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SBL Launches Capital Campaign for Heart Center Addition

April 4, 2017 5:08 p.m.

  • "Life . . . Nothing Beats It" campaign committee members

Heart disease claims more lives than any other disease. That’s why Sarah Bush Lincoln is taking measures to better care for community members.

It is building a new Heart Center on the south side of the Health Center. The 65,000-square-foot addition will include two cardiac catheterization labs, expanded clinic space, pulmonary function testing, nuclear medicine, cardiac rehabilitation (METS), stress testing, EKG and echocardiography.

The second floor includes 21 private patient rooms to accommodate the growing volume of people seeking care at Sarah Bush Lincoln. While construction is expected to be complete next summer, the center will be in use by December 2018.

To help fund the $31 million expansion, the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation has launched a capital campaign, “Life . . . Nothing Beats It,” with a goal to raise at least $2 million. It has already raised $900,000 toward the goal.

“Heart disease claims one in four lives nationally,” SBL Health Foundation Director Amy Card said. Due to our partnership with Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, the number of catheterization lab cases has continued to climb, and we have quickly outgrown the space to care for our community members with cardiac disease.”

“Life... Nothing Beats It” is led by Prairie Heart Institute Cardiologists Amit Dande, MD, Thomas Cahill, MD, and Michael LaMonto, DO, and Advanced Practice Nurse Allyson Gough. Campaign committee members include Joseph Burton, DO, Dan Cunningham, Jeanne Cunningham, Cole Ervin, Brian Hastings, DDS, John Hedges, William Hill, Ph.D., Stan Huffman, MD, Kiran Joag, MD, Philip Kepp, DDS, Joyce Madigan, Greg Ray, Gary Swits, Nancy Swits, and Steve Wente

For more information about the expansion, or to make a contribution, please call the SBL Health Foundation at 217-258-2511. More detailed information about the expansion project can be found at www.sarahbush.org.

Pictured left to right are: Cole Ervin, Stan Huffman, MD, Brian Hastings, DDS, Steve Wente, Joyce Madigan, Jeanne Cunningham, Dan Cunningham, William Hill, Ph,D., Kiran Joag, and Greg Ray.

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