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Multidisciplinary Team of Memorial Employees Help Grant Patient’s Dying Wish

Posted by | Posted in Home Services, Nursing | Posted on 08-05-2012

At Memorial, our Nursing Team of more than 1,000 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nursing techs, certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and unit secretaries work together to provide every patient with high-quality, compassionate care while aiming to help them meet their health goals.

This week, Nursing Team Week, we salute our Nursing Team throughout our health system. The story below, originally published in 2009 in Memorial’s employee newsletter, is one example of how our team works together to help create great patient experiences along the entire continuum of care, including in the waning moments of life.

Doris Burke was ready to go home.

It was summertime in 2009. In and out of nursing homes and hospitals for seven straight months, the octogenarian from Chatham missed her flower garden and was tired of the restricted lifestyle she had acquired from problems related to heart failure. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cancer Story: “If I can help someone else, I’m going to do it.”

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Nursing | Posted on 08-03-2012

Kelly Ford (center) stands with Memorial Medical Center cancer research nurses Holly Thomas, RN, OCN, and Karen Graber, RN, OCN.

In the late fall of 2009, Kelly Ford’s cancer journey began with an inexplicable pain in her rib.

After several doctor visits, an X-ray eventually  determined it was fractured, but how she injured the rib was a mystery to Kelly, a 40-something married mother of two from Springfield.

The puzzle pieces fell together in February 2010, when Kelly was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. By then, she was so weak from pain, she couldn’t get out of bed. Scans showed she had cancerous tumors in several spots throughout her skeletal structure; she also had a 4×6-centimeter tumor in her breast.

“I was in huge shock,” she said. “I remember just being really scared and confused.” Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Is Magnet — Again!

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, News, Nursing, Videos | Posted on 15-06-2011

Could you hear us?

Memorial’s Wedeberg Conference Center erupted in cheers this morning as hundreds of employees gathered to hear firsthand that Memorial Medical Center has once again earned designation as a Magnet ® Hospital!

Magnet is the highest national recognition for nursing excellence as determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation means that MMC demonstrates excellence in nursing practice and adheres to national standards for delivering patient care.

MMC is one of fewer than 390 hospitals nationwide to achieve the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services. Only an estimated 6 percent of the nation’s hospitals have achieved Magnet status. Memorial achieved initial Magnet designation in November 2006.

In the video below, watch as senior vice president and chief nursing officer Marsha Prater took the call announcing this exciting news —live, in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

We couldn’t be more proud of our nurses! What do you think of this news?

A ‘Thank-You’ to Our Nursing Staff During National Nursing Team Week

Posted by | Posted in Nursing, Videos | Posted on 11-05-2011

National Nursing Team Week (May 6-12) provides us with a special opportunity to recognize the more than 1,200 nurses who care for our patients. The knowledge, skills and compassion they bring to our patients is illustrated by Memorial Medical Center’s designation (awarded in 2006) as a Magnet hospital.

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