Hospitals in Southern Illinois - I need your opinions

  1. Hi everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this. I graduate from my BSN program in 4 days and we're moving all the way from Nebraska down to the Carbondale, Illinois area due to my wife getting a job there. I'm not at all familiar with the area, much less the hospitals down there. Can you please fill me in on the reputation/work environment of the following hospitals? Also any idea how they treat new grads?

    Memorial Hospital of Carbondale - carbondale, il

    Herrin Hospital - herrin, il

    Heartland Regional medical center - marion, il

    St. Joseph Memorial Hospital - murphysboro, il

    Department of Veterans Affairs - marion, il

    As I'm sure many of you have experienced, this is a stressful time moving to a new part of the U.S. with a completely new job after graduating. Please share any insights you have experienced or heard through the grapevine!
    Last edit by man23SN on May 6, '09
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  3. by   09NewGrad
    Hello there, I have only heard negative reviews about the heartland regional medical center in Marion, IL. From what I've heard the hospital is for profit, and the nurse to patient ratio is close to 1:10. I wouldn't want to work in that environment.

    As for teh other hospitals, I'm sure someone on these boards has heard of their reputation. Good luck!
  4. by   jlr820

    I don't know if you got the answer to your question regarding southern Illinois hospitals or not. I live in the southern IL area, and I am also a new nursing grad, so maybe I can offer some insight. Hearland Regional...relatively new, having been built in 2002. It's located in Marion, IL which is an up and coming small town in this area. I did one of my clinical rotations in OB there, and had a good experience with it. Having said that, though, I have heard many rumors that it is not a great place to work. Lots of turnover and unhappy employees. I've also been told that the care on the med-surg floors isn't terribly good. I have, however, heard that the ICU is good with very professional staff. I know for a fact that they had a HUGE incident there last year wherein an infant was discharged home with the wrong family (!!!!). That happened many months after I had already done that clinical rotation there, but the reverberations from it are still talked about. Personally, I would not work there, but that is just me.

    The other 3 hospitals that you listed are all part of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Corporation, headquartered in Carbondale IL. I did most of my clinical rotations at Memorial Carbondale, and I think it is a great facility. It has all the major patient services, a solid reputation for professional patient care (with especially high marks in their birthing center and open heart program with the on site Praire Heart Institute). I had won a scholarship through SIH, and so I owe them employment time. I have a job lined up and waiting for me as soon as I take the NCLEX, and it will be at Memorial-Carbondale. It's also affiliated with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. In short, great place with a great reputation.

    Herrin Hospital...another SIH facilty in Herrin IL. It's a small community hospital with a new med surg wing. I did one rotation there and thought it was a pretty good place. Most of the staff were really professional and delivered great care (but one or two were simply awful..then again, there will always be people like that no matter what facilty you go to). In's a smaller hospital with a good reputation, undergoing some expansions and renovations in the near future. Would probably be my second choice for a place to work after MHC.

    St. Josephs...another SIH facility. Small hospital in small community. I didn't do any clinical work in this one, so I don't know that much about it. I know one or two people that work there, and they love it at that facility. I haven't heard anything bad about it, except that it is a very small hospital.

    VA-Marion...This one is obviously a federal facility. I did my last med surg rotation here, and thought that it was a neat place. It is an older facility, but very well maintained and I think the care there is quite good on the medical wards. They had a huge issue about 2-3 years ago with a surgeon at the facility...had several post surgical deaths attributed to this guy (I'm not sure of the operative infection I think, but I don't know that for sure). I don't know the whole story on this, but I've heard that there were issues with his medical license in other states that weren't investigated, etc. Again, I don't know but it has caused them to investigate this facility and stop it's inpatient surgery program indefinitely. They are just now starting to resume some minor same day procedures. Nonetheless, I had a good experience there on the floor. I've heard that the benefit package and pay for an RN at a VA facility are terrific. The RN's I worked with there during my rotation said it was a great place to work. I might work there if I didn't already have an obligation with SIH.

    I hope that helped a little bit. Good luck, and I hope that you find that you enjoy southern IL.
  5. by   bradleyshanetaylor
    I am born and raised in Vienna, IL. just about 20 miles south of Carbondale. Marion, I WOULD NOT WORK THERE, that place just has an evil spirit. We had awful clinic rotations there during school. If I worked at any of them I would choose 1 Carbondale due to their sevices of more medical treatment with surg and other things, then I would choose Herrin. Herrin is building and building, they at one time were trying to find a heart surgeon. If you dont mind living in the middle of where you work and your wifes job in carbondale you then can open yourself up to another half dozen hospitals. Where i live paducah ky is 30 minutes away and has 2 awsome hospitals that offers everything except transplant services. If you live in anna, then it is a 20 min drive to carbondale and then you could drive 35 miuntes to cap which has 2 awsome hospitals as well. if you have any more questions jsut email me at and I can give you more information, I have rounded at just about every hospital in southern ill western ky and southest mo.