A Story of Incredible Recovery: Trauma Patient Recovers from 80-Foot Fall

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 01-27-2015

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June 13, 2006, started out normal enough for Bret Beherns, an 18-year-old college student working a summer job building cellphone towers. The self-described adrenaline junkie was finishing up work installing antennas in Rochester when one load of antennas he was hoisting became loose. Instinctively, he reached for the rope, which got caught around his arm. When the load hit the ground, Bret was catapulted 80 feet in the air.

Thirteen days later, he woke up from a medically induced coma at Memorial Medical Center.

“I have no memory of the accident,” said Bret, a Mahomet native. “At first, nobody knew if I was going to make it. After a long week, they told my parents that I was probably going to live.”

4 Parenting Tips for Raising a Child by Yourself

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 01-20-2015

father-son-holding-handsRaising a child is tough and can become more challenging when you are doing it by yourself. If you are raising a child alone, you are not the only one.  According to the Kids Count Data Center, nearly 35 percent of parents are single. At times, it can become overwhelming and seem unmanageable.

Here are a few parenting tips from Brandi Paluska, a licensed clinical professional counselor for MOSAIC Moms at The Children’s Center, a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.

What to Expect at the Hospital When You’re Expecting

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 01-15-2015

New-Parents-with-baby-and-doctorYou’ve made it! Nine long months, and now it’s almost time for your baby to make his or her debut. The excitement that comes with being a new parent shouldn’t be dulled by nerves about what to expect when you deliver. We talked to the experts at Memorial Medical Center’s Family Maternity Suites about what happens when you come to the hospital to have your baby.  Why? Because you have much more important things to think about.First of all, when do I go to the hospital?

A Healthier You? Try These 10 Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 01-14-2015

Think-HealthyHave you ever thought about why you eat? Do you turn to food out of true hunger or boredom or habit? Do you plan your snacks or just head to the pantry when the feeling strikes?

Your attitude about food and exercise may be creating barriers that could be preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals and achieving great health. How you approach food and exercise could mean the difference between success and yet another attempt.

What To Do?

Read through these tips from the experts at the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. These tips enable successful weight loss and will help you overcome your personal barriers to weight loss so you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

See if you can try one idea over the next week and then observe the overall difference in your attitude toward eating and exercise. Then leave a comment below to share your experience with others!

Indoor Winter Wonderland: DIY Activities for Kids this Winter

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents | Posted on 01-12-2015

??????????This time of year, the wind chill makes it awfully hard to get outside as much as we’d like. But freezing temperatures doesn’t have to mean freezing playtime with your child until the spring! We asked the teachers at Memorial Child Care for their favorite indoor activities to keep kids happy, healthy and stimulated–even when the weather outside is frightful.

Breaking through the Buzz: Are Trendy Diets All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 01-08-2015

infographic Template brain social line link concept vector illusAs we make our new year’s resolutions, going on a diet is always a popular choice. But, which diet? With so many trends filling our newsfeeds and Pinterest boards, we asked the experts at the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to separate fact from fad fiction.

The Paleo diet

Is it the life-saving wonder its denizens claim? Or is it something that should have been left in the Stone Age?

Spoiled Rotten: Keeping Fruits and Veggies from Going Bad

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 12-30-2014

Storing-Fruits-Vegetable-Infographic - CopyNo one wants to buy fruits and vegetables only to throw them away days later because they’ve gone bad. Where you store them can lengthen their shelf life, maximizing their taste and texture and stretching your money.

You have three main choices for storage: the pantry, the fridge or the countertop, according to the American Heart Association.

You can store most fruits and veggies in your fridge, except for bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, lemons and limes, says Christina Rollins, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. Bananas will suffer from freezer damage in the fridge, tomatoes turn mealy and lose their flavor and aroma, the starch in potatoes turns to sugar in the cold, and lemons and limes absorb fridge odors.

How a Patient Feels in the Hospital

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 12-23-2014

GPE-VideoHow a patient feels is more than just a physical question. It’s very common for patients – and their family members – to feel anxiety, confusion and fear while in a hospital or a physician’s office.

Therefore, it is critical that caregivers provide excellent medical/physical care while at the same time reducing stress and anxiety by making patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

“We know meeting a patient’s emotional and psychological needs helps us deliver better overall care,” said Marsha Prater, RN, PhD, chief nursing officer at Memorial Health System. “By looking at the experience through patients’ eyes, we are better able to connect with patients as individuals and enable them to feel safe and confident in the care we provide. Research also suggests when healthcare providers meet patients’ emotional and psychological needs, we also enhance the healing process and help patients feel more empowered with managing their own health and recovery.”

We created this “through the patient’s eyes” video to thank all Memorial employees for the care and compassion they provide to our patients and families every day.

Me, My Selfie and I: What Your Selfie Says about You

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 12-16-2014

selfieFrom Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat and beyond, we are living in a selfie world. But is that a good thing or a bad thing?

One recent study indicated that selfie-takers may form more shallow relationships than those who don’t. The study concluded, “Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy in personal relationships.”

But, inherently, does being more selfie-ish make you more selfish? Or does it place too much value on the approval of others?

“People often rely on others’ perceptions, judgments and appraisals to develop their social self,” said Sondra Wise, a licensed clinical social worker for Memorial Counseling Associates. “According to Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, selfies can present a more attractive image of a person’s life. When selfies are posted on social media, getting ‘likes’ from peers reinforces the social self over the real self.”

You Don’t Want to Mess Around with the Flu

Posted by | Posted in Flu, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 12-15-2014

Flu-infographic-eblast-imgSuffering from the flu is a costly and potentially dangerous experience, which is why getting vaccinated against the influenza virus is so important.

“Some people think the flu is like a common cold, but really, the flu is a lot worse than that,” said Raj Govindaiah, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Memorial Health System. “Anyone can suffer from serious complications of the flu, and the illness can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.”

Common symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, muscle aches and fatigue. Dr. Govindaiah cautions people not to believe the pervasive flu myth that vaccinations actually cause the flu.

“You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine,” he said. “The injection contains dead vaccine. It can’t cause the flu. The inhaled nasal spray contains inactivated or weakened live virus and is also safe.”

To protect yourself from this year’s flu virus, visit your local healthcare provider for a flu vaccination as soon as possible.