May is Mental Health Month; new telepsychiatry program at LCMH

  • Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as “Mental Health Month”) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States.
  • A new telepsychiatry program at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is proving to be both successful and popular.
  • This program was started earlier this year in partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Through modern technology, patients can visit with Chicago psychiatrist Dr. Caroline A. Loeb on a weekly basis at the hospital’s Primary Care Clinic.
  • Patients can visit with Loeb each Thursday morning through the telepsychiatry program, although hours may be expanded in the future.
  • “It’s gone over very well,” said Gene Allen, Primary Clinic manager. “Patients will come meet with Dr. Loeb in a special psychiatric room. The psychiatrist can adjust their medications, talk with them about how they’re feeling, what troubles they’re having, etc. So far, the results have been good.”
  • Patients who would like more information about the program can reach the clinic at 618-
    943-7214 or by clicking here.