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Color Blaze 5K Supports Memorial Regional Burn Center Patients

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 23-04-2014

198-13-043I was a patient in the burn unit from 10/10/13 discharged on 10/23/13. I received severe steam burns in an industrial accident. I am also retired from the Peoria Fire Dept. During my time at Memorial I received what I describe as the finest medical treatment I have ever seen. The care and compassion by the staff in the burn unit went above and beyond excellent. All of the people in that unit are awesome but I feel I have to mention some who treated my medical needs but also connected on a personal level with not only me but also my family and friends. Special thanks to Kelly, Jill, Christie, Lauren, Robert, and last but certainly not least Eddie. All the staff were great, but these individuals stood out and I will always be grateful to them. Memorial Medical Center has a reason to be extremely proud of this unit.”

As a retired Peoria firefighter who served his community for 30 years, Mike Morrow has had ample experience interacting with a variety of medical professionals. So last October when he was a patient in Memorial’s Regional Burn Center, he knew great care when he received it. Read the rest of this entry »

SIU’s Hand Transplant Program: “Now, We are Going to Restore Some Lives”

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Transplant, Videos | Posted on 08-04-2014

Hand Youtube ThumbnailPhysicians with the Institute for Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine are searching for the first candidate for the school’s newly launched hand transplant program – the first of its kind in Illinois.

Between 6,000 and 10,000 upper extremity amputations occur each year in the United States. More than 1,200 soldiers have lost a limb as a result of explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out the brief video below to learn more about the program. Read the rest of this entry »

To Hospice Patients, Granting a Simple Wish Can Bring Great Joy

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Home Services, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 19-03-2014

Sharing-Wishes-FundWiley Moore had a simple wish – to go to Red Lobster for dinner. Unfortunately, Wiley was bedbound because of stage 4 cancer that had spread to his spine and brain. Leaving his home was not possible.

But, thanks to the Sharing Wishes Fund, he did get to enjoy a meal from Red Lobster earlier this year when a member of Memorial Home Services’ hospice team delivered it to his bedside

“He was really, really happy with it,” said Linda Moore, Wiley’s wife. “He just couldn’t get over that they brought Red Lobster to him and he was able to have that good food. He was like a little kid.” Read the rest of this entry »

Local Teen Holds Creative Fundraiser for Burn Center

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Foundation | Posted on 26-02-2014

Burn Donation 1Alyson Holder contemplates a career in healthcare and hopes to travel to Haiti someday as a missionary. But for now, the 14-year-old from Raymond will settle with helping patients cared for at the Regional Burn Center at Memorial Medical Center.

Thanks to a 2014 calendar she created featuring members of the Raymond-Harvel Fire Department, Alyson donated $280 to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to support the Regional Burn Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial’s Festival of Trees in Numbers

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation | Posted on 11-11-2013

Festival of Trees Infographic 2013With the holiday season now underway, our  excitement  to unveil this year’s Festival of Trees keeps building!

In less than two weeks, the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will transform into a winter wonderland for central Illinois families. Whether it’s the exquisitely decorated trees, wreaths and swags that bring you out or the Candy Cane Express, this year’s Festival of Trees promises heart-warming holiday fun for all ages.

Just take a look at what makes up the area’s largest family-oriented holiday event. The numbers speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Decorate a Tree: Tips from an Expert Designer at Memorial’s Festival of Trees

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 07-11-2013

Festival of Trees How To VideoHave you ever looked through a display of trees, exquisitely decorated for the holidays, and wondered exactly how it’s done? In the video below, Amanda Johnson, event manager for Memorial’s Festival of Trees speaks with Samra Aslam, long-time design coordinator for Jeffery Alans, which offers a unique mix of home and seasonal décor in Springfield.

Watch as Samra turns a tree into a stunning display, starting with how to create a bow topper, tips to effectively add ornaments throughout and ways to use ribbon as the finishing touch. 

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Memorial’s Festival of Trees Gala: A Special Holiday Event

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation | Posted on 15-10-2013

336-12-022What started out as a small thank-you celebration for the sponsors and designers of Memorial’s Festival of Trees, the event’s annual Gala quickly evolved into its own exciting preview party and fundraiser that is open to the public and attracts nearly 1,000 guests.

Gala-goers have the opportunity to get an advanced peek at the dazzling displays created by dozens of volunteer designers who together transform the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds into a festive family-friendly destination. Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Holiday Joy with a Lasting Legacy

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 18-09-2013

243-0336 FOT Logo_ver3Thanks to the sponsors, donors and attendees of last year’s festival, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation was able to grant funds to several area programs. We introduced you to two of those programs and studies last week. Now, learn about two more programs benefitting from the festivities enjoyed every year at Memorial’s Festival of Trees.

Funds to Enhance Patient Comfort

Memorial’s inpatient psychiatric patients benefitted from a Foundation grant in the form of a Comfort Room. The room is a park-like setting, with plants, photos of outdoor images, aromatherapy and more to create a calming, healing space for patients, says Tamsyn Weaver, RN, 5A/G. While geared toward patients with dementia, the room is also being used to help de-stimulate anyone on the unit who is feeling anxious or depressed, Weaver said.

“Our unit can be busy and pretty stimulating at times,” she said, “so patients enjoy having this sanctuary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Providing More than Holiday Fun

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, News | Posted on 12-09-2013

History-PageYou know that Memorial’s Festival of Trees is a Springfield holiday favorite. But, did you know it is also the largest fundraiser for the Memorial Medical Center Foundation?

Yes, the dollars received for those tasty Jubelt’s gingerbread cookies go to an even greater cause than our collective sweet tooth.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees started in 1989 as an event to benefit the health programs offered by Memorial Medical Center. Since then, the Festival has raised nearly $3 million for healthcare and has become the single largest family-oriented holiday tradition in central Illinois.

Each year, hundreds of talented local designers and volunteers transform the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland of exquisitely decorated showcases, trees, wreaths and swags. But, what the funds earned from the event create is even more lasting and beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Wishes Grants Hospice Patient’s Wish for a “Girls’ Day Out”

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Home Services, Sharing Wishes Fund | Posted on 01-08-2013

Sharing Wishes Lincoln MuseumGirls just want to have fun, and Dorothy Ferrara is no exception.

Dorothy, a patient of Memorial Home Services Hospice, had mentioned to several staff members that she wanted to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. When Kelsi Dobson, medical social worker, visited with her, Dorothy made a minor addition to her already humble request: she wanted a steak and a margarita.

Dobson worked with the Sharing Wishes fund, a program through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation that grants the wishes of hospice patients in central Illinois, to grant Dorothy’s wish and then some—giving her a day she’d never forget.

Dorothy spent the days leading up to her “girls’ day out” marking off dates on the calendar until that special day arrived. On July 11, Angie Clifton, hospice home health aide, arrived early to curl Dorothy’s hair, do her makeup and help dress her in new clothes, bought especially for this occasion.

Little did Dorothy know she’d be riding in style.

A limousine pulled up to whisk away the guest of honor, along with Clifton and June Asbury, a dietary staff member at Oak Terrace—two friends who have become like “family” to her. Not only would this be Dorothy’s first time in a limo, but it was also the first time she would be leaving Oak Terrace in five years.

The first stop was Chili’s, where Dorothy dined on her long-awaited steak and margarita. After lunch, the trio went to the museum.

After her big day out, Dorothy was tired, but happy.

“It was a terrific day,” she said. “The nicest thing I have ever been able to do.”

Since then, Dorothy’s visits with Dobson have been spent talking about how great that day was, and how grateful she is to Sharing Wishes for the opportunity.

For more information on the Sharing Wishes Fund, or to make a donation, visit