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.

A Mom’s Brush with Death Creates Lifelong Friendship

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 09-23-2015

The Roskelley family shortly after Lucas' birth.

The Roskelley family shortly after Lucas’ birth.

Jenny Roskelley was young, fit and had a normal pregnancy. After more than 10 hours of labor, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section because they were concerned the baby’s size might be too much for Jenny’s small frame. Jessica Weirich, a Memorial Family Maternity Suites RN, was her assigned nurse and had just recently started working on the labor and delivery unit.

Jenny and her husband, Jimmy, welcomed healthy baby boy Levi into their family. But before they could bask in the newborn glow, things started to go terribly wrong.

“The pain was so intense,” Jenny said. “I told Jessica something was wrong. I could feel my heart slowing down.”

Super Survivor is Seventh in Family with Breast Cancer, Shares Journey Via Facebook

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Foundation, Women | Posted on 09-21-2015

Super Survivor Lisa Woods

Super Survivor Lisa Woods

When Lisa Woods received the news she had breast cancer, she wasn’t surprised. As the seventh woman in her family to have breast cancer, she was braced to hear the news from her doctor one day.

Lisa, who’s 46 and grew up in Springfield, has had annual mammograms since she was 26 years old, long before the age of 40 when women are recommended to receive yearly mammograms.

Her mother is a two-time cancer survivor; other women in her family who have had breast cancer are her three aunts, a grandmother and a great-aunt—all on her mother’s side of the family. Her grandmother, one of her aunts and her great-aunt all lost their battles with breast cancer.

Don’t Let Race Day Jitters Spoil Your Biathlon Fun

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, SportsCare, Women | Posted on 09-16-2015

Jill Heffernan imagines her bike tire going flat or a shoe coming untied mid-race. Half marathoner Julie Barth is a “bit nervous” about adding a 12-mile bike ride to her race-day routine. And Margarita Martin? She’s more excited than jittery—she’s come a long way in four years. All three women are patients of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, and prove that race day jitters can strike whether you’re a beginner or a veteran athlete.

Fortunately, there are mental strategies that help alleviate anxiety. Jill works to keep her mind focused on the finish line and not the “what if” questions that pop up occasionally.

“In order to prepare myself mentally and push those jitters aside, my thoughts will be focused on moving forward,” Jill said. “I plan to just keep moving until the end of the race. My goal is to reach the finish line!”

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Sleep Center | Posted on 09-15-2015

Man Sleep Test CNervous about being able to fall asleep during your sleep study? You’re not alone! But Kaye Liles, manager of the Memorial Medical Center and SIU School of Medicine’s Sleep Disorders Center is confident that a sleep study is nothing to, well, lose sleep over.

“People always worry they won’t be able to fall asleep with all the monitoring devices,” Kaye said. “But the technician’s job is to make you comfortable and ease any fears or anxieties by explaining what is being done. Even with all the sensors, most people do actually fall asleep fairly quickly.”

Preventing Suicide: Do Something

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 09-09-2015

Candle in the dark

Statistics don’t lie. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, more than 37,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts happen every year. The topic is rarely talked about, but the issue affects many people. World Suicide Prevention Day is Thursday, Sept. 10, and we want to spread the word that suicide is preventable.

The Big 3 of Men’s Urologic Health

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Urology Services | Posted on 09-08-2015

Man-Speaking-With-DoctorYou’ve likely never heard of it, but chances are, you know someone suffering from it.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a medical condition that affects 50 percent of men 50 years and older. It’s embarrassing, uncomfortable and not something you talk about at the dinner table. It’s also one of the “Big 3”—the three most common urinary issues men face as they age, and unfortunately, usually keep to themselves.

Transplants Gave Him his ‘Greatest Blessings’

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Testimonial, Transplant | Posted on 09-01-2015

Greg and Joleen

Greg and Joleen

You don’t have to persuade Joleen Hoff about the importance of kidney transplants. Without her first husband’s two transplants, he would never have seen his daughter and then his three granddaughters.

“Transplantation allowed Greg the greatest blessings in his life— to be a father and a grandfather,” Joleen said. “He got his whole life back.”

Joleen will lead a team at the annual Transplant 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 19 in Springfield in memory of Greg Oest, who died May 15, 2012, while on the transplant list for a third kidney. The couple were high-school sweethearts who had been married for 33 years.

Recovering from Stroke – Close to Home

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center, Taylorville, Testimonial | Posted on 08-27-2015

Mike Dulakis

Mike Dulakis

Mike Dulakis was progressing through his normal workout Feb. 3 at Taylorville’s Lock Up Gym, lifting weights from a seated position, when everything changed. The 39-year-old guard for the Taylorville Correctional Facility was “training to failure,” a common weight-lifting strategy. Without warning, he slid out of the chair onto the floor in what felt like slow motion.

He doesn’t remember much after that.

“I was trying to get up, and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t get up,” Mike said.

A paramedic working out at the gym recognized the signs of stroke, and gym personnel called 911 immediately.