Family Summer Safety: Four Lesser-Known Dangers to Avoid

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Pediatrics, Physician Services, Safety, Summer | Posted on 07-05-2016

Active family going on a bikeride.

Many families have been schooled on the “big” summer safety issues that threaten the well-being of children including water safety around the pool, fireworks precautions and the importance of using sunscreen and sunglasses on your little ones.

But what about the lesser-known dangers that range from annoying to downright dangerous, not just for children but for all of us? Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System, during a recent interview on WTAX’s Ask the Expert program on the Ray Lytle Show, shares her expertise.

Buzzy’s Burgers Marks 200th Wish

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Home Services, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 06-30-2016

200th-Hospice-Wish-BuzzyIf you ask Helen “Buzzy” Burris what one of her final wishes would be, the fun-loving mother will reply with a smirk, “Tall, dark and handsome.”

Her response reveals some of the spirited banter she shares with the people in her life. Even upon entering hospice care, she has maintained her same fun-loving character and unbridled sense of humor.

Buzzy is the recipient of the Sharing Wishes Fund’s 200th wish. The fund, managed by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, grants the wishes of hospice patients throughout central Illinois.

Kid-Friendly Recipes for Fourth of July Traveling

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Parents, Pediatrics, Summer, Videos | Posted on 06-28-2016

Kid-Friendly SnacksMost of us have been there. You have hours ahead of you on the road and from the backseat all you can hear is, “Are we there yet?” This year, instead of loading the kids up on packaged snacks with enough sugar to keep them bouncing out of their seats, try these wholesome, homemade and cost-friendly snacks presented by Memorial Food and Nutrition. While we can’t promise a peaceful car ride, we can guarantee happy stomachs. As many of us know, that’s half the battle! See what our own taste-testers had to say, too.

4 Bad Kid Habits and What You Can Do

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Parents, Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 06-23-2016

Angry-BoyEven the best behaved kids have bad habits.

“There’s no such thing as a bad kid,” says Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System. “There might be bad choices, but every kid is a good kid.”

Dr. Florence spoke to Ray Lytle recently on radio station WTAX’s Ask The Expert program about some of the bad habits that even your little angel can get into–and how parents should handle them.

Kale: What’s Old is New Again

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 06-22-2016

Kale, or Brassica oleracea, is closely related to other cabbage family vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard green, cauliflower and kohlrabi to name a few. In a family of super foods, kale stands out not only in nutrient density, but in its productivity in the home garden and versatility in the kitchen. An excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K, kale also provides fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, and an array of trace minerals. It is especially rich in phytonutrients, plant compounds that may help protect cells from damage and may help prevent cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers when consumed as part of a healthy diet.

Triathlon Swimming: Challenge Accepted

Posted by | Posted in Events, SportsCare | Posted on 06-20-2016

Competitive-Swimming

In central Illinois, most athletes are familiar with running and bicycling. Often though, tackling the swimming leg of a triathlon can cause anxiety or even discourage participation. Registration is now open for the first Dan Adair, MD, Memorial Triathlon on Aug. 28 at Memorial SportsCare, so let’s squelch your hesitation and understand what to expect when hitting the water at this inaugural event.

Spiritual Care in Hospice

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Taylorville | Posted on 06-16-2016

Physical comfort is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of hospice care. However, Memorial Hospice comprises a team of care providers across disciplines, including spiritual, to help patients and their families navigate their difficult situation and to care for the patient as a whole person.

“We try to join the patient and family in the moment, empathizing with whatever feelings they are experiencing,” said Jan Costello, spiritual outreach coordinator at Memorial Home Services Hospice. “Chaplains are really there to be that listening post. To provide a presence, and to not only listen, but help them connect the dots.”

In the past two years, Memorial Home Services has expanded the Hospice spiritual care team to include multiple chaplains who serve patients throughout central Illinois. Chaplains visit patients at home and can also serve as liaisons with community clergy members.

3 Tips for Managing Stress

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 05-23-2016

Stressed-Man-and-FamilyLet’s face it, everyone experiences stress from time to time. Stress can come from anywhere. It could be caused by being late to meet a work deadline, arguing with your children or dealing with traffic. Instead of letting stress get the best of you, try these three easy tips to reduce stress.

Nurse Helps Patient Find Calm in the Storm

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nursing | Posted on 05-19-2016

Bryce Damery, RN

Bryce Damery, RN

Radio disc jockey Kellie Michaels wasn’t expecting an emotional roller coaster after coming out of surgery, but there it was—anxiety, discomfort and an intense desire to go home—all culminating in what she described as “a mini-meltdown.”

“I asked the nurse to let me go home, even though I knew he couldn’t make that call,” Kellie said. “The feelings ranged from being uncomfortable to feeling very confined to the bed and not being able to get up and move around. What he did next really made a huge difference, though.”

Teenager Takes Hearing Loss in Stride

Posted by | Posted in Hearing Center, Testimonial | Posted on 05-10-2016

Aimee-Brunk-Hearing-CenterAimee Brunk remembers receiving her first set of hearing aids at four years old.

“It was a little overwhelming,” said the now 16-year-old AC Central High School sophomore. “Before, I couldn’t hear birds or even air conditioning. All of the sudden, I could hear cars rushing by and everything else.”

Aimee had been a frustrated toddler, throwing fits and not listening or speaking clearly. Her mom, Billie, knew there was something more than the “terrible twos” going on. After visiting a speech therapist and their primary care physician, she took Aimee for testing at the Hearing Center at Memorial Medical Center.

“They were so good with her,” Billie said about the audiologists at the Hearing Center. “They played games and put her at ease. I could tell they were used to working with kids.”