OSF HealthCare expands emergency room resources in Monmouth

Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 10:30 PM CDT
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MONMOUTH, Illinois (KWQC) - Before the new emergency department at OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth starts serving patients in a few weeks, staff held a blessing and dedication ceremony.

Faith is at the core of OSF, and it fuels a drive to make health care accessible in communities like Monmouth.

“It’s what I love about rural health care. It’s very relational,” said Lisa DeKezel, president of the Holy Family Medical Center. “It’s about relationships, it’s about really caring for the people that we live next to our neighbors, our family, our friends.”

This access is particularly important at Holy Family, which is a “critical access” hospital, meaning the next nearest hospital is around 20 miles away.

Soon they’ll have more to offer, as the six million dollar expansion adds 10,000 square feet to the hospital, including an all new entrance, lobby, triage room, ten exam rooms, and a behavioral health safe room.

“This particular facility was really made possible for this project because of so much community support,” said Roxanna Crosser, CEO of the western region of OSF HealthCare. “Our community members within this community really want those necessary services close at home.”

Local businesses and organizations also contributed to the project, immortalized on a donation wall near the lobby. The majority of the funding, over three million dollars, came from the Community Health Foundation of Warren and Henderson Counties.

Besides the benefit to the community, the change will also make life easier for OSF staff.

“It’s truly the efficiency also that our employees can work both in the ED and do some inpatient work at the same time,” said Crosser. “Also, there’s a very strong connection to our imaging department where we have CT and X-ray.”

A final piece of the emergency department: a wall that outlines the history of the center in the Monmouth community. Though they’re celebrating their history, the center is still looking eagerly towards the future.

“There’s more to come,” said DeKezel. “There’s so much momentum and energy here in Monmouth and Holy Family. We really intend to continue to transform the care we’re providing here in Monmouth, as we continue to serve our region.”

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