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Another Miracle that can come from Birth
(November 1, 2014) – Once a baby is born and the umbilical cord has been cut, the cord and the placenta are typically discarded. But just a little change, donating the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta, could have a positive effect on thousands of people’s lives.
New Leadership at OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center
(October 30, 2014) – As Saint Anthony’s Health Center enters into an historical affiliation with OSF Healthcare System, a new leader of Saint Anthony’s has been named. Ajay Pathak, most recently the Chief Integration Officer for OSF, has been appointed to serve as President and CEO of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center and OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, effective the first day of the affiliation, November 1, 2014.
Saint Anthony's Health System Receives Approval From State, Vatican

(October 3, 2014)  – The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George from Saint Anthony’s Health System announced yesterday that they received Canonical Approval from the Vatican on their affiliation with OSF Healthcare System.

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Saint Anthony's Recognizes Breast Health Month with Activities
(September 25, 2014) – In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Saint Anthony’s Health Center is offering a variety of health educational and promotional events for the community.
Athlete and Pioneer Honored
(September 25, 2014) – As human beings, competition is the essence of our spirits. We love to measure, categorize and compare ourselves to others. And the beauty of sports is that it allows us to do all of that while painting a picture of a competitor’s soul. Last week, SIUE looked into the soul of Saint Clare’s Communications Clerk, Kathy Rogers, and saw a champion.
New Pulmonologist Joins Saint Anthony's
(September 25, 2014) – Saint Anthony’s Health Center continues to bring full-time medical specialists to the area, the latest a pulmonologist: Umer Siddiqui, M.D. As the newest member of Saint Anthony’s Physician Group, Dr. Siddiqui specializes in pulmonary medicine -- or lung disorders -- including COPD, asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, sarcoidosis, chronic cough and sleep apnea.
Can't Stop Smoking? Don't Give Up!
(September 5, 2014) – If you have tried several times to quit smoking…and have not been too successful, you may think it is time to give up. Not true. Most people make four to eight tries over a period of five to seven years before they finally succeed.
Saint Anthony's Welcomes New Leaders
(August 7, 2014) -- Saint Anthony’s Health Center is proud to announce the addition of two new managers to their leadership team.  Deborah Birk has been appointed as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, and Clint Koerkenmeier is the new Director of Oncology Services.
Keeping Colon Cancer at Bay
(August 6, 2014)  Emily Albright, M.D.; General Surgeon with Saint Anthony’s Physician Group --  Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among both men and women in the United States, and it’s never to be taken lightly. It kills about 50,000 Americans every year.
Saint Anthony’s Emergency Services Offers Tips for Surviving the Heat
(July 23, 2014) -- With the summer temperatures rising, spending time outdoors is common practice. To make sure your warm weather enjoyment doesn't turn into dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion or worse, the health care professionals from Saint Anthony’s Emergency Department want to share why it’s so important to protect yourself from the heat while working, playing or vacationing.
Migraine Madness!
According to the National Headache Foundation, over 37 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with migraines and 47% of the adult population experience some form of headache annually.
Don't Let Injuries Stop Your Workouts
(July 16, 2014)  By Kelly Bogowith, PT, DPT, CSCS – Regular exercise is good for you – in fact, crucial for good long-term health. Yet those who embrace exercise enthusiastically often find themselves battling injuries – mostly minor – that put them on the sideline for a few weeks at a time.
Saint Anthony's Stroke Specialties: Emergency Room to Rehab
(July 16, 2014) – Dan McPherson, of Bethalto, had just finished his lunch when he started feeling sick to his stomach. The 87-year old made it to the bathroom before the nausea took a hold of him. When his daughter Norma arrived a few minutes later, he could hear her talking but could not reply, and his motor skills were declining rapidly. Fortunately for Dan, Norma recognized that he was having a stroke
Saint Anthony's Food Drive Aims to Restock Shelves
(July 8, 2014)) – Saint Anthony’s Health Center concluded its summer food drive last week to help restock the shelves at Crisis Food Center and Community Hope Center.
When is Abdominal Pain Appendicitis?
By Emily Albright, M.D., General Surgeon with Saint Anthony’s Physician Group -- There’s nothing halfway about appendicitis. You have it or you don’t. And if you have it, the solution is surgical removal of the appendix...right away. Most people know that appendicitis is characterized by a severe pain in the abdomen, particularly on the lower right side. Even so, appendicitis is easy to mistake for other ailments and often goes undetected, particularly in children, until emergency measures are needed.
Saint Anthony's Therapist Talks about Carpal Tunnel
(June 20, 2014) – Our hands are designed to perform many different and versatile tasks. But if you are over 50, overweight, female and/or your daily activities require you to perform repetitive or vibrating actions, you have an increased risk of experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Saint Anthony's Oncologist Presents at National Cancer Meeting
(June 20, 2014) -- Kevin Palka, M.D., a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist with Saint Anthony’s Health Center, was an invited panelist at the May 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.
Help for Hernias
By Emily Albright, M.D., General Surgeon -- A hernia occurs when the inside layers of the abdominal muscle have weakened, resulting in a bulge or tear. One type of hernia more common in men than women is an inguinal hernia – a bulge in the groin or scrotum. Inguinal hernias account for 75% of all hernias and are most common in men.
Hand Therapy Offered at Saint Anthony's Health Center
(May 29, 2014) – As a career counselor, Edna Melcher, of Alton, is an expert at helping people keeps their hands busy. So when physical pain in her hands started affecting her work, she became concerned. The human hand is a complex structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves, said Carol Babcock, an occupational therapist with Saint Anthony’s Health Center. Its design is so superior
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