Health Center – Now Open – St. Anthonys

Our New Health Center Focused on You.

Our Promise of a Better Tomorrow just got BRIGHTER.

The Health Center will provide patients with an ideal outpatient experience by moving those services that are best delivered in an easily accessible setting off the main hospital campus. When completed, the Health Center will be connected to the current Effingham Medical Center located at 900 West Temple in Effingham to provide ease of access for physicians and patients.

When complete, the Health Center will provide residents easy access to:

  • Convenient Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging, including X-ray, CT, Open MRI, and Ultrasound
  • Women’s Wellness Center with 3D Mammography, Ultrasound, Bone Density Testing, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Breastfeeding and Breast Care Boutique
  • Laboratory Specimen Collection
  • Nutrition Services
  • HSHS Medical Group and other physician offices
    • David Bitzer, MD, Urology
    • Ruben Boyajian, MD, General Surgery
    • Iyoob Ilyas, MD, MS, MRCS, Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • Nitin Kumar, MD, Gastroenterology

Women’s Wellness Center

A State-of-the-Art Home for All of Your Needs

Monday-Friday – 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HSHS St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center combines the security of exceptional care with the comfort of caring individuals. We provide care to women from prevention, screening, and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care in a consistent, compassionate and timely manner.

3D Mammograms

At our innovative and redesigned Women’s Wellness Center, we offer 3D mammography, which allows the radiologist to examine the breast tissue layer by layer. Instead of viewing all the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image (as with traditional 2D mammography), fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.

Breast Biopsies

If a suspicious area is detected through mammography or ultrasound testing, a biopsy might need to be conducted, where a sample of cells or tissue is collected from the suspicious area for examination under a microscope by a pathologist. We offer the latest technology in the biopsy systems, including stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies, which allow us to take images of the specimens during the time of the procedure which makes for a more accurate and shorter procedure.

Bone Density Exams

Bone densitometry is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. This physician-ordered exam, performed in our Dexa Scan room,  is used to assess if you are at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis. A bone densitometry test can also assess your risk for developing fractures.

Nurse Navigator

Our Women’s Wellness Nurse Navigator assists patients through diagnosis and education to help them make informed decisions about their breast care. The Nurse Navigator is there to provide education and emotional support.

Breast Care/Breastfeeding Boutique

After a breast cancer diagnosis, St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness Center offers a full line of Amoena Mastectomy and Lumpectomy products to meet every woman’s needs.  We offer pre-surgical and post-surgical bras and prosthetic forms, as well as other products upon request. Certified mastectomy fitters are available on-site to ensure that women obtain an appropriate and comfortable fit.

To help give every baby and mom the healthiest start possible, St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness is also here to offer support and education to moms and babies throughout their breastfeeding journey. We offer Certified Lactation Consultants to help any breastfeeding mothers who have questions or concerns.

Convenient Care

Making the Inconvenient Just a Little Bit Easier

Every Day – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Consider Convenient Care for:

Allergies (seasonal)

Mild to moderate asthma

Cold & flu symptoms

Broken fingers and toes

Minor cuts


Eye infections


Sore throats & coughs

Sprains & strains

Urinary tract infections

Vomiting & diarrhea


Rashes & minor burns

Sinus infections

Other minor infections

Waiting Rooms

St. Anthony’s Convenient Care clinic at the Health Center is a better, faster and more comprehensive approach for patients needing urgent care or who need health care after their doctor’s office is closed, but do not necessarily need an emergency room. Now, with comfortable, spacious waiting rooms in a brand new building that hosts everything you’ll need for your unexpected visit, you’ll be back on the road to wellness in no time. Thanks to our “Save My Spot” online reservation option, you can save your spot and get updates on your visit time via text.

Exam Rooms

Our new, detail-oriented exam rooms are equipped with everything that we need to take care of you during your visit.  In addition, our diagnostic imaging and lab services are immediately adjacent to the clinic so you don’t have to go far to get any needed tests. With experienced medical experts you know and trust, and convenient evening and weekend hours, we’re committed to delivering the highest level of care, right when you need it.

Imaging & Diagnostics

What Your Need, When You Need It

Monday–Friday – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Open MRI

Our Open MRI is a brand new Hitachi Oasis 1.2 Tesla High Field Open MRI system. It features a wide patient table for comfortable access and easy positioning, the open design is beneficial for pediatric patients and those who are claustrophobic, comfortable imaging for those with size limitations, and highly defined images of the extremities.  Our Open MRI is equipped with the latest software, which allows for the use of motion correction parameters to increase the quality of scans for patients who are claustrophobic or unable to remain still.


Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic procedures available. It provides a safe, non-invasive and virtually painless means of observing soft tissue anatomy on an outpatient basis. Medical sonography (ultrasonography) is an ultrasound-based diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs, their size, structure and any pathological lesions with real time tomographic images.  Obstetric sonography is commonly used during pregnancy.


The redesigned lab area has three private blood draw rooms. We offer in-room private registration of patients needing laboratory services along with full service Point of Care testing, drug screens, breath alcohol testing and EKG services. The availability of these services in this conveniently accessible location is a continuation of St. Anthony’s goal to provide integrated services to the patients and physicians we serve through both our main campus and outreach facilities.

Advanced X-Ray

The all-new Health Center offers the latest in health care technology to patients and physicians in our region. With this technology, those who come to St. Anthony’s Health Center can be assured that they are receiving the most advanced care close to home, at a convenient, all-in-one location.

The Carestream DRX-Excel Plus is a brand-new fluoroscopy x-ray unit. With fluoroscopy, a continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. This unit has a table that has the ability to tilt a full 90 degrees for performance of all exam types and lowers to 19 inches, making it easily accessible for wheelchair patients.

Nutrition Services

Your Partners for a Health Life

Monday–Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Appointments subject to availability

The new Nutrition Services space in the Health Center is located on the 2nd Floor and is positioned to provide health and nutrition programs and education to all patients young and old from weight management to diabetes care.

The registered dietitians in our Nutrition Services provide high quality nutrition therapy to help prevent and manage conditions that affect your overall health, fitness and well-being.

Our approach to medical nutritional therapy starts with an assessment of your overall nutrition, medical information and dietary habits. We then use that information to create a personalized dietary plan.

Your Partners for a Healthy Life

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Available by Appointment

Our expert dietitians provide nutrition counseling for a variety of conditions including diabetes, gestational diabetes, weight management, cancer, tube feeding, and therapeutic diets.

Inpatient Nutrition Counseling

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

Dietitians are available to support the nutritional needs of all patients at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

Health Management Resources

Intensive Weight Loss & Lifestyle Change Program

HMR is a physician-supervised weight management program to help clients lose weight fast and build healthier routines that last.

DSME Classes

Diabetes Self-Management & Education

This is an ADA recognized program that teaches clients self-care skills to promote better management of their diabetes treatment plans. The program consists of 4 1-hour classes and is offered multiple times throughout the year.

Diabetes Support Group

2nd Monday of Every Month, 5:30-6:30 pm

Meetings are free and provide a relaxed setting to learn, share, and ask questions about a variety of topics related to diabetes management. No registration is required.

Community Diabetes Program

Individual Appointment Available at Various Locations

This is a free program that can help with food, medications, blood sugar testing supplies, and lifestyle changes.

We look forward to talking with you.