Manning Regional Healthcare Center

Meeting the Many Needs of Patients

By: Pam Kusel, Manning News Journal

Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) strives to meet the healthcare needs of people in Manning and the surrounding area. Healthcare professionals are able to help patients with many issues and, when MRHC providers need additional help and expertise, they can turn to the abundant resources and professionals available through Mercy One, of which MRHC is an affiliate.

Healing for body and mind

Amy Hull, licensed therapist, has a very unique relationship with people through the hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive counseling program designed to meet the needs of adults over the age of 65. Hull assists people with a wide range of problems all while providing privacy and confidentiality.

Amy HullHull stated, “We had someone that was having marital issues and, seriously, within one week of meeting with me, she was able to communicate more effectively with her spouse. She was having conversations, but they wouldn’t go well, and then she would have unresolved emotion. Within one week she was able to have those conversations and it worked differently because of how she was communicating and because of her word choices. That is one success story.”

Hull has met with several people that were grieving the loss of a loved one.

“They struggle with the death itself,” she said. “How do I go from being this person who had my soulmate for 30-40-50 years, and now I have to cope with not having them? They describe it as being in a dark hole.”

She continued, “They were able to come here and get resolution because we talked about things like grief, how to find life again, and how to resolve feelings of guilt, such as, did I take them to the right place for treatment.  Because we talk about relationship skills, they were able to resolve those things and initiate another relationship. I helped them renationalize those fears.”

“We’ve helped clients who are depressed or may feel life isn’t worth living. Some clients find it hard to engage with their families. They may be isolating themselves, or not fully experiencing or enjoying life. Some of those clients were treated and evaluated. We worked with them over time until they were no loner in danger. They are now getting out and doing social activities. It’s rewarding to see them engage more with their families, communicating with them and enjoying time with their grandchildren,” she explained.

Hull has nearly 20 years of experience and has worked with MRHC’s Senior Life Solutions program for the past two years. She worked in community mental health for 17 years because she wanted to become very good at many diagnoses. She grew from being a therapist, to coordinator, executive director and clinical supervisor of an area mental health agency before coming to MRHC.  

Janet Schroeder-Brus, RN, is the program director for the Manning program.

She stated, “I think we are blessed to have this program available in such a small community. The staff is able to provide individualized attention and reach people from around the area. It’s not just a Manning program.”

Kathy Dammann is the program’s outpatient coordinator.

“Senior Life Solutions is more than a group,” stated Hull. “It is the people. It’s the epiphanies when you see them thinking about something differently than they have before. It’s finding your voice, using words that are acceptable to other people, and its re-engaging with the group, life, the community and their families.”

The program works to make sure that people feel safe. They arrive very apprehensive and quickly learn there is nothing to fear.

“We work to find solutions to helping them live life again,” said Hull. “That’s the goal of the program. We work with people until they don’t need us anymore.”

Senior Life Solutions was recently acknowledged as one of the top ten programs in the nation. To ask questions or make an appointment, phone 712.655.8262.

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