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7 Tips for Making School Lunches Healthier

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition | Posted on 28-08-2012

While breakfast is certainly important for school-aged kids, lunch is just as crucial for helping fuel a child’s school day, says Emily Bailey, RD, LDN, and a Clinical Dietitian III at Memorial Medical Center.

Similar to breakfast, lunch should contain a variety of foods, including carbohydrates for energy and protein to keep your child feeling full. Colorful foods, like fruits and vegetables, provide your child the vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy body.

Whether your child takes a lunch from home or purchases it at school, there are things you can do to help ensure lunchtime packs a nutritional punch.  Read the rest of this entry »

Daughter Donates Kidney to Dad; Family Gives Back Through Annual 5K Run/Walk

Posted by | Posted in Transplant | Posted on 27-08-2012

Team Share Your Spare, led by Lindsay Lopian, living kidney donor to her father Allan Lauher.

When Lindsay Lopian and her sister learned that their dad needed a kidney transplant, neither one of them had to think twice about being tested as possible donors.

Their father’s reaction was completely and understandably different. Like any dad who wants the best for his children, Allan Lauher didn’t want to burden either of his girls.

“As soon as Mom told us, we were both ready to be tested,” Lindsay recalls. “But he said there was no way his daughters were going to donate a kidney.”

In his mid-50s, Allan has struggled with high blood pressure and only had one remaining kidney after the other had been removed when he was a child.

In the summer of 2011, his doctor advised him that high blood pressure had taken its toll on his kidney. His only options were dialysis or a transplant. Read the rest of this entry »

Train Concert Answers Hospice Patient’s Final Wish

Posted by | Posted in Home Services | Posted on 23-08-2012

Pat Monahan, the lead singer of Train, talking to Dianne | Photo courtesy of Cody Bozarth/Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

Dianne George has had more than her share of setbacks for the last decade and a half, but she’s focusing on the bright spots.

A year after graduating from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1996 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology, the Jacksonville woman suffered a stroke before she could begin work on her master’s and while trying to raise a teenage son on her own.

Six years later, she had a lumpectomy in her left breast, but the cancer wasn’t contained. Following several rounds of radiation treatment, Dianne decided “that I’d had enough chemo.” In her late 50s, she decided it was time.

Amid all the difficult news, there have been two bright spots.

Every Sunday afternoon, her son, Billy Dean, drops by her apartment, and the two of them watch NASCAR together.

The other occurred on Aug. 15 when she traveled from her Jacksonville home to Springfield to see her favorite rock band, Train, perform as part of the grandstand lineup at the Illinois State Fair. Read the rest of this entry »

School Lunches Just Got Healthier

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Pediatrics | Posted on 22-08-2012

As you prepare your child or children for school with new clothes and school supplies, your local school districts are also gearing up for the new school year by adopting the recent changes in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) that went into effect July 1. These changes will improve the quality of the school lunches to ensure better nutrition.

Christina Rollins, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical dietitian at Memorial Medical Center and Illinois Dietetic Association spokesperson, said while she’s always thought highly of the National School Lunch Program, she’s glad to see there are strict guidelines on calories starting this school year.

“There are also many positive changes with the limits on saturated fat and sodium,” she said. “This is going to help improve the health of school-aged children in the future.” Read the rest of this entry »

Becky Daugherty: A Super Survivor Who Works with Hospice Patients

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 20-08-2012

Becky Daughtery, CNA

Even while Becky Daugherty was receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, she rarely let it slow her down as she worked with hospice patients – some of whom were losing their own battles with cancer.

Becky is a certified nursing assistant with Memorial Home Services Hospice and has worked with hospice patients for 23 years. Her cancer journey only strengthened her bond with her patients.

“They’ve told me that I have a better understanding of what they’re going through,” she said.

The Pawnee resident is one of three women who were named Super Survivors for this year’s Be Aware Women’s Fair, an annual event hosted by Memorial Medical Center that is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

How Neurointerventional Radiology Saves Stroke Patients’ Lives

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center | Posted on 16-08-2012

Memorial Medical Center’s Neurointerventional Radiology Suite

When a loved one suffers from a stroke, you know every second counts. The work of a neurointerventional radiologist could save time and lessen the chances of permanent brain damage.

Neurointerventional radiology uses minimally invasive technologies – microcatheters, balloons and stents – to diagnose and treat strokes as well as aneurysms, blood clots and tumors.

The most common type of stroke, known as an ischemic stroke, occurs because a blood clot becomes lodged in a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. This is the type of stroke that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois suffered in January.

One way to treat these strokes is through the use of a clot-busting drug. But this drug takes time to be effective. The larger the clot, the longer the time for the drug to take effect. Read the rest of this entry »

To Love the Unlovely: A Nurse’s Story

Posted by | Posted in Nursing | Posted on 14-08-2012

Deb was named Mentor of the Year during 2012 Nursing Team Week.

Nursing can be a challenging yet equally rewarding career. This is especially true for nurses working in a psychiatric unit, where expressions of anger and aggression aimed at the nursing staff often are more common than words of appreciation.

Early in her career on the adult psychiatric unit at Memorial Medical Center, Deb Edmonson, BSN, RN-BC, discovered through a difficult patient’s experience that she had the patience and understanding for providing unconditional care and support to patients who needed her at their most vulnerable moments.

Michael was a 40-year-old gentleman, admitted for violent and aggressive behavior from a combination of a violent upbringing, previous drug and alcohol abuse, and dementia symptoms from a degenerative, incurable brain disease. He was also dealing with other complicating factors, including end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. Nobody else would take him. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Breakfast Really Necessary for Students? A Memorial Dietitian Weighs In

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Pediatrics | Posted on 09-08-2012

We’ve heard it over and over again: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But let’s face it — it’s not always easy to get your kids moving in the morning. 

Here is a great motivator:  According to Karen Ansel, MS, RD, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kids who fuel up in the morning have better focus and concentrate in the classroom and perform better on math, reading and standardized tests. Breakfast eaters also have fewer behavior problems and are less likely to be tardy. That’s enough to make any parent get breakfast on the table! Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Staff Partner with Community to Provide Care Abroad

Posted by | Posted in Emergency Department, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 06-08-2012

Members of ER Abroad helped deliver baby Marco on the first day of their February 2009 visit to Mercy Clinic in Guatemala.

Somewhere in the rural countryside near Tululche, Guatemala, a young boy named Marco has a team from Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department to credit for his safe birth three years ago.

The medical team was in Guatemala as part of ER Abroad, a group that visits the Mercy Clinic in Tululche at least twice a year. ER Abroad is an independent 501c(3) organization with which several MMC nurses and other medical professionals, as well as their family members, travel to help provide much-needed healthcare services, medical supplies and money to an impoverished area of Guatamala. The team has made seven trips to Mercy Clinic and its adjoining orphanage, Casa Angelina, since February 2008 and recently expanded with a trip to Kenya in September 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Back-to-School Time is Best Time to Schedule Annual Checkups

Posted by | Posted in Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 03-08-2012

As parents begin eyeing back-to-school sales at the stores, it’s also time to consider scheduling a child’s annual medical exam, especially if the child is due for a state-required physical.

Students in Illinois who are entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades, college or any student who is new to the state must have a physical completed by Oct. 15, said Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Memorial Health System, and some school districts require physicals be complete by the first day of school. Athletes also must receive yearly exams.

Calling early ensures your child will receive the necessary immunizations to begin school and will help avoid unnecessary delays, Govindaiah says.

“Vaccines are a crucial part of children’s well being,” said John Lee, MD, a family medicine physician with South Sixth Medical Associates, part of Memorial Physician Services. “It’s important for parents to get their children vaccinated not just once but according to their physician’s scheduled visits.” Read the rest of this entry »