2013 Press Releases

2013 Press Releases

ISHMPR Recognizes Pinnacle Award Winners at Annual Meeting

The Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) honored marketing, public relations andmolly sorrell holding awardcommunications professionals from across the state at its 2013 Annual Conference and Pinnacle Awards held October 23-25 at The Abbey Resort, Lake Geneva, WI.

ISHMPR membership is open to marketing, communications, and public relations professionals from hospitals statewide. The Annual Conference offers the opportunity for professional networking and educational presentations by nationally-recognized healthcare marketing professionals.

In conjunction with the Annual Conference, ISHMPR sponsors the Pinnacle Awards to recognize excellence and achievement in healthcare marketing and public relations. This year’s program included 104 entries in 24 project categories. Entries are judged on their own merit in accordance with established criteria for project planning, implementation and overall results.

Culbertson Memorial Hospital was recognized with an honorable mention in the community newsletter category. Molly Sorrell, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Culbertson works with McDaniels Marketing in Pekin on the Culbertson Connection.

For a complete list of Award Winners as well as the “Best of Show” Announcement, visit ISHMPR on the web atwww.ishmpr.org.


As an affiliate of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), the Illinois Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) is a group of healthcare marketing and communications professionals dedicated to offering networking, recognition and educational opportunities for professionals in the fields of healthcare public and community relations, marketing and affiliated services. Founded in 1973, the Society is made up of professional healthcare communicators from a variety of disciplines. Membership is open to all healthcare marketing professionals across the state. For more information, visit www.ishmpr.org.



Culbertson Memorial Hospital Announces Cindy Kunkel as Employee of the 3rd Quartercindy kunkel

Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Cindy Kunkel as the 2013 Employee of the Third Quarter. This recognition is not the first for Cindy who has been a registered nurse and a dedicated employee to Culbertson Memorial Hospital for the past 24 years. In 2010, she was awarded the Spirit of Nursing award and had previously been named an employee of the month in 1992. Cindy enjoys being a nurse because of the ability her job gives her to help people when they need it the most.

Cindy was selected as Employee of the Quarter from nominations submitted by several of her fellow co-workers and a patient who had this to say about Cindy, “Cindy is a wonderful, caring and compassionate person who knows how to treat our patients and their families. She is always understanding of their needs and we are lucky to have her on our team.”

Cindy lives in Mt. Sterling with her husband Rick and together they have two children, Nathan, age 23 and Caitlin, age 20.

Culbertson Memorial Hospital Welcomes Dr. Daniel Di Iorio To The Community of Rushville and Rushville 

Family Practice - July 2013

Dr. Di Iorio strives to provide holistic family medicine emphasizing in women’s, children’s, and preventative care, as well as, sports medicine. Whether it is a routine check-up, flu shots, or those pesky ear and sinus infections, you can rest easier knowing you and your family are being diagnosed and treated in a way that balances a quick recovery and patient comfort.

Please join Dr. Di Iorio and his staff for an open house and reception on:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31st -  4:00pm until 6:00pm
233 South Congress, Rushville, IL 62681


Culbertson Memorial Hospital Announces Employee of the Quarter - May 16, 2013

becky grimCulbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Becky Grim as the 2013 Employee of the Second Quarter. Becky works in the Business Office as a Medicare Billing Specialist and has been a staff member at Culbertson’s since October 2010.

Becky was selected as Employee of the Quarter from nominations submitted by one of her fellow co-workers who had this to say about Becky, “Becky has the best customer service skills I have ever seen. Listening to her on the phone with both patients and insurance companies you would think she is talking to a family member. She always thanks them for their time. She is always smiling and light-hearted even during bad situations.”

Becky lives in Kilbourne, IL with her husband Steve and 15-year-old daughter Madison. She attended Heartland School of Business, formerly of Jacksonville, in 1996 and received her certificate as a medical secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

As Employee of the Quarter, Becky received a cash gift, Employee of the Quarter certificate, a bouquet of flowers and entry in the Employee of the Year award in December.

National Hospital Week, A Guiding Light For Changing Times - May 6, 2013

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2013 National Hospital Week theme “A Guiding Light for Changing Times.”
There are still a few things in life you can count on: Like good friends, the sun coming up in the morning, the flowers blooming in springtime and your local hospital. Culbertson Memorial Hospital is a place where our staff not only cares about you as a patient but as a neighbor. We are here to care for our friends 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year. When you come to Culbertson, know you can count on our staff’s professionalism, knowledge, dedication, and care.National Hospital Week is May 12 – 18 and the Administration and Board of Directors want to say thank you to the staff at Culbertson Memorial Hospital and our Medical Clinics in Astoria, Beardstown, and Rushville. The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 12 – 18 celebration. “National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Lynn Stambaugh, CEO of Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

Culbertson Memorial Hospital is hosting an Open House for the completion of the West Wing Renovation - April 2013

On Sunday, April 21st from 1:00 to 3:00 the public is invited to join to Administration, Board of Directors and staff of Culbertson Memorial Hospital for an Open House in the West Wing. Guests are encouraged to tour the remodeled facility and ask questions about the expanded services now being offered. Included in the renovation:

  • A covered, more accessible entrance into the outpatient services area
  • Patient parking lot
  • Outpatient waiting room
  • An expansion of the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Privatization of the Surgical Services Area
  • The addition of Senior Life Solutions
  • An expanded Wound Clinic including Lymphedema Therapy
  • Modern nurses and provider station
  • A new Activities of Daily Living Rehabilitation Studio

The West Wing of Culbertson Memorial Hospital is now the home to the following services:
Senior Life Solutions, Wound Clinic, Lymphedema Therapy, In-Patient Therapy Gym,Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular Lab and Echocardiograms , Sleep Lab, and is also the home of our
outpatient specialty clinics for Dr. Ma, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Kulkarni and Dr. Abraham.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions about all the services available in the West Wing

Culbertson Memorial Hospital Announces Employee of the Quarter - January 21, 2013

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Culbertson Memorial Hospital recently announced Janice Hendricks as the 2013 Employee of the First Quarter. Janice is Nationally Certified Medical Assistant for Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic in Beardstown and has been a staff member at Culbertson’s various Family Practice Clinics for over two years.
Janice was selected as Employee of the Quarter from nominations submitted by her fellow co-workers. Janice is known for lending a helping hand when needed, going above and beyond the call of duty, providing excellent patient care, and for being an employee who can be counted on. Clinic Supervisor Gretta McKelvey states, “Janice shows great willingness to be flexible, she quietly accomplished her tasks with compassion and efficiency. I know I can count on her in any situation and appreciate her positive, professional attitude.”

When Janice was asked why she chose to go into a healthcare profession, she said she knew she wanted to have the opportunity to help people on a daily basis. “
I chose healthcare because the two greatest women I have ever known, my Mother and Grandmother, are both nurses. I grew up around Culbertson Memorial Hospital and look up to all the healthcare professionals that work, and have worked, for our hospital. I wanted to have the opportunity to help people on a daily basis. Helping people is what I live for, ” said Hendricks.

Janice resides in LaGrange with her fiancé, Jeff Park, and her son Dylan, age 6.

As Employee of the Quarter, Janice received a cash gift, Employee of the Quarter certificate, bouquet of flowers and entry in the Employee of the Year award in December.

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Launches Telestroke Technology with Memorial Medical Center - January 2, 2013

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital launched a partnership with Memorial Medical Center to offer telestroke technology, which uses two-way audio and video teleconferencing to provide patients with immediate access to stroke-trained neurologists.

“Our partnership with Memorial Medical Center gives our community around-the-clock access to stroke experts who work with us to evaluate and administer the most effective and appropriate treatments for people suffering from acute stroke,” Lynn Stambaugh, CEO of Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, said.

“This means more people in our community will have access to stroke-trained neurologists and will receive the life-saving care they need close to home; while those patients who need a higher level of care can be identified and transferred to receive additional treatments including minimally invasive neurointerventional procedures.”

When a suspected stroke patient arrives at Culbertson, the Emergency Department staff immediately begin initiating evidenced-based stroke protocols that contain a standardized neurological assessment and diagnostic tests. Once a stroke is suspected, the emergency physicians at Culbertson will partner with stroke-trained neurologists at Memorial Medical Center using video conferencing technology installed in the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.

Using a secure web camera video, the stroke neurologist performs a quick assessment of the patient.
Neuroimages taken at Culbertson are transmitted electronically to Memorial for a real-time consultation with the stroke neurologist.

“Culbertson Memorial Hospital’s clinical team and the stroke neurologist work together and carry out the best treatment option for the patient,” said Sajjad Mueed, MD, Memorial Stroke Center medical director and a neurologist with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

The vast majority of strokes are ischemic, which means an artery to the brain is blocked. To treat the stroke, physicians must restore blood flow to the brain as soon as possible.

“A clot-busting drug, called tPA, is effective at restoring blood flow if it’s administered within a few hours of the onset of the stroke,” Mueed said.

In some stroke cases, patients will require a higher level of care and can be quickly transferred to Memorial Medical Center, which offers neurointerventional radiology services. Augusto Elias, DDS, MD, neurointerventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists, S.C., based in Springfield, performs minimally invasive interventional techniques to thread tiny catheters and wires through a patient’s blood vessels to eliminate clots and restore blood flow to the brain.

Memorial Medical Center is certified as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes Memorial for “exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care,” according to The Joint Commission. Primary stroke centers tailor treatment to individual needs, adhere to national stroke guidelines and continually assess and improve how care is delivered.

Memorial offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to stroke care with an integrated program that addresses the complete spectrum of care from prevention to rehabilitation, Teresa Reiser, Memorial Medical Center’s director of neuromuscular sciences, said.

Memorial’s rehabilitation facilities are among only a handful of others worldwide to hold a fivefold accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, including accreditation for its stroke specialty program.