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Malia Smith

Waiting on a Donor, but Not on Life

At age 12, Malia was treated intermittently for concerning symptoms. A year later her kidneys almost completely failed, and she was diagnosed with Lupus. Thanks to her physicians, much of her kidney function was restored and the Lupus remained dormant for nearly ten years. Even with positive results, she knew the damage sustained would eventually land her on the transplant list.

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Donor Spotlight: Kent Dolenc

Kent Dolenc and the Derek Dolenc Memorial Golf Tournament

Local golf tournament, brother create legacy that supports cancer patients

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Grant in Action: Feeding Tube Insertion

Innovative training for clinical staff

Thanks to a grant from the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, our nurses and dietitians are working together to strengthen skills and improve patient safety by using cutting-edge, clinical simulation learning.

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Grant in Action: Baby Newby

Welcome Baby Newby!

Memorial's Family Maternity Suites and the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation have a new member of the family: Baby Newby.

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Grant in Action: Memorial Child Care Nursing Room

Moms and babies benefit from private room

Memorial Child Care now has a dedicated room just for nursing mothers, thanks to a $38,000 grant from Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

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Grant in Action: Skills of First Responders

Improving the skills of first responders

Six mannequins with difficult airways were purchased to make the learning process more realistic.

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Grant in Action: Elizabeth Ann Seton Program-Springfield

Helping women help themselves, their families

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Program-Springfield is helping women take charge of their lives in a positive way thanks to a grant from Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

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Grant in Action: SIU Medicine Lab Equipment

Improving the research process

Researchers at SIU School of Medicine (SIU Medicine) now have access to equipment that detects and quantifies DNA and RAN from cells thanks to a $19,000 grant from MMC Foundation.

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Grant in Action: MCLI Mentice Endovascular Simulator

Preparing medical providers for future patients

The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation now has the capability to train residents, physicians and nursing team members to treat vascular conditions involving the brain, spinal cord, head and neck as well as cardiac issues.

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Grant in Action: UIS Anatomical Models

Grant funds anatomical models

Students at the University of Illinois Springfield no longer have to depend on diagrams in a lab book when studying human anatomy.

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