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10/6/2017 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 10/6/2017 2:46:51 PM CENTRAL
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PCMH Geriatric Programs Have International Guests

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) had some very impressive (and impressed!) guests recently.  Dr. John Morley, M.D., B.Ch., visited along with two international guests.  The visit was to observe the specialized geriatric programs being offered at PCMH. 

Morley is the director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Education Center at Saint Louis University (SLU).  He is known internationally as a gerontological researcher, clinician and educator.  His guests were Shirley Ka-Lai Lo, RN, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong and Bertrand Fougere, M.D., Ph.D., Hospital Practitioner, Geriatric Department, Toulouse University Hospital, France.

Pictured (left to right): Janice Lundy, Dr. John Morley, Dr. Bertrand Fougere, Shirley Ka-Lai Lo, and Debbie Hayden.

As part of a collaborative project with SLU’s Division of Geriatric Education (Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP)), aiming to improve the care and outcomes for older adults in the community, PCMH has integrated rapid geriatric screenings into the hospital and primary care system and has developed several specialized programs to treat those who screen positive for cognitive decline and frailty.

The programs are directed by Janice Lundy, BSW, MA, MHA, and Debbie Hayden, RN, BSN, OTR/L.  The Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) program is an evidence-based, non-prescription therapy for treating mild to moderate dementia.  CST was developed by a team of researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom.  Lundy and Hayden travelled to London in 2014 for training and certification in CST.  They are part of a CST training team at SLU providing training across the US.  They have coauthored a chapter on CST that is scheduled to be published in November and will be travelling to the University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in December to present their work at the 2nd International Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Conference.

 Morley and his guests participated in the group sessions that they were observing and were very impressed with the program.  “I have been promoting Perry County Memorial Hospital’s geriatric programs around the world and am very excited to have seen for myself the magnificent work they are doing here,” stated Morley.

PCMH plans to become a model for other programs in rural areas around the nation and is expected to be hosting at least a dozen more geriatricians from around the world in the coming months.