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4 Tips for Coping with New-Mom Anxiety

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health, Parents | Posted on 31-07-2013

Mother and newbornFor some new moms, hearing the phrase “the joy of motherhood” doesn’t always ring true. Like other life-changing events, motherhood comes with its share of stress and anxiety.

A variety of factors can contribute to anxiety in new moms, such as sleep deprivation, individual or family history of anxiety, hormonal changes or a lack of social support. For many first-time moms, the responsibility of their new role can be overwhelming.

Ruta Kulys, a licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Counseling Associates, said mild anxiety involves feelings of unease, nervousness and worry. More severe anxiety can involve excessive worry or distress accompanied by physical tension, restless sleep, feeling keyed up and trouble concentrating. Read the rest of this entry »

Lean vs. Low-fat: Red Meat Fat Facts

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition | Posted on 30-07-2013

hamburger pattiesWe hear a lot about lean red meat, but can red meat really be low-fat?

In order for a food to be called “low-fat”, it must contain no more than three grams of fat per 100 calories, or contain no more than 30 percent of calories from fat. The definition of lean ground beef, according to the USDA, is beef containing no more than 10 percent fat. That means it is 90 percent lean, right? Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Eating on a Budget: Is it Possible?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 25-07-2013

mother and daughter grocery shoppingThose making the effort to eat healthier may notice an increase in their grocery bills. Is this just a necessary downside of healthier living? It doesn’t have to be.

Gayle Jennings, MS, RDN, LDN, Lead Clinical Dietitian at Memorial Medical Center, offers several ideas to eat healthily without breaking the bank:

  • Plan for meals. Take inventory of what you already have in your kitchen and use that as a foundation to plan a week or two of meals, then build from there.
  • Make a shopping list. Stick to it and use it. Don’t let your shopping cart stray.
  • Opt for store brands instead of brand name products. More often than not, they are of comparable quality for a lower price.
  • Compare the unit prices of similar items. Don’t just buy a larger package because it appears to be a better deal—it might not be. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Deirdre

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics | Posted on 25-07-2013

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre before surgery

Deirdre after surgery

Deirdre after 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 Deirdre, who has lost nearly 100 pounds since her surgery last year.

Deirdre’s motivation to lose weight came from watching her mother pass away from cardiac issues at only 55 years of age. Deirdre wants to live a healthy life and be there for her 5 small children. 

Since her surgery, Deirdre says, “I have much more energy, my joints do not hurt anymore, and I do not get short of breath going up stairs.”

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

Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services | Posted on 23-07-2013

EHROur lives have been transformed by electronic technology – smart phones, tablets and a multitude of web-enabled devices have impacted our daily lives and the way we communicate.  Because of this advancement, a greater and seamless flow of healthcare information is now possible through the development of Electronic Health Records, or EHRs.

EHRs encompass and leverage the digital process and can transform the way care is delivered. Yet, many people are unfamiliar with EHRs and the associated benefits.

David Graham, MD, senior vice president and chief information officer with Memorial Health System notes that the Springfield community has become a leader in the adoption of EHRs. For his patients, Dr. Graham defines EHRs as “simply taking the paper version of your medical chart or record and creating a more complete electronic version.” Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Summer Grilling Tips and Ideas

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition | Posted on 18-07-2013

Grilled VegetablesMany Americans find it challenging to fill half their plate each meal with fruits and vegetables – a recommendation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages Americans to add both color and nutrients to 4th of July cookouts by grilling with a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables.

“Fill up on fewer calories with nutrient-rich, low-calorie produce,” says Christina Rollins, Registered Dietitian for Memorial Medical Center and spokesperson for the Illinois Dietetic Association.  “It’s not only good for your waistline, but water-rich produce will also help keep you hydrated on hot summer days.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bereavement and Support Groups

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, News | Posted on 18-07-2013

Grieving WomenThe term “bereavement” is often misunderstood.  By definition, “bereavement” refers to the sorrow or grief an individual feels after the loss of a loved one.  Grief takes many different forms – it can be physical, emotional, and even spiritual. 

Bitsy Knepler, MA, Bereavement Coordinator for Memorial Home Services Hospice, helps individuals deal with grief and loss on a daily basis. 

“People grieve in different ways.  Each person’s grief process is different.  But regardless, it’s important to deal with these feelings, no matter what form they may take,” Knepler said.   “Grief allows people to adjust to change and loss.  It is a part of letting go.” 

Knepler also notes that dealing with grief is a crucial step in the recovery process after losing a loved one.  “Healing is a process.  And grief recovery helps an individual discover life’s purposes. They can set new goals to move forward.” Read the rest of this entry »

Embedding Mental Health Professionals in the Primary Care Setting

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Physician Services | Posted on 11-07-2013

Presentation1Sometimes, we all need someone to talk to. Be it a best friend, a spouse, your Twitter followers, we all want to be heard.

But, there are times we need more than a friendly shoulder—or a few retweets. And that’s where a new collaboration between Memorial Physician Services and Memorial Counseling Associates comes in.

Four Memorial Physicians Services locations have embedded behavioral health specialists with Memorial Counseling Associates in their respective facilities. These locations include the Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, as well as in Jacksonville, Lincoln and Petersburg. The hope is that all Memorial Physician Services facilities will eventually provide this same service.

“In the past, when we’ve had to refer a patient to a behavioral health specialist, we’ve had some difficulty getting them seen in a timely fashion,” says Christopher Rivera, MD, family medicine specialist at Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln. “This new system really eliminates that wait.” Read the rest of this entry »

Kidney Transplants: Know the Facts Infographic

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Transplant | Posted on 10-07-2013

Transplant Infographic 2013How often do we hear numbers associated with a concept so incredible we can hardly fully comprehend the weight of what those numbers truly mean?

Numbers like 103,000 people waiting for a kidney; 1,219 days to wait for a kidney; 840 transplant surgeries.

Each one of these numbers, and those shown in the infographic below, is more than just a number; it’s a reminder that a person is waiting for a chance at a normal life again. Each number represents a person patiently waiting for the phone call that they have a match, or a family wanting to enjoy life with their loved one again, or a mother or father needing to be actively present for their child. Memorial Medical Center Transplant Services makes that difference in the lives of these people every year.

As you read through these numbers, remember that these numbers represent real life–people who are patiently waiting, generous donors who so unselfishly give life to another, and talented surgeons who can restore quality of life.


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Preserving Memorial’s History – One Brick at a Time

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 09-07-2013

212-13-48The Centennial Brick Walkway was established by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation in 1997 to commemorate the first 100 years of Memorial Medical Center’s history. It has remained popular not only with employees but also with the general public, as many in our community are touched by healthcare services here.

As the main pedestrian walkway to the medical center for more than 15 years, tens of thousands of people have walked along its path and seen the more than 1,800 names and major life events commemorated by the bricks. Recognizing that joyous births, fond farewells, retirements and many other meaningful life events are captured in the inscribed bricks, we are very sensitive to the brick walkway’s place in the history of our collective community. Read the rest of this entry »