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4/6/2016

Senior Renewal Program at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital - Highland Brings Hope and Health to Patients


Highland, IL – The Senior Renewal Program at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Highland brings hope and health to adult seniors who are 65-years-old and older. For seniors who are dealing with symptoms of depression or anxiety from life changes, Senior Renewal can be the help they need to get back to living a happy and healthy life. Senior Renewal does not require a physician referral, and patients can self-refer to the program.

Senior Renewal provides group, individual and family counseling to adult seniors who are facing unique emotional problems in dealing with life changes such as trouble adjusting to retirement, adjusting to declining physical health, debilitating problems with grief and loss, strained family relationships, financial issues, and loss of independence. The program, which has been at St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) since 2009, is being called a hidden treasure by patients of the program.

“I don’t know where I would be without the Senior Renewal program,” said Melody Price, a patient of the program for the past three years. “When I started this program, I was a train wreck. I had threatened suicide and was in the Emergency Department when Lori (Hahn) came to visit me. She told me about this program and told me I could get help. That was exactly what I needed, it’s what I was trying to get – help. This program saved my life.”

Senior Renewal provides:

  • Complimentary confidential assessment in the privacy of their home or the Center
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • On site RN, Therapist and Psychiatrist
  • Transportation and a Hot Meal
  • Ongoing communication with patients primary care doctor

Senior Renewal can make a difference in the lives of seniors. Life changes can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Patients may feel sadness, lack of pleasure or interest in hobbies, social withdraw, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, irritable, lack of energy or motivation, loss of self-worth and feeling hopeless with suicidal thoughts. Some may feel nervous, jittery, or jumpy with negative thoughts and unwanted fear and worry. Senior Renewal can help with these symptoms, depression, and anxiety.

“When I started this program, I didn’t know where else to go. I was afraid where my life was headed,” said Don Gralike, a patient of one year. “Senior Renewal has helped me a lot over the last year. They have shown me the other side of the coin and that if I have faith in myself, everything can be okay. I feel more content and happier now. I have a place I can go and get help when I’m feeling unhappy. Senior Renewal changed my life. I have a lot of hope now.”

Since opening the department in November 2009, the Senior Renewal program has documented more than 13,697 patient visits. Lori Hahn, RN, has served as Program Director of Senior Renewal at SJH since its beginning. Board-certified psychiatrist Scott J. Arbaugh, M.D., is the medical director of the Senior Renewal program. Dr. Arbaugh received his medical degree from St. Louis University, completed his residency at Barnes hospital and then opened a private practice in Florissant, Mo. In 1993, he formed Northwest Psychiatric Associates, a group practice.

Senior Renewal operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Transportation to and from the program is available. Cost of services is covered by Medicare part B, Medicare Disability, and most secondary commercial insurance health plans. For more information on Medicare Advantage coverage, please contact Lori Hahn at 618-651-2940. No physician referral is needed for Senior Renewal.

“When my doctor recommended that I go to Senior Renewal, my first thought was that I didn’t need it. I was very hesitant about coming,” said Sally Steiner, a new patient to the program. “I can tell you after just three months in the program, that joining Senior Renewal was the best thing I could have done. Our community is so fortunate to have this hospital here and this program offered to us. I am feeling so much better. I physically feel better and my nerves are better.”

All information shared in the program is confidential. “I feel like I can say anything here and I know it won’t be shared,” Steiner said. “I am so thankful to everyone here. I wish more people would reach out to the staff here for help. I understand being hesitant – I was very hesitant – but everything about this program has helped me.”

The SJH Senior Renewal program can be contacted by calling (618) 651-2940 or by visiting www.stjosephshighland.org to get more information.


Media Contacts

Ashley Gramann
Communications Manager
Phone: 618-651-2589
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Terriann Tharp
Division Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 217-347-1275
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