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HSHS    HSHS Medical Group and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese are excited to announce the reopening of their clinic in New Baden, now called HSHS St. Joseph’s Health Center – New Baden.
    Three nurse practitioners will offer both primary and walk-in care at the clinic, located at 211 East Hanover Street in New Baden. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Jessica Freeman, APN, completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove. She is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Freeman is a member of the American Nurses Association and Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing.
    Allison Miller, APN, completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. She is a certified family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board. Miller is a member of the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
    Mallory Rinderer, APN, completed bachelor’s degrees with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Illinois State University in Normal. She earned her master’s degree in nursing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Rinderer is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
    The American College of Physicians acknowledges the critical role nurse practitioners (NPs) play in improving access to care. NPs and physicians have common goals of providing high-quality, patient-centered care and improving the health status of those they serve. As primary care providers, the nurse practitioners at New Baden will care for patients of all ages and offer a variety of services, including minor procedures, general wellness care, well-child exams, well-woman exams and chronic illness management.
    To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the clinic at (618) 588-2900.
    About HSHS Medical Group
    HSHS Medical Group is the physician organization of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). Launched in 2009, HSHS Medical Group is a critical component of the HSHS Care Integration strategy, which focuses on bringing physicians, technology and patients together to improve the overall health of our communities. Today, HSHS Medical Group is comprised of over 1,000 colleagues in locations throughout central and southern Illinois. HSHS Medical Group is powered by the Franciscan history of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and our faith-based identity led us to the single most important tenet of the HSHS Medical Group philosophy — patient-first care. For more information about HSHS Medical Group, visit
    About Hospital Sisters Health System
    Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 14 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsis

Hustedde3243Carlyle Mayor Judy Smith (left) swears in Sharon Hustedde as the new city clerk. Hustedde replaces former city clerk Janine Ehlers who retired after serving 24 years.    Sharon Hustedde was sworn in as the city clerk for the city of Carlyle. 
    Hustedde was sworn in Monday night at the Carlyle City Council meeting.
    Hustedde replaces Janine Ehlers, who retired from her position as the city clerk after 24 years. A plaque was made in honor of Ehlers, however, Ehlers was not present at the council meeting.
    Hustedde worked for the city of Carlyle as the police dispatcher and secretary.
    Carlyle Mayor Judy Smith thanked Ehlers for her years of service and welcomed Hustedde to the position.
    In other news, Fred Becker of  Glass & Shuffett Ltd. of Centralia, presented the audit and said that overall, the city is in pretty good financial shape.
    “The city has improved because the debt went down as well, about $240,000, and there is no new debt this year,” Becker said. “All of this indicates that the city is in good financial shape.”
    City Attorney Joe Heiligenstein said there have been concerns about public comments being addressed at city council meetings.
    “We have a city ordinance that if a person wants to address the city council (during public comments), the proper procedure is to go to the office on Friday prior to the council meeting to address the business that he or she wanted to address and then it is added onto the agenda,” he said.
    He added that there is also a 5-minute limit to address the council.
    Mayor Smith echoed what Heiligenstein said, adding that starting at the next meeting (Sept. 25), if someone wants to say something in public comments, they need to show up at city hall before 4 p.m. the Friday before the meeting and sign up if they want to speak.
    “And they are not limited to talking about what is on the agenda,” she said.
    Electric Department Foreman John Hodapp said that a crankshaft was damaged at the power plant.  There was no crankshaft to be found and plans were to install a muffler of the Fairbanks generator over the next five to six months. If so, they can cut the penalties in half.
    “I would like to pull this off in 12 months,” he said, adding that if they go this route, it would help with the Capacity Credit penalties and they can fix what they can now.
    The council approved the request.
    Following a brief executive session, the council approved to hire Jacob Spicer and Brandon Jansen for the apprentice lineman positions for the electric department.
    The Carlyle Citywide Garage Sale will be held Sept. 14, 15, and 16. The City Cleanup week will be the following week, from Sept. 20 through 23.
    Carlyle City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ethel Maddux Meeting Room at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle.

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