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Linda Johnson-Kabisch

Pulmonary Rehab Helps Patients Breathe Easier

For more than 17 years, Linda Johnson-Kabisch has made pulmonary rehab an important part of her life. Since she retired from teaching in 2001, she’s attended 1,700 sessions of rehab—something she credits with helping her maintain an active lifestyle.

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Mona Bartz

Home Hospice: One Patient's Story of Care and Friendship

Mona Bartz’s Sunday School class calls her most Sunday mornings to sing a hymn with her over the phone. The 74-year-old hospice patient hasn’t let a terminal cancer diagnosis derail her bubbly personality that connects with everyone she comes in contact with – including her Memorial Home Services – Hospice team.

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Donor Spotlight: Fighting Parkinson’s disease with Rock Steady Boxing

Generosity enhances boxing experience

Less than one year ago, Praveen Martinez-Singh could not stand in place for more than a couple of seconds. That was one impact Parkinson’s disease was having on the 30-year-old’s body – his balance was deteriorating.

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George Estabrook

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Promotes Healing

After radiation treatments, George Estabrook, 78, struggled with stubborn scar tissue, and his doctor recommended hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

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Wreatha Riva

Turn the Corner Swing Bed Program Returns Wreatha to Active Lifestyle

Thanks to two weeks at the Turn the Corner Swing Bed Program at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, the 90-year-old from Kincaid is back to her 5 a.m. workouts at Taylorville YMCA.

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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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