President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Chooses Memorial

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, News | Posted on 29-01-2014

President Sirleaf and El Amin Family 007Patient privacy and safety is important every day at Memorial Medical Center, with employees taking great care in the protection of every patient’s rights and our Security team on constant watch, looking out for all our patients, visitors and staff.

But, on Oct. 4, for one patient in particular, Memorial’s own Security team was supplemented by a police escort, several black SUVs, and Liberian and the United States Secret Services.

That patient? President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 24th president of Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the first female president in Africa’s history.

“It was like something out of the show 24,” said Shari Hill, MSN, RN, director of Baylis Day Surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pork Loin

Posted by | Posted in News, Recipes | Posted on 20-11-2013

Stuffed-Pork-ChopLooking for a new way to prepare pork this holiday season? Erin Spenner, MS, RD, LDN, registered dietician with Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, shares this healthful Cranberry Apple Pork Loin recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Providing More than Holiday Fun

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, News | Posted on 12-09-2013

History-PageYou know that Memorial’s Festival of Trees is a Springfield holiday favorite. But, did you know it is also the largest fundraiser for the Memorial Medical Center Foundation?

Yes, the dollars received for those tasty Jubelt’s gingerbread cookies go to an even greater cause than our collective sweet tooth.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees started in 1989 as an event to benefit the health programs offered by Memorial Medical Center. Since then, the Festival has raised nearly $3 million for healthcare and has become the single largest family-oriented holiday tradition in central Illinois.

Each year, hundreds of talented local designers and volunteers transform the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland of exquisitely decorated showcases, trees, wreaths and swags. But, what the funds earned from the event create is even more lasting and beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

Bereavement and Support Groups

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, News | Posted on 18-07-2013

Grieving WomenThe term “bereavement” is often misunderstood.  By definition, “bereavement” refers to the sorrow or grief an individual feels after the loss of a loved one.  Grief takes many different forms – it can be physical, emotional, and even spiritual. 

Bitsy Knepler, MA, Bereavement Coordinator for Memorial Home Services Hospice, helps individuals deal with grief and loss on a daily basis. 

“People grieve in different ways.  Each person’s grief process is different.  But regardless, it’s important to deal with these feelings, no matter what form they may take,” Knepler said.   “Grief allows people to adjust to change and loss.  It is a part of letting go.” 

Knepler also notes that dealing with grief is a crucial step in the recovery process after losing a loved one.  “Healing is a process.  And grief recovery helps an individual discover life’s purposes. They can set new goals to move forward.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jacksonville Turns Out in Full Force for Open House of New Medical Building

Posted by | Posted in Events, News, Physician Services | Posted on 04-06-2013

190-13-05More than 1,000 people from Jacksonville and the surrounding communities turned out for the open house for the new medical office building on the campus of Passavant Area Hospital.

Scheduled for its first day of operation on June 3, the new building will be the home to Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville and the Jacksonville offices of Springfield Clinic, combining their respective medical practices – and more than 50 doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and affiliated ancillary services – into one convenient location. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Prepares for Advancing Care by Design

Posted by | Posted in Construction, Memorial Medical Center, News, Videos | Posted on 14-05-2013

GroundbreakingMemorial employees broke ground today, May 14, on the front lawn of the medical center to launch our historic expansion project, Advancing Care by Design, which will transform both interior and exterior features on the campus.

A quick look at the numbers tied to the expansion includes:

  • 3 new patient floors, which will accommodate a total of 114 private rooms designed with specific “zones” for the patient, family members and nursing staff to optimize care giving;
  • 6 new operating rooms, for a total of 23, in our soon-to-be-expanded lower-level Surgery Center;
  • 2 additional lanes of traffic in our main drive, for a new total of 3, to improve flow of traffic;
  • 1 new Memorial Center for Learning & Innovation, a three-floor building that will enhance learning and training opportunities for Memorial employees as well as our medical partners. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Protect Your Child from Sports Concussions

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 28-02-2013

56381896Parents often ask Devin Spears, lead athletic trainer at Memorial’s SportsCare, how they can keep their children from getting injured during football season.

“The only thing I can guarantee you is if I put your child in a suit of armor and stand your child in the corner of the end zone, I could pretty much guarantee you they’re not going to get hurt,” Spears said.

“But we know that’s not a reality,” Spears explained during a recent interview with Bob Murray on radio station WTAX. One of the best ways, however, to minimize the damage that young athletes receive when they’re on the field is to make sure their equipment fits and that they are wearing it correctly. Read the rest of this entry »

Questions and Answers about Influenza

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Flu, News, Physician Services | Posted on 15-01-2013

As more and more central Illinoisans fall victim to the flu, it’s important to understand the nature and symptoms of the flu while taking the proper precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the flu. Information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Q: What, exactly, is “the flu”?

A: Influenza (or, “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. In the United States, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.

Q: How can I prevent coming down with the flu?

There are three very important things you should do: Read the rest of this entry »

Arm Your Children – and Yourself – Against the Flu

Posted by | Posted in Flu, News, Pediatrics, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 08-01-2013

Flu season has struck early, including in Illinois, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported high influenza-like illness (ILI) activity in recent days, and this year’s peak is not yet in sight.

Flu activity likely will continue for some time. Your best defense against the flu is to receive your annual flu vaccination, which thus far appears to be well matched to the dominant stains of influenza being seen this year, the CDC reports.

It’s not too late to receive the flu vaccination to protect yourself and your loved ones, especially if you have young children who have not yet been protected. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Tips to Slim Down Your Holiday Cocktails and Beverages

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Heart, News, Nutrition, Winter | Posted on 21-12-2012

Many of us worry what the endless stream of munching does to our waistlines during the holidays, but we often forget that we’re drinking calories, too. And sometimes, a lot of them.

“Every meal – and there are many! – is preceded by drinks, paired with cocktails and wrapped up with aperitifs,” said Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, a clinical dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “It’s no wonder we’re bloating more than Saint Nick himself.”

While holidays are meant to be enjoyed, the key to smart holiday cocktail prep is having some good tricks in your back pocket to help minimize that post-holiday bulge, Rollins said. Read the rest of this entry »