Press Releases

Press Releases

Medicaid Managed Care Plans

Illinois Medicaid Managed Care is expanding into our service area and is now called HealthChoice Illinois. The Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) Medicaid has started mailing Medicaid patients notification letters related to new HealthChoice Illinois plans. Most patients with an Illinois Medicaid medical card, will be required to pick one of the following managed care plans:

  • Blue Cross Community Health Plans

  • Harmony Health Plan, Inc.

  • IlliniCare Health

  • Meridian Health Plan

  • Molina Healthcare

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and our Rural Health Clinics have signed contracts with each of the HealthChoice Illinois plans.
Unfortunately, as of March 12, Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and our Rural Health Clinic Providers are not being shown as in-network. Therefore, our patients who are attempting to enroll in a HealthChoice Illinois plan cannot currently choose their current Primary Care Provider (PCP). We are also aware many of our patients may have received a letter from HealthChoice Illinois listing another provider as their new PCP.

We have been told by the Department of Healthcare & Family Services that they are behind in rostering all the contracted providers, and unfortunately, we have not been given a timeline of when this process will be completed. Please be assured that while this situation is being resolved, you may continue to see your Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Provider. We will continue to monitor this process, and appreciate your patience. 

Once Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Providers are enrolled, we will send out another patient notification letter letting our patients know they can now call the Managed Care Plan they chose to change their Primary Care Provider over to your Culbertson Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Provider. 

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Please note this change does not affect Medicare patients who have secondary Medicaid Insurance. If you have any questions about these changes please contact our Billing Department at 217/322-4321.

HealthCare Service Excellence Summit Award Winner

The Summit Award is the highest award of excellence presented at the HealthCare Service Excellence Conference. It is awarded to qualified, innovative, and progressive individuals, teams, and healthcare facilities who have made outstanding 

progress towards improving the patient experience and staff engagement.  Individuals, teams, or organizations must be nominated to be eligible for a Summit Award.

In 2017, the Summit Awards committee received over 265 nominations from 20 different healthcare organizations spanning 10 states. 54 of the nominations were chosen as Pinnacle Achievers (the best of the best), and 15 of those 54 were presented the Summit Award.

The 2017 Summit Awards are presented by Custom Learning Systems during the annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference. ( The HealthCare Service Excellence Conference is dedicated to delivering evidence based solutions to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities improve the overall patient experience.

Culbertson Memorial Hospital's Jim Tomko, Therapy Services, was a 2017 Pinnacle Award Recipient for a Service Excellence Advisor - First Year.

We are very proud of Jim for this amazing accomplishment!

Rhonda Roberts, Medical Records, Selected Employee of the 1st Quarter

Rhonda Roberts has been selected to be the 2018 Employee of the 1st Quarter. Rhonda has worked at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for 18 years in the Medical Records Department and is a certified coder.



Donald Sarnecki, 2017 Employee of the Year

Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Donald Sarnecki was voted as the 2017 Employee of the Year. Donald works in Housekeeping, and has been a part of the Culbertson Memorial staff for nine years. Donald is a dedicated, hard working employee with positive attitude. Donald enjoys working at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for the good people he encounters. He believes Housekeeping is important because they keep the hospital clean, which helps prevent infections and the spread of germs. 

Visitor Restrictions Continue 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 patients room and prior to leaving the patient’s room.

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