After many joyous years of helping our patients fulfill their dreams of family, SIRM® Central Illinois will be closing on December 14, 2018.
As part of our community, you have witnessed first-hand our commitment to the intended parents we serve and the exceptional, individualized patient care that we provide. We thank you for entrusting us with your family-building needs and are honored to have been a part of your journey.
- If you are currently in cycle with us through the support of Dr. Molina Dayal and the staff at SIRM® St. Louis, we will continue to complete cycles without interruption and monitoring in our Peoria office will continue to be provided through December 14, 2018. Your nurse coordinator is available to answer any questions you may have about monitoring.
- If you currently have sperm, embryos or oocytes stored in our facility, please note that as of December 7, 2018 we will no longer be able to provide storage in our facility. For patients who wish to continue storage services through SIRM St. Louis, there will be no charge to transfer your stored tissue to this location. To initiate this process, please contact us as soon as you are able. If you decide to move your stored tissue to a long-term storage facility other than SIRM St. Louis, the cost of transfer will be at your own expense.
- Consents for sperm, embryo and oocyte transfer must be received by November 15, 2018. You can request to receive our Consent Form by contacting Cathi Fengel at Cathi.fengel@ or by calling our office at 309-689-0411. The Consent Forms can then be emailed back to Cathi.firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 309-689-0784. SIRM Central Illinois can provide notarization of these documents.
- For past patients looking to continue treatment after December 7, 2018, we highly recommend the team at SIRM St. Louis. If you would like us to make an introduction, please call our offices and we would be happy to do so.
If you would like to obtain a copy of your medical records, or if there are any other questions you may have, our staff will guide you through this time of transition. We wish you the greatest success in all of your future family building efforts!
SIRM® Central Illinois Staff
SIRM CENTRAL ILLINOIS CLOSURE – FAQS
If you have questions about how the December 14, 2018 closing of SIRM® Central Illinois affects you, this is your first stop. Do you have more questions that are not addressed here? We want to help! Contact our office directly at 309-689-0411.
Important Reminder: If you are currently storing your sperm, embryos and/or oocytes at SIRM Central Illinois, please remember by November 15, 2018 to send your consent to transfer your stored tissue to Cathi Fengel at Cathi.email@example.com. If you did not receive a consent form, you can download one here.
Dr. Dayal and the Staff at SIRM® St. Louis
- Is Dr. Dayal still available to see patients who live in the Peoria and Central Illinois area?
Dr. Dayal and the team remain available to see Central Illinois patients currently in treatment. Additionally, the team is also available to provide consultation and treatment to future patients who are able to travel to the St. Louis area.
- I prefer to choose my own clinic. Can you recommend some resources to help me decide?
Here are two excellent resources to help you research and identify a clinic so you may continue your journey toward parenthood:
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): https://www.reproductivefacts.org/resources/find-a-health-professional/
- Society for Reproductive Technology (SART): https://www.sart.org/clinic-pages/find-a-clinic/
Once you decide on the clinic, please email Cathi Fengel at SIRM Central Illinois, and she will assist you in having your medical records transferred to your new clinic. You can reach Cathi at Cathi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are medical records sent to a long-term storage facility with the sperm, embryo and/or oocytes?
IntegraMed, the parent company of SIRM Central Illinois, will maintain and store medical records, and will have access to them through either long-term storage (for hard copy records) or in our Electronic Medical Records (for newer patients). To request your medical records, download the request form here. Complete this form and return it to Cathi.email@example.com.
- If a patient needs records after the clinic is closed, how can they request the records?
To make this request, simply download and complete this Request for Medical Records.
Transport and Storage
- Will SIRM Central Illinois pay for the shipment of sperm, embryos and/or oocytes? What are my clinic/storage options?
As part of our commitment to helping you coordinate your ongoing care, SIRM Central Illinois will cover the cost of transferring your stored tissue to SIRM St. Louis. If you decide to move your stored tissue to a long-term storage facility other than SIRM St. Louis, the cost of transfer will be at your own expense.
Can you recommend alternative long-term storage facilities?
There are several options for long-term sperm, embryo and/or oocyte storage companies. A few we suggest include CryoPoint, Cryogam and ReproTech but others can be found online.
What is the storage cost at these recommended alternative facilities?
All long-term storage centers offer a competitive cost for storage, as this is their primary focus. For individual storage rates, please reach out to these facilities directly.
- Is there a deadline by when I need to schedule the transport of embryos/oocytes/sperm?
November 15, 2018 is the deadline to send your consent to transfer your material. Please send completed Consent Forms to Cathi Fengel at Cathi.firstname.lastname@example.org. Cathi will be able to provide notarization of these Consents.
- What will be done with sperm, embryos and/or oocytes if a patient does not respond to communications?
We will continue to store the embryos and/or tissues at our SIRM St. Louis office, and continue our attempts to make contact. If the patient has not responded after multiple notices, we will assess whether to discard them consistent with legal requirements.