Patient Stories


Grant in Action: Music and Memory project brings peace and joy

Music and Memory

For many people, music is just background noise. But for some SIU patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss disorders, and their family members, music has become a godsend.

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Grant in Action: Donations matter to nursing staff

Lifelong learning for Memorial nurses

Two grants awarded by the Foundation gave 43 nurses the opportunity to complete specialized review courses on the way to becoming certified.

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Grant in Action: An Investment in the Future

Nursing students benefit from learning laboratory

Undergraduate nursing students at the Springfield Regional Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, are experiencing hands-on learning thanks to a $69,000 grant from the Foundation.

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Grant in Action: Meet Victoria

Birthing simulator trains medical providers

Thanks to an $80,000 grant, Victoria, a lifelike mannequin who simulates true-to-life labor and delivery, has arrived at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation to enhance the skills of our healthcare workforce. 

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Grant in Action: Quality Project Competition

SIU residents and fellows showcase research

Our generous donors allow the Foundation to continually invest in the future of healthcare. 

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Sean Lynch

Radio Personality Credits Memorial with Lifesaving Heart Care

Sean didn’t think anything was seriously wrong the afternoon of his massive heart attack. He’s alive today because of a comprehensive approach to heart care.

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Mary Cohen

Lung Volume Reduction Patient Tackles Emphysema, Fight for Air Climb

A year ago, Mary relied on inhalers to get through the day with emphysema, COPD and asthma. This year, she's taking on the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb: 32 floors, 532 steps.

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Donor Spotlight: Spreading Joy!

Patients in Family Maternity Suites receives heartfelt donation

Three days before Christmas, 10-year-old twins Gavin and Carter Simmons stopped by Memorial Medical Center to donate two dozen brand-new stuffed animals to our patients in Family Maternity Suites.

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Whitney Devine

'Depression Can Impact Anyone'

Whitney wasn’t feeling like herself and wasn’t sure what was wrong. She was constantly tired and lost her motivation to do things she used to love. By seeking help, Whitney was diagnosed with depression and started her path to recovery.

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Betty Dudleston

Valve Replacement without Open-Heart Surgery

When 89-year-old Betty Dudleston found out she needed surgery to replace an aortic valve, she followed the advice she always gives to others: “Don’t let fear interfere with your health.” Thanks to a less-invasive procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, she was able to return to her normal routine within days.

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