Press Releases

Press Releases

Culbertson Memorial Hospital Offers Therapy Services To Help Put Spring Back Into Our Patients Step

Let’s face it. Illinois winters are tough -- and long. So with the arrival of green grass, budding trees, bright flowers and warm sunshine, there’s much more than just a physical change in our environment. Spring also revitalizes our energy as we start to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities and “seize the day.” It seems fitting, then, that April also happens to be Occupational Therapy Month. After all, “OT” not only helps people engage in their daily activities, but also gives them renewed ability to enjoy life to the fullest -- despite challenges that often feel tough and long.

This is really true of all types of therapy, not just OT. Culbertson Memorial Hospital is pleased to be a part of putting spring in your step through our occupational, physical and speech therapy services in Rushville and Beardstown.

Occupational therapy does the job

We all have a job to do on a daily basis. For a child with disabilities, that job may be to participate in school or social situations. For an older adult experiencing physical or cognitive change, the job may be to maintain safe and proper self-care. Occupational therapy services from Culbertson Memorial help patients of all ages with chronic conditions affecting everyday independence and tasks, including:

·         Coordination problems

·         Hand, wrist and elbow injuries

·         Pediatric Sensory Disorders

·         Self-care activities

·         CVA/TIA and neurological deficits

Physical therapy for more “out and about”

After an injury or surgery, many people find themselves weak or in pain and unable to enjoy activities they once loved. This can be especially frustrating as the days get nicer and everyone wants to get out biking, gardening, playing ball and taking kids to the park. Fortunately, our physical therapy team gives patients their functional mobility -- and their lives – back after challenges such as:

·         Surgical procedures or injuries to the back, shoulder, knee hip or ankle

·         Debility following cardiac/respiratory procedures or general hospitalizations

·         Sports injuries

·         CVA/TIA and other neurological deficits

·         Pediatrics/developmental delays

·         Balance deficits that increase fall risk

Speech (and so much more) therapy

“Speech” therapy isn’t just about speech. Our Culbertson Memorial speech therapist can offer help and hope for a wide variety of conditions that interfere with communication, swallowing, cognition, and safe eating and drinking. Some examples include:

·         Disorders relating to articulation, motor based speech disorders, voice and fluency

·         Disorders affecting language comprehension, expression and processing

·         Cognitive disorders of attention, memory, problem solving and executive functions

·         Dysphasia (swallowing) in all ages

Complete therapy services close to home

Culbertson Memorial Therapy Services are tailored to each unique situation with a holistic, team approach that directly involves patients and their families in the treatment plan. If you or a family member is looking for therapy services you can count on, you don’t have to look far! In addition to our outpatient Therapy Department in Rushville, Culbertson Memorial Hospital Therapy Services has a satellite clinic in Beardstown, located inside the Heritage Health building on St. Luke's Drive. Our team will be ready to help you spring ahead with life – exactly the way you want to live it!


CMH Foundation is making changes to the way donors are recognized at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

As you enter the doors of Culbertson Memorial Hospital, you will notice a donor board full of stars with the names of individuals and businesses that have generously supported the CMH Foundation.  To honor these donors, the CMH Foundation made the decision to not only recognize one time gifts in our newsletter, but to also recognize our donors for their cumulative giving.

What does that mean for our donors, both past and present? We are currently in the process of updating our cumulative giving program that has now become our Sarah’s Stars program. Through this program we will recognize all donors who have cumulatively donated $500 or more since the establishment of the CMH Foundation.

What about individuals who left money to the hospital through a memorial? With the addition of a cumulative giving program, we will now have a dedicated program to honor and recognize individuals who chose the CMH Foundation as the beneficiary of their memorial monies.  Any memorial that exceeds $500 will be displayed on our new memorial board.

What about the names of donors from before the CMH Foundation was established or memorials older than 10 years ago? At Culbertson Memorial Hospital we appreciate each and every gift that has helped the hospital succeed over the past 96 years. So to honor donors who may no longer be with us, we will display all past gifts on a new, modern display.


Tina Rumple Selected as 2017 Employee of the 1st Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Benefits of Good Mental Health By Cathy E. Rigg, LCSW

Do you believe your mental health is as important as your physical health?  Most of us would answer “Yes,” to that question.  However, our actions often say something quite different.  Most of us are quick to go to our doctors when we have a physical health issue such as chronic pain, problems regulating our blood sugar, wounds that won’t heal, decreased strength, trouble sleeping or just generally feeling unwell.  However, our mental health issues do not receive the same prompt attention much of the time.  For some reason, many of us feel that we can talk ourselves out of feeling anxious or depressed.  That might be true occasionally, especially if our moods /feelings are connected to a time-limited situation that is “getting us down.”  However, if our moods/feelings are negatively affected by clinical depression or another mental health problem, it might be time to seek out a little professional help.

Even with all of the education made available to the public concerning the need for good mental health care, there is still some stigma attached to this very common problem.  Depending on our life experiences, there may be some messages we received from our parents or from society that gave us the perception that admitting to depression or anxiety was a sign of weakness.  In addition, many males in our society have been given the message that they must appear strong at all costs.  It isn’t that important to identify why we avoid discussing mental health as long as me make a decision to start making our mental health a priority.

Have you been struggling with sadness, hopelessness, lack of motivation, sleep issues, isolating yourself, lack of enjoyment of once loved activities, feeling anxious or some other mental health symptom?  Do you feel comfortable bringing this up with your doctor?  Do you know what steps to take to get help for these issues?

The good news is that we have several options in this geographic area for taking care of our mental health care needs.  And it can be as easy as bringing up your mental health concerns with your family doctor.  Your doctor can then refer you to Taylor Clinic’s behavioral health services, our local mental health services, or specialized mental health services.  In addition, CMH offers mental health services to our older population through their Intensive Outpatient Program, Senior Life Solutions.

Remember, your mental health is as important as your physical health.  Maintaining good mental health increases the quality of our lives in many important ways!  Give yourself the gift of good self-care both physically and mentally.  It will be one of the best investments you have ever made!


For more information on any of the press releases above, please contact: Molly Sorrell, Director of Community Relations and Marketing at 217/322-5269 or msorrell@sdcmh.org.