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There are many reasons Jefferson County is one of the most progressive counties in the Southern Illinois region. Keeping its citizens and others in the region healthy is at the top of the list.

Jefferson County is the only county outside the St. Louis market in Southern Illinois that can boast of two major hospitals located in its largest town, Mt. Vernon.

Crossroads Community Hospital is a 47-bed hospital that is part of a network with hospitals in Marion, Union County, Red Bud and Granite City. Crossroads has been a part of the community for more than 30 years.

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital is a 134-bed hospital. The new hospital campus opened in 2013 and contains state-of-the-art technology and capability. Good Samaritan Hospital has been a part of Jefferson County for more than 75 years. SSM Health operates Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and is affiliated with Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Virtually all medical specialties are represented by the hundreds of physicians in Jefferson County, whether they are hospital based, in clinics or in group and private practices. In addition to medical doctors and mid-level care providers, there are also hundreds of nurses and medical technologists working in various practice settings in Jefferson County.

Adding ancillary doctors to this health care mix (dentists, optometrists and chiropractors) and assisted living and extended care facilities, provides health care capability that makes Jefferson County the leader in health care for the region.

Crossroads Community Hospital serves Jefferson County and the surrounding region with emergency care, surgical care and medical care. In 2013 the hospital completed a $23 million expansion resulting in all-new patient rooms, laboratory department, radiology department, admitting offices and same-day surgery suites. The emergency department pledges to see all patients within 30 minutes of their arrival. The average time patients spend in the ER before seen by a health care professional is 16 minutes.

Crossroads Community Hospital is proud to offer many experienced physicians on staff who are skilled in robotic-assisted surgery on the DaVinci Xi robot. At CCH a variety of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical procedures are provided for many needs from weight loss to gynecology. CCH prides itself on the Journey Weight Loss Program which offers medical weight-loss management services and surgical weight-loss options.

Crossroads 3-D mammography coupled with their new ultrasound technology offering breast elastography leads the market in caring for patients to diagnose and treat efficiently and with the utmost care from their radiologist and mammography technologist.

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital-Mt. Vernon is a nonprofit organization that has been carrying out its healing ministry in southern Illinois for more than 75 years. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, along with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia, is part of one of the largest health care networks in the region, with more than 200 active medical staff, 2,200 employees, numerous specialty programs and a network of rural outreach facilities and hospitals.

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital offers advanced services in breast care, surgical, cardiology, and pediatrics. Breast care services include 3-D and digital mammography, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy and ductograms. They also offer minimally-invasive technology through the DaVinci robot, laser and endoscopic surgeries that minimize pain, scarring and recovery time for patients. In addition, cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital offer world-class cardiology services from disease prevention to advanced treatments.

One of the newest service offerings at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital is through expanding the SSM Health Weight Management Services program within the region by opening a new clinic at the hospital. SSM Health Weight Management Services staff are now able to meet and consult with patients in Mt. Vernon who are considering weight management options to improve their overall health.

The comprehensive weight-loss surgery program offered by SSM Health Weight Management Services has the ultimate goal of helping people live better quality, healthier and longer lives. The program addresses healthy weight management needs leading up to and following surgery including diet and nutritional education, exercise training referrals and support groups.

In addition to two quality hospitals, Mt. Vernon is home to a host of ancillary medical providers such as SSM Health Express Clinic, Express Care, Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Neuromuscular Orthopaedic Institute, Asbery & Associates, Heartland Women’s Healthcare, Mt. Vernon Community Health Center and Oza Cancer Center, making Jefferson County a mecca for your medical needs.