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EMH Expands Mental Health Services

Ellsworth Municipal Hospital is expanding the behavioral health services it offers in Hardin County. EMH is rising up to meet the increasing need for these services in our community with new service offerings. A new outreach clinic in Hubbard begins in July with Dr. Robert Stern, Psychiatrist, and Mental Health Counselor, Rick Shaw. The Freedom House Clinic location in Iowa Falls is adding Parent-Child Interactive Therapy with licensed Therapist, Sharon Freese.

OUTREACH IN HUBBARD: A longstanding partnership between Hubbard Medical Clinic and Ellsworth Municipal Hospital adds outpatient behavioral health services to its services to the Hubbard area. Dr. Robert Stern, Psychiatrist at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Rick Shaw, are now scheduling appointments to see patients in Hubbard every Monday morning.

Dr. Stern is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been at EMH’s Freedom House Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic since 2008. He performs diagnostic evaluations,handles medication management and specializes in chronic mental disorders in adults. His practice includes treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions including the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Depression, and Personality disorders among others.

Rick Shaw is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.Rick’s focus in mental health counseling has been primarily with individual, family, and relationship counseling. He works with clients 8 years old and older.

The Hubbard Medical Clinic is located at 324 East Maple Street in Hubbard. Serving Hamilton, Hardin, Marshall and Story County, the Clinic has been a rural hub for healthcare for over 25 years. It is home to the family medical practice of Linda Gehrke, ARNP, and serves as an outreach clinic on Wednesdays for EMH physicians, Francis L.Pisney, M.D. and Curtis O’Loughlin, M.D.

NEW THERAPY IN IOWA FALLS: At the Freedom House Clinic in Iowa Falls, Sharon Freese, licensed mental health counselor and registered play therapist, has recently started Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) sessions for children age 2 through 6 who have disruptive behaviors, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. According to the Iowa Consortium for Mental Health (www.ICMentalHealth.org), EMH is the first to offer this type of therapy in Hardin and surrounding counties.

PCIT seeks to diminish undesired behaviors in young children through sessions that address the parent-child relationship. Throughout the sessions the therapist coaches the parent on interacting with the child. As the sessions advance, the therapist coaches from an adjoining room using video equipment or a one way window, and a “bug in the ear’ device to speak directly to the parent. Studies have shown PCIT to be effective in decreasing the negative behaviors it addresses in children, improving the parent-child relationship, and providing parents with satisfactory outcomes after the therapy is completed.

To learn more about EMH’s expanded behavioral health services in Hardin County or schedule an appointment, please call 641-648-6491 or 800-648-5481.

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