The Surgical Services Department recently acquired the old Obstetrics unit, which was closed in 2007. Previously, pre-op and post-op were in a single room with four areas divided only by curtains. The patients had to be taken down a public hallway to get to surgery and to return to the room post-op. Today, there are three rooms, two of which are semi-private and one private.
According to Surgical Services Supervisor, Cheryl Howard, RN, patients who have had surgery prior to the change and have since been able to experience the current setup have had nothing but compliments for the extra space and privacy. With the new Surgical Services Department facilities, staff now have a nurses’ station and small kitchen and break room area. For the first time in their careers, they have their own area to stop, sit and complete charts.
Culbertson’s Surgical Services Department is comprised of skilled and experienced professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality of care to the surrounding communities. Working with consulting and staff surgeons, Culbertson offers surgical services Monday-Friday, with most patients going home the same day. We offer Endoscopic, Laparoscopic, Ophthalmology and General Surgical Procedures, and are working to expand our services for our community.
The mission of Culbertson Memorial Hospital is to provide quality, compassionate care to the communities we serve
e. Private rooms during and after surgery are just one way we are fulfilling that mission.
General Surgery Outpatient Clinic Available Every Thursday
In partnership with Springfield Clinic Jacksonville, Dr. Michael Fenner holds a General Surgery Outpatient Clinic at Culbertson Memorial Hospital. This clinic ensures patients have more convenient access to high-quality surgical services. The clinic also means improved continuity of care, with easier access to surgeons before and/or after surgeries or hospitalizations, as well as enhanced communication with local primary care providers.
Dr. Fenner is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL and is board certified in General Surgery.
The Outpatient Surgical Clinic offers general surgical services, including evaluation and treatment of breast disease; colon and rectal disease, along with cancer screening procedures (colonoscopies); gastrointestinal disorders like heartburn, reflux, esophageal dysmotility, EGD; abdominal surgery; acute care surgery; skin and soft tissue disorders; vascular access; upper endoscopies; gallbladder and hernia operations; as well as many other minor surgical procedures.
Surgical consultations and appointments are available in Outpatient Clinic II (West Wing). Call our Surgical Services Department, at 217-322-4321, ext. 5293 to schedule an appointment.