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Matejka lauded

Former Bloomington Alderman Mike Matejka has received the Watson Gailey Award for his support of the Life Goes On project and his dedication to educate people about eye and tissue donation. The Illinois Eye-Bank, Watson Gailey bestowed the honor recently.

BroMenn honored

BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal received a 2007 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence from VHA Inc., a national health care alliance.

The award honors hospitals for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care is specific areas. BroMenn was named for its treatment for congestive heart failure. This is the third consecutive year for the honor.

St. Mary's Hospital

STREATOR - St. Mary's Hospital recently honored employees celebrating service anniversaries.

Marking 35 years of service were Debra Petre, Janice Sullivan and Felix Velazquez, all of Streator; Paulette Simmons of Wenona and Dianna Ioerger of Lostant.

Recognized for 30 years of service were Christine Allison, Rosann Durbin, Julie Lotshaw, Andrew Matsko, Susan Melrose, Barbara Olson, Kathy Ragusa, Rebecca Richards, Patricia Sabino and Patricia Klein all of Streator; and Brenda Fisher of Blackstone.

Those celebrating 25 years included Susan Bailey, Beth Conner, Frances Gamons, Dayle Minkler, Christine Price and Richard Scoles, all of Streator; Karen Clark of Long Point; Judith Price of Manville; and Deborah Schmitt of Lostant.

Recognized for 20 years of service were Victoria Crouch, Paul DeFrees, Karen Dordan, Lucinda Hardgrove, Mary K. Hepner, Barbara Lentman and Mary Jo Stevens, all of Streator; Katherine Armstrong of Ransom; and Connie Capitani of Ottawa.

Fifteen-year honorees were Darcy Beals, Madonna Chalkey, Mary Hemann, Sandra McMullen, Carol Sickley, Jeannine Solon, Jacqueline Thorp, Jennifer Vickers and Dorene Wade, all of Streator; Carolyn Cassidy of Minonk; Sharon Coop of Cornell; Sandra Lisy of Morris; Danell Mertes of Lostant; Jennifer Peterson of Wenona; and Janet Tonielli of Ottawa.

In additon, 12 employees were honored for 10 years of service.


St. Mary's surgeon

STREATOR - Dr. John Ablan, a vascular and thoracic surgeon, joins the staff at St. Mary's Hospital. He has been in practice for 13 years and has performed over 5,000 procedures. Previously, he was named among the top 10 thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in Wisconsin.

His practice is at Illinois Valley Surgical, 104 E. Bridge Street in Streator.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed residency at Loyola in Chicago.

Ablan's services at St. Mary's will include include diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery aneurysm, non-cardiac thoracic disease, peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease, varicose veins and renal artery disease.

St. James leaders

PONTIAC - OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center has announced appointments of an assistant administrator and two new directors. They are:

  • Shirley Watkins, RN, MSN, CCRN, who becomes assistant administrator of patient care services. Most recently, Watkins was responsible for a 234-bed medical/surgical/critical care unit, as well as cardiology services and the cardiac catheterization lab, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She has served as a nurse clinician, staff nurse and charge nurse in the surgical intensive care and medical intensive care units at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She is a writer and is active in professional organizations.
  • Elizabeth Davidson, RN, who became OSF Saint James' director of acute care services on May 21. Previously, she was the patient care manager for the telemetry and critical care units at St. James Hospital and Health Center in Chicago Heights. Her prior experience includes nurse manager in the cardiovascular ICU at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and staff nurse at Loyola University Medical Center, Edwards Hospital and Morris Hospital.
  • Cindy Munch, RN, MS, who is the new director of professional practice at OSF Saint James. She had served as the assistant administrator of nursing at Saint James for the past 18 years. In her new role, she will work safety and quality of care and ensure the center's ongoing compliance with regulatory agencies and government.

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