Greene County, Illinois, a largely agricultural county, is in western Illinois approximately 60 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. Greene County was organized in 1821 and named for General Nathaniel Greene, a Revolutionary War hero. The US Census Bureau reports 13,765 persons live in 5,700 households in Greene County, IL.
Rural Greene County provides residents varied outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking and biking trails, fishing and hunting, camping, and scenic drives. Historically significant sites in the county include the Carrollton Courthouse Square Historic District and the circa 1870 Greene County Almshouse, one of only a few surviving buildings in Illinois constructed by county governments to house and care for the poor and indigent.
Carrollton, in the center of the county, is the county seat for Greene County, and White Hall, a rural community on US Highway 67, is the largest city. Roodhouse and Greenfield are the other cities located in Greene County, Illinois.
Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation show 264 vehicle crashes in Greene County in 2009, with 2 fatalities. Fortunately, only 19 of these crashes were ‘Injury Classification A’ crashes, a designation used when any injury, other than a fatal injury, occurs which prevents the injured person from walking, driving, or any other activity which they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. These injuries may include severe lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
The Thomas H Boyd Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital in Carrollton. Certified critical access hospitals are typically located in rural areas where another hospital is over 35 miles away. The Thomas H Boyd Memorial Hospital does not provide emergency services. The nearby Jersey Community Hospital in Jersey County, IL, serves as an acute care hospital with emergency services for Greene County residents.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has approximately 1,200 long-term care facilities, commonly called nursing homes. The CMS Nursing Home Database provides information about the performance of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in Illinois. This information may be used by Greene County, Illinois residents to determine whether a nursing home provides adequate care and treatment, or whether the facility has the potential for nursing home negligence, or, in the worst case scenario, elder abuse.
In Illinois, residents utilize a unified, three-tiered judiciary consisting of the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court. The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction with original jurisdiction in all civil matters such as medical malpractice and personal injury cases, and all criminal matters. The Greene County Courthouse is located at 519 North Main Street, Carrollton, Illinois 62016.