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Memorial’s Volunteer Department Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 24-04-2013

106-10-01The roles and responsibilities of Memorial Medical Center’s volunteers may have changed over the past 50 years, but one thing has not: each volunteer’s commitment to making Memorial a great place to receive care.

“Nobody has volunteers like those at Memorial,” said Dee Clump, who served as director of the Department of Volunteer and Community Services from 2004 to 2007. “They’re there because they want to be there – they just want to make a difference. They just love the hospital.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fluid Assets: Picking Beverages That Quench Your Thirst for Good Health

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 23-04-2013

woman buying waterSummer is approaching, which means warm weather, lots of physical activity and paying more attention to keeping your body hydrated.

“Water is the body’s fluid of choice,” said Christina Rollins, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association. “But other beverages—and foods, too—also can help you meet your daily needs. All beverages supply fluid, though some may come loaded with calories or caffeine.”

How much fluid do you need? An average adult needs about 2 ½ quarts (10 cups) daily to keep the body running smoothly and to replace fluids lost throughout the day. If you lose more water, such as through heavy perspiration, you’ll need even more. You can meet your needs by drinking water and other beverages, and you can also get water from foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Rollins offers these tips for making smart beverage choices to get in the flow of good health: Read the rest of this entry »

Four Ways to Protect Your Emotional Health When Facing Unemployment

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 18-04-2013

200238403-001Are you or someone you know struggling with unemployment? You aren’t alone. During the past year, the unemployment rate throughout central Illinois, including Springfield, Decatur and Peoria, has increased.

Losing a job can lead to challenging times for many people. The loss of an income is significant, but unemployment can also cause stress, which can bring about emotional and physical problems.

 “Unemployment can cause a sudden shift in roles within a family, and that can have a negative impact on someone psychologically,” said Trish Fehr, a licensed clinical professional counselor with Memorial Counseling Associates. “When someone who saw themselves as an employee and wage earner suddenly finds themselves standing in the unemployment line, it’s common for a grief process to begin because of the loss of employment status and their loss of status within their family and society.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Gift of Life

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Testimonial, Transplant | Posted on 16-04-2013


Billy Ruyle, Transplant Recipient

When Billy Ruyle could not sign his name at work or even grasp the pen, he realized he had a problem that was bigger than just a cold.

Billy grew up in a small town, just south of Springfield. After high school, Billy married “the most amazing wife” and together they had three boys and one girl and now have lots of grandkids. He worked as a full-time truck driver until just a few years ago when he took a part-time job hauling beans in Waverly.

“There is a lot of dust when you haul beans. At first, I thought I caught some sort of cold from the dust, and I just kept getting weaker and weaker,” he said. “I should have stopped working right then, but I didn’t because there was a job to finish.”

“When I got home later that day, I told my wife what had happened and we knew then something was seriously wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »

How Yoga Supports Your Workout Regimen

Posted by | Posted in Events, Exercise, SportsCare | Posted on 11-04-2013

Yoga ClassNeed a low-impact exercise to compliment your cardio and strength-building exercises?

Just say, “om.”

Yoga — a set of body movements intended to stretch parts of the body while also focusing on breath control —is a great way to enhance your workout routine, said Gabriel Stinson, MS, PES, a sports enhancement specialist with Memorial SportsCare.

“Moving through and holding the various positions of yoga focuses on improving strength, flexibility and cardiovascular function,” Stinson said. “It’s also a great stress reliever. It provides a great workout while refreshing the mind and body.” Read the rest of this entry »

For One Patient, a ‘Hometown Touch’ Makes All the Difference

Posted by | Posted in Taylorville | Posted on 08-04-2013

DSC_4633Jim McCoy is a familiar face at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Diagnosed in 1983 at the age of 29 with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), Jim has required monthly infusion treatments to help sustain a healthy immune system. Without those treatments, his immune response to infection would be virtually nonexistent and he’d face any number of infections that could threaten his life and a life sheltered from social contact. To be able to receive those treatments at his community hospital, just four blocks from his home, is literally a life-saver, he said.

“If I didn’t have this hospital, my lifestyle would change dramatically,” the 58-year-old said. “I can’t tell you how blessed I am – I don’t have the vocabulary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Donated Artwork Helps ‘Humanize’ Hospital Environment

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 05-04-2013

126-13-01A new sculpture recently installed in the garden courtyard on Memorial’s lower level is the first of several pieces that the donor hopes will help enhance and humanize the hospital environment for patients and their guests.

Titled “Modern Woman” by the late Zimbabwean sculptor Lameck Bonjisi, the sculpture is 7 feet tall and weighs about 1,400 pounds. It was hand-carved from springstone, a hard rock mined in Zimbabwe that polishes to a high shine because of its density. Bonjisi, who died in 2004 at age 30, was a member of the Shona, a group of tribes in Africa recognized for more than 2,000 years for their hand-crafted stone artwork.

The sculpture is a donation of Dr. Richard Bilinsky, a retired nephrologist who practiced at Memorial for many years, and his wife, Bette, in memory of their parents, Bernard and Phyllis Bilinsky and Ted and Lois Glatz. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Jill

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 04-04-2013

Jill after surgery

Jill before surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal

 of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding the weight.

One such success story is Jill, who has lost more than 118 pounds since her surgery a year ago.

“I finally realized it was time for me to take care of myself in order to be around to take care of the ones that I love,” she saidSince her surgery, Jill has become a runner and is happier than ever.

Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »