Community Benefit Programs
Here are just a few of the other ways that Memorial contributes back to the community.
- Kids' HeartAdvantage was created by a Memorial Medical Center nurse to address the rise of ever-younger cardiac patients and the increasing rates of childhood obesity and Type II Diabetes. Kids' HeartAdvantage reaches grade-school children with an interactive program using an obstacle course to teach how the heart works. It shows the hazards of smoking, how to select healthy foods, and the importance of exercise. The program is led by members of Memorial's cardiac care team, an exercise physiologist, respiratory therapist and registered dietician. Kids receive workbooks for follow up activities, and teachers receive a packet and exercise video created for Kids' HeartAdvantage.
- Memorial Medical Center offers support groups for people dealing with various health issues, including diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, paralysis, asthma, heart failure and those who have undergone bariatric surgery procedures. These groups offer education and ongoing support to group members and their families. Additional information on support groups and classes can be obtained by calling Memorial's Health Line at (217) 788-3333 or view our online calendar.
- Having a baby is a wonderful yet bewildering experience. Parents are excited about an addition to the family but have many questions and concerns about the preparations necessary to care for a newborn. Memorial's Family Maternity Suites offers free classes for new parents on infant safety, breastfeeding, crying, as well as education for new dads, grandparents and big brothers and sisters. Read more about our educational offerings. For additional information, view our online calendar or call Memorial's Health Line at (217) 788-3333.
- Memorial Medical Center publishes the Parent University Newsletter on a quarterly basis. This free newsletter helps raise awareness of community resources that promote healthy families. Local organizations submit copyright-free articles. As a community service, Memorial Medical Center provides editing, layout, printing and distribution of the newsletter. If you'd like to be added to our Parent University online subscription, please call (217) 788-7014 or email us.
- The inability to pay for prescription medications is a major health issue in our community. Last year, Memorial Medical Center paid for more than $118,000 in prescriptions for patients who were unable purchase their medication following discharge from the hospital or emergency department. Memorial also provides regular monthly support for Kumler Outreach Ministries, which helps low income people with chronic health conditions work through the challenging application process required by pharmaceutical companies to be eligible for ongoing medication assistance programs.
- Memorial is active in cancer research. Annually, the Regional Cancer Center serves as a clinical site for approximately 475 approved clinical research projects conducted by medical staff members. Access for central Illinois residents to clinical trials can offer treatment options that would otherwise be unavailable.
- Memorial Medical Center's nurses are active in developing our own clinical research projects to improve patient care. Over the past several years results from this research have benefited not only our patients but patients at other hospitals as well. For example, a nurse in our Psychiatric Unit recognized the standard fall risk assessment tool used for patients on other units did not always apply to psychiatric patients. She researched and developed a Psychiatric Fall Risk Assessment Tool. Another nurse-initiated research project on the psychiatric unit led to a Suicide Risk Assessment Tool that has also been adopted by other healthcare organizations.
- Another nurse-initiated research project on the psychiatric unit led to a Suicide Risk Assessment Tool that has also been adopted for use at Memorial and is available for use by other healthcare organizations. The Hermes-Deakin suicide risk assessment tool is available for use by other healthcare organizations.
- Along with St. John's Hospital, Memorial works closely with the Central Counties Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), to provide inpatient and outpatient care to the uninsured and under-insured. Memorial also provides care for patients from another FQHC, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Center for Family Medicine.
- Memorial collaborated with St. John’s Hospital in supporting CATCH (Coordinated Access To Community Health), which connects uninsured adults in Sangamon County with primary care and specialty physicians. In FY2014, Memorial provided $50,000 to the CATCH program as well as free healthcare services for CATCH patients.
- Health Professions Education is another category of community benefit. SIU School of Medicine, and the physicians it has trained over the years, have dramatically changed access to top-quality health care services in central Illinois. Memorial Medical Center serves as a teaching hospital for SIU School of Medicine and every year offers millions of dollars in support for the school. We also serve as a clinical training site for hundreds of student nurses, radiology technicians, lab technicians, physical therapists and many other health care professions. We will continue this support in order to ensure that the next generation of well-trained healthcare providers will be here to serve our communities.
If you would like additional information on Memorial's Community Benefit Programs, please contact Memorial's Community Benefit Coordinator at (217) 788-7014, or contact us.