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Improving Outcomes after a Heart Attack

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab | Posted on 16-02-2017

There’s life before your heart attack, and then there’s life after. Those first days and weeks as you start “life after” can be difficult physically, mentally and emotionally. That’s one reason the earlier you start going to cardiac rehab, the faster you recover. Read the rest of this entry »

Back to Coaching after Knee Surgery

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, JointWorks | Posted on 17-01-2017

Janice Sielaff had a few important goals in mind when scheduling her knee surgery earlier this year. The 57-year-old works part time as a clinical lab instructor for Lincoln Community High School’s LTEC Health Occupations program, which she initially started back in the early 1990s.

She also volunteers as the discus and shot put coach for the high school girls’ track and field team. Plus, she’s preparing for an empty nest.

“My daughter, Anna, is a high school senior, and I wanted to be able to help with coaching duties,” Janice said. “Standing for long periods of time, bending down, doing anything that put stress on my knee became challenging.” Read the rest of this entry »

Heart Attack Survivor Has a “Heart for the Kettles” This Holiday Season

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab | Posted on 13-12-2016

salvation-army-almhTony Shuff is a busy man, and his Oct. 5 heart attack was not on the fall “to-do” list.

His warning signs?
• Tired and easily winded
• Shortness of breath
• Minimal feelings of discomfort around the heart

The 64-year-old small-business owner and director of the Logan and Mason County Salvation Army received life-saving care at Memorial Medical Center and then started cardiac rehabilitation at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Breastfeeding in Public: An Insider’s Look into the Controversy

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Passavant Area Hospital, Pediatrics, Women | Posted on 16-08-2016

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

If you spend time online, you’ve seen the stories. Moms asked to cover up or stop breastfeeding in public as to not offend people around them. While health experts and most of society agree “breast is best” when it comes to feeding your baby, how did where the baby eats become so controversial?

We talked to three current or former nursing moms to get their take on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

A Food Lover’s Dream

Posted by | Posted in ALMH | Posted on 19-04-2016

People-At-Farmers-MarketThe sweet smell of homemade pastries, a bright rainbow of fresh seasonal produce and the sound of warm, welcoming chatter as you casually stroll by each stand. Your local farmers market is designed to ignite all your senses and keep you coming back for more. And for the regulars who have discovered this best-kept secret, there is nothing like it.

If you’ve never been to a farmers market, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 study, most consumers continue to purchase groceries at big-box retailers. However, if there was ever a time to try something new, it’s now. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Donate Life

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Memorial Medical Center, Passavant Area Hospital, Transplant | Posted on 07-04-2016

DONATE LIFE – organ donation call from Doctor

In the United States, nearly 124,000 adults and children await an organ transplant—more than 5,000 in Illinois alone. In April, National Donate Life Month, please consider these steps to significantly impact the lives of others from Sara Danner, transplant financial coordinator at the Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Working Toward Independence – Tim’s Story of Success

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Mental Health | Posted on 01-12-2015

Tim McDougall and Jennifer Schneider

Tim McDougall and Jennifer Schneider

Tim McDougall is inspiring others to gain independence with his can-do attitude and the support of Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center (LMRC), a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.

Tim has received services from LMRC for more than 26 years, and over time, has become independent by participating in programs such as developmental training, supported employment programs and home-based supports. Tim lived in an LMRC Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) home for 13 years. When he was ready to live independently, staff helped him find an apartment of his own and helped again later when he decided he wanted to rent a house. Tim has also been happily employed at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital for the last 17 years.

“I’ve known Tim since he was 11 years old. Over the years, Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center case management services have helped his family with chores, budgeting, and other routine living activities,” said Jennifer Schneider, supervisor of Community Support Services. “He now lives in his own house with the help of a personal support worker.  He set up tutoring at Heartland Community College for reading and speech on his own. When Tim sets his mind to something, he sticks to it.”

Tim also volunteers and has become a leader in his community. He is a regular fixture at Lincoln Community High School sporting events where he provides water for the football team and runs the flag at basketball games.

Tim’s enthusiasm for being involved is felt throughout the community, which is why he was selected as Lincoln Citizen of the Year last December.

“We are so proud of Tim and the positive example he sets for others. He has worked hard to become as independent as possible,” said Peggy Ross-Jones, administrator at LMRC. “We are thankful for Lincoln-area residents and businesses that donate, employ and help our clients in so many ways every day.”

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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 »

Heart Stents 101

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Emergency, Heart | Posted on 26-11-2014

Ruth-Bader-GinsburgStents aren’t just for 81-year-old Supreme Court justices like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently underwent a heart procedure to fix a blockage in her right coronary artery.

The senior member of the country’s highest court was exercising when she experienced discomfort – a timely reminder for people of all ages to pay attention to your body’s signals during exertion. Read the rest of this entry »

Pushing Past the “What Ifs?” – New Hips Make Huge Difference for Area Farmer

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Orthopedics, Testimonial | Posted on 16-07-2014

JointWorks ConradyFor years, procrastination and fear of surgery kept area farmer Mike Conrady, 48, from considering surgery for his hips.

Finally, at age 45, when nothing eased the pain and he couldn’t sleep at night, he met with Dr. Tomasz Borowiecki, a Springfield Clinic surgeon with Memorial JointWorks at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. After reviewing X-rays, Borowiecki pronounced the left hip “completely worn out” with bone against bone and the right hip in “not very good shape.”

Together they decided to replace the left hip. Three years after that successful surgery, on a Disney trip with his wife, Pam, and daughters, Morgan and Claire, Mike decided to have the second replacement done. Read the rest of this entry »