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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 »

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 »

Family Chooses Hometown Passavant Area Hospital for Orthopedic Care

Posted by | Posted in Orthopedics, Passavant Area Hospital | Posted on 18-02-2016

Beard-Family-Passavant--2Jacksonville’s Beard family understands they have a choice when it comes to healthcare. Over and over again, they choose Passavant Area Hospital—seven times for orthopedic care alone in the past several years.

Erica Beard is an old soul when it comes to hip surgery. The 21-year-old has endured three different hip operations while in college, and she appreciates good care when she sees it.

Even after being referred to and meeting with a specialist and surgeon at Washington University near St. Louis, the college senior chose the attention and care that could be provided only by the team at Passavant Area Hospital in her hometown. Read the rest of this entry »

Fast-Moving Local Care Prevents Gym Accident from Becoming a Tragedy

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Passavant Area Hospital, Testimonial, Trauma | Posted on 19-11-2015

Phil McCarty

Phil McCarty, 38, was finishing 30 pull-ups  in a friendly competition among friends at the Triple Threat gym in Jacksonville when he lost consciousness and fell 10 feet to the floor, landing on his back and bouncing his head twice on the concrete floor.

“I immediately sat up and was conscious,” Phil said. “I didn’t want to go to the hospital. I told everyone ‘if I can walk to the car, I’m going home.’”

This was exactly the wrong response, and Phil knew better. He was not only a paramedic of 20 years, but he had taught EMS for 10 years and worked as the Emergency Management coordinator for Morgan County and the city of Jacksonville. Read the rest of this entry »