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Lincoln Heart Attack Survivor: ‘I Feel Better Than Ever’

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart | Posted on 26-05-2015

Ruthetta-Getchel-ALMHRuthetta Getchel and her husband, Jack, were a day away from embarking on a trip to Minnesota in July 2014 when Ruthetta awoke in the middle of the night experiencing severe back pain and profuse sweating. Jack quickly drove Ruthetta to the emergency department at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

After an initial evaluation, Ruthetta, 67, quickly learned she was experiencing a heart attack. She was stabilized and immediately taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center and had four stents placed. She subsequently had four additional stents placed in November.

“Without the emergency team at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, I’m certain I wouldn’t be here today,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Health Awareness Month: ‘Next to Normal’ Preview

Posted by | Posted in Events, Mental Health, Videos | Posted on 19-05-2015

Next-to-NormalLet’s talk about mental health—because it’s OK to get help if you or someone you love needs it.

To promote Mental Health Awareness Month, Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois partnered with the Hoogland Center for the Arts to bring the Tony-award winning show “Next to Normal” to Springfield. The show runs May 22-24 and 29-31.

Watch this video to hear director Carly Shank, star Mary Kate Smith, and MHCCI representative Mary Beth Clark talk about the show and the importance of recognizing and treating mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Cool Things You’ll Find in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation

Posted by | Posted in Construction, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 13-05-2015

MCLI-Final-ImageThe open house for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is fast approaching on Sunday, May 17.

The MCLI is a technologically advanced learning environment where Memorial employees, medical residents and our physician and community-health partners will develop and strengthen their skills and knowledge. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the super cool stuff you’ll find in the 72,000-square-foot, four-story building. Read the rest of this entry »

When a Friend Becomes a Patient

Posted by | Posted in Trauma | Posted on 12-05-2015

Bill Schomburg and Dr. Sutyak

Bill Schomburg and Dr. Sutyak

Friends come and go. A true friend, however, is invaluable. They stick up for you, never judge and are with you in good times and bad.

And when times get really bad, it helps when that true friend is the one person who can help get you back on your feet—literally.

Bill Schomburg and John Sutyak, MD, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery, SIUSOM, have been friends for years. Professionally, Bill travels the country consulting on how to best manage artificial turf fields. Dr. Sutyak is the head surgeon at the Southern Illinois Trauma Center (SITC). They met at Hope Church in Springfield where Bill serves as service director and Dr. Sutyak’s son volunteers on the worship team. Bill also coordinates the annual Springfield Youth Football Jamboree, where Dr. Sutyak and SITC staff volunteer.

On the morning of Nov. 3, 2010, their personal and professional lives collided when Bill fell 35 feet from a ladder while helping a friend cut down a large cherry tree.

“We were trying to take the top of the tree down first and the second part after,” Bill said. “When the first part hit the ground, it hit right at my ladder and ejected me. People who don’t believe life changes in an instant haven’t been around the block very far.” Read the rest of this entry »