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Meet Gary, one of our Top 3 ER Story Submitters

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 27-06-2011

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 memorialerstories.com. 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.

On June 15 we introduced you to Lisa, and today you’ll be meeting Gary, a man who credits Memorial for saving his life. Watch his riveting story in the embedded video below.

Memorial SportsCare Expert Shines Light on Pujols’ Wrist Injury

Posted by | Posted in News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 21-06-2011

St. Louis Cardinals fans who watched first baseman and slugger Albert Pujols walk off the field in pain Sunday after a Kansas City Royals player collided into his left arm may be wondering what his injury — a non-displaced fracture of his left distal radius bone — may mean for No. 5 and his team.

Thankfully, if Pujols’ left wrist heals as it typically does in most other similar cases, he’ll indeed be back on the field within four to six weeks.

Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, said a distal radius fracture is one of the most common fractures he sees in young athletes and is typically caused by falling on an outstretched hand or a direct blow to the affected area.

“A non-displaced fracture is like a hairline fracture, which means the bones are aligned perfectly but there’s a small crack in the bone,” he said. “This is good, because it means the fracture should heal faster and not require surgery.”

Typically, athletes wear a cast or movable splint for four to six weeks to allow the bone to heal before gradually returning to normal activities. The injury isn’t very painful, Wolters said, and depending on Pujols’ ability to tolerate pain and evidence of healing via X-ray imaging, he assumes Pujols should indeed be able to return to play within six weeks.

“Fortunately it’s his glove hand, so it shouldn’t affect him too badly for fielding,” Wolters said. “But for him to hit, it may take awhile to build strength back from his left arm being immobilized and to hit comfortably without pain.”

How did you react to the news Pujols was injured?

Ready to win a free 40” HD TV?

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 20-06-2011

Then come out to our open house celebrating our new Memorial Home Services’ retail store grand opening! We will have a drawing for a free Toshiba 40-inch high-definition TV at the event. The open house is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 25, in the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center.

Even if you don’t win the TV, there are plenty of other prize-giveaways. Plus, you can get your blood pressure and blood sugar checked for free. Everyone gets a gift bag, and there will be plenty of refreshments to go around.

We’ll even have a leg health specialist available to answer questions about relief for tired and achy legs. Come out and get answers about restless leg syndrome.

Why are we having this open house? To let you know we moved and expanded our hours! Our new address is 1214 Woodlawn Road, and we’re now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Will we see you Saturday? Have you already seen the new store? Let us know with a comment below.

Want to know about Memorial Home Services?

As one of the largest providers in central Illinois, Memorial Home Services gets you the durable medical equipment and supplies you need to live a healthy and comfortable life. Take a moment to browse through our online product catalog for wheelchairs, wound care supplies, diabetic shoes and supplies, compression therapy, bath safety devices, and more.

Not in Lincoln? We have three other retail locations in Springfield, Jacksonville, and Taylorville.

For more information, visit MemorialHomeServices.com or call (800) 582-8667.

Memorial Is Magnet — Again!

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, News, Nursing, Videos | Posted on 15-06-2011

Could you hear us?

Memorial’s Wedeberg Conference Center erupted in cheers this morning as hundreds of employees gathered to hear firsthand that Memorial Medical Center has once again earned designation as a Magnet ® Hospital!

Magnet is the highest national recognition for nursing excellence as determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation means that MMC demonstrates excellence in nursing practice and adheres to national standards for delivering patient care.

MMC is one of fewer than 390 hospitals nationwide to achieve the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services. Only an estimated 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have achieved Magnet status. Memorial achieved initial Magnet designation in November 2006.

In the video below, watch as senior vice president and chief nursing officer Marsha Prater took the call announcing this exciting news —live, in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

We couldn’t be more proud of our nurses! What do you think of this news?

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 memorialerstories.com. 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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Need Some Extra Cash? Say Goodbye to Your Smoking Habit and Hello to a Longer, Better Life

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services, Videos | Posted on 09-06-2011

What could you do with an extra $1,800 a year? That’s the approximate amount you spend annually if you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.

Our physicians’ advice?

“Substitute good habits for bad,” said Joe Bilyeu, MD, a family medicine physician at Memorial Physician Services’ North Dirksen Medical Associates.

Smoking cessation was one of several topics Dr. Bilyeu and his colleague, Josh Ellison, MD, also of North Dirksen Medical Associates, addressed during a recent “Ask Our Doctors” event, shown below.

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Women’s Biathlon is About the Journey, Not the Destination

Posted by | Posted in Biathlon, SportsCare, Women | Posted on 02-06-2011

More than 600 women have participated in the SportsCare Women’s Biathlon over the past three years – and all of them can say they have won. That’s because the event is not about who crossed the finish line when it’s simply about completion.

In its fourth year, the Women’s Biathlon is a noncompetitive biking and running/walking event intended to be more of a bonding experience for women than a stressful, high-intensity race. With its focus on health and camaraderie, the event attracted nearly 300 women last year — many of whom had rarely, if ever, participated in an organized athletic event. Read the rest of this entry »