Friends of Memorial
*Special Note: The Celiac Disease Event Materials are listed in the "Educational Experiences" section, about halfway down the page.
Friends of Memorial have supported Memorial Medical Center in its mission to improve the health of the people and the communities it serves for more than 35 years. When you join Friends of Memorial, you join a committed and passionate group who financially support and volunteer to make our community a healthier community.
Community education has always been and will continue to be Friends' strongest commitment and gift to Memorial and its constituencies. Each year, educational offerings are planned in coordination with the medical center.
Through your membership, you help Memorial Medical Center take its services into the community through outreach programs, continuing education, health promotions and disease prevention.
Be a Friend. Join today by sending a membership application and check to Friends of Memorial. If you would like to join, or would like more information about events, please call us at (217) 788-3352.
Friends of Memorial Membership Form
Be a Friends Volunteer; Be a Friends Supporter
Your financial help will go to support our nursing scholarship program, along with the wide variety of community events and programs listed below. But we also need your help to make special events and programming happen. You can help out once or volunteer many times throughout the year. Event volunteering or participation is not required but encouraged.
FRIENDS OF MEMORIAL PROGRAMS
Visit the Event Calendar to view dates for upcoming Friends of Memorial events.
Sibling Preparation Program
Once a month, prospective brothers and sisters ages three to six get ready for the arrival of a new sibling through this program. Each class includes a nursery tour, video presentation, instruction and small gift for the new baby.
Older Sibling Preparation Program
This class is held three times a year and is designed for siblings from eight to eleven years old. Like the Big Brother/Big Sister class, it includes a discussion of their role as a big brother or big sister as well as the opportunity to practice holding and diapering a baby. A visit to Family Maternity Suites is included.
Pre-school Hospital Orientation Program (Pre-HOP)
With the help of teachers at area pre-schools and day care centers, Pre-HOP familiarizes children with hospital care. Specially prepared Pre-HOP baskets are delivered, with each containing a story about a visit to the hospital and various types of small medical equipment. In a comfortable setting, children are introduced to items they might find in a hospital if they or a loved one are ever an inpatient.
Girls on the Run
Friends helps encourage healthy lifestyles in the young girls in the community by supporting Girls on the Run with CPR training for coaches.
Offered every other month from September to May for children 11 and older, these free, half day clinics feature a registered nurse, a fireman and a police officer who share information designed to help the kids become "Super Sitters" Registration begins 30 days before the clinic date.
CPR for Sitters
These classes are available to children who have participated in Friends Babysitting Clinics.
Our SCRUBS program provides middle school students hands-on insight to various health professions.
Our scholarship program offers financial support to Memorial Medical Center employees pursuing additional nursing education.
Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Diet Seminars
We share insights from leading medical professionals regarding the benefits and challenges of a gluten free diet.
Celiac Disease: Demystifying the Diagnosis
Food Labeling for a Gluten-Free Diet
Long-Term Complications of Celiac Disease
Eating Healthy on a Budget Seminars
Explore a wide variety of options for eating healthy during difficult financial times.
Be Aware Women's Fair
Friends helps support one of the largest community events specifically for women. Health screenings, entertainment, specialty foods, and prizes fill up an entire day of fun for women at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. For details on the next fair, visit the Be Aware Women's Fair website.
Every year, hundreds of women come out to enjoy a morning of exercise with Memorial SportsCare Women's Biathlon. A combination of cycling and running, this non-competitive event is a great way to encourage healthy living for the women in our community.