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Two physician practices join Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers

Two physician practices join Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
July 9, 2018 Janet Long

Two physician practices join Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers

July 9, 2018, MORRIS, IL – Two local physicians have finalized affiliation agreements that merge their independent practices with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

Dr. John R. Bolden, Jr., infectious disease, and Dr. Raja K. Saleem, family medicine, have both served on the Morris Hospital Medical Staff for more than 10 years. The partnerships allow the physicians more time to focus on patient care, while Morris Hospital oversees the business management responsibilities associated with their practices.

A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Saleem provides primary care for adult patients including diagnosis and treatment of illness, preventive care, routine checkups, health risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He has a specific interest in preventive care, geriatrics, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions.

“I believe the partnership is really going to help me take better care of my patients,” Dr. Saleem said. “I will have more time to focus on patient care at the office without having to worry about the business side of running the practice.”

A graduate of Punjab Medical College, Dr. Saleem completed a three-year family medicine residency at Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago. He joined the Morris Hospital Medical Staff in 2007 and also serves as a part-time hospitalist at Morris Hospital.

Dr. Saleem’s office location and phone number remain the same: 948 W. U.S. Route 6, Morris, 815-942-5474. The name of the practice has changed to Morris Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital.

Dr. Bolden has almost 20 years of experience as an infectious disease physician. He specializes in conditions caused by pathogenic agents, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, which may or may not be contagious. He has specific interest in antibiotic resistance, skin and soft tissue infections, HIV infections, C. Diff and MRSA.

Dr. Bolden received his medical degree and his master’s degree in cellular biology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He completed his three-year residency at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship in infectious disease at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and Chicago Medical School in North Chicago.

A member of the Morris Hospital Medical Staff since 2005, Dr. Bolden also serves as chairman of the infection control committee. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the Top 25 African American Physicians in the Chicago area in Black Health Magazine.

“At this time in my life, I want to focus more on medicine,” Dr. Bolden said. “By affiliating with Morris Hospital’s Healthcare Centers, I can devote more time to patient care and the treatment of my patients.”

Dr. Bolden’s office address and phone number remain the same, 151 W. High Street, Morris, 815-513-3074, but his practice name has changed to Morris Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital.

Serving patients at 26 locations, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa and Yorkville. The growing number of physician practices in the Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers network includes specialists in allergy-immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, family medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics and rheumatology. For more information, visit