Guilt Free Grilling Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 04-22-2015

Grilled-FoodWarmer weather means more time spent out in the great outdoors. Why not take your cooking outside as well? Farmers markets are abound with fresh and seasonal options to add flavor to your food without adding inches to your waistline. Follow the tips below to make your grilling season effortless, flavorful, and enjoyable.

What We Can Do for a Stroke That We Couldn’t Do 10 Years Ago

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 04-14-2015

?????????????????????In the past, few treatment options existed to stop a stroke, especially if the patient didn’t make it to the hospital within the critical three-hour window of time. Depending on the type of stroke and the amount of time until treatment begins, the effects of a stroke can be devastating.

And while strokes are still a serious health event, thanks to new technology, a stroke can be stopped for some patients.

Only 38% of People Can Perform This Lifesaving Act. Are You One of Them?

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 04-09-2015

Blood-DonationChances are you know (or are) someone whose life has been saved or improved by blood donation. Each year millions of Americans donate blood and 40,000 pints of blood are used every day in the United States – but more is needed. If you are among the 38 percent of Americans who can give blood, take the few minutes out of your schedule to donate.

Blood donation only takes a little of your time and none of your money – but it may be the difference between life and death for someone else.

How Older Adults Can Stay in Great Shape

Posted by | Posted in Events, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 04-07-2015

SP004808A serious health threat will lead to premature disability or death for more than 2.5 million Americans over the next 10 years. Ironically, most of them have the medicine for the cure but they’re not using it.

The threat is physical inactivity; the medicine is exercise.

“There are a multitude of common diseases that are made worse if people are physically inactive, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke,” said Daniel Adair, MD, co-medical director of Memorial’s SportsCare and a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Springfield Clinic.

Keeping up an exercise routine becomes more challenging as you get older.

Your Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Expert Tips, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 03-31-2015

Traveling-With-DiabetesIt’s Spring Break season! Whether you are heading for warmer climates or road-tripping somewhere nearby, it can be difficult to maintain your healthy routine while on vacation. For people with diabetes, this may seem even more challenging.

“It’s all about consistency and preparation,” says Lori Iocca, RN, CDE, a nurse navigator at the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center. “A person with diabetes may need to do a little more work ahead of time, but there’s no reason he or she can’t have a fun vacation and stay healthy.”

We chose a few travel situations that can throw off anyone’s diet, exercise or rest routines, and created a few tips for people with diabetes who are traveling.

Hospice Wishes Create Lasting Memories

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Home Services, Memorial Medical Center, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 03-25-2015

Hospice-PatientAn Elvis fan wishing to visit Graceland.

A 63-year-old man wishing for a laptop to complete his family tree.

A mother and grandmother wishing to have a pizza party for more than 30 relatives.

An avid car lover wishing to ride around Lake Springfield in a Cadillac.

Thanks to Memorial’s Sharing Wishes Fund, administered through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, all these wishes came true for hospice patients looking to fulfill life-long dreams. Since its inception in 2012, the fund has granted more than 125 wishes for hospice patients and their families across central Illinois.

For Some, Healthcare is Going to the Dogs

Posted by | Posted in Events, Physician Services | Posted on 03-24-2015

Wilson-Pet-TherapySometimes a good friend can also be good medicine – which is certainly the case for dogs and other animals who are used for animal-assisted therapy. Pet therapy (as it is more widely known) helps children, elderly people and anyone who needs the calm, accepting presence of an animal to deal with health-related issues and situations.

How pet therapy works

Animals can provide several types of therapeutic services.  From helping people cope with physical or mental illness, to being a companion or comfort to people, interaction with animals can improve the health and well-being of human beings.

Patients receive care in a variety of environments, some of which – like the hospital – can be more intimidating than others.

“Pet therapy can provide a distraction from the hospital environment. This can contribute to higher pain tolerance and better compliance with treatment,” said Fareed Tabatabai, MD, a psychiatrist with Memorial Physician Services – Vine Street.

Easing Your Child’s Fears about Going to the Hospital

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 03-19-2015

Carter-JacobusWhen Carter Jacobus learned he had to go to the hospital for the first time, it was a scary prospect for the 8-year-old.

But the experience turned out not to be so frightening, thanks to several hospital staff members who made him feel at ease. It was such a great experience, Carter, a third-grader from Petersburg, wrote the following thank-you letter:

Husband & Wife Beat the Odds to Make it Back to Their Kids

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 03-17-2015

Redmon-FamilyIt’s been said what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Gillespie’s Randy Redmon and his wife Amanda are a true testament to that age-old quote.

Three years ago their house burned to the ground. The lint trap in their dryer sparked and when the heat reached the cleaning chemicals stored in the laundry room, the house exploded. Thankfully the couple and their four kids weren’t home, but the family lost everything.

After regrouping, 37-year-old Randy and 32-year-old Amanda bought a small animal farm not far from their previous home. They went on with their lives – he drove a truck for a waste-management service and she worked at a local bank. The kids, from 11-year-old Ambrosia to 17-year-old Logan with Jordan and Chase in between, stayed busy with school and horseback riding—one of the family’s favorite pastimes.

Then came Aug. 23, 2014—and once again their lives turned upside down.

Thinking Green This Month? Kale Earns Its Spot as an MMC Super Food

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 03-13-2015

Kale-SaladMove over French fries! “Go Green” has a whole new meaning in the Memorial Medical Center cafeteria as a kale-based super salad has emerged as the most requested recipe from employees since Memorial implemented its Green Light, Choose Right menu. See the recipe below.

“I’ve received so many compliments on our kale salad,” said Christina Rollins, registered dietitian nutritionist and director of Memorial’s Food and Nutrition Services. “Customers seem to really enjoy the flavor and often choose it instead of, or in addition to, a fresh garden salad.”

Kale is an increasing popular green leafy vegetable similar to spinach. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kale is rich in antioxidants, an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, and is a good source of fiber.

MMC Super Food Salad

Yields 12 servings


6 cups kale, coarsely chopped

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

¼ cup red onion, diced

1½ cups carrots, shredded or diced

3 ounces edamame, shelled

¾ cup dried cranberries

1½ cup grape tomatoes, halved

¾ cup cranberry vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Yields 3 cups


1½ cup + 2 tbs Ocean Spray diet cranberry juice

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp basalmic vinegar

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper


Combine juice, vinegars and mustard in blender. Pulse to mix. With blender running, slowly stream in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook and cool edamame according to package directions. Rinse kale and remove leaves from ribs, chopping leaves into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine the kale and the vinaigrette and massage gently. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss to mix.

Nutritional info per 4-ounce serving: 100 calories; 4.5 grams fat; 8.75 grams sugar; 0 grams cholesterol; 2.5 grams protein; 14 grams carbohydrates; 51 milligrams sodium; 2.5 milligrams fiber.