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Men’s Health Tune-Up

Posted by | Posted in Events, Friends of Memorial, Men, Screenings | Posted on 09-02-2017

Preventative approaches to healthcare are becoming more and more important for avoiding long-term, chronic issues. Guys, that means you, too! Robert Bussing, MD, with Memorial Physician Services, and Tobias Kohler, MD, with SIU School of Medicine, will discuss six of the top men’s health issues followed by a Q & A, and get free health screenings, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Knowledge, Faith and Courage Shape One Woman’s Cancer Journey

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Events, Women | Posted on 22-09-2016

Hays-Monica-Ovarian-Cancer-SurvivorIt was the intense cramping that woke her up that cold, January morning. She had noticed some recent weight gain around her stomach and it had become sore to the touch. After taking some pain relievers, Monica Hay, then a 46-year-old employee of the state, tried to go back to sleep. However, the cramping became unbearable, and her mom rushed her to the emergency room.

News quickly came that a tumor the size of a soccer ball located in her ovary had burst and was leaking. That’s when she first heard her diagnosis: ovarian cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Survivor: ‘Your Whole World Turns Upside Down in a Moment’s Notice’

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Events, Foundation, Women | Posted on 19-09-2016

Super-Survivor-Michelle-BuscherThe call came on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seven years ago.

Michelle Buscher, then 42 years old, was soundly slumbering, enjoying the last day of a three-day weekend before going back to work. Her phone rang promptly at 8 a.m. The woman at the other end of the line told her that her test results came back. Michelle had lobular invasive carcinoma.

“What did you say?” she asked the woman, waking up her husband, Jerry.

“Honey, you have cancer. You need to come in tomorrow and talk to the surgeon,” the woman explained.

And that quickly, in two short minutes, Michelle’s seemingly perfect life evaporated into a nightmare. “Your whole world turns upside down in a moment’s notice.” Read the rest of this entry »

Super Survivor’s Source of Strength Includes Her Patients

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Events, News | Posted on 10-08-2016

Super Survivor, Kelli Fisher

Super Survivor, Kelli Fisher

As program coordinator of Memorial Medical Center’s palliative care program, Kelli Fisher has been a source of strength and stability to hundreds of patients for the last decade, many of them facing their own battles with cancer.

What she didn’t know was their own journeys would one day be a source of strength for her, after she received confirmation in 2015 that a suspicious lump in her left breast was cancer.

A Sherman resident, Kelli is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year’s Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair. The seventh annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Triathlon Swimming: Challenge Accepted

Posted by | Posted in Events, SportsCare | Posted on 20-06-2016

Competitive-Swimming

In central Illinois, most athletes are familiar with running and bicycling. Often though, tackling the swimming leg of a triathlon can cause anxiety or even discourage participation. Registration is now open for the first Dan Adair, MD, Memorial Triathlon on Aug. 28 at Memorial SportsCare, so let’s squelch your hesitation and understand what to expect when hitting the water at this inaugural event. Read the rest of this entry »

Trying to Lose Weight? Find Out What May Be Missing From Your Workout Routine

Posted by | Posted in Biathlon, Events, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 23-06-2015

Young-Woman-JoggingYou’ve probably been on the weight-loss roller coaster a time or two. You vow to start a healthy routine by working out an hour every day while living on 1,200 calories. However, three days later, you’re on the couch with a pint of ice cream wondering what happened and promise to start the whole unrealistic regimen again the next day.

Sound familiar? According to Gabe Stinson, Memorial SportsCare sports enhancement specialist, we set ourselves up for failure by taking the all or nothing approach. Turns out, more time off from working out and the occasional burger and beer may be just what you need.

“For optimal results, you need to have three to four rest days in your weekly workout,” Stinson said. “More advanced athletes need one to two days of rest. And if one meal a week or one day a week you want to splurge on eating, go for it. It’s not going to derail all the changes and improvements your body is undergoing.” 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 »

How Older Adults Can Stay in Great Shape

Posted by | Posted in Events, Exercise, Expert Tips, SportsCare | Posted on 07-04-2015

SP004808A serious health threat will lead to premature disability or death for more than 2.5 million Americans over the next 10 years. Ironically, most of them have the medicine for the cure but they’re not using it.

The threat is physical inactivity; the medicine is exercise.

“There are a multitude of common diseases that are made worse if people are physically inactive, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke,” said Daniel Adair, MD, co-medical director of Memorial’s SportsCare and a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Springfield Clinic.

Keeping up an exercise routine becomes more challenging as you get older. Read the rest of this entry »

Hospice Wishes Create Lasting Memories

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Home Services, Memorial Medical Center, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 25-03-2015

Hospice-PatientAn Elvis fan wishing to visit Graceland.

A 63-year-old man wishing for a laptop to complete his family tree.

A mother and grandmother wishing to have a pizza party for more than 30 relatives.

An avid car lover wishing to ride around Lake Springfield in a Cadillac.

Thanks to Memorial’s Sharing Wishes Fund, administered through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, all these wishes came true for hospice patients looking to fulfill life-long dreams. Since its inception in 2012, the fund has granted more than 125 wishes for hospice patients and their families across central Illinois. Read the rest of this entry »

For Some, Healthcare is Going to the Dogs

Posted by | Posted in Events, Physician Services | Posted on 24-03-2015

Wilson-Pet-TherapySometimes a good friend can also be good medicine – which is certainly the case for dogs and other animals who are used for animal-assisted therapy. Pet therapy (as it is more widely known) helps children, elderly people and anyone who needs the calm, accepting presence of an animal to deal with health-related issues and situations.

How pet therapy works

Animals can provide several types of therapeutic services.  From helping people cope with physical or mental illness, to being a companion or comfort to people, interaction with animals can improve the health and well-being of human beings.

Patients receive care in a variety of environments, some of which – like the hospital – can be more intimidating than others.

“Pet therapy can provide a distraction from the hospital environment. This can contribute to higher pain tolerance and better compliance with treatment,” said Fareed Tabatabai, MD, a psychiatrist with Memorial Physician Services – Vine Street. Read the rest of this entry »