Color Blaze 5K Supports Memorial Regional Burn Center Patients

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 04-23-2014

198-13-043I was a patient in the burn unit from 10/10/13 discharged on 10/23/13. I received severe steam burns in an industrial accident. I am also retired from the Peoria Fire Dept. During my time at Memorial I received what I describe as the finest medical treatment I have ever seen. The care and compassion by the staff in the burn unit went above and beyond excellent. All of the people in that unit are awesome but I feel I have to mention some who treated my medical needs but also connected on a personal level with not only me but also my family and friends. Special thanks to Kelly, Jill, Christie, Lauren, Robert, and last but certainly not least Eddie. All the staff were great, but these individuals stood out and I will always be grateful to them. Memorial Medical Center has a reason to be extremely proud of this unit.”

As a retired Peoria firefighter who served his community for 30 years, Mike Morrow has had ample experience interacting with a variety of medical professionals. So last October when he was a patient in Memorial’s Regional Burn Center, he knew great care when he received it.

Grow (and Cook With!) Your Own Herbs

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 04-22-2014

potted herbsFor people who want the health benefits of gardening but don’t have a big lawn or a lot of spare time to devote to it, raising herbs is an option. With a few pots and some sunshine, you can grow delicious, nutritious spices to add to your favorite dishes.

“Herbs can provide eye appeal, flavor, texture and may add some nutritional value,” said Gayle Jennings, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. “In addition to adding a variety of tastes to common dishes, herb blends can be an excellent substitute for salt.”

Central Illinois is in the Zone 5 plant hardiness growing region. Before you plant herbs – particularly perennials – make sure they will grow here. Most herbs grown in Illinois will need to be in pots with well-drained soil.

Worth More than an Apple a Day: Why You Need Your Regular Physical

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 04-17-2014

BrentLike a lot of people, Brent Strukely only visited the doctor when he was sick.

“I looked at myself as a pretty healthy, physically active person,” said the 47-year-old Springfield resident. “When everything’s going well, you’re invincible. In that mindset, I just ignored going to the doctor.”

And he might have kept ignoring it, had he not decided to look into a new primary care physician.

In August 2013, Brent set up a typical new patient “meet and greet” with Dr. Gustavo Mosquera at Memorial Physician Services – Chatham. The actual appointment, however, was anything but typical.

Busting the Top Three Myths about Kidney Transplants

Posted by | Posted in Transplant | Posted on 04-16-2014

GHSH Website Question Homepage Banner Transplant 961 x 300Nearly 103,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving kidney transplant nationwide. Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. And, still, myths persist about kidney transplants. We asked the Memorial Transplant Services team to debunk some of the more common myths surrounding kidney transplants and donation.

I Want to Run a 5K … But I’m Not a Runner: 3 Tips to Get Started

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 04-15-2014

RunnersWhat motivates people – who otherwise never run – to train to run a 5K? Sometimes it’s to support and raise money for a special cause. There are charity 5Ks every weekend – including several fun ones coming up in Springfield. (Click on a list of Memorial-sponsored upcoming races and walks here.) Other people just want to try something that may seem unattainable.

Gabe Stinson, a sports enhancement specialist with Memorial SportsCare, shares his expertise with those wanting to cross the finish line of a 5K this spring or summer.

Stuck on the Worry-Go-Round? Five Ways to Exit the Anxiety Ride

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 04-11-2014

depressed womanYou know better than to obsess, but occasionally life’s challenges overwhelm your ability to control worry levels. Increased anxiety takes a definite toll on physical and emotional health.

According to outpatient therapist Betsy Van Brocklin with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville, some common consequences of anxiety include increased blood pressure, migraines, decreased sleep and appetite and impaired ability to handle stress and frustration.

Fortunately there are coping strategies that can help slow or even stop the revolving cycle of obsessive worry. Van Bocklin shares five tips:

Defining Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 04-09-2014

DiabetesAbout 26 million Americans — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Of that group, 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious health concern. It is the seventh leading cause of death and is a major cause for blindness, amputation and renal (kidney) failure.

In addition, approximately 33 percent of Americans have prediabetes – but only 10 percent know they do.

“With diabetes touching such a large segment of the population, it’s no wonder many people have heard of diabetes but may not understand there are several types of the disease,” said Kathy Levin, registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator with Memorial Diabetes Services. “However, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in order to get the condition under control with appropriate treatment options.”

Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels rise because the body either is not producing enough insulin and/or is unable to use it correctly. Diabetes mellitus occurs as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 

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

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

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.

Mind Over Matter: Manage Your Weight Through Mindful Eating

Posted by | Posted in Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 04-02-2014

Young Man on Couch Eating PopcornHave you ever sat down in front of the television with a bowl of chips while watching your favorite show, only to look down during the commercial break to see that all the food is gone? What’s worse is you find yourself walking into the kitchen to get something else because you still feel like your craving has not been satisfied.

This is an example of mindless eating, in which we don’t pay attention to what we are eating. To protect yourself — and your waistline — from this practice, Erin Walker, a registered dietitian with Memorial’s Weight Loss & Wellness Center suggests adopting a “mindful eating” habit.

Top Three Things Not to Say at a Funeral…

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Mental Health | Posted on 04-01-2014

Man comforting friend“At least he’s not suffering anymore.”
“Everything happens for a reason.
“She’s in a better place now.”

We mean well, we really do, but it’s still difficult to know how best to offer care, compassion and practical support to a friend or family member who is grieving or depressed and ditch the well-intentioned clichés. Licensed clinical professional counselor Yoli Holmes with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois in Jacksonville offers these tips for constructive ways to help: