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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 »

More Patients Overcome the Odds at Memorial

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Safety, Testimonial | Posted on 03-08-2016

BrianIt’s a killer many of us know little about. It affects more than 1 million people each year, and half don’t survive. It could begin with something as small as a cut in gym class, and warning signs and red flags can be easily missed or misread. If not treated within a couple of hours, consequences are almost always deadly.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is your body’s toxic or severe response to an infection. Symptoms include high or low body temperature, fast heart rate and extreme discomfort. The death rate from sepsis is higher than breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer combined. And somehow, fewer than half of Americans have even heard the word “sepsis,” according to the Sepsis Alliance. Read the rest of this entry »

New Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, News, Screenings, Stroke Center | Posted on 28-07-2016

stroke-screeningAn estimated 1 in 50 Americans have an un-ruptured brain aneurysm, or a weak area in the wall of an artery that feeds blood to the brain. One rupture occurs every 18 minutes with 40 percent resulting in a fatality; 66 percent of survivors have a permanent neurological deficit and 15 percent die before they reach the hospital.

In answer to this growing issue, Memorial Medical Center, in partnership with SIU School of Medicine Neurology and Clinical Radiologists, developed the Aneurysm & Stroke Screening Program to help identify and prevent ruptures. Read the rest of this entry »

Kid-Friendly Recipes for Fourth of July Traveling

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Parents, Pediatrics, Summer, Videos | Posted on 28-06-2016

Kid-Friendly SnacksMost of us have been there. You have hours ahead of you on the road and from the backseat all you can hear is, “Are we there yet?” This year, instead of loading the kids up on packaged snacks with enough sugar to keep them bouncing out of their seats, try these wholesome, homemade and cost-friendly snacks presented by Memorial Food and Nutrition. While we can’t promise a peaceful car ride, we can guarantee happy stomachs. As many of us know, that’s half the battle! See what our own taste-testers had to say, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Nurse Helps Patient Find Calm in the Storm

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nursing | Posted on 19-05-2016

Bryce Damery, RN

Bryce Damery, RN

Radio disc jockey Kellie Michaels wasn’t expecting an emotional roller coaster after coming out of surgery, but there it was—anxiety, discomfort and an intense desire to go home—all culminating in what she described as “a mini-meltdown.”

“I asked the nurse to let me go home, even though I knew he couldn’t make that call,” Kellie said. “The feelings ranged from being uncomfortable to feeling very confined to the bed and not being able to get up and move around. What he did next really made a huge difference, though.” Read the rest of this entry »

Too Young for a Stroke

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Stroke Center, Testimonial | Posted on 09-05-2016

Knapp-FamilyYou could say Brad Knapp had it all: a beautiful family with the recent addition of a sweet baby girl, a successful career as a chemical engineer at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), and a healthy workout regimen including hitting the gym every day for endurance to pursue his passion for water sports.

Just about the last thing on the 37-year-old Decatur resident’s mind was the possibility of a stroke. But that quickly changed last February.

In the middle of the night, he woke up to give his then 6-month-old baby, Paloma, a bottle. His 12-year-old son, Caleb, and 8-year-old daughter, Aubrey, were asleep in another room. He started fumbling around. Hearing the noise, his wife, Brooke, went in and turned on the light and saw him fall to the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things that Create an Exceptional Nursing Environment

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nursing | Posted on 05-05-2016

Brian DeLoche speaks about his experience as a JointWorks patient.

Brian DeLoche speaks about his experience as a JointWorks patient.

When you or a loved one are admitted to the hospital, your nursing care will make an important impact on your recovery. But what makes an exceptional nurse? Some qualities are easy to recognize: a personal touch, an attentive eye, knowledge of a patient’s medical situation and compassion. Other qualities happen behind the scenes and provide nurses with the support they need to provide the best care possible for their patients.

Former Memorial Medical Center patient Brian DeLoche is a three-time cancer survivor, a sepsis survivor and a knee replacement recipient. He jokes that he has spent a lot of “quality” time in Memorial Medical Center’s patient care system. 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 »

Zika and Pregnancy: Know Before You Go

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, News | Posted on 06-04-2016

Pregnant-Woman-HikingThe mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has influenced travel plans and led to worldwide recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization that include guidelines for people who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.

Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer, encourages women who are pregnant to see their healthcare provider if they develop a fever, rash, joint pain, headache or conjunctivitis within two weeks of traveling to a country where cases of the Zika virus have been reported. Read the rest of this entry »