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Beyond Weight Lifting and Agility Training

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, SportsCare | Posted on 19-08-2013


Max Cook, senior, Lincoln Community High School

Max Cook is serious about improving his basketball game.

A senior this fall at Lincoln Community High School, Max has his sights set on earning an athletic scholarship. The 17-year-old is turning to the staff at Memorial SportsCare at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to help him sharpen his game.

“Staying ahead of the competition is never easy. For some local athletes, weight lifting and agility training may not be enough,” said Missy Anderson, athletic trainer. “That’s why we offer an 18-session Performance Plus Program for those athletes ready to get a step ahead of the competition.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln Resident Feels ‘Great’ Following Knee-Replacement Surgery

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Orthopedics, Testimonial | Posted on 24-01-2013

Gretchen Plotner

Two years ago, Gretchen Plotner was visiting her son in Florida when her left knee started going out.

“It was becoming difficult to even walk,” said the 77-year-old Lincoln resident. “I knew I needed to get home and see my doctor.”

She and her husband, Les, came home early and made an appointment with Rodney Herrin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. X-rays revealed there was only a small amount of cartilage remaining in her left knee. To improve her strength and mobility, Gretchen started physical therapy with the Rehab Services team at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The next year, however, her right knee started acting up. “It was in the same shape as my other one so I knew I needed to have surgery,” she said. “The doctor said if the cartilage wears out on the inside of the leg, I would become bowlegged. I didn’t want that.”

Gretchen underwent a right-knee replacement. She spent three days in the hospital recovering before going home. Read the rest of this entry »

‘The entire medical experience was great all along’

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Heart, Testimonial | Posted on 07-02-2012

John Mammen had finished mowing, showered and sat down for dinner on a late spring evening last year when a strange pain began to creep into his chest.

“I had this feeling, a pain I never had before,” said the 38-year-old father of two from Lincoln. “I lay on the bed to stretch out. I couldn’t kick it. I told my wife, ‘Something just isn’t right.’”

The former volunteer firefighter knew that when the pain had moved into his left arm, it was time to get to the closest hospital. After a fast diagnosis of a blocked artery at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, John was transferred to Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking to Water: Warm-Water Therapy Can Aid in Healing

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-11-2011

A benign brain tumor was causing Caryn McLaughlin of Lincoln to have seizures and stumble. After it was removed, her left side was paralyzed from the shoulder down.

As soon as she was able, Caryn began warm-water therapy at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital – an option for patients with everything from arthritis to balance problems and from athletic injuries to post-surgical range-of-motion issues.

Caryn’s recovery took place in two hospitals and then three nursing homes. She’s been through occupational and physical therapy. Her two grandchildren – ages 3 and 2 – have inspired her to stay determined. But it was water that finally had the biggest impact on her healing.

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Lincoln Resident Uses 5K Training to Get Back on Track

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Events, Nutrition | Posted on 07-10-2011

Gayle Hoock, an Infection Control employee at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, is no stranger to running. A former member of her high school’s track team, her passion for the sport has never waned.

In fact, not only has she run through all seasons of her life – including pushing little ones in a jogging stroller – she’s also helped organize races, including creating an inaugural 5K in a community where she lived prior to moving to Lincoln. And in 2003, Gayle finished the Walt Disney Marathon.

Soon after, however, leg pain sidelined Gayle from enjoying her hobby. That was about the time she moved to Lincoln. She’s since been treated for the cause of the pain – an overstretched muscle – and she’s enthusiastic about getting back into running shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cool Drink of Water: Hydration Advice from a Memorial Dietitian

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Bariatrics, Expert Tips, Nutrition, Summer | Posted on 04-08-2011

When temperatures soar, we’re often reminded to drink more fluids. So how much is enough? And what happens when you get too much?

Eight cups of water daily. Most of us have heard that’s how much water we should drink. But that’s just an average that’s easy to remember. To calculate your specific needs, divide your weight in pounds by 17. That’s the number of cups of water right for your body on an average day.

Hydration is important because 60 percent or more of our bodies are made of water. Every system in the body depends on water to function. It is necessary for metabolizing food, passing waste and regulating blood pressure, according to Jennifer DiPasquale, RD, CDE, lead dietitian at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »