2017 Press Releases

2017 Press Releases

Visitor Restrictions Due To An Increase In Influenza Activity

According to CDC and IDPH, the influenza activity in the United States is on the rise. Due to the recent increase of positive influenza tests in Schuyler County, Culbertson Memorial Hospital will be limiting the visitors in order to help stop the spread of influenza.

New guidelines until further notice:

• No children under 12 years of age

• Only 2 visitors at a time

• Any visitor with respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath), rash, or diarrhea must not visit until all symptoms are cleared.

• If there is a critical need for a visitor with respiratory symptoms to see a patient a mask must be worn at all time while in the hospital.

• All visitors should use hand sanitizer upon entering the patient's room and prior to leaving the patient’s room.

Chris McConnell, LPN, Rushville Family Practice, Selected as Employee of the 4th Quarter

Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Chris McConnell as the 2017 Employee of the Fourth Quarter. While Chris has only worked at Culbertson Memorial for a year, she has been an LPN for 25 years. Chris is currently the nurse for Dr. Jason Rakita at Rushville Family Practice. 

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Through nominations submitted by her fellow co-workers, as well as her determination and warming presence, Chris was the obvious pick for Employee of the Quarter. Chris is fond of working at Culbertson because of the caring and thoughtful people she encounters on a daily basis. “I like that I feel appreciated at Culbertson, it is an awesome place to work," McConnell said.

Although she can’t imagine her life any different now, years ago Chris didn’t have any interest in becoming a nurse. It was actually a friend of hers who convinced Chris to take the entrance exam with her, and it turned out she loved it!

Chris resides in Bluffs with her three dogs and has one adult daughter, who is 27. In her free time, Chris enjoys baking, working on her yard and riding her Harley.

As Employee of the Quarter, Chris received a cash gift, Employee of the Quarter certificate, candy basket and entry for Employee of the Year award in December.

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Acquires HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine – Table Grove

(Rushville and Table Grove, Illinois) HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine – Table Grove, located at 130 North Broadway Street in Table Grove, Illinois, will be purchased by Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital on October 31, 2017. The hospital will assume patient care on November 1, 2017.

“HSHS Medical Group counts it a privilege to have served Table Grove and the surrounding communities for these past few years and we are confident that Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital will offer the same high level of care our patients expect and deserve,” said Melinda Clark, chief executive officer of HSHS Medical Group. “We look forward to continuing our partnership in the community by offering specialty care at Sarah Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.”

“We are pleased to assume the care of the patients served at HSHS Medical Group Table Grove. Table Grove is a high-performing family practice group known for its great quality and loyal patients, said Lynn Stambaugh, chief executive officer at Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital. We are committed to serving the residents of Fulton County with patient care excellence and are looking forward to the opening of Community Medical Clinic of Table Grove.” Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital currently operates three other family medicine clinics, Community Medical Clinic in Astoria, Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic in Beardstown and Rushville Family Practice.

Help Enhance Our Emergency Department

This year’s CMH Foundation Annual Appeal focuses on enhancements to the Emergency Department, with multiple improvements planned to enhance the safety and satisfaction of all patients and staff. The goal is $35,000. Funds will be used to expand telemetry monitoring equipment to all rooms. A new triage room within the department also will be designed.

“The addition of the triage room will allow the ED staff to triage patients in a private setting with the proper equipment to provide the highest level of patient care,” said Nancy Murray, RN, the Emergency Department Supervisor. “The balance of the money raised will be used for security enhancements within the department.”

The CMH Foundation continues its legacy of providing the hospital with the latest in sophisticated technology. Each year in November, the Foundation selects a new project to support and runs a three-month campaign from December through February. Last year’s campaign raised funds to purchase six new defibrillators.

Please consider making a gift of any amount to help enhance the Emergency Department. Gifts can be made online, or

you may send a check to CMH Foundation, ATTN: Annual Appeal, 238 S. Congress, Rushville, IL 62681. In addition to tax-deductible donations, the CMH Foundation can accept a gift of securities, real estate or personal property, as well as planned gifts through a bequest, living trust or other means.

Donald Sarnecki, Housekeeping, Selected as Employee of the 3rd Quarter

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Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can result from the bite of an infected deer tick also known as black-legged ticks. Lyme disease was first recognized in the United States in 1975 after an unusual outbreak of arthritis near Lyme, Connecticut.

What are symptoms of Lyme disease?

Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle, and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. A characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans (EM) occurs in about 70-80 percent of infected persons. EM begins within 3 to 30 days at the site of the tick bite. The average appearance of this rash occurs around seven days after the bite, and it can grow to around 12 inches or more. It may look like a “bullseye” and could feel warm to touch but is rarely itchy or painful.

In a small percentage of cases, symptoms can last for more than six months. This is sometimes referred to as chronic Lyme disease. Some patients may not experience symptoms for weeks or months after the initial bite. Symptoms of ‘late Lyme disease’ include arthritis and pain and swelling of joints, especially the knees.

Other late Lyme disease signs and symptoms include those affecting the nervous system. Other rare symptoms include irregularities of heart rhythm and problems with memory, concentration, and sleep disturbances. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms as well as the potential for exposure to infected ticks.

How does Lyme disease spread?

Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia bourgdorferi, are spread through the bite of infected ticks. In general, ticks need to be attached for 36-48 hours before they can transmit Lyme disease bacteria. In the U.S., these ticks are found in wooded areas mainly in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states. According to the CDC, 95 percent of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states. It is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.

How do you prevent Lyme disease?

Prevention and early recognition of tick bites are key. Persons treated with appropriate antibiotics during the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. The risk of exposure to ticks is greatest in the woods and in the space between lawns and the edge of the woods. Ticks can also hitchhike to your lawn and into your house via your pet.

You can decrease your risk of being bitten by a tick by following a few precautions including:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas especially during the months of May, June, and July.
  • When in a tick-infested area, walk in the center of trails and avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
  • Use EPA-approved insect repellent that contains a 20 percent concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin.
  • Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even after being in your own yard.

Commitment to Excellence

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Sleep Lab is accredited by Accreditation Commission for HealthCare (ACHC) for compliance with a

accreditation commission for healthcare logocomprehensive set of national standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care. If you have any concerns about the product or service that you receive from the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Sleep Lab, you may contact the ACHC directly at 855-937-2242

Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Britney Trone, RN, as the 2017 Spirit of Nursing. 

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Britney began her nursing career as a CNA and then graduated from the Blessing Rieman School of Nursing in 2010. Britney has been a registered nurse at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for the past five years, sits on the hospital's Service Excellence Council and is the Clinic Nurse Manager and Patient Care Coordinator.

Britney wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember. When she was younger she watched as the nurses at OSF took care of her younger sister who had Down Syndrome and dreamed of providing that same level of compassionate care to her patients one day. She enjoys working at Culbertson because she gets to provide that same level of care to people from a small community. She especially likes working at Culbertson because she knows so many of her patients and it feels like she is taking care of her family.

Britney was selected as Employee of the Quarter from nominations submitted by her patients and fellow co-workers and for her dedication to quality, compassionate care.

Britney is originally from Henry, Illinois and now lives in Rushville with her husband Michael and their 4 year old daughter Lola. She is the daughter of April Surratt of Henry and the late Billy Joe Surratt.

Patty Kunkel was selected as Employee of the 2nd Quarter.

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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

CMH donor boardindividuals 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

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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 a 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 you 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.