Outpatient Ostomy Services
Outpatient Ostomy Services at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center includes specially trained wound, ostomy and continence nurses (WOCNs) to help patients manage ostomies (colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy), fistula, and skin issues.
What is an ostomy?
An ostomy is a surgically created opening called a stoma that allows waste products to pass out of the body. An ostomy allows stool or urine to bypass an injured or diseased part of the large or small intestine or urinary tract, which helps promote healing. The waste products normally drain into a pouch attached to the skin.
Patients with ostomies can live active, full and satisfying lives. Our services are designed to provide the following:
- Pre- and post-operative consultation and education
- Measuring for hernia belts
- Evaluation and treatment of peristomal complications
- Stoma site marking
Meet our team
All of our nurses are certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, a professional, international nursing society of more than 5,000 health care professionals who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy and incontinence. Our team includes:
Bevette Griffin, RN, CWON
Phone: (309) 655-2659
Bev is clinical coordinator of the Wound/Ostomy Department and has worked with OSF HealthCare since 1973, serving as an ostomy/wound care nurse since 1989. Bev is a 1973 Cum Laude graduate of Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. "My career has been blessed with caring for and teaching the ostomy patient."
Melissa Klyber BSN, RN, CWON
Phone: (309) 624-9364
Missy graduated from MacMurray College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and has more than 23 years of nursing experience. Missy has worked at OSF HealthCare since 1992 and joined the OSF Wound and Ostomy team in 2003. “I am inspired on a daily basis by the strength and courage of people with ostomies, and I am grateful to be able to assist them in their recovery and success.”
Deborah Schimmelpfenning, BSN, RN, CWON
Phone: (309) 655-4067
Debbie is an acute wound/ostomy nurse who has more than 20 years experience caring for patients with wound and ostomy conditions. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing, and she completed the Cleveland Clinic Wound/Ostomy/Continence nursing program in Cleveland, Ohio. Debbie says her career has provided her a constant challenge throughout the years, and she enjoys getting to know and care for her patients and their family.
Lisabeth Seaboch BS, RN, CWON
Phone: (309) 624-4006
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University and a nursing degree from Gateway College in Phoenix, Ariz. She has previously worked as a nurse in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and home health care field and was nurse manager in an assisted living facility. It was during these roles that she developed a passion for wound and ostomy care.