HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, in partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, celebrated their new neonatal care telemedicine partnership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstration on Feb. 20 in St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Women and Infants Center.
A combination of pediatric care and information technology, this neonatal care program is a consultative telemedicine service that brings the expertise of the SLUCare neonatologists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon directly to partnering hospitals. By using enhanced video and audio technology, neonatal patients are able to receive immediate, real-time, remote consultation and evaluations, reducing the need for a transfer to Cardinal Glennon.
While patients may have to travel to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon for additional care, initial diagnosis and treatment can be provided to a patient at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, close to home.
Two members of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department were recognized by the County Board at its regular meeting Monday night after receiving state awards for exemplary performance in the workplace.
Clinton County corrections officer Kyle Thole of St. Rose and 9-1-1 telecommunicator Kyle Markus of Aviston received awards from the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (SILEC) and the Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association (SIPCA) at the 25th Annual SILEC/SIPCA Awards Banquet in January.
Sheriff Doug Maue told board members Monday night that he had nominated both men to receive awards with Thole recognized for saving a prisoner’s life and Markus awarded 9-1-1 Telecommunicator of the Year.
Maue explained that Thole had been working his regular shift on March 27, 2016 when the life-saving incident took place.
“Kyle had made his regular rounds and had been monitoring the prisoners from the control room when he noticed an inmate acting abnormally and hidden from the camera’s view,” Maue explained.
Upon inspecting the jail cell to see if there was a problem, Thole found a prisoner attempting to commit suicide. He called for assistance and was able to save the prisoner’s life.
Thole was also named Illinois Corrections Officer of the Year by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, Maue said.
Kyle Markus was awarded for going “above and beyond” being a 9-1-1 telecommunicator.
“Last year, by the grace of the County Board, approval was granted to complete updates to the 9-1-1 control room,” Maue explained. “Kyle Markus took the reins on the project and made it a personal project. He pulled up old carpeting and replaced carpeting. He did all of the painting and did everything that he could to save the county and the taxpayers money.”
“Kyle is already a great telecommunicator and he went above and beyond his job as a telecommunicator to see this project completed,” Maue said.
In other business Monday night, the county board approved a resolution amending an agreement between the city of Breese and the county which will result in additional funding from both parties for phase three of the roundabout to be built at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Holy Cross Lane in Breese.
County Engineer Dan Behrens explained that the original engineering work for the project was completed several years ago. New engineering work calls for a hard surface runaround to allow traffic flow to continue during the construction of the roundabout.
The original cost for the third phase was $1.4 million and the new projected cost is $2.6 million. Behrens said about half of that increased cost (or $600,000) is due to work that was carried over from the project’s first two phases into phase three, and, therefore, the money is already allocated.
Payment of the remaining $600,000 increase will be split with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) paying 80 percent and the county and city each paying 10 percent. The amendment to the original agreement is needed to allow the county to pay its share of the increased cost, estimated at $60,000.
Behrens said the money is already included in this year’s budget.
Behrens was given the board’s blessing to seek bids for a new dump truck to replace the county’s 2006 International. Behrens said he had included funding in the budget to replace a 2003 model; however, that truck is in the process of being overhauled.
Behrens said IDOT has plans completed for the replacement of Shoal Creek Bridge on Old State Road. Right-of-way needs to be purchased to proceed with the project, and an April bid letting is anticipated.
The county is waiting on IDOT for final plans for the curb and gutter project in Albers. Behrens said he anticipates an early April bid letting.
9-1-1 Committee chairman Mike Kreke said the 9-1-1 Board expressed its opposition to House Bill 477 via an online petition. HB 477 proposes a 2 cent 9-1-1 surcharge to fund a trauma center in south suburban Chicago.
Several payments were approved for facility renovation work.
The board approved a low bid of $43,750, submitted by Mark Krebs of Nine Seventy Furniture & Flooring of Carlyle, for flooring on the second floor of the sheriff’s department which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation.
Board chairman Bob Fix said the county received six flooring bids with the highest bid surpassing $70,000.
It was noted that the Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee had approved a partial payment of $12,790 to CI Select for renovation work completed at the courthouse and a payment of $44,223 for painting at the courthouse. Both of these bids had received prior approval of the full board.
Fix said there are multiple change orders which have surfaced with the jail renovation such as additional flooring in the former second floor storage area, maintenance to one of the AC units, additional duct work and the relocation of certain utilities.
“One more change order that will be needed in the future involves the panel boxes for the electrical system,” Fix said. “Apparently some of the panel boxes still have fuses versus circuit breakers. Just so the board is aware, the renovations and upgrades were needed. There were four to five spots where (the building’s wood framework) had literally caught fire (from faulty electrical wires).”
The county approved the final plat for Langhauser Estates, a 10-lot subdivision containing 34.61 acres, located in Wade Township, south of Old Highway 50.
The county tabled a proposed amendment to the Clinton County Health Plan which would provide medical insurance coverage to employees injured while working a second job or in a self-employed capacity.
It was recommended that members of the Insurance Committee meet with the Finance Committee for further clarification before the board takes a vote on the proposal.
In final business, Diane Luitjohan was appointed as a trustee on the Albers Sanitary District.
The Mater Dei Lady Knights basketball team’s brilliant postseason run came to a close on Monday night in the Jacksonville Super-Sectional.
The Lady Knights were in their first Super since 2013 and their fourth ever (2013, 2011, 2009 and 1991).
They were looking for their first berth in the State Tournament since 1991 but fell to Camp Point-Southeastern on Monday to end the season with a 20-11 record.
Mater Dei made the Super by defeating Sesser-Valier-Waltonville in the Johnston City Sectional semifinal before taking down Nashville to win the title.
Camp Point-Southeastern 43, Mater Dei 36: The Lady Knights lost a heartbreaker that they led much of the season half on Monday in Jacksonville.
The game featured seven lead changes with most of them coming in the first half and three ties.
The Lady Knights fell apart late in the fourth quarter as they led the entire second half with the exception of 65 seconds.
Trailing 36-32, CSE’s Delaney Lantz converted a layup with 2:45 left and Mater Dei followed with a pair of missed free throws.
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