Founded in 1983, Prairie Education and Research Cooperative is a not for profit organization that focuses on medical education and research in an effort to improve our overall healthcare environment. By participating in research, both locally and non-locally, we are improving treatments and discovering better technologies that will improve the quality of life for those in our community and beyond. Our participation includes our involvement in current clinical trials (Local Site), developing protocols and providing data management for current and future trials (MultiCenter), doing outcomes research, as well as wound and angiographic analysis (SynvaCor). In addition, PERC provides continuing medical education (CME) opportunities to our health care professionals so that they are kept abreast of these treatments and technologies and are well educated and qualified to care for their patients; one such opportunity is the Prairie Vascular Fellowship. PERC is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and closely aligned with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd.  For more information please contact 217-492-9100.

Jenny Chambers MBA, MHA, Executive Director

Jenny graduated in 1994 from Lincoln Land Community College’s Associate Degree Radiography Program and began her career in the Cardiac Cath Lab. Over the course of 13 years, Jenny worked in three different cath labs throughout the Midwest before settling back down in Springfield. In 2007, she accepted a position as the Cath Lab educator, which she held for five years. During this period she finished her Bachelor’s in Health Care Leadership, Master’s in Health Care Administration, and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.  In 2012, Jenny became the manager of the Cath Lab/OPCL at St. Johns, which she held for three years.  During this period, she became the Chest Pain Center coordinator and led the hospital through a successful CPC accreditation, assisted in a successful ACE accreditation, and completed Lean Performance Improvement Change Leader training, being the process owner of five different successful improvement projects.  In March of 2015, Jenny became the Executive Director at Prairie Education and Research Cooperative, and is committed to fostering PERC’s mission to provide patients and physicians with the research and education opportunities that will improve tomorrow’s quality of life.