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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 »

Resources to Quit Smoking

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 08-02-2017

Smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the “why” to quit is clear, but the “how” is more challenging. If you live in central Illinois, Memorial Health System offers a variety of programs to help you kick the habit. Read the rest of this entry »

Lung Cancer Screenings Can Be a Game-Changer

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Screenings | Posted on 15-12-2016

doctor-lung-xrayDon’t let the stigma about smoking keep you from pursuing a lung cancer screening. It might save your life, said Traves Crabtree, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in partnership with Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Crabtree recently spoke with “Morning Newswatch” host Joey McLaughlin during a segment on WTAX radio. He shared some shocking annual statistics: 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 »

A Mom’s Best Friend

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Winter | Posted on 01-12-2016

Cold and flu season is upon us. And as moms, dads and anyone who wants to avoid seasonal viruses prepare for the germ battle, they often reach for the same weapon of choice: the trusty ole’ hand sanitizer.

hand-sanitizerThe small gel bottles are inexpensive, easy to throw in a purse and convenient in a pinch. But despite its brilliance, it may not always be the best solution. Gina Carnduff, Memorial Medical Center’s Infection Prevention system director weighs in on what you need to know: Read the rest of this entry »

An Honor to Serve Those Who Served

Posted by | Posted in Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab | Posted on 09-11-2016

pete-rafferty-and-nephewPete Rafferty, 72, knew from early childhood that he wanted to serve his country.

A Springfield native who attended Feishan’s High School, he achieved that dream quickly upon graduation when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1963.

He was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. By July 1965, his unit had deployed to patrol South Vietnam, where he served as a communications and radio operator.

Later that year, Pete contracted a severe case of malaria. He came home soon after to recover and was honorably discharged.

His was a less-than-glamorous homecoming, like so many other war veterans of his time and those who served before him. So when his opportunity came to travel on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., this past summer, he had high hopes of returning home to his family and friends with a greater sense of celebration and fond memories to boot.

But first, Pete had to ensure his health would allow the trip to happen at all. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways to Raise Healthy Children

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Pediatrics, Physician Services | Posted on 01-11-2016

woman-reading-to-childWe all want our kids to grow into healthy adults. Virginia Dolan, MD, a pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill and Memorial Center for Healthy Families, spoke recently on radio station WTAX about four areas to target for optimal health for your kids.

Sleep: Most young people need nine to 11 hours of sleep by the time they’re in kindergarten, but it’s also important to ensure that your children get restful sleep. Sleep has a significant effect on health. Children who lack sleep are sick more often, their school grades are often affected, and they’re more likely to be impulsive. Establish a five- to 10-minute bedtime routine for your kids that helps them be calm and ready for sleep. And avoid screen time—TV, iPads and so on—for about 90 minutes prior to bedtime. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Body Image

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Memorial Medical Center, Parents | Posted on 29-08-2016

Young-Girl-on-ScalesChildren are developing an unhealthy body image at younger and younger ages, said Cheri Harrison, MS, LCPC, pediatric program coordinator for the Memorial Center for Healthy Families at Memorial Medical Center. They feel there’s something wrong with the way they look and believe they need to change it. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Survivor Faces Her Greatest Mental and Physical Challenge

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 22-08-2016

Super-Survivor-Carol-HarmsWhen Carol Harms went in for her annual mammogram this February and a suspicious spot was found, she didn’t give it too much thought.

There’s very little presence of cancer in her family. And she had been feeling intermittently unwell since November, so she thought the spot might be an anomaly. The previous year, her mammogram required a follow-up mammogram, which turned out to be nothing.

She was more concerned about the biopsy six days later. She recalled thinking, “I’m going to have to do this biopsy, and it’s going to hurt.” 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 »