Washington County Hospital named top critical access hospital

Washington County Hospital (WCH) in Nashville, IL was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice Recipient – Quality, in the country.
The top 20 CAHs, including WCH, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Quality. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.
The top 20 CAHs have achieved success in overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. This group was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2022 top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.
The top 20 CAH best practice recipients have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance: Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across rural- relevant process of care measures. Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across
all 10 HCAHPS domains.
“Washington County Hospital is proud of the efforts of the providers and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says Brian Monsma, President. “Our results as a top Best Practice Recipient – Quality means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

About Washington County Hospital
Washington County Hospital is a 22 bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We provide acute care, swing/skilled care, surgical services, specialty clinic services and a full range of ancillary services. We also have a 28 bed long term care unit. WCH is located in Nashville, IL just 50 miles east of St. Louis, MO. WCH is affiliated with SSM Healthcare St. Louis and SSM
St. Mary’s/ Good Samaritan, Inc. in Centralia and Mt. Vernon. For more information, see
www.washingtoncountyhospital.org. Like WCH on Facebook.

About NRHA
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research.
NRHA’s membership is made up of diverse individuals and organizations from across the country, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

About the Chartis Group
The Chartis Group provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, health analytics, informatics and technology, digital and emerging technologies, clinical quality and operations, and strategic communications, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals, and health care service organizations achieve transformative results and

Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Program kick off event to be held June 7

Nashville Public Library launches its Read Beyond the Beaten Path summer reading program with a registration party on June 7th at the park from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come sign up your family and play the day away with fun games and bounce houses. 

During the next six weeks, the library will host a range of free activities for children and families to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Themed events include building birdhouses, making seed bombs, a “build-a-turtle” friend, going on a bear hunt, and an interactive animal show. These events will be held weekly at the library on June 14th, 21st, 28th, July 12th and 19th from 1:00pm-1:45pm.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said librarian Kelsey Schaepperkoetter. 

Teens and adults are invited to participate in the summer program as well. Track your summer reading to earn raffle tickets for grand prize items like Barnes & Noble gift cards and Kindles.  

This program is free and open to all. A library card is not needed to participate. Registration will remain open until July 12th. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call 618-327-3827.

— Submitted article

WCH to hold annual Health Fair all June

The Washington County Hospital is giving those interested the chance to get the 411 on their health this summer with its annual Health Fair.

Those interested are able to come the entire month of June during regular business hours for the WCH Lab.  They will go to Registration and tell them about the Health Fair lab work during regular hospital lab hours. Patients will next be given an order to take to the lab. At the time of registration you will pay for your labs and you can pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card. The results will be sent to the provider of their choice and then they can get their results through SSM MyChart QR code.

The Health Fair runs from June 1 to June 30. Available tests include general health profile, vitamin D screening, PSA blood test and A1C profile.

Check out the graphic below for prices or visit www.washingtoncountyhospital.org for more information.

Wesselmann signs with McKendree Univerisity

Abby Wesselmann is continuing her athletic career by becoming a Bearcat.

Wesselmann, who just finished her sophomore year at Rend Lake College, recently signed her letter of intent to play beach volleyball for McKendree University.

“I am so excited to keep my athletic career going,” Wesselman said. “It was always my plan to continue my academics going I just wasn’t sure where that was going to happen.”

Wesselmann was a top-performing defense specialist for the Warriors during her time at Rend Lake. She particularly shined during her sophomore year, placing seventh in the nation in digs per set (6.16) and eighth in total digs with 715. She was also selected for the NJCAA All-Region 24 Second Team.

Warriors Head Coach Reggie Bateman said Wesselmann has been a key player throughout her time at RLC. The team had one of its most successful years in recent memory, going 19-12 and 8-6 in conference play. It was the first winning season in 15 years.

“Wess is a floor general,” Bateman said. “She takes care of the defense. She tells everyone which way it is going and will dive through a wall for you. She’s a hustler and floor captain.”

This year marks the first time for McKendree University to offer the beach volleyball program.

“This is an exciting time for McKendree Athletics as the emergence of beach volleyball at the collegiate level continues to grow at a rapid rate and we’re excited to be able to add the sport to our intercollegiate athletics program here at McKendree and also to the Metro East area,” McKendree University Director of Athletics Anthony Francis said during the announcement last December. “I’m very confident that our new beach volleyball program will be a fit here at McKendree and will be able to succeed in conjunction with our current women’s indoor volleyball program.”

Wesselmann said she looks forward to continuing her career, earning her bachelor’s degree and finding her place in the world.

“One of the most important lessons would be to never have self doubt,” she said. “You are on the court for a reason, the teams needs you to be there mentally so you never have anytime to doubt yourself.”

Wesselmann added that what she has loved about playing is the competition and the opportunity to rise to the occasion.

“My favorite thing about the game would be the speed and competition you play against,” she said. “College ball is the real deal, everyone that is playing is on the court for a reason. Competition is always my favorite because the games are always so high intense and close.”

Abby Wesselmann center signs her letter of intent to play volleyball for McKendree University. with her parents Brian and Jamie Wesselmann and Rend Lake College Head Coach Reggie Bateman.

Gallery: NCHS Class of 2022 graduation

Nashville Community High School honored its senior class on Sunday, May 22, with a commencement ceremony held in a nearly packed Assembly Hall.

The commencement had messages of hope and inspiration. The ceremony included a special song selection performed by the NCHS choir. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John was chosen as a way to remark on the challenges from the past several years. NCHS Principal Mark Begando remarked how this year’s class was a “resilient one.”

Check out our gallery below from the commencement, and congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Nashville Middle School promotes Class of 2022

Nashville Middle School held a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 20, to promote its eighth grade class.

The commencement, held in the primary school gym, featured several presentations, including the announcement of honor students, the President’s Education Awards and the leadership awards.

The class recognized five valedictorians: Emma Behrmann, Ramon Santiago, Isabelle Schmale, Grace Stein and Brynn Stiegman. The class salutatorian was Jadyn Dees.

Click through our gallery from the graduation, and congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Washington County finds homes for 32 local pets in April

What started as a goodbye gift for a parting animal love resulted in several local pets finding a home.

The Washington County Animal Control reported that 30 dogs and two cats were adopted in April. Dana Antoine and her husband Nic donated the funds to cover the adoptions fees, which totaled $900, according to an article in the Nashville News.

“We owe her a huge Thank You! Thank you for the 3 years of hard work and dedication that she gave to us and Thank You for this amazing going away gift!” the shelter said in a post.

A going away party for the Antoine family will be held on Sunday, May 15, at Nashville Memorial Park pavilion. 4, beginning at 1 p.m.

Tri-M to host Popalooza event at NCHS

Poplooza music concert will bring a fun and festive event to the Nashville Community High School this weekend.

The carnival is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the back parking lot and pavilion, and is sponsored by Tri-M. There will be face painting, arcade games, carnival games and bounce houses. Live music will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Baldy’s Barbecue will also be catering.

Where I Came From: Rosemary Evans-Marcrum

Editor’s note: Where I Came From is a new feature column highlighting specific small town success stories. For some, growing up in a smaller community helped shape them who they are. For others, it was the catalyst that helped them seek bigger and better things. This column will function as a space to tell those stories and the impact of those origin stories.

Rosemary Evans-Marcrum is at the forefront of the future as a professional engineer.

“I get to work with some of the most extraordinary people and projects that I have never done before,” she said. “I get to learn and touch new advanced technology right at my fingertips.”

She works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a high clearance position with artificial intelligence and specifically . She said while she cannot say specifics, much of what the world as everyone knows it now will be completely different.

“It’s going to change a lot of how things are done around the world,” she said. “The world in 2030 will never be the same!”

When it comes to her introduction to school, Evans-Marcum credits her desire to learn from her parents. She said she learned a lot from her mother, who worked as a school teacher in the 1950s. She studied at home and learned about math, reading, writing and social studies.

Growing up in Southern Illinois in the 70s, Evans-Marcrum But when she first went to Sandoval Grade School, she was placed in a special education class. When her parents found out that they placed her there without testing, they called to immediately correct the situation.

“They removed me and put me in a much more proper class that I needed,” she said. 

But that wasn’t the first and only time that she felt like she was held back. She said she often felt ostracized by those around her.

“A lot of the teachers were very discriminating against students that didn’t come from families of the area,” Evans-Marcum said. “I grew bitter over time and just decided to get myself out… There were only a couple of teachers that I had respect for and that’s it.” 

Evans-Marcrum left Sandoval in 1985 after her mother passed away and promised not to look back. Moving to St. Louis in hopes of becoming an electrical engineer, she found that college was a breeze, and eventually worked her way to her position at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, is federally funded through the US Department of Defense and its purpose is to apply advanced technology to handle national security problems.

Evans-Marcrum is now married to wife Christy Evans and they have a 6-year-old daughter who is already showing signs of being a gifted student.

“I have a beautiful and wonderful family,” she said. “Amelia Rose goes to Carlton Innovation School. She’s advanced in math by one year. She is in first grade but takes a second grade math class. She is starting to advance in reading now as well.” 

Evans-Marcrum is planning on earning her master’s degree in electrical engineering. She is also on the Salem First Church Standing Committee in Salem, MA, a Unitarian Universalist church that welcomes all to come and worship.

Looking back on where she grew up, Evans-Marcrum said she hopes better for those who grow up in small towns and would like to see more resources in science and mathematics.

“I’m still a Midwestern girl!” she said. “The Midwest is our bread and butter. We need to built it back up to standards, otherwise we’ll never have what they have had many years ago.”

Her advice for students who want to pursue a career in technology is to keep pushing and stay on top of what is changing in this world.

“Don’t be afraid to leap into technology,” she said. “Women in technology now have several programs to help them succeed… Technology has changed the way we live now, which all of us should better understand it. To better succeed in understanding is to work with it.”