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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.

Financial Assistance

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 Financial Assistance Program:

  • Download/Print the application.

  • 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:
    Memorial Hospital
    Attention: Patient Accounts
    1900 State St., Chester, IL 62233

To apply for financial assistance for one of the rural health clinics, please see instructions here.

Your Mental Health is Just as Important as Your Physical Health

Depression and other mental health issues are common, and like physical illnesses they need to be treated. Mental health issues also can affect a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, how they relate to others, and even how they function throughout the day. However, depression is a serious condition — and it is helpful to know the signs and symptoms.

Speak Up™ For Your Mental Health

Mental Health & Crisis Support

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line (24/7)

If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Message and Data Rates May Apply. See Terms and Conditions of Use). People seeking assistance remain anonymous and provide only their first name and ZIP code, which enables the service to link them to a counselor in the area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.

Illinois Warm Line
If you or one of you family members has mental health and/or substance use challenges and would like to receive support by phone, call the Illinois Warm Line at 866-359-7953. Wellness support specialists are professionals who have experienced mental health and/or substance use recovery in their own lives. They are trained in recovery support, mentoring, and advocacy and are ready to listen and support you. The Illinois Warm Line is not a crisis hotline but is a source of support as you recover or help a family member to recover. Illinois Warm Line hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., except holidays.

Illinois CARES Line (24/7)
If your child is a risk to themselves or others, having a mental health crisis, or if you would like a referral to services for children, youth, and families, call the 24-hour Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) line to talk to a mental health professional. Call: 800-345-9049; TTY: 773-523-4504

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances (24/7)
If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 833-2FINDHELP to speak with a trained professional for support and advice or to be directed to customized resources or visit

988 Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7; available nationally) The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health (IDHS-DMH) launched 988, a national three-digit dialing code for the Lifeline and for calls on July 16, 2022. Individuals experiencing a crisis or any other kind of emotional distress- whether that is related to suicide, mental health and/or substance use crisis can dial 988 for support. The Lifeline provides information and support to concerned family, friends, and caregivers.

Crisis Text Line (24/7; available nationally)
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24 hours a day. Text HELLO to: 741741.
Trained crisis counselors will respond and help you or visit their website at

We Know the Feeling (Problem Gambling)
If you or someone you know is suffering from gambling disorder, call 800-GAMBLER, text ILGAMB TO 53342, or visit to be connected to resources and to treatment programs.

National Helpline | SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Free and confidential treatment referral and information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 800- 622-4357 (HELP)

National Runaway Safeline
This 24 hour, 7 days a week national Safeline is for youth at risk of running away or already have and are looking for help. 800-Runaway (800-786-2929) or text 66008

Veteran's Crisis Line
Call to reach caring, qualified responders within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; many of them are veterans themselves. This free support is confidential, available 24/7, and serves all veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their families and friends. Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255, support for deaf and hard of hearing: 800-799-4889. Online chat is available at

Violence Prevention & Intervention Support

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline
877-TO END DV or 877-863-6338 (Voice), 877-863-6339 (TTY) For the Illinois Department of Human Services Service Provider Partner Abuse Intervention
Program (PAIP), visit here.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TDD), 800-787-3224 (TTY),Chat for deaf or hard of hearing individuals 855-812-1001, video for deaf callers (, Español available
plus another 200+ languages not specified.

Find your local Illinois Rape Crisis Center

Reporting of Child Abuse or Abuse of an Older Adults or Adult With a Disability

Safe2Help Illinois

A 24/7 program where Illinois students can use a free app, text/phone, website (, and other social media platforms to report school safety issues. Once vetted, the tips will be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health or other

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
800-25-ABUSE or 800-252-2873; 800-358-5117 (TTY);

Hours: 24/7/365 | Languages: English, Español; other languages not specified
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
800-25-ABUSE or 800-252-2873; 800-358-5117 (TTY);

Hours: 24/7/365 | Languages: English, Español; other languages not specified

Substance Misuse & Recovery Resources

Al-Anon - Sparta, IL
Family Group Meetings at 1:00pm
215 West Jackson Street, Sparta, IL 62286
Celebrate Recovery (First Baptist Church - Chester, IL)
12-step Christ-centered recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. 
719 State Street, Chester, IL 62233
Counseling Services - help individuals, couples and families with life's challenges, including substance misuse and recovery; includes emergency counseling 24/7 for individuals contemplating suicide

24 Hour Crisis Line - 888-855-0034
2517 State Street, Chester, IL 62233 | 618-826-4547
10257 State Route 3, Red Bud, IL 62278 | 618-282-6233
104 Northtown Drive, Sparta, IL 62286 | 618-443-3045
Life Recovery
Meetings Thursdays at 6:00pm
Chester, IL = 618-615-7007
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