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2021 Lantern Ceremony

The end of the year is a time for reflection and release. As healthcare professionals, we see the best and worst life has to offer.

Join us as we let go of 2021. Let us remember those who have passed through our care, the lives we have lost, and the lives we have touched. We continue to face challenges head-on. Together, we are a great team and can make remarkable things happen.

When: December 29, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Where: Pedestrian bridge behind Riverside Medical Center

We hope you can join us for a floating lantern release in remembrance of our patients, employees, and families.

Music will be provided by the Reddy family.

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Join Us for Trauma Grand Rounds December 13!

What: Solid Organ Injuries Presented by Dr. Gretchen Williams and Dr. Kay Timbers

When: December 13, 2021

Where: Riverside Medical Center, Back of Cafeteria

Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Breakfast will be served!

Please RSVP to Dana Arseneau at darseneau@rhc.net.

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Flu Vaccine – Deadline Extended to November 16 Copy

There has been a fantastic turnout for the 2021 Influenza Vaccine Program.   Please remember to schedule in MyChart and complete E-Check In prior to arrival. 

Here are some important facts to know in order to receive your annual Seasonal Flu Vaccine – DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 16, 2021

  1. There are 2 dates to select from to schedule or walk-in to receive your QUADRIVALENT Influenza Vaccine at the Main Hospital in the Chapel:
  • November 15th                       4-6pm                Monday
  • November 16th                       5-7am                Tuesday (for midnight staff)
  1.  The Employee Health Office is located in Suite 504, which can be accessed by taking the B elevators only, to the 5th floor.   The above vaccine clinics will be held in this location.  Please follow the instructions below for scheduling an appointment in MyChart.  Walk-ins for the above Employee Health Vaccine clinics are not recommended. 
  2. The contraindications for receiving the QUADRIVALENT Seasonal Influenza Vaccine are as follows:
    1. People with severe, life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in a flu vaccine (other than egg proteins) should not get that vaccine.
    2. People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a dose of influenza vaccine should not get that flu vaccine again and might not be able to receive other influenza vaccines.
    3. If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine – PLEASE CALL EMPLOYEE HEALTH TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO RECEIVE THE FLU-BLOCK VACCINE.
    4. If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS), talk to your doctor, as some people with a history of GBS should not get a flu vaccine.
    5. If you are not feeling well, please wait until your symptoms have improved and you are fever free.
  3.  You may receive the Seasonal Flu Vaccine with no contraindications to a COVID Vaccine, even receiving them on the same day, as long as they are given in different anatomical locations.
  4. The Seasonal Influenza Vaccine medical and religious declination forms can be found in PolicyStat, under the Influenza Vaccination Program.   Declination forms must be submitted to Employee Health by October 10th.
  5. The CDC’s 2021 Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Information Sheet can also be found as an attachment to the Influenza Vaccine Program policy in PolicyStat.

How to schedule your Seasonal Influenza Vaccine:

  1. Log into your MyChart app or website
  2. Select “Schedule an Appointment”
  3. Select “Employee Flu Vaccine (RHC Employees ONLY)”
  4. Complete the questions
  5. Enter your Employee ID number so your flu vaccine can be communicated to REACH and Employee Health
  6. Select your employment status (employee, volunteer, physician, etc).  This is a requirement for reporting to federal and state authorities.
  7.  Click Continue
  8. Select a day and time
  9. Verify your information
  10. You must complete the field which asks what you want addressed (you can just enter “vaccine” or “shot”).
  11. Confirm your appointment. 
  12. Prior to arriving, Select your scheduled appointment and eCheck-In. 
  13. Update any allergies.
  14. Review and sign the consent. 
  15. Present for your vaccination. 

If you have an egg allergy, and need the FLUBLOCK, do not schedule an appointment in MyChart.  Instead, call Employee Health at (815)935-7067 or ext. 35500.

If your physician feels you should receive the High Dose Flu Vaccine, please call Employee Health at (815) 935-7067 or ext. 35500 to check on availability.

Employees in Riverside Medical Group locations: 

Employees may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates, or may receive their Flu Vaccine in their RMG location.  Separate instructions will be emailed to those locations. 

Employees in any Senior Life Community: 

Employee may receive their Seasonal Flu Vaccine by scheduling in MyChart for any of the above Flu Vaccine Clinic dates, or may receive their Flu vaccine at Miller Rehab, Kankakee Assisted Living or Bourbonnais Assisted Living.  Please watch for communication from your leaders.

All other Locations:

Please follow the above scheduling and vaccine clinic instructions.  Additional remote or mobile clinics may be considered based on available resources.   Please contact Jo Kilpatrick for information at jkilpatrick@rhc.net

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Freedom From Smoking Classes

Riverside Healthcare has teamed up with The American Lung Association to provide Freedom From Smoking Classes. Classes will begin July 5, with the entire program lasting 7 weeks. Classes will be held in the Riverside Cafeteria Room A from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost for the program is $30, and participants can keep materials from the classes.

Class Dates – July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, July 28, August 2, August 9, August 16.

To register or for more information, please call (815) 935-7531.

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