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WGH Welcomes Dr. Lauren Croft

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is pleased to announce Dr. Lauren Croft will be joining the WGH staff later this fall.  Dr. Croft will start seeing pediatric patients on October 23, 2017.

Dr. Croft is the daughter of lifetime Mt. Carmel residents, Tim and Teresa Spencer.  She completed her medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, Illinois in 2014.  She will complete her pediatric residency at James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina in late June of this year.  More information regarding Dr. Croft’s practice will be provided closer to her start date.

President and CEO Jay Purvis said, “We are delighted to have Dr. Croft join our WGH team.  Her exceptional education and training background will be a great asset to Wabash General Hospital and the surrounding communities.”

Dr. Jennings Joins WGH

Dr. Lawrence Jennings’ privately owned practice will be owned and managed by Wabash General Hospital in October, 2017.  WGH looks forward to continuing to serve all the patients of Dr. Jennings.   Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, stated, “Dr. Jennings’ expertise and experience in internal medicine will allow the hospital to expand the primary care services provided to our community.  WGH looks forward to having Dr. Jennings and his staff as a part of our team.” 

Dr. Jennings completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1976.  He then went on to complete his medical degree in 1980 from the University of Illinois School of Medicine.  After graduating with his medical degree, Dr. Jennings completed his internship and residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, where he was chief resident from 1983-1984.  Dr. Jennings is board certified in internal medicine and is an active member of the American College of Physicians, Illinois State Medical Society, American Medical Association, and is the president for Wabash County Medical Society.  In 2016, Dr. Jennings received the Mastership Award (MACP) from the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Jennings was awarded the Best Doctors in America Award in 2009, Rural Physician of Excellence in 2008, Laureate Award in 2007 from the American College of Physicians and he also was awarded the Alumni of the Year in 2007 from Peoria School of Medicine. 

Dr. Jennings resides in Mt. Carmel.  Dr. Jennings has been providing healthcare for his community since 1984 when he opened his own practice.  When he is not providing healthcare, Dr. Jennings enjoys golfing, cooking, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and University of Illinois sports. 

Dr. Jennings and Ruth Schilling, PA-C will continue to see patients at his current office location, 1430 College Drive, Suite A, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Please contact 618-262-5113 to schedule an appointment. 

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