OSF Saint Elizabeth Announces Arrival of Several New Physicians and Services

10/01/2014 - Ottawa, Illinois

OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center announced the arrival of several new physicians and services available this fall.

Sleep Center
A new facility offering sleep studies opened October 1 at OSF Saint Elizabeth.  The hospital’s new sleep center, located at 1601 Mercury Circle, Suite 2 (adjacent to OSF Saint Elizabeth Home Health), was designed with patient comfort in mind.  The sleep center offers plenty of amenities including private bedrooms with queen sized beds and attached private bathrooms, individual climate control, ceiling fans and flat screen TVs.

Sleep studies can reveal sleep-related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea.  While a disruption in sleep can affect a person’s daily routine or quality or life, it’s important to remember that serious medical conditions can occur if sleep disorders go undetected.  Problems like heart failure, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression have all been linked to sleep disorders.

OSF Saint Elizabeth will host a complimentary program featuring an overview of sleep disorders on Wednesday, October 8 at 6 p.m.  Dr. Kaninika Verma, medical director of the new sleep center, will lead the discussion.  In addition to explaining how sleep disorders and serious medical conditions are linked, Dr. Verma will also discuss the benefits of sleep studies along with treatment options for those suffering from a sleep disorder.  Refreshments and a brief tour of the facility are also included.

Dr. Verma completed her medical education at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and her residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.  She also completed a Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.

Dr. Verma is board certified in both Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine.  Her clinical interests include adult and pediatric sleep medicine, sleep apnea, and insomnia.

Persons interested in completing a sleep study should ask their primary care physician for a referral to the OSF Saint Elizabeth Sleep Center.  For more information, or to register to attend the free program on October 8, call (815) 431-5498.

OSF Saint Elizabeth welcomed Dr. Amit Jamnadas to its medical staff this October.  A full-time nephrology clinic also opened in coordination with his arrival.  With one in nine adults suffering from chronic kidney disease and another 20 million at risk, the availability of this specialty is of critical importance.

Nephrology is the study of kidneys and their related diseases. Specializing in the treatment of a variety of conditions related to kidney disease, nephrologists care for patients who experience illnesses as a result of abnormalities in their body's water and/or mineral balance (electrolyte disorders), hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes-related kidney diseases and kidney failure, including those who must rely on dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Dr. Jamnadas completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and did his residency at Rush University Medical Center. While at Rush, he was given two awards for excellence in teaching. He then pursued a fellowship in Nephrology at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, where he helped develop an interactive computer program to facilitate learning renal pathology. Dr. Jamnadas went on to complete a fellowship in Interventional Nephrology as well. He is board certified in Internal Medicine & Nephrology.

Appointments to see Dr. Jamnadas are available through the Illinois Kidney Disease & Hypertension Center, now open on the OSF Saint Elizabeth campus at 1050 E. Norris Drive, Suite 2C. For additional information or referrals, call (309) 676-8123.

3D Mammography
While digital mammography has been the gold standard for mammography in recent years, OSF Saint Elizabeth recently acquired new 3D technology that goes a step beyond.  The most critical advancement in breast cancer detection in the last 30 years, 3D mammography allows radiologists to view inside the breast layer by layer, helping to see the fine details more clearly. During a 3D mammogram, multiple low-dose images known as “slices” of the breast are acquired at different angles.

Benefits of this latest technology include:

  • Improved imaging to detect cancer at its earliest stage
  • Fewer call backs for additional screening
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Greater precision – enabling physicians to more easily detect abnormalities, including multiple breast tumors (occurring in 15% of breast cancer patients)

In addition to offering the only 3D breast imaging technology in the I-80 region, the diagnostic imaging department at OSF Saint Elizabeth also received a three-year term of accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR) earlier this year.  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards.

For more information, visit www.osfsaintelizabeth.org/3D or call (815) 431-5471.

New Pediatricians
Ottawa Regional Medical Center, a part of OSF HealthCare, welcomes two new board-certified pediatricians to its staff. Dr. Alejandro (Alex) Marchini began last month, and Dr. Pushpa Mamtani is scheduled to start in early November.

Dr. Marchini relocated to Ottawa from Westside Pediatrics Group in New York where he had practiced since 1987 and had most recently been a senior partner.  Prior to his time on the east coast, Dr. Marchini had ties to the Midwest.

After finishing medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, Dr. Marchini completed his internship and residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at University of Illinois Hospital, both in Chicago.  He spent three years in private practice serving the inner city, Spanish-speaking population before transitioning to New York.

In addition to being fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Marchini offers the following pediatric clinical interests: newborn care, childhood development, treatment of asthma, behavioral issues, healthy lifestyles and sports medicine.

Offering a similar set of clinical interests, Dr. Mamtani focuses on management of allergies, treatment of asthma, ADHD, critical newborn care, follow-up care for premature babies and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Mamtani completed her medical schooling at Baroda Medical College in Vadodara, India.  She also completed two pediatric residencies, one at St. Louis City Hospital and the other at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, before spending six years with Tufts University in Boston at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center where she was head of the Level II Nursery.  She followed up her tenure there by offering private practice in Massachusetts for several years before relocating to Illinois in 2004 to do the same.

Dr. Mamtani will transition from pediatric practices in Sycamore and Waterman to begin at Ottawa Regional Medical Center next month.  She held the role of Pediatric Department Head at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb as recently as 2010.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with either provider, call (815) 433-1010.




Brianne Riley
Community Relations Coordinator
(815) 431-5498