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a bicycling event
builtforyou SportsCare’s annual Women’s Biathlon isn’t about winning
A Guide to Shopping Your Local
Before the Bell Rings:
Prepare Your Kids for a Healthy New School Year
sleep tips for kids
a new “leash” on life:
can provide lasting health benefits
Inside this issue: FEATURE STORY: A Bicycling Event Built for YOU
To Decatur’s Ruth Milhauser and daughter Michelle, winning isn’t everything page 6
EatWell Fresh Finds
Healthy treasures await you at your farmers market
StayWell Before The Bell Rings
Prepare your kids for a healthy new school year
page 8 page 12
SleepWell Bedtime Breakthroughs Sleep tips for kids page 4 FeelWell A New “Leash” on Life
Pets can provide lasting health benefits
When it comes to your health, less can mean more
Photography Chad Jeffers Medical Photographer Memorial Health System Contributing Writers Lori Harlan Communications Manager Memorial Health System Stephanie Lahnum Internal Communications Coordinator Memorial Health System Michael Leathers External Communications and Media Relations Coordinator Memorial Health System
Send Varicose Veins Packing This Summer Instant results with laser therapy advancements page 11 BeWell Be A Quitter
Editor Kelsea Gurski Publications Editor Memorial Health System
Layout/Design Marjorie Gladish Senior Graphic Designer Memorial Health System
ServeWell Lose To Win
Helping Taylorville residents fight against weight gain
News and Events page 15
Printed on recycled paper using agri-based inks.
Letter of Introduction Dear Friends, As summer continues to heat up, I hope this issue of Live Well magazine finds you healthy, relaxed and enjoying time spent with family and friends. Here at Memorial, it’s been an exciting summer with the recent news that Memorial Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition again. This is a prestigious recognition earned by just 6 percent of hospitals in the country that demonstrate exceptional nursing care and patient outcomes. Our excellent and caring nursing staff members, who provide quality care to every patient, every time, are key to this designation. To read more about Magnet and what it means for our patients, please see our News section on page 15. A growing summertime attraction in our community is our local farmers markets, which are filled with fresh, seasonal produce, plants and other locally grown or made products. These markets provide an easy way to eat healthier, try new things and support the community. On page 8, one of our Memorial Medical Center dietitians provides five tips to help you better navigate your farmers market the next time you make a visit. This also is the season many of us seek to become more active outdoors. In alignment with our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, our SportsCare program three years ago began offering a noncompetitive biking and running event for women. Held in early fall, this event has grown quickly since its first year, with nearly 300 women taking part in 2010. On page 6, you’ll meet a mother-daughter pair who participated in last year’s event. Though it feels as if summer just began, it’s nearly time to begin preparing children for their return to school. On page 12, some of our medical experts share tips on how to ensure a healthy new school year for your family. For parents with children not quite ready for school, we address on page 4 a common and oftentimes stressful topic—establishing a healthy bedtime routine. I hope these stories provide value to your family as you continue to enjoy the summer. As always, we appreciate you choosing Memorial for your healthcare needs.
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Edgar J. Curtis President and CEO Memorial Health System
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By Stephanie Lahnum
Tips for Getting Your Little Ones to Dreamland
As a mother of three, 33-year-old Misty Price is used to waking up at night with her two youngest sons, ages 3 and 6. Although both fall asleep fine in their beds, at least one of them makes the 3 a.m. journey into his parents’ room almost every night. “Sometimes we’ll try to cut them off before they even make it to our bed,” she said. “But I typically let them stay since they’re so young, and I know it’s comforting to them.” While comforting in the short term, not establishing guidelines for the bedtime routine can have a lasting impact on your child, according to SIU HealthCare physician Joseph Henkle, MD, director of Memorial Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center. “A child’s daytime behavior is affected by sleep,” Henkle said. “It’s the parent’s job to teach children how to fall asleep. They just don’t come with that ability.” Seem easier said than done? Dr. Henkle suggests the following: Make sure kids get the right amount of sleep for their age. Young infants need 16 hours of sleep, and toddlers and preschool-age children require about 12. School-age kids ages 5 to 12 generally need around 10 to 11 hours. Naps typically end for children around age 4. Establish a bedtime routine. Unwind from a day’s activities with a warm bath, help the child into his pajamas, pick out a book or sing some 4
lullabies. Then leave the room and the let the child fall asleep on his own. “When kids wake up in the night, they need to see the same environment they fell asleep in. If they fell asleep while being rocked, watching TV or eating, they don’t know how to fall back asleep on their own,” Dr. Henkle said. Find out if there is a problem. If your child is waking up at night, find out if he’s sick, had a bad dream or if something else is going on. If he’s fine, reassure him all is OK and have him go back to sleep on his own. Break bad habits. When you escort the child back to his bed, check on him, leave the room and let him cry for a few minutes. Repeat the process. It’s hard to do, but it eliminates the behavior in a short amount of time. Learn when to seek help. If you’ve tried the tips above and it’s still not working or if you notice funny breathing or movements during your child’s sleep, call your pediatrician. Remember, it takes a concentrated effort from parents to break bad sleep habits in children, but it can be done. And better sleep for your child means better sleep for you. Still looking for a pediatrician? Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Health System’s network of primary care physicians, has several pediatricians accepting new patients. To view their personal video message to patients, visit MemorialMD.com or call (855) 9–MPS–DOC for more information.
FeelWell A New “Leash” on Life
Pets Can Provide Lasting Health Benefits M By Michael Leathers Photography by Chad Jeffers
ary Thurlow had no doubt that her unhappy marriage was over after 21 years. Still, the hardest part was leaving behind her two precious Lhasa Apsos. She drove by herself from Georgia to Springfield, where she was born and still had family. Even with family support, she would feel lonely and isolated when she was alone in her small apartment in Chatham. Then the 73-year-old found her sunshine. She bought a Yorkshire terrier pup in January. “We bonded like crazy,” she recalled. She named her newfound friend Mary’s Sunshine. Sunny, for short.
Sunny provides Mary with companionship and laughter. “I haven’t laughed in a long time,” Mary said. “She provides a reason for me to get up in the morning because I have someone to take care of.” People with pets are happier for a number of reasons, said Hillary Brady, LCPC, CADC, a psychiatric services therapist with Memorial’s Partial Hospitalization Program and Memorial Counseling Associates. “Pets can truly be a lifeline for people,” she said. There’s lots of research on the wide variety of health benefits that come with pet ownership, said Brady, whose 8-year-old American cocker spaniel, Ellie, is a certified therapy dog.
Here are four ways: Pets lower your stress. Pets make us more relaxed and happier, Brady said, and research shows that pets help lower blood pressure. Being able to spend a few moments snuggling with your pet after a hard day’s work is soothing. And while you can’t cuddle some pets, such as goldfish, even they can be relaxing to watch. Pets increase your activity level. If you have a cat or a dog, you have to exert physical activity to take care of your pet. Dogs love to be walked. Cats need their litter boxes cleaned. You’ve got to feed, water and bathe your pets. And that’s better than no activity at all, Brady said.
Pets provide social interaction. When you take your dog to the park for a walk, it’s an instant conversation piece. Pets can help people make friends more easily and avoid isolation. Pets provide unconditional love. Pets don’t judge us. No matter what we’re going through, pets are a source of total affection. “So many people have told me that a pet has helped them through their darkest days,” Brady said. That unconditional love is certainly what Mary gets from Sunny. “I don’t know what I would do without her,” Mary said. “She gives me everything I could possibly want.” 5
By Kelsea Gurski Photography by Chad Jeffers
built you for
winning isn’t everything in athletic event just for women
Ruth Milhauser and daughter Michelle Mayhall
take pride in the fact they weren’t the final finishers of the 2010 SportsCare Women’s Biathlon—though they laugh that they came rather close. With at least one potty break mixed in with the 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run/walk (they walked), the duo’s time was just over two hours. 6
Yet just for completing the noncompetitive event, each still came away with a medal—Ruth’s first. “I grew up in an era where there weren’t a lot of things like this for girls to participate in,” she said. “It was fun to be part of something bigger than yourself.”
SportsCare’s fourth annual women’s biathlon, a USAT-sanctioned event, will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at Memorial’s Koke Mill Medical Center. The event includes a 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run/walk. A relay option is available.
Scan with your smartphone’s QR Reader For registration information and tips from SportsCare’s certified athletic trainers on starting a 12-week training program, visit MemorialSportsCare.com. This 12-week beginners program, which interested participants should begin by July 4 to complete in time for the biathlon, is designed for individuals with little or no background in running. The workout starts with walking only and gradually advances to combinations of walking and running.
Michelle Mayhall of Madison, Wisc., participated in the Women’s Biathlon for the first time last year with her mother, Ruth. At left, Ruth trains with husband, Carl.
In its fourth year,
the Women’s Biathlon is a noncompetitive event intended to be more of a bonding experience for women than a stressful, high-intensity race. With its focus on health and camaraderie, the event attracted nearly 300 women last year—many of whom had rarely, if ever, participated in an organized athletic event. Ruth, from Decatur, and Michelle, who lives in Madison, Wisc., decided to participate last year after Ruth’s other daughter, Laura Snyder of Raymond, a participant in the 2009 event, prompted them to sign up (Laura had a conflict the day of the 2010 biathlon and was unable to participate with them). “It sounded intriguing,” Ruth said, “especially since it was all women. It sounded like something kind of challenging and fun to do.”
Laura is the runner in the family. Ruth, a retired second-grade teacher and mother of four, is more interested in biking, a hobby she took up with her husband, Carl, that eventually caught on with Michelle as well. When it came time to prepare for the biathlon, Ruth and Michelle both took up biking a bit more intensely so they’d feel comfortable with the 20-kilometer (about 12 miles) bike during the event. A few days before the event itself, Ruth and Carl traveled to Springfield to drive the course to become familiar with it.
The event itself was “very positive and encouraging,” Ruth said. Everybody was rooting for one another, she said, and the overall goal seemed to be to simply complete the event at whatever pace each participant was comfortable with. Ruth, Michelle and a family friend decided they’d do the entire event together—when somebody needed to walk their bike up a hill, they all walked the hill. When somebody needed to use the restroom, the other two waited. “There were some people who were more or less struggling,” Ruth said, “but they just kept going. That determination was really good to see. …It didn’t matter how they finished it—they finished it.” This year, Ruth and Michelle plan to get a larger group of females in their family signed up for the event, which is set for Sept.
25, and perhaps mix in a bit of friendly competition amongst them to make it even more fun. “We decided that it was something all of the women in our family needed to do together,” Michelle said. “(Last year’s event) was a lot of fun, very comfortable—no high stress or competition. There were a lot of women who were there to be women doing something positive together and just enjoy the event. It was really nice, especially for a first timer.”
By Michael Leathers Photography by Chad Jeffers
Shopping Your Farmers Market Ever been to your local farmers market? It’s a different experience from going to the grocery store, but it’s a great opportunity to get the freshest local food in your community. If you’re a newbie to the farmers market scene, Becky Smith, a registered dietitian at Memorial Medical Center, has a few tips to get you started.
Variety, variety, variety. The farmers market offers a great chance to try something new. And usually the more unusual the product— white or purple carrots, for instance— the better the price compared to your local grocer. A good strategy is to look around at all the booths first and decide what your best bargains are. Don’t buy your produce at the first booth you visit. Each booth will price their products a little differently.
Get to know your vendors. Build relationships with the local farmers. This is your chance to talk to the people who actually grow the food you want to eat. Ask them about their crops. How were they grown? What pesticides were used? When were they picked? Farmers also can tell you when certain fruits and veggies will be in season. Now’s the time to get blueberries, for example, because they’re at their peak in June and July. You’ll be a more educated consumer because you’ll learn the growing seasons.
Andy Heck of Heck’s Harvest and Veenstra’s Vegetables sells produce at the Downtown Springfield Farmers Market.
local markets: Downtown Springfield Old Capitol Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays until Oct. 29. On Adams Street between Fifth and Second streets. Online: DowntownSpringfield.org/Market. Illinois Products Farmers Market: 4–7 p.m. Thursdays until Oct. 20. In the Commodities Pavilion on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. On Aug. 11 and 18, during the Illinois State Fair, the farmers market moves to the parking lot of Fit Club, 2701 Sangamon Ave. Online: IllinoisProductMarket.com.
Ask for tips and recipes. The people who grow the food you’re buying are eating it, too. Ask them for ways that they prepare their produce. Some of them even have favorite recipes that they’d be willing to share with you. Farmers know their products. They can tell you the best ways to clean, store and prepare what you’re buying. Take advantage of their advice.
More than fruits and veggies. You can buy meat—yes, meat—at the farmers market. Some vendors offer different kinds of meats and sausage, and the market also can be a good source for free-range chickens that haven’t been inhumanely caged or injected with growth hormones. Other vendors may have fresh honey, popcorn, wine, bakery goodies or homemade bottled barbecue sauces and salad dressings. The market’s a great source for fresh herbs, too.
Bring extra bags. You never know how many great deals you might find, so it’s a good idea to bring extra bags to take your bounty home. Also consider bringing a backpack or a small cart to help you carry your bargains. Sean Keeley, right, chef and owner of Ross Isaac in Springfield, is a frequent visitor of the Downtown Springfield Farmers Market to purchase fresh ingredients to use in his restaurant.
Quitter Be a
By Kelsea Gurski
When it comes to your health, less can mean more in the long run
Here are four habits you should consider quitting, according to primary care physicians Scott McLain, MD, and Anthony Griffin, MD, both of whom practice internal medicine with Memorial Physician Services. Though some suggestions are easier than others to achieve, all will help result in a better, healthier you. QUIT SMOKING. The substantial list of negative health effects from smoking—cancer, lung and cardiovascular disease and stroke to name some of the more serious ones—should be enough to consider smoldering this habit for good, yet about 1 in every 5 Americans still lights up. Several options exist if you make the decision to stop smoking. Besides quitting cold-turkey, over-the-counter options such as nicotine gum and patches exist to help smokers make the transition to becoming non-smokers—just be sure to read the product labels to determine the appropriate dosing amount for your needs. Two prescription medications also exist that can be used in conjunction with the gum or patch to help patients who need extra help kicking the habit. QUIT YOUR BAD DIET. The obesity epidemic for adults and children alike isn’t slowing down, and it’s due in large part to Americans’ tendency to overeat and choose fatty, starchy, processed foods over fresh produce and healthy grains. “Overeating is something people really, really need to quit,” says Dr. Griffin, who noted obesity is a common cause of adultonset diabetes, back and joint pain and early arthritis. As a quick first-step to improving your diet, Dr. McLain suggests avoiding fast food—but if you must make a fastfood stop, choose grilled chicken over fried, and a salad over a burger. 10
QUIT AVOIDING YOUR DOCTOR. Typically, we seek a physician’s care after a problem already has presented itself. In the long run, being proactive about your health is far more beneficial, Dr. McLain says. Visit your primary care doctor regularly to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checked and discuss any medical concerns. “Quit waiting for something bad to happen, and be proactive,” he said. “In healthcare overall, being preventative is key.”
most instances. When it comes to your health, however, quitting can be a good thing.
QUIT BEING A COUCH POTATO. Another reason our country is too big? Laziness. “Get out there and exercise,” Dr. McLain says. “It could be as simple as walking 30 minutes around the block a few times a week.” Once you get moving, you’ll develop more energy to remain active and do the things you love. Both physicians stressed that joining a gym isn’t necessary. “If you walk a mile a day,” Dr. Griffin says, “it will do wonders.” Put on some good shoes, some comfy clothes and go!
Anthony Griffin, MD Physician with Jacksonville Family Medical Associates. Currently accepting new patients. 1602 W. Lafayette, Jacksonville, IL; 243–7200
Nobody likes a quitter—at least in
Scott McLain, MD Physician with Capitol Healthcare Medical Associates. Currently accepting new patients. 2603 S. Sixth St., Springfield; 528–0307
By Lori Harlan
Send Varicose Veins
Winter wardrobes hide lots of figure flaws,
but summer’s sundresses, shorts and swimsuits are far less forgiving. While diet and exercise can help you lose weight and get in shape, unsightly varicose veins are hard to hide. Varicose veins, which affect more than 25 million Americans, are caused by valve leakage. Veins allow blood from leg muscles to return to the heart and lungs, and valves in the veins prevent the backflow of blood. When the valves leak and the veins enlarge, they are called “varicose.” Beyond being painful and sometimes embarrassing, varicose veins can lead to serious medical conditions such as cellulitis and even tissue loss. Thanks to advancements in medical laser therapy, varicose veins can now be treated under local anesthesia with immediate results, according to Robert Burke, MD, an interventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists S.C. The pain and lengthy recovery from surgical “vein stripping” procedures are no longer necessary. Laser therapy, which usually takes about 45 minutes, is much less invasive than traditional surgical procedures. It can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia with only a small incision—no stitches or scars.
“Recovery time is dramatically reduced using laser treatment,” Dr. Burke said. “Patients are back on their feet the same day using only over-the-counter pain relievers to manage mild discomfort.” Want more information? Call the Interventional Radiology Clinic at Memorial Medical Center at 788–0164. While most insurers cover the procedure, there may be some pre-requisites. Memorial will work with you and your insurance company to determine coverage.
Benefits of Laser Therapy • Less invasive, lower risk of infection and less pain • Performed on an outpatient basis • Uses local anesthesia, avoiding the risks of general anesthesia • Small incision with no stitches or scars • Reduced recovery time 11
send the kids
back to school
By Lori Harlan
Give yourself peace of mind before putting your kids on the school bus with these practical tips for keeping kids healthy and safe.
How can I ensure my child gets a healthy lunch?
Parents should review the school’s cafeteria menu, and talk with kids about making healthy choices. If they take a sack lunch, make sure it includes fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein. Beverages should be milk, water or 100-percent fruit juice. A 12-ounce can of soda may contain up to 12 teaspoons of sugar and increase a child’s risk of obesity by an average of 60 percent with each daily serving, according to Lydia Villafuerte, MD, who practices family medicine at Memorial Physician Services’ South Sixth Medical Associates.
What’s the safest way for kids to carry books?
Backpacks with two wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back panel are best for kids, Dr. Villafuerte said. Be sure to adjust the backpack to fit the child’s body. When filled with books, the backpack shouldn’t exceed 10 percent to 20 percent of the child’s body weight.
How can kids prevent the spread of germs at school?
“It all comes down to hand washing,” Dr. Villafuerte said. Encourage kids to wash their hands with soap and water at every opportunity. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative when there’s not a sink nearby. A small container of hand sanitizer could be tucked inside a backpack or pencil box for easy access. Kids also need to cover coughs and sneezes. If a tissue isn’t available, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow.
How can I ease my child’s first-day jitters?
To reduce anxiety about the start of school, have ongoing conversations throughout the summer so children know what to expect, suggests Cynthia Mester, PhD, LCPC, director of The Children’s Center, a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. Visit the school to meet the teacher, see the classroom, figure out where the restrooms are and talk about what might be different from the year before. Parents can also schedule play dates with future classmates over the summer; this can reduce the social anxiety kids feel about not knowing anyone in class. 12
How do I help my child establish good study habits?
Parents need to have ongoing conversations with their kids about the importance of learning. Studying is one way children learn, and parents should provide the guidance and tools to make studying successful. Mester offers the following tips to encourage good study habits: • Schedule time to study. Let the child be involved in deciding if that time is immediately after school or later after dinner. Help them weigh the pros and cons of different times.
• Designate an appropriate study spot. Have a conversation with the child to determine the location. Evaluate different options. Because every child’s
How can I protect my child from a bully?
needs are unique, be flexible and use trial and error to see what works. • Be involved. Parents need to make themselves available during study time to review homework and answer questions. Monitor kids’ performance and reinforce the progress they make. Mester says including the child in decision-making processes is empowering. Allowing the child to have a choice—even if the parent has limited the options to choose from—creates responsibility.
Lydia Villafuerte, MD Physician with South Sixth Street Medical Associates. Currently accepting new patients. 2950 S. Sixth St., Springfield; 588–7450
Low self-esteem, isolation and depression are all red flags that a child might be the victim of abuse, and unfortunately, technology has created more opportunities for kids to mistreat each other. What used to happen on the school bus or the playground can now take place via text message or online. Parents should monitor children’s behavior, according to Kendra Patton, LCSW, lead clinician at The Children’s Center, and encourage open dialogue: • Set the expectation that bullying is never OK. • Teach children how to be assertive without being aggressive. • Encourage social activities that will build self-esteem and develop friendships beyond the classroom. When a child is involved in bullying, parents should work with the school, not the other parents, Patton says. Calling the other parents may be counterproductive and cause defensiveness. “It helps to get everyone involved and working together as a team without any blame,” Patton says. 13
for the benefit of our community
By Stephanie Lahnum Photography by Chad Jeffers
LOSE to WIN the Fight Against Weight Gain
ith a zest for life, 70-year-old retired Taylorville resident Linda Binger doesn’t want anything to slow her down— especially her weight. After trying various diets and always gaining the weight back, she decided to commit to the Lose to Win program and lose the weight for good in January 2011. Linda is one of the hundreds of people who have participated in the weight loss challenge offered by Taylorville Memorial Hospital. Open to TMH employees and the public, the program was created and is coordinated by TMH dietitian Janelle Cornell, RD, LDN.
“People who lose 10 percent of their body weight achieve health-improving benefits, including better cholesterol levels, lipid levels, blood sugar and blood pressure,” Cornell said. Participants pay $20 if enrolling for the first time. After that, they pay just $5 to enroll in additional challenges. All money collected goes to cash prizes for the participant and team that loses the largest percentage of weight. “I’ve found a lot of people know what to do, they just need some encouragement and incentive to get started,” Cornell said. “It makes a big difference to be accountable to someone.”
“It started out as only employees in 2008, but then they told a couple of their friends and everyone asked to join,” Cornell said. “Word of mouth in these small communities really drives participation. We have over 300 members participating now.”
Members follow their own routine to lose the weight. But the most successful participants count calories, keep a food record and exercise on a regular basis to maintain the weight once hitting their goal.
The challenge lasts 14 weeks and begins every January, May and September. Participants can sign up as individuals and be assigned to a team, or many coworkers or friends enroll together as groups. Each member weighs in during private sessions with Cornell every two weeks and can also attend workshops on healthy eating, portion control, eating out and exercise. Weight loss is tracked by percentage.
For the first time, Linda has kept off the 18 pounds she’s lost since the beginning of the year. To keep her motivation and drive up, she said she’ll continue to enroll in every session offered. “I want to be able to be active as long as I can,” she said. “People don’t think I’m as old as I am. I’m always on the go doing something, and I feel really good.”
To learn more about Lose to Win or to enroll in the September session, contact Janelle Cornell at 824-1840. 14
n e ws a n d events
Memorial Medical Center Again Earns Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence Memorial Medical Center learned on June 15 that it has achieved recognition as a Magnet® Hospital, the highest national recognition for nursing excellence as determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital is one of fewer than 390 hospitals— an estimated 6 percent—nationwide to achieve the ANCC’s Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services.
Memorial Medical Center Expands Emergency Department The ANCC Magnet program seeks to: recognize hospitals that deliver excellent nursing care to patients, promote quality in an environment that supports professional nursing practice, allow for the sharing of successful nursing practices among healthcare organizations, and promote positive patient outcomes.
Memorial first achieved Magnet designation in November 2006. “Over the past four-anda-half years we have continued to strengthen our commitment to providing excellence in patient care,” said Marsha Prater, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FACHE, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for Memorial Health Marsha Prater, right, celebrates Memorial’s redesignation as a Magnet Hospital System. “Throughout June 15 with members of MMC’s nursing team. our organization, we have fully engaged in the hard work of implement- “I am grateful for the unwavering dedication ing process improvements, introducing new techof all our staff who helped us achieve this nologies and applying evidence-based research redesignation,” Prater said. “It reflects their to raise the bar of nursing excellence, all for the tireless efforts every day to deliver great care benefit of our patients.” to our patients.”
Memorial Medical Center has opened eight new patient treatment bays as part of an expansion of its Emergency Department. This expansion strengthens the capacity to serve the needs of the approximately 200 patients who come to Memorial for emergency medical care daily, as well as improves efficiency and enhances privacy and safety. The expansion also includes a nurses’ station and, like the pre-existing areas of the Emergency Department, will use FirstNet, Memorial’s electronic medical record, for all patients. “The number of patients who come to Memorial Medical Center with emergency medical needs has grown by more than 50 percent, to more than 68,000 annually, since 2003,” said Jennifer Boyer, RN, director of emergency medical services at Memorial. “Our investment in this expansion of our Emergency Department and the technology installed in each of the exam rooms will help ensure that every patient receives the high-quality, patientcentered care their condition requires.” The opening marks the second expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department in five years.
Calendar of Events Event
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SportsCare Women’s Biathlon
When: 8 a.m. Sept. 25 Where: Koke Mill Medical Center, 3132 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield
$5 off registration fee if registered before Aug. 1 7th Annual Memorial Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk
When: Sept. 17 Where: Washington Park, Springfield (picnic pavilion)
Registration: 7 a.m. Start Time: 8 a.m. Registration Fee: $20/adults; $10/children 12 and younger
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