A Century of Commitment

Since its opening on Feb. 15, 1921, Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and its staff have worked tirelessly to serve the citizens of Schuyler, Brown, Cass and southern Fulton counties. Culbertson has made a commitment to improve local healthcare services so our area residents can receive quality care close to home. The coming expansion project is just another shining example of our commitment to the communities we serve.

Celebrate with Us!

Join in our centennial celebration festivities! Events planned for the year will include special snacks and meals for Culbertson staff, a movie in the park, free movies at the Princess Theater, a canned food and blanket drive to commemorate the hospital’s opening day, and a special 100-tree donation in honor of Dr. Russell R. Dohner, who practiced at Culbertson Memorial Hospital from 1955-2013.

All events have been planned for in-person attendance but may be adjusted for virtual attendance pending state social distancing restrictions.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

At Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, we strive to carry on their legacy and their mission by providing the same care and comfort to the community the Culbertsons loved so much. In our Annual Report, you will learn more about the storied history of accomplishments, in addition to details on our Master Facility Plan that will define our continuous facility and service improvements for years to come. The next step in our journey has only just begun. Click the cover above to download the PDF.

Timeline

 

Stories

Culbertson is personal healthcare

Dan Wise
IT Manager

Culbertson is personal healthcare. Living in a small community, you get acquainted with a lot of people and you develop relationships. When someone walks through the doors it’s not just a patient — it’s someone you know, it’s someone you already care about and we can relate to their needs on that personal level. I love the community of people. I enjoy the relationships I have built in my 20 years here. Having a job in a community that I live in that offers competitive pay without the commute is pretty awesome.

Culbertson is kind of my family business. I am a third-generation employee. I had one grandparent and both my parents who worked here, along with most of my siblings. Culbertson has been a big part of my life. I remember growing up coming to the hospital to find one of my parents to get money to take to the swimming pool. When I would walk in, almost all of the people working I would come in contact with knew who I was. They would say “hi” and if they had time take a couple minutes to talk to me. It really felt like extended family because it seemed they knew more about me than I did. I do remember one time when I was in junior high, I was in the hospital for a week and one the employees found out I liked marshmallow malts from Dairy Queen. So, they brought one in for me. It’s that kind of personal touch for our patients I still see today. Even if it’s just setting up a table for a patient so they can celebrate their 74th anniversary with their spouse. Culbertson is a community of caring.

Culbertson is a huge part of this community. It allows our family, friends and neighbors an opportunity to receive quality care without having to travel an hour or more away. To be a part of something that serves this community in such a big way is humbling. Personally, to work for a operation that my parents did and still impacts the community the way it does is truly a blessing.


A Small Hometown Feeling

Carrie Skiles
Director of Health Information Management
Privacy and Compliance Officer

Culbertson Memorial Hospital has a wide variety of healthcare services, but they are delivered with a small hometown feeling and without having to drive long distances. Our staff work very hard to make sure that patients are well cared for and that their needs are met. We treat patients as we would treat our own loved ones. We are very fortunate to have knowledgeable and compassionate staff working at Culbertson. I love getting to work with co-workers who want to make a difference in our patients’ lives and in our community.

Our community is very important to me. I was born and raised here and am very blessed to be able to raise my own family and to be involved in organizations within this community. We have so many wonderful assets in Schuyler County, including Culbertson Memorial Hospital. The hospital makes a huge impact in our community because people have access to a variety of healthcare services right in our own backyard. It gives me peace of mind knowing that if someone in our community or the surrounding areas needs medical care, we can receive it without having to drive a long distance. I also love that I am employed by my hometown hospital and get to work every day to serve my fellow neighbors in our community.


Working hard to improve and provide exceptional care

Jessica Hendricks
Prior Authorization Specialist

Culbertson’s commitment to community and hometown values sets it apart from other healthcare providers. We are always working hard to improve and provide exceptional care to not only our community, but to surrounding communities as well. The thing I like most about working at Culbertson is that we are a team. Everyone works together to make sure that anyone who enters our doors can get the best care possible.

There are so many wonderful things I have experienced during my time here. From being able to witness the care and dedication that Dr. Dohner had to helping Dr. Cox perform one of his magic tricks for a patient (even though it meant I learned his secret). On a personal level, my mom was a RN in the ER and my dad was a paramedic. Watching them in action and doing what they loved to do gave me a whole new level of respect and pride for them. I have also met several people along the way that have become lifelong friends.

I have come in contact with so many people from the community, whether they are family members, friends or total strangers. To know that I may have played a small part in making a difference in their lives is an honor.


Many lives are helped and saved every day

Christina Hardy, BSN, RN
Director of QI/RM/Safety/Employee Health

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital is a smalltown patient- and family-oriented facility. The staff are friendly and treat you like family. Staff put their feet on the ground and work as a team in order to get things done.

As a little girl I would occasionally come to the hospital to see my mom while she was on break time. The dietary staff would always have chocolate chip cookies that they would give my sister and me. This kind gesture made our day. Conversations with Dr. Dohner are a favorite pastime. A few times my family needed to be cared for by the staff at Culbertson and the staff was always focused and so kind. They allowed my mom and sister to stay with my grandfather during his end of life. That gesture meant so much to my family.

It is a humbling experience to be able to be a part of the Culbertson team. I was born at Culbertson and my mom dedicated 36-and-a-half years of service to Culbertson, so I have practically been raised by this wonderful facility in our community. In April 2021, I will have dedicated 20 years of service to Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Oftentimes I hear Culbertson called a Band-Aid station and I would have to disagree with those individuals. Many lives are helped and saved everyday within the walls of Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital.