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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 19-11-2015

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Recovering from Stroke – Close to Home

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Pregnant Stroke Patient Survives Thanks to Rapid Care

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Rehab, Stroke Center | Posted on 04-06-2015

Brianne Buckmaster

Brianne Buckmaster

Brianne Buckmaster didn’t know what was happening to her when she was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in the early morning hours of a January winter.

She knew something was wrong when she tried to get out of bed and promptly fell on the floor. What she didn’t know yet was that she had had a stroke. But she was only 22. And she was 13 or 14 weeks pregnant.

Fortunately for Brianne, her father heard her fall and checked to make sure she was OK. He called 911, and an ambulance was soon whisking her to Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

?????????????????????????????????One day can change your whole life.

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.” Read the rest of this entry »

Heart Stents 101

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Emergency, Heart | Posted on 26-11-2014

Ruth-Bader-GinsburgStents aren’t just for 81-year-old Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently underwent a heart procedure to fix a blockage in her right coronary artery.

The senior member of the country’s highest court was exercising when she experienced discomfort – a timely reminder for people of all ages to pay attention to your body’s signals during exertion. Read the rest of this entry »

An Unstoppable Heart: How George Rudis Beat Death Three Times

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Testimonial, Videos | Posted on 18-06-2014

George-RudisOn Oct. 8, 2013, George Rudis began his day the way he always does—with a run at the Sacred Heart-Griffin track. For the 62-year-old Springfield native and lifelong athlete in training for a marathon, everything seemed normal.

“I got up like I do every day, got to the track and we ran our first mile as a warm up,” he said. “I went to check my watch, and, the next thing I knew, I woke up two days later in the hospital. I remember nothing beyond that.”

In the time in between — the time he doesn’t remember — George nearly died three times. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth of July Firework Safety

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Emergency, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Safety | Posted on 02-07-2013

Fireworks DisplayOooh. Aaaah. Ow.

One of those sounds should not belong.

As the Fourth of July approaches, so do barbecues, pool parties and, sadly, amateur firework artists. And so, as always, Memorial Medical Center is preparing for the annual visits from those who’ve declared their independence from firework safety.

 “In the Burn Center, we typically see between one and five firework-related injuries around this time of year, varying in severity,” says Doug Gregory, RN, nurse manager of Memorial’s Regional Burn Center. “But, every year, ten thousand people are injured nationally.” Read the rest of this entry »

Accidental Poisonings – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Children

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Expert Tips, Pediatrics | Posted on 25-06-2013

Baby with Household ChemicalsAbout 800,000 children visit an emergency room each year because of an accidental poisoning. It’s the second cause of unintentional injury death in the country, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

An accidental poisoning can involve the unintentional ingestion of medications, household products or even items such as batteries or coins. Dennis Danner, who has 36 years of nursing experience, the majority of which has been spent in an emergency or urgent-care setting for Memorial, provides some insight into how these accidental ingestions may occur among children – and what you need to know if it happens. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Memorial Was There to Save My Life’

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Neuroscience, Stroke Center, Videos | Posted on 21-05-2013

139-13- 05At age 26, Darah Nelson is far younger than the average stroke patient. Yet on Oct. 18, 2012, she found herself in her office, the door closed, and unable to move or speak. A family friend, who had once experienced a stroke, happened to stop by, opened her door and quickly recognized the signs of a stroke.

Darah arrived via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where the Emergency Department team launched its Star 45 program, the 45-minute diagnostic timeline that determines whether patients, like Darah, are candidates for stroke treatment.

The video below chronicles her story. Read the rest of this entry »