Sullivan County Memorial Hospital

Low levels of health literacy cost Missouri taxpayers billions of dollars each year in health care costs. In 2009, Sullivan County Memorial Hospital started a grant-funded partnership with Canyon Ranch Institute to increase health literacy and wellness of residents in Sullivan County, MO.


Sullivan County Memorial Hospital (SCMH) is a Critical Access Hospital in rural North Central Missouri and is the only hospital in Sullivan County. The mission of SCMH is “to meet the healthcare needs of our community by providing quality health services designed to restore and cultivate good health.”

CRI and SCMH partnered in 2009 to develop a Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) focused on advancing the health literacy and the health and wellness of Sullivan County residents. The first group of participants in the Sullivan County program graduated in October 2010, with five more groups completing the program by 2012.

How We’re Making a Difference

The CRI LEP in Sullivan County increases the health literacy of Sullivan County residents through an integrative health model. Through increasing health literacy, participants change their behaviors related to improving nutrition and physical activity, enhancing self-efficacy, and reducing stress. The CRI LEP empowers participants to make small, healthy changes to their lifestyle and educates patients and communities to embrace a life of wellness.

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