Where will you make a difference?
Everyday we work together to provide
the best quality care possible for our community.
"I love that I get to be a part of making people feel better. Working in our small town I have the privilege of taking care of friends and their families."
Kaitlynn Smith, RN
Team Member Since 2017
"Being around the patients and assisting them to hopefully make them feel a little better!"
Jacinta Mulholland, Dietary Clerk
Team Member Since 1986
"I love being part of the Clinic Team. We have a great crew! My favorite is getting to really know my patients and caring for them in their times of need."
Leah Freytag, LPN
Team Member Since 2012
"Being with the patients and their families. Working with the physicians and other employees here at Memorial and the specialist office staff."
Team Member Since 1978
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital in Chester, IL is a 25-bed, Critical Access Hospital with two Rural Health Clinic locations. Serving our community since 1962, Memorial is a Joint Commission Gold Seal Accredited facility with a variety of outpatient services including same day surgery, emergency services, state of the art diagnostic imaging, full service laboratory, multi-specialty consulting clinics with providers from the St. Louis and Southern Illinois region, and an off-site therapy and sports rehabilitation facility.
Chester is a rural community located on the banks of the Mississippi River and has the only bridge connecting Illinois to Missouri between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau which, carries approximately 7,000 Midwest travelers per day. Plans for a new bridge are set to begin in the summer of 2022 with expected completion in the fall 2025. The riverfront is a favorite spot of many to watch the world slow down and enjoy a glorious sunset as the barges and trains roll by.
The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in our Southern Illinois region, which abounds with family owned eateries, shops, coffee houses, bakeries, wineries, and micro-breweries. Rozier’s Country Market, the local grocery store, provides fresh, quality cut meats and produce along with a wide selection of homemade bake goods and groceries. Most businesses are family owned and you feel like family when you enter their doors.
Seated at the northern tip of the Shawnee National Forest, which contains trails for the avid outdoorsman, and only a couple miles from the Randolph County Recreation Area, Chester provides no shortage of hiking trails, camping excursions, lakes, horse trails, and outdoor recreational activities for people of all ages. In city limits, you will find a 3,800 foot paved walking path at the Cohen Complex. The complex features two baseball diamonds, three softball fields, tennis & pickle ball courts, workout stations, a soccer field, shelter houses and playground. Or locate the new Disc Golf course at Cole Park, which includes challenging hills and natural landscape along with shelter houses and a large playground for kids.
There are three elementary schools in Chester: Chester Elementary School (public), St. John Evangelical School (Lutheran), and St. Mary’s Catholic School. Chester High School offers many athletic opportunities and has a renowned music program, and over 12 additional extracurricular clubs. Chester residents also have the opportunity to attend the following private high schools in the area: Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School (Evansville, IL), St. Vincent High School (Perryville, MO), Valle Catholic School (Ste. Genevieve, MO), and Gibault High School (Waterloo, IL).
Chester’s location makes just about anywhere a quick 30-60 minute drive with scenic, low traffic views in-between. St. Louis, MO (60 Minutes), Cape Girardeau, MO (60 minutes) home of Southeast Missouri State University, Carbondale, IL (45 Minutes) home of Southern Illinois University, Ste. Genevieve, MO (30 minutes) historical downtown with boutiques and antique shopping, DuQuoin, IL (45 minutes) home of the DuQuoin State Fair, and many more locations with hidden dinning and shopping treasures. With just a short drive to anywhere, residents experience easy access to big box chain stores like Costco, Target, and IKEA and high quality entertainment at venues such as the St. Louis Fox Theatre and Symphony Orchestra or MLB & NHL games at Busch Stadium and the Enterprise Center.
Longtime Chester natives are happy to share their little corner of Illinois with new residents and help them explore the many hidden gems of the area from hiking to view ancient hieroglyphics, finding pumpkins and apples at family orchards, or dining and sampling local wines along the many trails; there is no shortage of activities to enjoy with family and friends.
Wages start above minimum wage.
Health, dental, and vision insurance for employee and their family.
Memorial Hospital Discounts on medical services starting at 20%.
Memorial Hospital Retirement Contribution starting at 5%.
Clinical Loan Repayment Option or Tuition Reimbursement.
Working at MH
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of Memorial Hospital to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Memorial Hospital prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.
Quality & Safety Culture
Safe, quality health care is a top priority at Memorial Hospital. The organization has multidisciplinary Performance Improvement, Environment of Care, Patient Safety, and Infection Control Committees who meet regularly and report to leadership. Employees are encouraged to consult department management with questions regarding quality and safety. Ideas and suggestions for improving these programs are always welcomed.
Employee Committees & Programs
MH has a variety of committees that employees actively serve on. These committees help ensure a healthy working environment, provide employee feedback, promote employee wellness, and monitor safety and environment of care throughout Memorial and all of our locations.
At Memorial several employee recognition programs exist that highlight staff members in various positions for going above and beyond. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in the Employee Wellness Program which, helps the staff member receive a discount on their MH insurance,
Free On-Site Gym Access
All staff are encouraged to live a healthy life style, access to the on-site gym with a variety of equipment and free weights makes staying healthy easier. Staff are able to access the gym before work, over breaks, and after work.
Explore Our Community
Memorial Hospital is located in Chester, IL, seated along the Mississippi River in Randolph County, Southern Illinois. The rural community is just a short drive to anywhere and many hidden gems can be found throughout the area. We welcome you to explore our community.