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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 »

Curb Screen Time, Encourage Your Toddler or Preschooler’s Development

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Rehab | Posted on 07-02-2017

“Screen time” might be the two most guilt-inducing words for parents today especially as tablets and smart phones offer instant distraction for young children.

But let’s face it–sometimes a parent needs to take a shower, enjoy a few moments of conversation with a friend or drive somewhere without constant interruptions. However, when the fifteen minutes turns into several hours a day, it might be time to look at other activities designed to stimulate your child’s fine motor, language and social skills. 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 »

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 »

How to Access Physical Therapy

Posted by | Posted in Rehab, Videos | Posted on 09-02-2016

Physical-Therapy-Access-Video-ImagePhysical therapy is often the last step to recovery after a surgery, injury or hospital stay. It’s also an important part of making you whole again and getting back to your everyday life. But because you can’t just walk-in for treatment like you do at your doctor’s office, getting access to physical therapy may seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be!

With the help of this short video, you will be able to navigate through the steps to access the care you need to get back on your feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pregnant Stroke Patient Survives Thanks to Rapid Care

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center, Neuroscience, Rehab, Stroke Center | Posted on 04-06-2015

Brianne Buckmaster

Brianne Buckmaster

Brianne Buckmaster didn’t know what was happening to her when she was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in the early morning hours of a January winter.

She knew something was wrong when she tried to get out of bed and promptly fell on the floor. What she didn’t know yet was that she had had a stroke. But she was only 22. And she was 13 or 14 weeks pregnant.

Fortunately for Brianne, her father heard her fall and checked to make sure she was OK. He called 911, and an ambulance was soon whisking her to Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

An Unstoppable Heart: How George Rudis Beat Death Three Times

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Testimonial, Videos | Posted on 18-06-2014

George-RudisOn Oct. 8, 2013, George Rudis began his day the way he always does—with a run at the Sacred Heart-Griffin track. For the 62-year-old Springfield native and lifelong athlete in training for a marathon, everything seemed normal.

“I got up like I do every day, got to the track and we ran our first mile as a warm up,” he said. “I went to check my watch, and, the next thing I knew, I woke up two days later in the hospital. I remember nothing beyond that.”

In the time in between — the time he doesn’t remember — George nearly died three times. Read the rest of this entry »

Oncology Rehab Helps Patient Recover After Double Cancer Treatment

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 06-02-2014

018-14-33When Walter Melcher learned he had Stage 4 throat cancer, he knew the prognosis wasn’t good. Just four years earlier, he had lost his first wife to a 13-year battle with breast cancer.

Six months later, while he was undergoing treatment, he learned that he also had thyroid cancer.

The double whammy of two cancers left him exhausted and made it difficult for him to swallow food. But Memorial Medical Center’s oncology rehab program, known as the STAR Program, has helped him get back on his feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Knee Replacement Surgery – Second-Best Decision of Stan Zielinski’s Life

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-01-2013

Stan Zielinski went through “many, many years of denial” before he realized he could no longer put off his knee surgery.

And now, after having both knees replaced in separate procedures six months apart about five or six years ago, the Springfield resident said he’s very happy he followed through with it.

“It was one of the best decisions that I have made,” Stan said, “other than marrying my wife.”

Stan praised Memorial Medical Center’s JointWorks program, through which more than 1,200 patients undergo hip- and knee-replacement surgery each year, during a recent interview with Bob Murray, the host of the morning show on WTAX 1240 AM. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Learning Toys for Kids

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Parents, Rehab | Posted on 15-12-2011

As you hit the stores this holiday season for the latest toys, why not look for gifts to help your child build speech and language skills? Jennifer Pollock, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech therapist at Memorial Outpatient Rehab Services shares ideas on what toys and games help facilitate your child’s development.

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