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Mendota Community Hospital Recieves Award
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October 01, 2012

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            Mendota Community Hospital recently received an Award of Excellence from the Illinois Health Cares Coalition, a state wide health initiative working to educate and bring awareness about the adverse health consequences caused from direct and indirect exposure to violence.  Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, IHC has eight sites throughout the state.  The local affiliate of the IHC serves LaSalle, Livingston, and Bureau counties and is based out of Streator, IL.  Board members of the local affiliate are from seven area hospitals, one Medical Center, two active health departments, two domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, a community college, one nursing home, and one assisted living center.  Mendota Community Hospital’s board representative is Linda Brandt, R.N. who works with the other board members to develope plans of action for addressing violence in this three county area.   Research has shown a link between violence and chronic health problems.  The coalition works to provide health care professionals with free continuing medical educational training, information, tools, and resources to address violence in the lives of their patients thereby curtailing the downward spiral of violence. 

            Domestic violence encompasses both sexual assault and elder abuse.   October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The goal is to spread the word that violence is a health problem of epidemic proportions.  Throughout the month, Mendota Community Hospital made available brochures, handouts, pins, table tent cards, and “Help” Line resource phone numbers for employees, patients and visitors to the hospital.  For more information call 815-673-1552 ext. 320.