Crossroads Community Hospital Exceeds Your Expectations For Healthcare

February 2, 2016

By Rhonda Hatcher

Southern Illinois is extremely fortunate to have many excellent medical facilities, including Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon that just did a $20 million renovation three years ago to make improvements to their facility. A few others in the surrounding area are Salem Township Hospital in Salem, Irvington Friendly Care in Irvington and The Surgery Center in Centralia.

Recently I did a full tour of Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon with Marcus Holland, director of marketing and Finny Mathew, MHA, chief executive officer and as I toured the facility, I was quite impressed, discovering so many things about the facility.
Crossroads Community Hospital is a community healthcare provider. It is a 47 bed, all private-room facility, offering inpatient and outpatient care, diagnostic imaging, and emergency, medical and surgical care, as well as a sleep disorder center and an orthopedic program.

As soon as you walk in the front door you are greeted by a receptionist and all together in one waiting area are access to registration, imaging, laboratory, surgery and admitting, all conveniently consolidated.

Their ICU unit provides line of sight observation as well as bedside technology for monitoring critical patients. ICU patients are monitored and cared for by a team of specially trained physicians and staff. Crossroads works closely with other hospitals and physicians, if there is a medical issue that the staff and team of doctors feel needs more medical assistance than they can provide, they can transfer the patient to another facility. There is a helicopter landing pad right outside of the front door for fast and easy transportation if necessary.

Crossroads Hospital has state-of-the-art robotic-assisted surgery, which is a type of surgery that uses computer-assisted, robotic technology to aid surgeons in procedures.
This four arm robotic assisted surgical platform provides patient with the option of having single site minimally invasive surgery. Some benefits could be less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, shorter recovery time, a faster return to daily activities
I also had the pleasure of meeting Kerri Carr, director of imaging, who took me on a tour throughout the diagnostic imaging center. Crossroads Community Hospital was the first facility in southern Illinois to offer 3D mammography. Kerri explained to me that a 3D mammography is like opening up a book in pages. Images are taken which allow extreme depth viewing of the breast tissue. Early detection is the key and could be a matter of life or death. If a biopsy of the tissue is needed, it is done the same day and all you will be waiting for is the results. From CT scanning, MRI, bone density testing, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine to ultrasound, you’ll be in good hands.

The laboratory services department at Crossroads is a full service testing facility accredited by the joint commission. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers a range of inpatient and outpatient procedures including full microbiology laboratory for cultures, hematology for blood counts, chemistry for tests such as blood sugar and cholesterol, coagulation for testing for blood thinner and they have a fully stocked blood bank ready to give transfusions if necessary.
The medical surgical unit at Crossroads is a 40 bed unit spanning two floors. The unit also provides postoperative care to patients recovering from gynecological, orthopedic and general surgery.

Surgical Services offer general and specialized surgical procedures. Many are available on a same day outpatient basis. Preadmission testing is conducted prior to each surgical procedure. Procedures consist of but are not limited to abdominal surgery, appendectomy, arthroscopy, breast procedures, bronchoscopies, colon surgery, colonoscopies, endoscopies, ear, nose and throat surgery, gallbladder surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment, general surgery, gynecology, hernia surgery, opthalmic, orthopedic, pain management, podiatric, robotic assisted surgery, sinus surgery, total joint replacement and urologic.

Rehabilitation services are designed to help patients through the process of recovering from an injury or illness. Crossroads Community Hospital’s goal is to help people regain their independence and improve their lives by offering both inpatient and outpatient treatment services, treating patients of all ages from pediatric to geriatric.
Crossroads Community Hospital’s emergency room service pledge: When a patient walks in or is brought to Crossroads Community Hospital the time of your arrival will be noted. Their pledge is that a medical professional (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner) will work diligently to have you initially seen within 30 minutes. The average wait time is 20 minutes. While the goal is to see every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival time, the most severe cases will always receive immediate attention.
Crossroads also offers two provider based rural health center locations. These centers focus on family medicine. The skilled, caring physicians, mid-level and their staffs are now accepting new patients. Appointments are immediately available. Crossroads Family Medicine of Mt. Vernon is located at 209 Crossroads Place, Suite 120, 618-244-6222. Dr. Joanna Polistico and Sonya McKinney, family nurse practitioner, are available to treat patients of all ages focusing on family health and general health issues, anything from a cold to a physical to hypertension or diabetes.

Crossroads Family Medicine of Wayne City is located at 1209 W. Robinson, 618-895-2050. Sherry Locey, PA-C, treats patients age 3 and over with general medical issues, anything from a cold to a physical to hypertension or diabetes.

Crossroads Community Hospital is located at
8 Doctors Park Road in
Mt. Vernon Illinois,