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Health Profession Scholarships Available

The Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation is announcing that applications are now available for six $800 scholarships from the Elmer Taylor Health Profession Scholarship fund. These scholarships are open to area high school seniors or college students who reside in the Culbertson Memorial Hospital service area of Schuyler, Brown, Cass, and South Fulton Counties and who are entering a health related field of study.

The Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation will also be giving three additional $500 scholarships from the Regina Erhardt Scholarship Fund. These scholarships will be awarded to any Rushville-Industry High School or Brown County High School graduate attending school for a health related field of study.

Applications are available from the offices of career counselors in area high schools, or can be accessed online at http://www.cmhospital.com/index.cfm?pageID=46.

Completed applications must be returned by April 13, 2015. 

Culbertson Memorial Hospital Announces Employee of the Year

Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Andy Ebey as the 2014 Employee of the Year. Andy works in the Maintenance Department and has been a staff member at Culbertson’s for almost 7 years.

Andy was selected as Employee of the 1st Quarter from nominations submitted by his fellow co-workers and for his dedication to Culbertson Memorial Hospital. His attitude demonstrates he is here to serve our patients and community. Andy appreciates that his job allows him to do something a little different every day and the ability to work in his hometown.


Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital receives ESRH designation

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital has received designation as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH) from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“This designation ensures that all stroke patients, regardless of where they live, have access to rapid care within the narrow treatment window,” said CEO Lynn Stambaugh. “Prior to receiving this designation, patients would have had to travel a long distance to receive assistance, losing precious time. Stroke designation for Culbertson Memorial Hospital now allows local access to the care needed beginning the moment they enter the hospital to the time the lifesaving drug is administered within the recommended 60 minute treatment window. ”

In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly passed MB2244, allowing the creation of stroke systems of care in Illinois. The law identifies hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directs EMS to transport possible acute stroke patients to these hospitals. If, however, the closest hospital  has not received its Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital designation, EMS personnel may divert that patient to the next closest designated hospital.  With our local hospital designated, it now means stroke patients can receive high quality treatment right here in their own community.

In response, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) created its Stroke Initiative in March of 2010 to increase the number of small and rural hospitals achieving the designation.  The initiative has received international attention for its success in treating stroke patients in the rural areas of Illinois.

“In order to gain the ESRH designation, the hospital must meet specific criteria, and Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital has worked for three years to achieve this,” said Peggy Jones, ICAHN Stroke Consultant. “Now that our hospitals are prepared, it is our ongoing challenge to educate the community on the signs of stroke and to immediately call 911.

 “With stroke, time is brain…Each second a patient waits to be treated denies the brain of much needed blood and oxygen. The cells and tissues in the brain begin to die, causing what can be irreversible damage resulting in disabilities like paralysis on one side of the body, loss of speech, and many other deficits,” added Jones. “Getting to an emergent stroke ready hospital via ambulance allows the EMS to pre-notify the hospital of an incoming stroke patient, resulting in the fastest treatment possible upon arrival. It is not recommended that a patient having a stroke arrive by car or private vehicle.”

Each Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital has a telehealth connection with a neurologist at one or more larger Primary Stroke Hospitals within the state. Rural areas do not staff a neurologist due to a shortage of this specialty, but the telehealth connection allows the specialist to evaluate the patient and make treatment recommendations.  To receive designation, hospitals must measure their outcomes and times to treatment and are subject to random inspections by the state.

For updates on new emergent stroke ready hospital designations, visit the IDPH website athttp://www.idph.state.il.us/ems/StrokeCenterListing.pdf.


ICAHN is a network of 53 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers several state, federal, and private healthcare programs.


Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

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.


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