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Memorial Physicians reveal the secret to weight loss

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition, Physician Services, Videos | Posted on 31-05-2011

How can I lose weight? It’s one of the most common questions patients ask, according to Josh Ellison, MD, a family medicine physician at Memorial Physician Services’ North Dirksen Medical Associates. To those patients and to the crowd that attended the “Ask Our Doctors” event held at the Williamsville Community Center earlier this month, Dr. Ellison says: Write it down.

Keeping a journal to log everything you eat does two things. It creates an accurate picture of the number of calories you’re consuming on a daily basis. This is important because it’s easy to underestimate what you’re actually eating. It also makes you accountable for your choices – good and bad. Whether you have a banana or a Twinkie, you have to write it down and count the calories.

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Memorial ExpressCare open this Memorial Day!

Posted by | Posted in ExpressCare | Posted on 27-05-2011

Memorial Day is this weekend, and while you’re kicking back and enjoying the comfort our great nation provides, Memorial ExpressCare will be ready to serve – just in case! We encourage you to check out our recent blog article, Should You Choose Memorial’s Emergency, ExpressCare, or Primary Care? for injuries and illnesses our ExpressCare locations treat. But for this post, we’d like to talk a bit about grilling safety.

Chances are, you’ll find yourself close to a grill this weekend. Food is a universal way to bring people together, and as the weather warms in the United States, the grills warm up right alongside it. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Virgil Davis: Stroke survivor, Woodworker

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Stroke Center, Videos | Posted on 23-05-2011

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and an opportunity for us to celebrate a graduate of Memorial’s inpatient stroke rehab program – Virgil Davis.

Scattered throughout his Springfield home and cabin in Pike County is handmade evidence that 73-year-old Davis has come a long way since suffering a severe stroke in 2003. Whistles made out of sticks or deer antlers, toilet paper dispensers that resemble fishing pole reels, Fighting Illini key chains, wine bottle holders — the only limit to what Davis can create is his imagination.

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State-of-the-Art Technology Showcased at Women’s Health Event

Posted by | Posted in da Vinci Robotic Surgery, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 19-05-2011

Recovering from a traditional abdominal hysterectomy can be a long and painful process. The open surgery leaves a wide incision across the abdomen, increasing the recovery time as well as the risk of infection. But it’s not the only option.

Today, the da Vinci surgical system allows the surgeon to operate through several small incisions. That means patients experience shorter hospital stays, less pain, less blood loss and less scarring.

Listen as a local patient recounts her unexpected recovery from a da Vinci hysterectomy.

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Childhood Tragedy Becomes Source of Advocacy for Burn Center Supporter

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center | Posted on 18-05-2011

Paul Wappel, assistant vice president of Public Relations and Community Relations for Horace Mann, stopped by Memorial’s Regional Burn Center recently to visit with nurse manager Rosie Mottar, RN, BSN. Wappel has been a strong advocate for the Burn Center for many years. Photograph by Chad Jeffers.

In the summer of 1978, Paul Wappel was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Then 15, Wappel was working at a local pool in Belleville, just east of St. Louis, and was responsible for cutting the grass. When he ran out of gas, he headed to a storage shed for more. There, he noticed a puddle on the floor and smelled gasoline.

“The next thing I know, the room is in flames,” he recalled. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Time to Unwind During Mental Health Month

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 18-05-2011

You wish 5 o’clock meant the end of your day. But the kids still need to be fed, and your dirty laundry has officially swallowed the hamper. By the time you’re ready to relax, you’re already thinking about tomorrow’s schedule.

Sound familiar? If so, take a deep breath and relax. May is Mental Health Month and the perfect time for you to figure out how to overcome growing pressures and stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Eating Tips – Part 2

Posted by | Posted in Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Heart, Nutrition | Posted on 12-05-2011

Heart disease is a leading cause of death, but making some simple changes in your diet may be easier than you think. You can help lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and body weight by choosing foods low in calories, fat and sodium.

Memorial Medical Center’s registered dietitians offer some tricks to help you make educated food choices, as well as an easy recipe for heart-healthy meatless meal. Read the rest of this entry »

A ‘Thank-You’ to Our Nursing Staff During National Nursing Team Week

Posted by | Posted in Nursing, Videos | Posted on 11-05-2011

National Nursing Team Week (May 6-12) provides us with a special opportunity to recognize the more than 1,200 nurses who care for our patients. The knowledge, skills and compassion they bring to our patients is illustrated by Memorial Medical Center’s designation (awarded in 2006) as a Magnet hospital.

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Power of words on display in Memorial ER Stories

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Videos | Posted on 09-05-2011

Words can be powerful vehicles for expressing the deepest of emotions and gratitude — and the words used by former patients to describe Memorial’s Emergency Department and its staff are just that.

  • “Memorial was a hero for both of us.”
  • “It’s the only time after a seizure I wasn’t scared to death.”
  • “I couldn’t have asked for better acceptance.”
  • “These are truly angels in disguise.”
  • “They respected my privacy.”
  • “You saved the most treasured possession I have in this world — my daughter.”
  • “I watched, as they systematically saved my daughter’s life.”

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“Phenomenal” Procedure Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Posted by | Posted in LVRS, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 06-05-2011

Steve Madden began to feel ill right before a trip he and his wife had planned for London. By the time they arrived in their hotel room, luggage in tow, he was gasping for breath. He didn’t leave the room for the next two days.

“It’s a pretty hopeless feeling,” he recalls.

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