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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 »

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 »

Top 10 Tree Topper Tips

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 02-11-2015

Tree-TopperThe traditional star or angel just doesn’t cut it anymore. Trees are now being topped with bows, ribbons, sprays and picks. Get in the holiday spirit with our video about how to create a tree topper featuring Jason Wood and Steve Dunker, Festival of Trees designers since 2013.

Here are some additional tips from Jason and Steve to get you started! Read the rest of this entry »

Radiation Treatment – How it Works and What to Expect

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 30-07-2015

Asian woman receiving radiation treatment

You’ve heard those three dreaded words: YOU HAVE CANCER.

In one sentence, your life is permanently altered. Before you have time to absorb the shock, your doctor is talking about next steps and the best course of treatment. For 40-60 percent of cancer patients, treatment involves radiation.

While we all know the term, unless you’ve walked the steps of a patient fighting cancer, you likely don’t know much about radiation therapy. Simply put, it’s high-energy X-rays that directly target and shrink tumors while killing cancer cells.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer we see,” said Daniel Ferraro, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist at the Memorial Regional Cancer Center. “Lung cancer is second, followed by bone metastases (when cancerous cells enter the bones), head and neck cancers and prostate. Patients come every day for treatment, anywhere from two to seven weeks.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Health Awareness Month: ‘Next to Normal’ Preview

Posted by | Posted in Events, Mental Health, Videos | Posted on 19-05-2015

Next-to-NormalLet’s talk about mental health—because it’s OK to get help if you or someone you love needs it.

To promote Mental Health Awareness Month, Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois partnered with the Hoogland Center for the Arts to bring the Tony-award winning show “Next to Normal” to Springfield. The show runs May 22-24 and 29-31.

Watch this video to hear director Carly Shank, star Mary Kate Smith, and MHCCI representative Mary Beth Clark talk about the show and the importance of recognizing and treating mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Cool Things You’ll Find in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation

Posted by | Posted in Construction, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 13-05-2015

MCLI-Final-ImageThe open house for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is fast approaching on Sunday, May 17.

The MCLI is a technologically advanced learning environment where Memorial employees, medical residents and our physician and community-health partners will develop and strengthen their skills and knowledge. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the super cool stuff you’ll find in the 72,000-square-foot, four-story building. Read the rest of this entry »

How a Patient Feels in the Hospital

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 23-12-2014

GPE-VideoHow a patient feels is more than just a physical question. It’s very common for patients – and their family members – to feel anxiety, confusion and fear while in a hospital or a physician’s office.

Therefore, it is critical that caregivers provide excellent medical/physical care while at the same time reducing stress and anxiety by making patients feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

“We know meeting a patient’s emotional and psychological needs helps us deliver better overall care,” said Marsha Prater, RN, PhD, chief nursing officer at Memorial Health System. “By looking at the experience through patients’ eyes, we are better able to connect with patients as individuals and enable them to feel safe and confident in the care we provide. Research also suggests when healthcare providers meet patients’ emotional and psychological needs, we also enhance the healing process and help patients feel more empowered with managing their own health and recovery.”

We created this “through the patient’s eyes” video to thank all Memorial employees for the care and compassion they provide to our patients and families every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Decorate a Holiday Wreath in Four Easy Steps

Posted by | Posted in Events, Foundation, Videos | Posted on 21-10-2014


Still-FOT-howtoThere’s no need to feel intimidated by creating your own wreath when you can enjoy this 7-minute “How To” video with Megan Henley Brown of Trendsetters in Chatham. After all, if 98.7 WNNS radio host Chris Murphy can do it, anyone can!

Henley Brown takes viewers through the process in four easy steps:

  • Fluff the branches—a very important first step designed to refresh the branches of artificial wreaths.
  • Work deco mesh into the wreath for color and added texture.
  • Add glittery decorative elements including large bulb ornaments, bamboo sticks or flowers.
  • Finish the look with ribbon highlights.

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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 »

SIU’s Hand Transplant Program: “Now, We are Going to Restore Some Lives”

Posted by | Posted in Foundation, Transplant, Videos | Posted on 08-04-2014

Hand Youtube ThumbnailPhysicians with the Institute for Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine are searching for the first candidate for the school’s newly launched hand transplant program – the first of its kind in Illinois.

Between 6,000 and 10,000 upper extremity amputations occur each year in the United States. More than 1,200 soldiers have lost a limb as a result of explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out the brief video below to learn more about the program. Read the rest of this entry »