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Our History


Same Day Health Care – Walk-In Services – opened in Shawnee Health Care at Lewis Lane in Carbondale
January 2015


New Location – Marion Wellness School Health Center
April 2014

Renovation – Carterville Family Practice Center
February 2014


Renovation – Shawnee Health Care – Wall Street in Carbondale
October 2013 – Added Behavioral Health Services – Shawnee Behavioral Health

Renovation – Shawnee Health Care – Sioux Drive in Marion
October 2013 – Added Behavioral Health Services

Renovation/Addition – In-House Pharmacy at Murphysboro Health Center
Opened September 2013

Renovation – New Medical Wing at Shawnee Health Care – Lewis Lane in Carbondale
September 2013

New 12 Operatory Dental Facility at Lewis Lane in Carbondale
Opened July 2013


Howerton Street House, Carterville, IL
Purchased December 2012


Contact Center
Opened April 2011


Murphysboro Health Center
6,500 square foot addition. Opened September 2010


Shawnee Women’s Health and Family Medicine becomes Shawnee Women’s Health
December 21, 2009

Shawnee Health Care – Medical and Dental – Carbondale, Illlinois
Opened December 21, 2009

Illinois Centre Healthcare – Dental – Marion, Illinois
Opened October 5, 2009

Shawnee Health Care – Family Medicine and Pulmonolgy – Marion, Illinois
Opened June 22, 2009

Shawnee Health Care – OB/Gyn – Murphsboro, Illinois
Opened June 1, 2009

Illinois Centre Healthcare – Psychiatry and Counseling – Marion, Illinois.


Southern Illinois Respriatory Disease Clinic in Carbondale, Illinois.  February 4, 2008 Shawnee Health Service opened the Southern Illinois Respiratory Clinic in Caronbdale, Illinois providing the best respiratory care in the southern Illlinois area. Our doctors are trained and certified in pulmonary, internal, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders.  Our nurses, rehabilitation specialists, case managers, and counselors understand the needs of people with COPD, asthma and other chronic lung disease


Terrier Care School Based Health Center
Marion Unit #2 Wellness Center
School Based Health Centers
:  Through the wellness committee’s, Carbondale Community HIgh School and Marion Unit #2 District’s multiple agencies, joined forces to open the above two school based health centers.  School-based health centers provide convenient, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and social services to students, faculty and staff to promote physical and mental health and prevent diesease.


Cardiovascular Collaborative: With the success of the Diabetes Collaborative Shawnee Health Service began the implementation of the Cardiovascular Collaborative at the Carterville Family Practice Center. It is our goal to spread the collaborative to other Shawnee Health Center sites.

Illinois Centre Behavioral Health: This center was establish from a joint project between Shawnee Health Service and Franklin-Williamson Human Services, Inc. (mental health agency) to respond to a need for a mental health care. The staff is certified in a wide variety of psychological disorders and mental health.

Shawnee Dental Center – Murphysboro: Shawnee Health Service constructed a new 3,200 square foot building with eight operatories. Dental services include dental diagnosis and treatment for persons of all ages.

Shawnee Women’s Health and Family Medicine: Shawnee Health Service purchased the facility and assumed the practice of a Carbondale OB/GYN provider located near Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The name was changed to Shawnee Women’s Health and Family Medicine.


Southwestern Indiana Respiratory Centers: Shawnee Health Service was invited to develop a network or respiratory centers, outreach and benefits counseling in southwestern Indiana.

National Diabetes Prevention Pilot: Shawnee Health Service received an invitation from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with the Bureau of Primary Health Care to participate in a National Diabetes Prevention Pilot. Shawnee Health Service is one of five community based primary care practices selected nation wide.


Health Disparities Collaborative: Shawnee Health Service began participation in the Diabetes Collaborative. Initially, a Physician champion’s patients, which included 100 diabetic patients at the Carterville Family Practice, were chosen. This collaborative spread to Murphysboro Health Center and to the Migrant Program and resulted in over 831 patients in the Diabetes Registry.


River to River Residential Corporation: In 1999 a third site, Hurricane Creek Apartments in Herrin, Illinois was developed.


River to River Residential Corporation: In 1996 the National Cooperative Bank and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation solicited Shawnee Health Service to explore the feasibility of developing affordable assisted housing in low-income rural areas. Two rural assisted living 50-unit apartment facilities were constructed: Cache Valley Apartments in Ullin Illinois and Big Muddy River Apartments in Murphysboro, Illinois.


Elder Abuse Program: Shawnee Health Service received funding to test one of four elder abuse demonstration models for the Illinois Department of Aging. After the four-year demonstration project the Elder Abuse Program was implemented throughout the 13 county areas.

Violent Crime Victim’s Assistance Program: Funding available by the Attorney General’s office providing legal and social services to older adults who are victims of violent crimes.

Carterville Family Practice Center: In 1985 Shawnee Health Service purchased the practice of a Carterville physician and began operating the Carterville Family Practice Center. A new medical building in Carterville was completed in 1988.


Nursing Home Ombudsman Program: This program is part of the Illinois Nursing Home Advocacy Program, which offers a hotline for reports of regulation violations or possible abuse and or neglect of residents.


Shawnee Alliance for Seniors: With much of Shawnee Health Service attention focused on the development of services for the elderly, funding was received in 1983 to develop a Cases Coordination Unit for the thirteen southernmost counties of Illinois. Designated by the Illinois Department on Aging as the Case Coordination Unit for this area, the Shawnee Alliance for Seniors is responsible for helping older citizens retain their independence.

Murphysboro Health Center: The Murphysboro Health Center out grew its site on 14th Street and Shawnee Health Service built a new center behind St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Illinois.


Shawnee Rural Health Center: A new rural center was opened in Hurst, Illinois called Shawnee Rural Health Center. It was established to serve Williamson County residents. It was this center that moved to Carterville in 1985 and re-named the Carterville Family Practice Center.


Murphysboro Health Center: In 1979 Shawnee Health Service opened its first centers in Murphysboro, Grand Tower and Carbondale.
Murphysboro Health Center offers a full range of services designed to maintain and enhance health. Adolescent Health Center provides a full range of services to young people ages 0-25.

Home Service Program: Developed and operated a 15 county Home Services Program for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Adolescent Health Center: The Adolescent Health Center was initially funded through a special federal initiative in 1978 and today provides a full range of medical, special, social and dental services to individuals 0-25 years in age.


Primary Care Clinics: Operated two nursing primary care clinics in rural areas of Jackson County through contracts with the Jackson County Public Health and Mental Health Agencies.


Patient Education: Established patient education programs at the Carbondale Clinic, SIU Family Practice Residency Program and four local hospitals.


Black Lung Clinics: Shawnee Health Service has been the recipient of federal funds under the Black Lung Clinics Act and with these funds Shawnee Health Service brings to southern Illinois specialized diagnostic and medical care for people with respiratory problems. Five out-patient clinics specializing in respiratory disease were established at southern Illinois hospitals between 1976 and 1981.


Southern Illinois Respiratory Disease Program: Since 1974 Shawnee Health Service has been involved in bringing to southern Illinois and southern Indiana specialized diagnostic and medical care for people with respiratory problems. These clinics originated primarily to help coal miners with the problems of black lung and related


Farmworker or Migrant Health Program: Since 1973, Shawnee Health Service has provided a primary health care program servicing the migrant and seasonal farmworkers who annually reside in Union and Jackson counties between the months of May and October.

Shawnee Health Service assisted community not-for-profit groups in Union and Franklin counties know today as Rural Health, Inc, and Christopher Rural Health Planning Corporation to develop their own successful proposals to the federal government for independent Community Health Center Programs.

Health and Human Services: Developed a three year demonstrative project that integrated county based health and human services.

Emergency Medical Services: Developed a proposal for transportation and emergency medical services for Jackson County.


Established a program of advanced training in critical care and acute care for physicians and nurses to assist Memorial Hospital in Carbondale in qualifying as a Trauma Center.


Shawnee Health Service: Since its beginning in 1971, Shawnee Health Service has fostered the development of health and social services in southern Illinois providing for many of the area’s neediest residents. The Health Maintenance Organization was the first effort established through cooperation of the City of Carbondale, the Carbondale Clinic and Memorial Hospital. The success of this program moved Shawnee Health Service into its role of program planning, collaboration, and cooperation with local communities and the federal government to meet the shortage of medical care in rural and urban areas.

  • Christmas Eve: December 24, 2020  -  Closed
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2020  -  Closed
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  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2021  -  Closed
  • Christmas Eve: December 24, 2020  -  8 am - 1 pm
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2020  -  Closed
  • New Year's Eve: December 31, 2020  -  8 am - 5 pm
  • New Year's Day: January 1, 2021  -  8 am - 1 pm
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