Patient Stories


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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Donor Spotlight: Evelyn Brandt Thomas

The Festival is a tradition for Evelyn Brandt Thomas

For more than 20 years, Evelyn Brandt Thomas has been involved with Memorial’s Festival of Trees. From soliciting for sponsors to having trees and wreaths designed, Evelyn will play her biggest role in 2016 as honorary chair of the annual event.

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Pete Rafferty

An Honor to Serve Those Who Served

Pete Rafferty, a Vietnam veteran, achieved life goals including an Honor Flight to D.C. following bypass surgery and cardiac rehab to ensure his health.

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Aimee Brunk

Lifelong Hearing Treatment for Area Teen

Aimee Brunk remembers receiving her first set of hearing aids at 4 years old. "It was a little overwhelming," said the now 16-year-old AC Central High School sophomore. Victoria Blount, senior audiologist, MS, CCC-A, and Jamie Purdy, AuD, CCC-A, both from the Hearing Center at Memorial Medical Center, have worked with Aimee for the past 12 years.

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Lynne Gray

SmartVisit Makes Care Quick and Convenient

Lynne Gray keeps busy with two jobs. When sinus problems slowed her down, she logged onto MemorialMD SmartVisit, a new, secure, internet-based healthcare service.

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Stevie Bonsey

Young Flat-Track Racer Recovers Following Expedient Care

He intended to win the Springfield Mile. Instead, traveling at speeds approaching 130 miles per hour, he crashed into the wall after being clipped by another motorcycle rider. He suffered vertebrae and skull fractures, lacerations to his liver and kidneys, a bruised lung and a torn rotator cuff.

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Janice Sielaff

Back to Her Active Routine After Knee Surgery

Thanks to the pre-surgery class and consultation with the ALMH JointWorks coordinator, Janice knew what to expect. After surgery, her team had her up and walking within a day. She could tell a difference immediately.

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Max Cook

Beyond Weight Lifting and Agility Training

A senior at Lincoln Community High School, Max Cook had his sights set on earning an athletic scholarship. The 17-year-old was turning to the staff at Memorial SportsCare at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to help him sharpen his game.

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