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Ferrell Hospital Provides Update on Reopening Efforts Post-Flood

Ferrell Hospital is diligently working toward reopening after damage from the May 8 storms, with a strong focus on ensuring every step taken is thorough and correct. While a definite reopening date is not yet established, the hospital is committed to keeping the community informed about the ongoing efforts and progress.

Ferrell Hospital announces reopening of outpatient lab draws

Ferrell Hospital is pleased to announce the reopening of its outpatient lab draw services beginning Tuesday, May 28, following significant efforts to restore services after the devastating flooding damage from the May 8 storms. Despite ongoing restoration work, the hospital is committed to ensuring patients have access to essential lab services.

Update on services available from Ferrell Hospital during flood response

ELDORADO, IL – Ferrell Hospital continues to address the aftermath of significant flooding damage caused by the May 8 storms. While restoration efforts are underway, the hospital remains on diversion and is not accepting new patients, including in the emergency department.


ELDORADO, IL –Ferrell Hospital received significant flooding damage due to the May 8 storms and remains on diversion and continues to not accept any new patients, including in the emergency department.


ELDORADO, IL –Ferrell Hospital has received significant flooding damage due to recent storms today, May 8 th , 2024. As of now, we are officially on diversion and not accepting any new patients, including the emergency department.

Ferrell Hospital Recognized as one of 27 Hospitals to Know in 2024

ELDORADO, IL – Ferrell Hospital has been honored with the prestigious designation of being named one of “27 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2024” by Becker's Healthcare. This recognition underscores Ferrell Hospital’s pivotal role as a critical access hospital, providing high-quality health care to residents and visitors in rural areas.

2024 Economic Impact Report

The 2024 Economic Impact Report highlights the significant role that Ferrell Hospital plays in Eldorado and the surrounding communities through providing essential health care services, but also creating jobs. 

Ferrell Hospital's Kristie McDaniel receives Patient Safety Ambassador Award

Ferrell Hospital congratulates Kristie McDaniel for receiving one of the Patient Safety Ambassador Awards from the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

Jessica Carter named ICAHN 2023 '4 UNDER 40' Winner for Exemplary Leadership at Ferrell Hospital

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced the “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Jessica Diane Carter, Director of Nursing Services, Ferrell Hospital, during the organization’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference held November 28 and 29 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign. 

Ferrell Hospital Honored for Digital Excellence as a 2023 Digital Health Most Wired Survey Recipient

ELDORADO, IL –Ferrell Hospital has received two Digital Health Most Wired awards for 2023, a Level 8 achievement for the Ambulatory survey selection and Level 7 achievement for the Acute survey selection, from The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The Digital Health Most Wired Survey program is designed to identify and recognize healthcare organizations that have gone above and beyond to exemplify best practices through their adoption, implementation, and use of information technology.

Ferrell Hospital Receives Two Digital Health "Most Wired" Awards for 2022

Ferrell Hospital has received two Digital Health Most Wired awards for 2022, which are Level 7 Certifications in both the Acute and Ambulatory categories from The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). 

Ferrell Hospital Achieves '5-Star' Top Patient Satisfaction Rating

Ferrell Hospital has been recognized for achieving a 5 out of 5-Star rating from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) for patient satisfaction.

Concert for a Cause: "Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos" event hosted by Southeastern Illinois College and Ferrell Hospital Success

Over $23K raised for scholarships and medical equipment at the "Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Event" on Saturday, February 18th. 

Ferrell Hospital Honored for Excellence in Quality of Care

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) recently recognized Ferrell Hospital for its ongoing commitment to exceptional quality of care, during a ceremony held November 10th at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. 

Ferrell Hospital to Restrict Visitors Due to Widespread Influenza

ELDORADO, IL – Effective immediately, hospital visitors are restricted at Ferrell Hospital until further notice due to widespread influenza.

Ferrell Hospital Increases Security for Patients, Visitors and Staff

Ferrell Hospital now has 24-hour, 7 days per week onsite armed security coverage through a partnership with Blue Line Solutions.

Ferrell Hospital's Harrisburg Family Medicine Clinic Has Moved

Patients are now being welcomed at Harrisburg Family Medicine’s new location at 30 Veterans Drive in Harrisburg, Illinois. This new, larger clinic offers six additional exam rooms and onsite lab services. 

Ferrell Hospital to Offer Free Meals to Veterans on Veterans Day

Ferrell Hospital will offer free meals to veterans in the Maple Street Café on Friday, November 11, 2022 in honor of Veteran’s Day.


ELDORADO, IL –  Ferrell Hospital presented The Saline County Emergency Management Agency, or EMA, with an automated external defibrillator (AED) on Wednesday, September 14 at 10AM at Ferrell Hospital. Allen Ninness, Director of Emergency Management for Saline County EMA accepted the AED from Ferrell Hospital representatives, Amanda Goins, Ferrell Hospital Safety Coordinator, and Jessica Carter, Ferrell Hospital Director of Nursing. 

Ferrell Hospital Achieves Accreditation with ACHC

Ferrell Hospital proudly announces it has achieved accreditation through  Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).

Ferrell Hospital eases visitor restrictions

Effective immediately, Ferrell Hospital has updated its visitor restrictions. There will be no restrictions on visitation unless the patient is in isolation for COVID-19 or the patient is critical status in the emergency department. Visitors and patients are required to wear a mask.

2022 Economic Impact Report

Crucial for Community Health and Economic Stability. Prepared with the assistance from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, this report highlights the significant role Ferrell Hospital plays in our community.

Weather-Related Updates 2-3-22

Current weather related delays and closings. 

Ferrell Hospital Receives Grant From USDA For COVID-19 Related Facility Upgrades

Ferrell Hospital has been approved by USDA Rural Development for a $869,500.00 Emergency Rural Healthcare Grant, to help fund modifications to the hospital related to ongoing COVID-19 patient care demands.

Ferrell Hospital Further Expands ENT Services With Advanced Balloon Sinus Procedure

Ferrell Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) offers a wide range of innovative, FDA- approved procedures to help patients with acute or chronic sinus problems. Recently, ENT physicians Drs. Mark and Allison Royer performed the first image-guided balloon sinuplasty procedure in this region of southern Illinois.

Ferrell Hospital Practice Manager to Serve On Board

Kristin Parks, MHA, BSN, RN, CRHCP, Ferrell Hospital Clinic Practice Manager, was named to the 2021-2023 Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) Board of Directors.

Ferrell Hospital Updating Visitor Restrictions as of August 20, 2021 Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Ferrell Hospital to restrict visitors due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Saline County and surrounding communities. 

Weather-related closures and delayed openings

The following closures/delays are in place today, February 16.

  • Ferrell Hospital Family Practice - Open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Eldorado Family Medicine - closed Feb. 16
  • Carmi Family Medicine - closed Feb. 16
  • McLeansboro Family Medicine - closed Feb. 16
  • Ferrell Vaccine Clinic - closed Feb. 16. Appts will be rescheduled.


Ferrell Hospital's New Entrances and Expanded Facilities Open to Patients Today

Today, Ferrell Hospital is welcoming patients through the new entrances and into the newly-expanded area of the facility.  


ELDORADO, IL – Today, Ferrell Hospital officials and community leaders cut the ribbon on the hospital’s $34 million expansion and modernization project. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony was limited in attendance due to current statewide COVID-19 restrictions, but was broadcast live on the Ferrell Hospital Facebook page.   

Ferrell Hospital Clinics, Providers Offer Free Sports Physicals

Free sports physicals are being offered by providers at Ferrell Hospital outpatient clinics.    

Ferrell Hospital, Clinics to Restrict Visitors and Screen Patients

Effective immediately, no visitors will be allowed in Ferrell Hospital. Exceptions will be made for one adult accompanying a pediatric patient and for end-of-life situations. 

Construction Update - July 2020

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway and we will provide you weekly updates with pictures and information. Be sure to check back each month to see our progress.

Construction Update - June 2020

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway and we will provide you weekly updates with pictures and information. Be sure to check back each month to see our progress.

Ferrell Hospital Clinics Receive Accreditation

McLeansboro Family Medicine, an outpatient clinic of Ferrell Hospital, recently received a Rural Health Clinic “Exemplary Provider Accreditation” from The Compliance Team. 

Ferrell Hospital Welcomes New CFO

On June 1, Dirk Morgan, CPA, became the new Chief Financial Officer of Ferrell Hospital.

Ferrell Hospital to Increase Patient Visitors

Ferrell Hospital will begin to allow more visitors to hospital and outpatient facilities. 

Ferrell Hospital Receives Grant Funding for Emergency Child Care

Ferrell Hospital recently received grant funding to open a free childcare center for their employees, helping to meet the need for emergency child care.  Harrisburg Medical Center employees are also able to enroll their children in this temporary service, as well. 

Construction Update - May 2020

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway and we will provide you weekly updates with pictures and information. Be sure to check back each month to see our progress.

Ferrell Hospital To Resume Elective Procedures, Surgeries

Ferrell Hospital will begin resuming elective procedures and surgeries, as allowed this week by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This will include both inpatient and outpatient non-emergency procedures.

Construction Update - April 2020

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway and we will provide you weekly updates with pictures and information. Be sure to check back each month to see our progress.

Construction Update

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway and we will provide you weekly updates with pictures and information. Be sure to check back each week to see our progress.

Construction at Ferrell Hospital to Change Patient Parking & Entrances, and Close Portions of Two Streets

The $34 million expansion and renovation at Ferrell Hospital is underway, resulting in changes to entrances and patient parking. Sections of two nearby streets will also permanently close on April 15.  

Map included in article.

Visitation Restrictions Due To Flu

In response to the increase of influenza cases in the region, Ferrell Hospital is following the recommendation of regional health departments and implementing visitation restrictions in our hospital facility.

Ferrell Hospital Celebrates "Transformative" $34 Million Expansion Modernization Project with Groundbreaking Ceremony

Today, Ferrell Hospital officials and community leaders broke ground on the $34 million project, described as “transformative,” that will expand and modernize the hospital’s 25- bed facility.


Ferrell Hospital has secured funding, as well as local, state and national approval, to begin a $34 million expansion and modernization of their 25 bed facility. 

The project, which is set to begin later this fall, will include expanded imaging and surgical facilities, a larger and modern emergency department, and renovation of patient rooms to create more private (rather than semi-private) rooms.

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