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ComWell (formerly Human Service Center)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern Illinois)
SISAA (Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance)
Currently on-hold due to COVID-19 Restrictions. Follow the MH WeightLoss Group Facebook Group for Diabetes Support and Guidance at this time.
The Learning Table group meets the first Wednesday afternoon of the month. The back-to-back class series focuses on wellness and diabetes health. The first class session is held from 12:00-12:45pm and the second class session is held from 1:00-1:45pm. More details.
Free Prenatal Classes
View our Upcoming Events Page for virtual classes being offered at this time.
Memorial Hospital in Chester holds prenatal classes several times throughout the year, for expectant families. The classes are held at the hospital and are taught by Jill Arbeiter, R.N., and Julie Hartman, LPN. In addition to working at Memorial Hospital, Arbeiter, is a part of Perryville Hospital’s OB department and Hartman, is a part of Women’s Health Care in Sparta. Both Arbeiter and Hartman have many years of experience in educating expectant families.
Included in the class curriculum are such subjects as maternal nutrition, pregnancy complications, infant feeding, child safety, growth and development of the newborn, discipline and child rearing. Cesarean sections and anesthesia options are discussed and films are shown that educate the expectant family about many aspects of childbirth, Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques are introduced and practiced.
These classes are given free of charge to the public.
Pre-registration is not required, but is certainly preferred.
Anyone interested in registering for one of the classes is asked to call Memorial’s nursing office, 618-826-4581, Ext. 1223.
Patient Family Engagement Council
It is our mission to improve outcomes, by engaging the patient and family in the plan of care, which creates a patient-centered platform and improves safety.
We Need Your Help
- Providing feedback in a constructive way.
- Providing ideas for improvement and potential activities.
Who We are Looking For
- People of all ages.
- Someone who has had self or family experience with healthcare.
- Someone willing to communicate with a group.
To Apply Call
Amy Eggemeyer at 618-826-4581 ext. 1141
Susan Diddlebock at618-826-4581 ext. 1700
Memorial Hospital Board
To view a list of board members, meeting dates, agendas, and minutes visit the About Us page.
The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital is a self-directed body of volunteers responding to the needs of the hospital community through service. Auxiliary members join together to foster a supportive family spirit that supports patient care, community services and employees: and always upholds the hospital and its mission. To learn more about the Auxiliary and Volunteer programs visit the Volunteer page. Follow our Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Page on Facebook.
Memorial Hospital's Charity Care Program: Persons may be eligible for financial assistance with their medical bills under the terms and conditions the hospital offers to qualified patients. For more information, please contact the Patient Accounts Department at 618-826-4581 ext: 1484.
To apply for the Charity Care Program:
Complete and sign the application.
Return the application, along with copies of supporting documentation to the Patient Accounts Department. The application may either be delivered in person, or sent by mail to:
Attention: Patient Accounts
1900 State St.
Chester, IL 62233
To apply for financial assistance at one of the rural health clinics, follow instructions on th clinic page here.
Memorial Hospital is committed to complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Transparency of Hospital Charges Ruling. We have provided the link below in response to this requirement. This document, also known as the charge master, contains a comprehensive listing of our charges for inpatient, outpatient and Rural Health Clinic services, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. The intent of this ruling was to assist patients in understanding their potential financial liability and to allow for comparison of similar services across organizations; however, charge masters are complex documents that do not provide information at a level that is easily understood for this purpose. Again, this is a listing of charges, which is the same for every patient; however, the charges may vary by patient even though a similar procedure was performed due to the patient’s medical condition, length of time spent in surgery or recovery, complications, medication needed, and various other reasons. It is important to note that hospitals are not paid charges by patients or health plans, commercial insurers negotiate discounts with hospitals on behalf of their enrollees and pay hospitals at varying discount levels, much less than starting charges. Medicare and Medicaid pay according to a regulated fee schedule, both paying less than what it costs the hospital to provide services. Memorial Hospital would like to remind patients that financial liability is determined by the terms of your insurance coverage and/or your eligibility for financial assistance. If you have questions or concerns regarding the cost of care, please contact the Patient Accounts department Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at (618) 826-4581 ext. 1484.