Family Practice Physician Dr. Kenneth Kilian,Grant Writer Rede Lar, Emergency Department Director Shelley Layton, Behavioral Health Outpatient Coordinator Julie McDowell, Stroke Center Coordinator Regine Politte, Mental Health Counselor Rick Strait, and Hospice Social Worker Debbie Summers.

Community presenters include representatives from the Jefferson County Health Department, Juvenile Office, Sheriff's Office, Comtrea, Get Healthy DeSoto, American Cancer Society, Advanced Psychiatric Services and Herculaneum Police Chief Chris Pigg.

Pre-registration for the free conference is required by Jan. 14 and available on-line at www.jhsmo.com/calendar. Registration forms may also be requested from the Jefferson Regional Marketing Department. For more information call 636-933-1686.


It is not to late too get a flu shot!
Jefferson Regional Urgent Care is offering influenza vaccinations for just $17.50. The Urgent Care Center is located at 660A South Truman Blvd. in Festus near the Wal-Mart Supercenter, Jefferson Regional Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information on flu vaccines available at the urgent care center call 636-931-3800.

Jefferson Regional Acute Rehabilitation Accreditation

The Acute Rehab Unit at Jefferson Regional is the only one in the St. Louis area, and one of only five in the state, to receive CARF International accreditation for its Stroke Specialty program.

April 7
Jefferson Regional Earns National 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award and is Five Star Rated in Heart Failure Treatment, Respiratoty Failure Treatment,and Treatment of Pneumonia

December 18, 2009
Name Change Becomes Official

After more than 50 years as the healthcare leader in Jefferson County, the board and administration announced a reorganization and new identity for Jefferson Memorial Hospital effective Jan. 1, 2009. The hospital will be known as Jefferson Regional Medical Center operated by a new Missouri nonprofit corporation named Jefferson Health System.

"The name change to Jefferson Regional Medical Center is indicative of the growth and success of the facility," said president and CEO Lloyd Ford Jr., PhD, FACHE. "We acknowledge with great pride the accomplishments and contributions of the community in creating a tremendous institution, and this change is about moving forward and building on their foundation."

Jefferson Regional Medical Center will be the primary business operation for Jefferson Health System, along with two new nonprofit corporations, Jefferson Memorial Hospital Foundation and Jefferson Physician Network. A fourth entity, Jefferson Health Ventures will be a for profit corporation, which will engage in those support activities that are not appropriate for nonprofit businesses.

"The name Jefferson Regional Medical Center more adequately describes what our community hospital has become," said Dennis Gannon, president of the board of directors. "The latest cancer treatments, the best pulmonary care in the metropolitan area, and world-class cardiac care are all here at Jefferson Regional. Those services are being accessed by local patients as well as many from far beyond Jefferson County's borders."




Symbolism of New Logo

New Logo for Jefferson Regional Medical Center includes specific symbolism

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Jefferson Health System logo features a symmetrical cross as its main component reflecting the importance of exceptional healthcare in our strategies.

The logo's dark blue color is a reference to the blue that has been used as the hospital's main color scheme since it was founded more than 50 years ago.

The addition of green to the logo as an accent color symbolizes growth for the future.

The intersecting white waves that dissect the cross are a reference our community's history as a river town as well as the facility's location at the crossroads of the communities we serve."




Jefferson Regional Medical Center Is Now A Wi-Fi Hot Spot
For the convenience of our patients, visitors and Physicians Jefferson Regional Medical Center is pleased to provide free wireless Internet Service in most areas of the hospital. An unencrypted connection is available within the hospital at jmh-guest. For further information please call Information Services at 636-933-1329.




Jefferson Regional Medical Center Is On-Line
Jefferson Regional Medical Center has recently developed a web site and is providing many sources for health information and programming. As you can see this is something that will be very useful to our patients, their families and those who may want to know what kinds of services or facilities we have. There are also many other features we hope you will explore. You can look up medications in the drug search, find interesting health information or ask the FastNurse Research Correspondent a question and get a reply to your own personal question. This is a valuable resource and we hope that you will take full advantage of it.




Check Out Our New Features
Health Information Search
Connect With Our Doctors
Send A Medical Question To The FastNurse Research Correspondent.
Use The Medical Dictionary

Check Back Soon
Check back to this section of the website for updated news and hospital information. We are here to serve your needs and to keep you informed of options concerning your health.