At age 26, Darah Nelson is far younger than the average stroke patient. Yet on Oct. 18, 2012, she found herself in her office, the door closed, and unable to move or speak. A family friend, who had once experienced a stroke, happened to stop by, opened her door and quickly recognized the signs of a stroke.
Darah arrived via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where the Emergency Department team launched its Star 45 program, the 45-minute diagnostic timeline that determines whether patients, like Darah, are candidates for stroke treatment.
A hot-air balloon ride for an end-stage cancer patient. A video-gaming system for an isolated, homebound patient who had lost the ability to speak. One final Valentine’s date for an elderly married couple living together in a nursing home.
These three wishes all became a reality over the past year because of a special fund sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation that helps make wishes come true for hospice patients and their families.
The goal of hospice is to focus on quality of life for every patient. As a team, hospice works to enhance this quality of life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Memorial employees broke ground today, May 14, on the front lawn of the medical center to launch our historic expansion project, Advancing Care by Design, which will transform both interior and exterior features on the campus.
A quick look at the numbers tied to the expansion includes:
3 new patient floors, which will accommodate a total of 114 private rooms designed with specific “zones” for the patient, family members and nursing staff to optimize care giving;
6 new operating rooms, for a total of 23, in our soon-to-be-expanded lower-level Surgery Center;
2 additional lanes of traffic in our main drive, for a new total of 3, to improve flow of traffic;
1 new Memorial Center for Learning & Innovation, a three-floor building that will enhance learning and training opportunities for Memorial employees as well as our medical partners. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all been there. Despite feeling miserable, you drag yourself out of bed to see the doctor in hopes of getting medication you’re certain will make life better. But instead you’re left empty handed and wondering what happened.
With the tempting platters of calorie-laden holiday food behind you, it’s time to look forward to managing your weight for the new year.
While many of us don’t have a lot of success with New Year’s resolutions, an 11-week program offered by Memorial Medical Center’s dietitians can teach you the skills to conquer unhealthy eating habits. And the first class is free!
You’ll soon see more cars in Illinois displaying large yellow dot decals in their rear windows. And those dots will help save lives.
Illinois launched recently its voluntary Yellow Dot program. Participants receive a bright yellow decal for their cars and a corresponding yellow folder. They place the decal in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s rear window. They put their basic medical information and a close-up photo in the folder, which is kept in the glove compartment.
Just because the colder months have arrived, that’s no excuse to forego the idea of getting your flu shot. Plenty of vaccine still exists, and flu season isn’t expected to peak until after the new year. Dr. Rajesh Govindaiah, chief medical officer for Memorial Health System, explains:
This Saturday, Nov. 12, our community will have the chance to attend the grand opening of the new SportsCare facility inside the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. From 9 a.m to 4 p.m., you can be one of the first to get an inside look at the new Y.
WICS NewsChannel 20 recently visited the facility to give viewers an inside look before the doors open. The video is embedded below. Among the featured areas:
Getting the flu shot is a great way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu this fall and winter. Nationally, more than 30 million outpatient visits each year are attributed to the flu. In addition to protecting your health, getting vaccinated also can save you money.