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 »

Oncology Rehab Helps Patient Recover After Double Cancer Treatment

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 06-02-2014

018-14-33When Walter Melcher learned he had Stage 4 throat cancer, he knew the prognosis wasn’t good. Just four years earlier, he had lost his first wife to a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

Six months later, while he was undergoing treatment, he learned that he also had thyroid cancer.

The double whammy of two cancers left him exhausted and made it difficult for him to swallow food. But Memorial Medical Center’s oncology rehab program, known as the STAR Program, has helped him get back on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Knee Replacement Surgery – Second-Best Decision of Stan Zielinski’s Life

Posted by | Posted in JointWorks, Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-01-2013

Stan Zielinski went through “many, many years of denial” before he realized he could no longer put off his knee surgery.

And now, after having both knees replaced in separate procedures six months apart about five or six years ago, the Springfield resident said he’s very happy he followed through with it.

“It was one of the best decisions that I have made,” Stan said, “other than marrying my wife.”

Stan praised Memorial Medical Center’s JointWorks program, through which more than 1,200 patients undergo hip- and knee-replacement surgery each year, during a recent interview with Bob Murray, the host of the morning show on WTAX 1240 AM. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Learning Toys for Kids

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents, Rehab | Posted on 15-12-2011

As you hit the stores this holiday season for the latest toys, why not look for gifts to help your child build speech and language skills? Jennifer Pollock, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech therapist at Memorial Outpatient Rehab Services shares ideas on what toys and games help facilitate your child’s development.

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A Sneak Peek at the New YMCA

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Rehab, SportsCare, Videos | Posted on 11-11-2011

This Saturday, Nov. 12, our community will have the chance to attend the grand opening of the new SportsCare facility inside the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. From 9 a.m to 4 p.m., you can be one of the first to get an inside look at the new Y.

WICS NewsChannel 20 recently visited the facility to give viewers an inside look before the doors open. The video is embedded below. Among the featured areas:

  • Warm Water Therapy Pool
  • Pools and Gymnasium
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • And, of course, Memorial SportsCare!

Taking to Water: Warm-Water Therapy Can Aid in Healing

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-11-2011

A benign brain tumor was causing Caryn McLaughlin of Lincoln to have seizures and stumble. After it was removed, her left side was paralyzed from the shoulder down.

As soon as she was able, Caryn began warm-water therapy at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital – an option for patients with everything from arthritis to balance problems and from athletic injuries to post-surgical range-of-motion issues.

Caryn’s recovery took place in two hospitals and then three nursing homes. She’s been through occupational and physical therapy. Her two grandchildren – ages 3 and 2 – have inspired her to stay determined. But it was water that finally had the biggest impact on her healing.

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Meet Lisa, One of Our Top 3 ER Story Submitters

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Videos | Posted on 15-06-2011

A few months ago we called for patients of Memorial’s Emergency Department to write in with their stories, which would be published online at With over 85 patients stories submitted, we’re grateful to share with you three of the these impactful stories – stories of encouragement, hope and recovery derived from great patient care. Look for these stories to air as TV commercials over the next several weeks.

First up is Lisa, an avid horse rider and a woman with a story you have to hear to believe. Take a look and share your comments below.

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