Edwin Card, M.D., ’79, Vascular Surgery
Dr. Card has been a surgeon at McDonough District Hospital since 1984 and has developed and promoted the field of surgery at the hospital. He completed his surgical residency in Springfield in 1984. He established a solo practice, including vascular surgery, in Macomb, IL. This significantly changed the needs for critical care due to the increased acuity of vascular surgery patients. With little staff trained, Dr. Card recalls in those early days sleeping in the ICU to stay close to patients. He spearheaded the development of an accredited Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Lab.
With highly trained staff, the hospital has recruited a physician anesthesiologist to complement the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. He recently presented a 25-year series of ruptured aneurysm management in Macomb with a nearly 60 percent survival rate among 47 patients.
Active in the community, Dr. Card, past-present of the Illinois Surgical Society, has presented several educational programs with the hospital. He also mentors students interested in medicine and established an indigent fund at the hospital.
He and his wife formed the first neighborhood association in Macomb to deal with issues of student housing and enforcement of zoning. They re-wrote the Macomb noise ordinance and provided support for required rental housing inspection. The Cards also were charter members of the Greener Macomb committee (now The Macomb Tree Board), which developed a tree ordinance and landscaping guidelines.