Freedom From Smoking Program

This program began in March 2016. The eight sessions of this program teach the individual how to “quit for life”. There were nine (9) participants at the start of this program on March 31st.

One participant completed the program on May 12th and received a three-month membership to the YMCA, courtesy of the East Belleville YMCA. Congratulations on your success!

If you missed this program and need assistance with smoking cessation, please contact the Respiratory Therapy Department at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 234-2120 extension 1340, or your American Cancer Society office 217-523-4503 (local Springfield office) for support. The American Cancer Society provides the Freshstart Program to companies and groups in a social support setting.

Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colleague)Program

Our “Colorectal Cancer Screening” program was approved in March 2016 and started in August 2016. InSure FIT test kits will be available for St. Elizabeth's Hospital colleagues, beginning August 15, at locations throughout the hospital, including Cafeteria, Main Lobby, and nursing units. You can also contact Kathy Santel at (618) 234-2120, Ext. 1275 to receive a kit. The InSure sample collection is very simple and does not require the handling of stool.

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital joined forces with more than 1000 local and national organizations to increase colorectal cancer screening rates across the country. This project is knows as "Eighty by 2018." The American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control co-founded the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and the goal to have 80% of adults ages 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018 was established. Learn more at

Eighty of our colleagues requested the FIT kits and we were pleased with a 30% return. Colleagues that had positive results (3) were notified by phone and a letter to share with their physician.  Colleagues with negative results (21) were notified by mail.  The committee would like to thank everyone who participated and helped share the enthusiasm for this project. Also, a special thank-you to our lab colleagues who gave their time and dedication to make this event a success.

Educational Program – October 5, 2016

The Committee chose the topic of Colorectal Cancer for this year’s educational program.  Our new gastroenterologist, Dr. E. Chahla was the presenter at the program which covered staging, prognostic indicators, and current treatment guidelines for this disease.  We were able to utilize our skype technology with this program and share the content with our Southern Illinois Division hospitals in Effingham, Breese, and Highland.

The Committee is very grateful that we were able to offer this education to our participants and thank Dr. Chahla for sharing his expertise.


Day of Renewal for Cancer Survivors & Caregivers

This free program is to inspire, inform and support those who are living with cancer, those who are survivors and those who support them.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Guild Center

For information or to register, call (618) 394-6270 or visit
Registration required due to space limitations and meals.