V.40:13             1.6.17    
New year, new SIU
Radon awareness
In Memoriam: Dr. Morris Cooper
Inclement weather guidelines
Greatest Loser
Calorie counter book
Calendars for sale
A Chorus Line cast
CSN Paint Nite fundraiser
Socktober warms kids
Pajama party
Enos winter coat drive
Fall research award
Employee of the Month
Harbingers of Good Will
Media coverage
To submit an item to the School calendar, click here:


Rural Cancer Disparities Retreat
Simmons Cancer Institute, videoconf. to Carbondale
Martin Luther King Jr. Day School closed 

'Lunch and Learn' about radon 
Medical Library, 801 N. Rutledge 

Alonzo Kenniebrew, MD Forum on Health Inequities and Disparities
5:30 -  7:30 pm, Nelson Family Auditorium, MCLI, 228 W. Miller, guest speaker Kendall Campbell, MD, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine



John Melito Jr. (retirement), Capital Planning and Service Operations
K. Suzanne Tin (retirement), Development
Kathy Sorrill (retirement), Family and Community Medicine Quincy
Lori Hoagland and Debra Veach, Family and Community Medicine Springfield
Terry Beard and Tina Guinn, Internal Medicine
Ashley Mihalich, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology
Jill Alters and Mona Haley (retirement), Psychiatry
Sherry Kay (retirement), Purchasing
Evelyn Blackard, SIU HealthCare Call Center
Lyn Hopkins (retirement), SIU HealthCare CFO/Managed Care
Mary Jo Robinson (retirement), Surgery
Nathan Stotts, Telehealth Network and Programs 

Do you have a medical topic that's blog-worthy?

Would you like to share news about an event on Facebook but don't have a page?

Contact Public Affairs and we can help!

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our videos on YouTubeVisit our blog

Find us on Pinterest
A new year, a new look for SIU Medicine
After years of planning, we are now SIU Medicine! Our new logo and brand was officially unveiled at an employee event Thursday.  
You'll be noticing the new logo and colors on campus and across the community soon -- if you haven't already. Dean and Provost Dr. Jerry Kruse shared information about the new SIU rollout in his fall State of the School talks, in an email on January 3 and at the logo brand launch event Thursday. Digital logos and templates will be available online soon, and links will be sent out through email and the Examiner. You can view the branding guide here
Employees received T shirts or phone chargers with the new logo at the library event.
This effort meets a key objective in the current strategic plan to develop a consistent and effective brand and image in our community. The 'forward' logo is indicative of our achievements and continued progress in health care, research and education. The use of "SIU Medicine" allows SIU HealthCare and SIU School of Medicine to align as a single entity. No other health care institution in the area uses purple as its brand color, so we will be able to "own" the color in the marketplace. 
If you still have stationery, business cards or other materials with a previous logo, you can continue to use them through August 31. You can order new items through the SIU Print Shop.
If you missed Thursday's event or if you are an employee in our regional offices, don't worry -- you will soon be getting branded items in campus mail. If you haven't received it by January 31, contact Shelly Dowell to arrange delivery.
Be radon ready
January is Radon Action Month. 
Tracey Smith, DNP, will receive the 2016 Illinois Excellence in Radon Award from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency at a press conference today (Friday, Jan. 6) in the medical library. Governor Rauner has proclaimed January Radon Action Month to encourage residents to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. A display on radon risks, testing and mitigation is on display in the medical library. A "Lunch and Learn" about radon will be held on Friday, Jan. 27 in the library.

Morris Cooper, PhD
Dr. Morris Cooper passed away at his home on December 18, 2016. He leaves behind his wife, Ginny of 49 years, two sons and two grandsons.
In a rarity these days, Dr. Cooper served his entire professorial career at one institution, SIU. Morris Cooper was raised in western Virginia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He received his BA from King University, Bristol, Tenn., an MS from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, and received his PhD at the University of Georgia, Athens in 1971. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the famed Department of Microbiology, Harvard University School of Public Health. He was one of the original hires in 1973 at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He rose through the ranks at SIU, becoming full professor in 1988.
Most of us will always remember Dr. Cooper as chairman of MMICB, a post he served from 1998-2012 when he officially retired.
His professional accolades are lengthy, his contributions to scholarly knowledge in sexually transmitted diseases novel, and his collaborators in the field numerous: all of which served to elevate SIU SOM on the international academic map. Despite his professional accomplishments, he will foremost be remembered as a mentor, a sincere friend and a true "Southern gentleman." Physically, SIU SOM has lost one of her most supportive cheerleaders, but his virtual shoulders will always be there for the rest of us to stand upon.
Donald Torry 

Inclement weather guidelines

When the weather outside is frightful, SIU Medicine employees should know the policies in place to help them stay safe. Inclement weather guidelines can be found on the intranet.

The most important points to know:

● If an employee is unable to report to work on time due to weather conditions, the employee should notify his/her supervisor, explain the reason for the absence and provide an estimated time of arrival.

● If an employee misses work due to rough weather, the employee shall either take vacation time, take leave without pay or make up the time missed with supervisor approval.

● If conditions cause the School to close, the local media will be informed and broadcast the information. SIU Security in Springfield will also have up-to-date closure information at 545-7777.

Contact Angie Doolin at 545-9715 if you have any questions about the process.


Team up, lose pounds, gain health  
The Greatest Loser Team Challenge nears. The Get Fit 'N' Healthy committee's popular weight loss program includes men's and women's categories in addition to the individual and team divisions. Teams will consist of 2 - 4 members, and team members can also compete in the individual division. SIU employees, medical students and residents are eligible to participate. Registration is now open and runs until January 18. The first weigh-in is January 20. Please register your team and/or as an individual online at intranet.siumed.edu/gf.

About that New Year's resolution...  
Here's a good resource for attaining one of those health goals in 2017. The pocket-size edition of The Calorie King Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter is now on sale for $5! It also includes info on sodium, fiber, protein and a special section on diabetes. The book is available from Endocrinology on the lower level of SIU's Moy Clinic Building during normal clinic hours. Cash or checks made out to SIU accepted. For further information, contact Sara at 545-7985. 

Keep your dates straight  
... with a calendar strip from Public Relations, ideal for a computer or workstation. They're 25 cents apiece and can be purchased with cash or an appropriate budget purpose number from your department. Contact Public Relations at 545-2155. Act now; They're going fast! 
Free larger format calendars are also available from the SIU Print Shop. Contact Greg Puckel at 545-0241 if you'd like one.

Three's in the company
The cast of the Springfield Theatre Center's production of 'A Chorus Line' includes a talented trio from SIU:  Hope Cherry, Family and Community Medicine; Allen Ghareeb, MS3; and Rachel Segal, MS4. Performances are the weekends of January 13 and January 20. Tickets are on sale now via 217-523-2787 or at hcfta.org.




CSN hosting Paint Nite fundraiser
The Department of Psychiatry's Community Support Network is holding a Paint Nite fundraiser at 7 pm, Tuesday, January 24, at Arlington's, 210 Broadway, Springfield. 
The artistic evening will help support CSN programs. It's directed by radio DJ Ashley Blake. Tickets are $45 and includes all materials. Come early and dine (food and drinks are sold separately). You can register here.  




PAs warm feet 
The Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018 in Carbondale organized "Socktober" to collect socks for children in the Migrant Head Start program "Su Casa" in Cobden. More than 150 pairs of socks will be donated to the children in the camp next spring. (Phase I student Adam Guss is pictured at right.)
The PA students also participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program of the American Red Cross.
Pajama party for Enos
Family and Community Medicine Springfield is collecting pajamas for more than 25 children in the Enos neighborhood who are enrolled in the Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative. The kids will be guests at a pajama party from 10 am - noon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. The party will be held at the Northside Community Children's Library at 3rd Presbyterian Church, 1030 N 7th St., and include pizza, crafts and a book reading honoring Dr. King. If you can donate a pair, contact Tracey Smith at 545-2200.
Enos winter coat drive  
SIU's Winter Clothes Drive for Enos students continues through February. Consider giving a gift to a child in need within our medical district. New hats, mittens, coats, gloves, tennis shoes and sweatpants (in childrenʹs sizes) can be a blessing to a struggling family. New T-shirts, socks and underwear are also needed.
Enos' classroom wish list includes: sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues, baby wipes, peppermints, cough drops, books (gently used/new up to 5th grade), pencils, markers, loose leaf paper and treasure chest items. Look for the blue Enos bins throughout the School or let the Enos committee members shop for you. Send your check, made out to the Enos Acct. 106751, to Judy Harbison, CPD, MC 9602.



Fall funding awards
Congratulations to the SIU researchers recently awarded a trio of Fall Funding grants.
  • Discovery Science Grant:
    Buffy Ellsworth, PhD, Physiology, Identification of Somototrope Proteins with the FOX01 Transcriptional Complex
  • Foundation Grant:
    Shelley Tischkau, PhD, Pharmacology; and Erin Hascup, PhD, Neurology, Effects of Circadian Clock Disruption on Cognitive Decline in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Patient-Oriented Grant:
    Andrew Wilber, PhD, MMICB; Dr. Krishna Rao, Internal Medicine; and Kathy Robinson, PhD, SCI; Noncoding RNA-Dependent Regulation of Fas Alternative Splicing and Apoptosis in Myelodysplastic Syndromes



Employee of the Month 
The January Civil Service Employee of the Month is Barb Sallee, a medical technologist at the Department of Family and Community Medicine in Quincy. Her nominator said: "Barb performs all her duties with dedication, precision and a great attitude. She is amazing at fixing the complicated lab machines and keeping them running, going above and beyond, saving time and resources. Although a humble and quiet person, she is always ready with a smile when interacting with staff and patients."
Barb answered some questions for our profile.
1. How long have you worked here?
     6 years
2. What do you like best about your job?
    I like interacting with the residents. Each year, six new residents with many different life experiences and personalities join the practice. I enjoy learning from them and teaching them about laboratory work.
3. "I highly recommend:"
    Spending time out in the sunshine whenever possible.
4. What do you like to do away from work?
    I like to take my camera, go outside and take pictures of nature, especially birds.
5. Favorite food:
    Chocolate, of course.
6. "My wish for the new year:"
    The obvious answer is world peace. It is very disturbing to see so much conflict and hatred in our world, our own country and even in our neighborhoods.
    There are many good things going on, and good people trying to make a difference. We need to see and support more of the good.
7. "I'm looking forward to:"
    Spending time with my family, which now includes a grandson.
Harbingers of Good Will 
The following employees have recently received the Harbinger of Good Will Award:
Kristin Underwood and Margaret Utterback, Patient Business Services, "provided management leadership over the last nine months with several claims projects with one of our main payers resulting in significant payment activity toward older accounts receivable. This includes identifying and reporting issues, monitoring progress and holding the payer accountable. This also helped ensure that future claims processing results in payments vs. denials and rework with this plan. Congrats and thank you!"
Media coverage 12.16.16 - 1.5.17
 SIU was included in an article in The State Journal-Register about how the budget crisis has affected health care providers, 1.5.17.
 Theresa Oakley, PA, FCM-Quincy, spoke about the importance of vaccinations on WGEM News Talk Live Radio, 1.4.17.
 Numerous media outlets (True Viral News, London Times, Men's Health, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison.com Discovery Channel) picked up a story about the heat-activated penis implant in development at SIU by Dr. Alberto Colombo, Dr. Kevin McVary and collaborators from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, 12.30.16.
 The Times in Vienna printed a news release about FCM-Carbondale's recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home, 12.29.16
 FCM-Quincy resident Dr. Areej Javaid spoke about depression after the holidays on WGEM NewsTalk Live Radio, 12.28.16
 Several downstate newspapers reprinted news releases about scholarships given to medical students: The Daily Republican; Percy County Journal; Red Bud North County News; The Paper (Dwight); The Dispatch (Moline); Journal Gazette & Times Courier (Mattoon).
 Dr. Tom Miller, FCM-Quincy, spoke about diabetes to WGEM NewsTalk Live Radio, 12.21.16.
 Darin Thomas, FCM-Quincy, spoke about how extreme cold affects the body on KHQA, 12.16.16.

Like us on Facebook       

Submit news items to Steve Sandstrom
             Next issue: Jan 20       Deadline: Jan 17