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August 10, 2020

Shawnee Health Service celebrates National Health Center Week 2020   Shawnee Health Service is proud to celebrate National Health Center Week 2020 from August 9 – August 15.  National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.  National Health Center Week 2020 will be celebrated both in person and virtually this year, elevating the work that Community Health Centers have done while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe.   Shawnee Health Service provides integrated primary medical and behavioral health care, dental care, and specialty care to southern Illinoisans regardless of ability to pay.  Community Health Centers, like Shawnee Health Service, are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment.   While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers have stretched themselves to reconfigure services for those in need.  Shawnee Health Service has pivoted to serving our community through telehealth, drive-through COVID-19 testing wi

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June 3, 2020

Update on future re-opening for routine dental treatment

shawnee dental Shawnee Health Care, Dental will remain closed at this time until we can adopt strategies to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our offices stopped all routine dental care in March, providing emergency dental care only.   Recently, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the American Dental Association (ADA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lifted restrictions on dental offices and provided guidance for resuming routine care while minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.   The CDC recommends that oral health facilities reduce potential risk of aerosolized (converted into a fine spray in the air) COVID-19 by using the following strategies:  

  • Reducing aerosolization- such as high-volume evacuation
  • Minimizing and neutralizing strategies – such as HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorbing) filters and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation

  We are aware that many lo

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May 7, 2020

May is Mental Health Month

Shawnee Health Service recognizes May as Mental Health Month.  This May for Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness and highlighting that no one experiencing a mental health condition should feel alone. More than 40 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental health condition. And now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.   Shawnee Health Service’s Behavioral Health Counseling team has not slowed down since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Starting in mid-March, the team made more than 400 calls a week to patients to offer support.  Since then, the team has rapidly responded to the need for telehealth, transitioning all face-to-face counseling appointments to phone or video.   Using evidence-based methods, Behavioral Health Counselors assist patients in identifying goals and taking manageable steps to improve their overall health.  During this pandemic, people’s mental and physical problems have not gone away.  For some patients, needs have intensified.  Here are some tips that

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May 4, 2020

Shawnee Health Service recognizes Older Americans Month

Shawnee Health Service proudly joins the Administration for Community Living in celebrating Older Americans Month.  For 57 years, Older Americans Month has been a special time to recognize the contributions of older adults in our communities.  OAM also provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent.  Shawnee Alliance, the social services division of Shawnee Health Service, is proud to support and advocate for older adults to help them maximize their independence and remain in the community.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults need our attention and support more than ever.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, older adults seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.  Older adults should stay home as much as possible to reduce their risk of getting sick.  Shawnee Alliance received a grant from the Illinois Department on Aging to assist older adults 60+ with unmet needs related to COVID-19 and isolation.  Older adults 60+ in Shawnee Alliance’s 18-county service area are eligible for this assistance.  Requests can be submitted by calling Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773.   Shawnee Alliance provides a variety of services to support older adults and their caregivers.  These serv

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April 22, 2020

Shawnee Health Service to partner with State of Illinois to expand COVID-19 testing

Shawnee Health Service, in coordination with the State of Illinois and the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, will expand access to COVID-19 testing for high-risk Illinoisans with COVID-19 symptoms.  The expansion of testing will help reduce the transmission of the disease and improve health outcomes.   In an update on statewide efforts to expand testing, Governor JB Pritzker announced, “We are utilizing our incredible statewide network of Federally Qualified Health Centers to launch new testing locations in communities across Illinois. These new sites will feed specimens to our network of expanded laboratory capacity.”   Shawnee Health Service will test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Shawnee Health Service especially encourages symptomatic patients who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, who are over 60 years of age, who have a chronic health condition, who work in an essential community service, such as a grocery store or childcare facility, or who reside in temporary shelter, such as a homeless shel

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April 7, 2020

Shawnee Health Service COVID-19 Operations Update

Shawnee Health Service is committed to continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of our commitment to our patients and clients who count on us for their safety and wellbeing.  We aren’t going anywhere.  We are committed to serving you and our community.   We hope that you and your family are staying safe and well.  We hope that you are following the CDC recommended guidelines for protecting yourself from coronavirus and getting your coronavirus information from reliable sources, like the CDC.  Maybe most importantly, we hope that you are taking care of your mental and emotional health.   We wanted to reach out to provide some information about what we are doing and what you can do to protect the health of our friends and neighbors in southern Illinois.  

What is Shawnee Health Care doing?

Keeping Our Patients Safe – We are asking that our patients call before their appointments.  Your Shawnee Health Care clinician will determine the best, safest way to care for you.  That may be by phone, by video visit,

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March 21, 2020

Shawnee Health Service understands this is a difficult and stressful time for its employees and the community.  To prevent the spread of misinformation related to workplace changes prompted by COVID-19, we want to explain what we’re doing to help our employees whose work schedules and locations are affected by the Governor’s order to shelter in place until April 7, 2020.
Because health care is an essential service, Shawnee Health Service will remain open in a limited capacity.  Our OB/GYN clinic remains open, but all other services have been moved to our Carbondale campus.  Shawnee Health Service has not implemented a layoff of employees at this time.  We are making arrangements for employees who are able to work or telework wherever possible.  Some employees will have reduced schedules because of the changes.  We’re creating staffing rotations to ensure our employees who are able to continue working are scheduled to work some hours during this time.  Insurance benefits will not be affected and employees are not losing their benefits, including paid leave balances.
For affected employees, Shawnee Health Service is providing up to 80 hours of paid leave to cover the hours employees are no longer scheduled to work because of the reduction in services and locations.  These hours are paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay.  This paid leave is separa

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March 18, 2020

Shawnee Alliance receives COVID-19 grant for older adults 60+ with unmet needs

Shawnee Alliance, the social services division of Shawnee Health Service, has received an Emergency Assistance Services grant from Illinois Department on Aging in response to COVID-19.  These funds will be used to assist older adults 60+ with unmet needs related to COVID-19 and isolation.  Older adults 60+ in Shawnee Alliance’s 18-county service area are eligible for this assistance.   These unmet needs may include, but are not limited to:  

  • Nutritional needs
  • Personal care and sanitation needs
  • Personal medical care needs
  • Transportation services

  Counties in Shawnee Alliance’s service area which are eligible for assistance include: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson.   Shawnee Alliance can submit requests to use funds for needs other than these pre-approved areas.   If you would like to request assistance, please call Shawnee Alliance at (618) 985-8322 or toll free at 1-800-642-7773.  Requests can be submitted by phone only.   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 27, 2020

Shawnee Health Service is now offering Video Visits, through Zoom (a free app), for patient appointments with our providers. Call (618) 519-9200 to get started.

March 18, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 precautions, Shawnee Health Service will close MOST health centers until further notice. The following facilities will be OPEN from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday:

Shawnee Health Care, Medical – 400 S Lewis Ln, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, Dental – 402 S Lewis Ln, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, OB/GYN – 101 S Wall St, Carbondale

Shawnee Health Care, Pharmacy (DRIVE THRU ONLY) – 7 S Hospital Dr, Murphysboro

Sh

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March 2, 2020

March is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month occurs every March as a campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The goal of National Nutrition Month is to encourage Americans to improve their personal health through diet and the power of food.  

The month is divided into four weeks.  Each week emphasizes a certain topic based on healthy eating:

Week One:  Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Eat the rainbow!  No, we don’t mean Skittles.  Eat the rainbow just means to try a lot of different colorful fruits and vegetables.  Bonus points if you try foods you have never had before, or that you do not eat often!  You can also learn how to read nutrition labels, get plenty of water, control your portions, and eat slowly to savor the flavor.   Week Two:  Plan your meals each week. This one is pretty straightforward.  Before the start of the week, try to plan out as many of your meals as you can.  Use these planned meals to make your grocery list.  If possible, look up meal options at your school or work for the week ahead.  Try to make your meals away from home healthy, or prepare meals at home to take with you if no healthy options are available.  Tip: look up restaurant menus ahead of time, and decide what you will order before you arrive.   Week Three:  Learn

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