The award recognizes premier clinical programs among all Horizon Health Behavioral Health Services locations focusing on clinical effectiveness with respect to in-patient program design and implementation, superior assessment services and excellent discharge planning services. Only five of Horizon's 106 programs were selected as national finalists.
The local program, marble art therapy, was designed by Barbara Heisler, Senior Lifestyles activity therapist. As part of the therapy, patients create a picture using paints and a marble. When the picture is dry, the patients pick an area to be framed then identify what pictures they see within the picture.
According to Heisler it is an intervention that can be used with low to high-functioning patients. The activity was used to increase group attendance by increasing patient interest, to decrease behaviors and to give staff insight into patient mood.
Also, she noted, the activity can be easily replicated in other mental health programs, nursing homes or at home.
According to Rebeckah Halter with Senior Lifestyles, they have already shared information on the Marble Art: Picture within a Picture program with other groups and will make a presentation in an upcoming regional conference. Also, she said, at least one area nursing home is using the program with its residents.
"We are very proud of the award and to be able to share the program with others," Halter said.
The award was presented to the Senior Lifestyles and Missouri Delta Medical Center in November by Jay Kortemeyer, regional director of operations, and Barbara Bayma, regional director of clinical support services.
For more information on the program or Senior Lifestyles contact Halter at 472-7497.