Sleep Study Provides Answers and Relief from Dozing While Driving

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Sleep Center | Posted on 11-24-2015

Woman-Wearing-CPAP-MachineMary Williams, 52, was perpetually tired, even though she thought she was getting a good night’s rest.

“Apparently I was snoring, although I didn’t believe I was,” Mary said. “I had no idea of the quality or lack of quality of sleep, because I never woke up gasping for air. I was sure it was a thyroid issue.”

She never suspected sleep apnea, but her daily routine suggested otherwise:

Fast-Moving Local Care Prevents Gym Accident from Becoming a Tragedy

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Passavant Area Hospital, Testimonial, Trauma | Posted on 11-19-2015

Phil McCarty

Phil McCarty, 38, was finishing 30 pull-ups  in a friendly competition among friends at the Triple Threat gym in Jacksonville when he lost consciousness and fell 10 feet to the floor, landing on his back and bouncing his head twice on the concrete floor.

“I immediately sat up and was conscious,” Phil said. “I didn’t want to go to the hospital. I told everyone ‘if I can walk to the car, I’m going home.’”

This was exactly the wrong response, and Phil knew better. He was not only a paramedic of 20 years, but he had taught EMS for 10 years and worked as the Emergency Management coordinator for Morgan County and the city of Jacksonville.

How to Help Your Teen Avoid High-Risk Behaviors

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 11-17-2015

family-eating-dinner-togetherSmoking, alcohol, drugs, sex. To parents of teenagers, they’re like the four horsemen of the apocalypse. We worry about any of these temptations causing challenges in the lives of our kids.

Children are experimenting with these temptations sooner than ever, typically in their early teen years as they enter junior high, said Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System.

Are you at Risk for Diabetes?

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 11-10-2015

Woman-Walking-in-the-FallDuring National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, take a moment to learn if you are at risk. Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease where blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoiding serious problems caused by high blood glucose such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease and nerve damage.

Top 10 Tree Topper Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 11-02-2015

Tree-TopperThe traditional star or angel just doesn’t cut it anymore. Trees are now being topped with bows, ribbons, sprays and picks. Get in the holiday spirit with our video about how to create a tree topper featuring Jason Wood and Steve Dunker, Festival of Trees designers since 2013.

Here are some additional tips from Jason and Steve to get you started!

World Stroke Day: Learn To Recognize Signs of Stroke Quickly

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 10-26-2015

FASTIt’s always the perfect time to learn the warning signs of a stroke, but this week is especially timely as World Stroke Day approaches on Thursday.

“We want to encourage the people in our profession and the community to pay it forward by taking the time to learn a simple screening. It only takes five minutes to learn and could save a lot of lives,” said Amanda Conn, RN, who serves as Memorial’s stroke center program coordinator for neurosciences.

The test is called FAST, which is an acronym for Face, Arms, Speech and Time. Here’s how the FAST screening works:

Focus on Quality Means Healthier Communities

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, Memorial Medical Center, Stroke Center | Posted on 10-19-2015

We want to ensure each patient has a great experience and their needs are supported by educated and compassionate staff, the best services available and state-of-the-art amenities. Since this week, Oct. 18-24, is Healthcare Quality Week, we’d like to share a few of the accolades Memorial has received this year that reflect our commitment to positive patient outcomes and improving the health of the communities we serve.

Five Indicators Your Child Might Have ADHD

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Pediatrics | Posted on 10-12-2015

Young boy holds ADHD text written on sheet of paper

For parents, determining what’s normal and what’s not with children is often a tough road, especially when it comes to challenging behavior. It can be difficult to know if your child is just bored and acting out or if he or she might have a behavioral health issue such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to Cynthia Mester, PhD, LCPC, director of The Children’s Center, a program of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, here are several indicators for ADHD:

Take Your Mental Health Check Up Today!

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health | Posted on 10-05-2015

Sad? Angry? Hopeless?Woman-using-computer

When asked to describe the typical symptoms of depression, most people lean toward the emotional aspects such as hopelessness, persistent sadness or irritability. Many times, however, depression can present itself as a series of physical symptoms.

3D Mammography Helps Increase Cancer Detection, Reduces False Positives

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Breast Diagnostic Services, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 09-24-2015


Susan King, a mammography tech at Memorial Medical Imaging Services, works with the 3D mammography unit at Koke Mill Medical Center. (Photo: Kara Slating/Memorial Medical Center)

Adding 3D mammography to your traditional mammogram increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is a type of digital mammography in which X-ray machines take pictures of thin slices of the breast from different angles, the National Cancer Institute says. Computer software reconstructs the image.

Memorial Medical Center will offer 3D mammography at two locations in Springfield beginning this fall. Memorial Breast Diagnostic Services will offer the screenings at Koke Mill Medical Center in the Mammography Department near Koke Mill ExpressCare and at Baylis Building at Rutledge and Miller streets.