Memorial Hospital expands rehabilitative services

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 10:51 PM CST
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CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) - A local hospital is changing to give you more personal care so you can improve faster.

Memorial Hospital expanded its inpatient rehabilitative services by staffing a full-time Physical and Occupational Therapy team.

Hickory Grove Supportive Living Resident 78-year-old Sally Richardson works at home with a therapist about two to three times a week.

She said it helps her build up strength to do daily tasks, and now that Memorial Hospital has expanded rehabilitative services, she doesn’t have to travel to get the therapy she needs.

“They just come right here, right in your room and get you up and get you going,” Richardson said.

Hancock Village Director of Nursing Kristen Doyle said it also helps residents be more comfortable.

“They see exactly what they have to work with so that is a huge benefit to our residents. So they’re not learning on any equipment, they’re learning on their own equipment. How to best use it,” Doyle said.

Memorial Hospital Physical Therapist Tonya Dooley said the expansion now includes a full-time team: Tonya Dooley, Physical Therapist, Chevie Lay, Occupational Therapist, Rachael Woodside, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Mary Lou Sadler, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Through the Transitional Care or Swing-Bed Care Program, Dooley said they can also focus on inpatients who are not yet ready to go home but no longer need acute hospital care.

“Seeing them on a daily basis allows them to trust us and do what we ask them to do, which is getting them one step closer to home,” Dooley said.

Memorial Hospital Chief Ancillary Service Officer Dawn Owren said the expansion also allows for better continuity of care.

“For example, we had a resident at Hickory Grove that became sick and ended up at the hospital. We were actually doing therapy at Hickory Grove. We were able to continue that at the hospital so they didn’t lose that mobility,” Owren said.

Richardson is thankful for the level of trust she has built with her therapists.

“I always tell them I can only do what I can do and they say that’s fine. They just want me to try and improve myself,” she said.

It’s an improvement administrators said they hope to see in more patients now that more can take advantage of the expanded services.

Memorial Hospital staff said their rehabilitative services are all based on referrals from your physician, but if you’d like to learn more about their transitional care program you can call (217) 357-8530 or visit

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