Infectious Diseases Patient Information
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the residents of central and southern Illinois. Ongoing research and teaching activities interface with clinical services, allowing us to provide the latest, most sophisticated medical care in the region.
We're pleased you've chosen us as your health care provider. We encourage you to read this information. It explains how you can receive high-quality, comprehensive medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week-whenever the need arises. Most of your questions should be answered here, but if you are still uncertain about any of our office procedures, we hope you will call our appointment line: 217-545-8000.
New Patient Procedures
Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early for your first appointment. As a new patient in Internal Medicine, you will be greeted at the reception desk and asked a few questions so that we can establish your record. These questions will include your legal name, address and telephone number, date of birth, and employment and insurance information.
In order to complete the registration, you will need to bring:
- Your insurance card;
- Any Worker's Compensation information, if it applies.
In addition, we ask that you bring medical records, immunization records, x-rays, laboratory reports, and any prescriptions or over the counter medications you are taking. These will help your physician fully evaluate your medical history and condition.
Please call the number listed above to schedule appointments. Cancellations should be made as early as possible so we can schedule another patient who needs to see us.
Please contact your pharmacy to request prescript refills.
Phone Calls and Messages
Please call the number listed above and ask to speak with a nurse. If we are away from the phone, please leave a message along with your name, phone number, and birthday. We attempt to answer every message within the same day. Please help us by calling in the morning whenever possible.
Fellows, Residents, and Students
All of our attending physicians are members of the faculty of the SIU School of Medicine. We are proud of this fact and believe this results in better healthcare service for our patients. Our physicians are committed to the educational mission of the SIU School of Medicine as well as to providing outstanding patient care. Fellows, residents, and students frequently participate in the care of our patients. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to cooperate with them. They may see you in the clinic and perform the history and physical examination; they may contact you by telephone to follow your progress and report the results of your laboratory tests. If you require hospitalization, fellows, residents, and students, along with the attending physician, participate in your care.
Payment, Bill, and Insurance
Due to the increasing number of plan restrictions from managed care companies, it is your responsibility to know:
- Your selected primary care doctor
- The hospital approved by your plan
- The laboratory and x-ray facility approved by your plan
- Your co-payment amount
We ask for payment and/or co-payments at the time of service for office visits and procedures, unless you are covered by Medicare, an HMO, IDPA, Worker's Compensation, or a special agency. Laboratory tests will be billed at a later date. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.
A statement will be sent to you each month for any unpaid balance on your account. As a special service to our patients, we will file primary insurance claims for you free of charge. Please bring the address of your primary and secondary insurance carriers with you to your appointment.
The Infectious Diseases clinic is located at the SIU Clinics Building, 751 North Rutledge on the 1st Floor, suite 1700
Our consultation service offers expert evaluation, assessment and follow-up of hospital inpatients performed by Board Certified physicians and residents at St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. We have expanded our intpatient consulatation services to VIBRA Hospital of Springfield in 2015, and to Decatur Memorial Hospital in May 2016.
This program is grant funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The purpose of the program is to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for persons livingwith HIV/AIDS. These services are offered throughout the region by a variety of specialized providers.
As a client of the program, a medical case manager will be assigned to you. They will link you with health care, psychosocial and other support services. An on-going assessment of your needs and personal support systems is essential to receiving HIV services.
- Documented proof of HIV/AIDS diagnosis
- Residency in one of the 18 counties in service region
- Enrollment in case management services
- Meet income guidelines
All of the following services require referral by a medical case manager and may not be available in all areas. Services may not be provided until all alternative resources have been exhausted.
- Dental Services
- Housing/Utility Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
- Nutritional Services
- Outpatient HIV Medical Services
- Medical Transportation Services
Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Greene, Logan, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby
Home Services Program
SIU School of Medicine is the contact agency for the “Home Services” Program through the Illinois Department of Human Services. Please read on to find out if you or someone you know that is HIV positive may benefit from this program.
What is Home Services?
Home Services provides assistance with personal care, medical care and other help around the house, enabling people with HIV/AIDS to live in their homes and communities with their families and friends.
Who Is Eligible for Home Services?
Any Illinois resident who as a result of having AIDS or HIV is unable to live without assistance is eligible for Home Services. The person must make application for Medicaid, have less than $10,000 in non-exempt assets and be in need of hospital or nursing home care, but able to be cared for safely at home for less cost. There are no age restrictions and services are free.
What Services are Available?
Personal Assistants (PAs): Help with household task, personal care and, with the permission of a doctor, some health care procedures. PAs are selected, employed and supervised by individual customers or guardians.
Homemakers: Household and some personal care from trained and professionally supervised personnel for customers unable to oversee a PA. Instruction and assistance in household management and self-care are also available.
Maintenance Home Health: Medical services prescribed by a physician or other health care professional. Other services include nursing care and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Electronic Home Response: An emergency response signaling device rented from hospitals or community service agencies allows the individual to alert hospitals, firefighters or police of an emergency anytime day or night.
Home Delivered Meals: Both a hot lunch and a refrigerated evening meal delivered to homes of people who can feed themselves but are unable to prepare food.
Respite Care: Personal assistants or homemakers on a temporary basis, enabling family members and friends to take a break from care-giving duties.
Environmental Modifications: Minor home remodeling enabling people with HIV/AIDS to accomplish daily living activities with less dependence on other people.
How Does the Program Work?
Services are provided by community agencies affiliated with the Department of Human Services. Local agencies will also determine eligibility, develop and implement service plans, keep in weekly contact with clients and help them gain access to other community services.
All Department of Human Services customer information is strictly confidential. Community providers of Home Services will only be told the functional and/or medical needs of customers, not their medical diagnosis.
For more Information on how Home Services can help you, or someone you know, live with AIDS, call Cindy Gorbett, RN, BSN (217) 545-8676 or toll free at 1-888-308-8105.
The SIU International Travel/Immunizations Clinic, in Springfield, Illinois, provides travel health services including customized immunizations, education, information, pre-travel consultations, and post-travel treatment if necessary.
Our medical directors are Dr. Janak Koirala, Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, Dr. Vidhya Prakash, and Dr. Sana Waqar - all are board certified Infectious Diseases specialists. Another addition to the staff is Scott Bergman, PharmD, BCPS who is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Subhash Chaudhary is the pediatric board-certified Infectious Diseases specialist to serve our pediatric travelers. His clinic is at St. John's Pavilion and the number to call is 217-545-8000 for appointments.
Recommendations for vaccinations are individualized based on each traveler's age, medical history, past immunizations, and specific travel plans. We utilize state-of-the-art software that allows us to provide the most current recommendations.
The SIU International Travel/Immunizations Clinic has been designated an official yellow fever vaccination center by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In addition to providing vaccinations, we offer information and medication to prevent:
- traveler's diarrhea
- motion sickness
- precautions related to insects
- precautions for immuno-compromised travelers
- precautions for pregnant travelers
- risks related to water, food, diseases, environmental conditions, and other potential complications
Vaccine Effective 2 Weeks After Dose (Per SKB)
Effective 4 Weeks After Dose (Per CDC)
Dose: 1.0 ml, IM
Normal Schedule 0, 6
1 Month After 1st Dose 12-50% Seroconvert
After2nd 63-86% At Month 3
After3rd 91-99%At Month 7
Dose: 1.0 ml, IM
Normal Schedule 0, 1, 6
Twinrix (combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B):
2 Doses Needed Before Travel
Dose: 1.0 ml, IM
Schedule is 0,1mo,6mo
Meningococcal disease (meningitis):
Effective 7-10 Days After Vaccine Given
Dose: 0.5 ml, Subcutaneous
Effective 2 Weeks After Vaccine Given
Dose: 0.5, IM
Booster Recommended Every 3 Years
Effective 10 Days After Vaccine Given
Dose: O.5 ml, Subcutaneous
Vaccine Effective 10 Days After 3rd Dose Given
Dose: 1.0 ml , Subcutaneous
Last Dose Should Be Given 10 Days Before Travel
Normal Schedule 0.7.30
Abreviated Schedule 0,7,14
Pneumonia (Pneumococcal Vaccine)
Since most insurance policies do not cover these services, the SIU International Travel/Immunizations Clinic asks that full payment be made at the time of service. Travelers wishing to submit insurance claims may request an itemized receipt for the services/vaccinations received.
This policy allows us to continue to provide highest-quality service at the most competitive prices.
We accept checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
The SIU International Travel/Immunizations Clinic is held every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, call us at (217) 545-8000 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A completed questionnaire is required prior to an appointment being assigned.
We will make every effort to return phone messages the same day.
The origins of the current STD clinic began approximately 30 years ago. This clinic was started in collaboration with the Springfield Public Health Department. The purpose of the clinic at its initiation was to provide teaching and hands on experience to the medical students and residents at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. At the same time, this was a much-needed service for the city of Springfield. Another benefit for the citizens of Springfield was to serve those that could not afford to pay for some of the testing and for the clinic to be held at a place where anonymity was paramount, thus encouraging people to come in and be tested.
The Springfield Public Health Department and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health merged and the new location for the STD clinic is 2833 South Grand Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. It is staffed by the faculty of the Division of Infectious Diseases, faculty from the OB-GYN Department at SIU School of Medicine and Sangamon County Department of Public Health's own nurse practitioners. Medical students from the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years attend this clinic as well as Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatric residents and Infectious Diseases Fellows. This experience has been consistently rated as one of the best in the SIU curriculum. In fact, many medical schools are now adding the STD experience to their curriculum because of the public health significance of this group of infections. This clinic is the only forum where residents from the Departments of Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine get hands on experience in the diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases.
It should be noted that funding for this public health clinic, as in many other cities, has been lowered and there is now a nominal charge for testing. Please do not let this stop you from coming. An explanation of circumstances may help or they may know where you can go for completely free testing.
Testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is routinely done as well as testing for HIV and Hepatitis A, B, and C. HIV test results can be obtained in as little as 20 minutes. Testing for herpes can be done and treatment is available.. The fees are variable so a phone call to 217-535-3103 will update you on current fees. Medication is given at no charge (if available).