2010 Archive

Hamilton Awards Presented at Annual Board of Directors Dinner


"Stephanie Laws, Project Associate with the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, was honored as the second Community Award recipient for her successful leadership in launching the telemedicine programs. She collaborated, researched, trained and identified funding for the highly successful program for those suffering with behavioral health issues. Through the telemedicine solution, she and the Lugar Center have helped Hamilton Center provide crisis consults to area emergency rooms twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week."

Union Hospital Nominated for National Charitable Award

According to awards chairman, Charles R. Evans, FACHE, the Hospital Charitable Service Awards seek to find, reward and share stories of hospitals that consistently push beyond their core mission of providing essential healthcare services and generously give back to the communities they serve.

"The work done by the Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network Program in medically underserved rural areas of Indiana and Illinois epitomizes the spirit of these awards," said Evans.


Union Partners with Shriners Hospital for Children

Union Hospital in Terre Haute and Clinton have partnered with Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Cincinnati, through a telemedicine connection to provide children throughout the area access to follow-up care and eliminating the burden of traveling for medical care.


Lugar Associate Presents at National Workshop

Stephanie Laws, RN, BSN, Project Associate with the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, was recently invited to participate in a workshop on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in High-Risk Rural Communities, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. According to the Workshop Executive Summary, the objective of the workshop; held June 14-15 in Bethesda, Maryland; was to "provide research recommendations for the development, implementation, and evaluation of family and community interventions to reduce obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in rural communities of the United States. Workshop participants discussed geographic disparities observed in risk factors associated with CVD in high-risk rural communities. Participants discussed the unique characteristics, issues, and opportunities affecting underlying health status and risk in rural communities. They discussed the need for sustained partnerships to build capacity for health promotion and disease prevention, including CVD." The intended outcome of the workshop was a set of recommendations to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on strategies to reduce CVD through the adoption of evidence-based and practice-based interventions in rural communities.


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michelle-smith“Telemedicine has allowed our patients to receive the care they need right here in Sullivan, IN. In our current challenging economic times, the more dollars we are able to retain locally the better off our community will be.”

- Michelle Franklin, CEO
Sullivan County
Community Hospital