Patient Stories


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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Mike Conrady

New Hips Make Huge Difference for Area Farmer

For years, procrastination and fear of surgery kept area farmer Mike Conrady from considering surgery for his hips.

Finally, at age 45, when nothing eased the pain and he couldn’t sleep at night, he met with Tomasz Borowiecki, MD, a Springfield Clinic surgeon with Memorial JointWorks at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. After reviewing X-rays, Dr. Borowiecki pronounced the left hip "completely worn out” with bone against bone and the right hip in "not very good shape."<

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Ruthetta Gretchel

Heart Attack Survivor: 'I Feel Better than Ever'

Ruthetta Getchel, 67, and her husband, Jack, were a day away from embarking on a trip to Minnesota when she awoke in the middle of the night experiencing severe back pain and profuse sweating. Jack quickly drove her to the emergency department at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. After an initial evaluation, Ruthetta quickly learned she was experiencing a heart attack.

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Jim McCoy

A "hometown touch" to lifelong resident’s medical care

Jim was diagnosed with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), which requires monthly infusion treatments. His monthly two-hour infusions at TMH help keep his counts high enough to fight infection until he’s due for another round. A lifelong Taylorville resident, Jim said a large part of what keeps his stress levels down is knowing his community hospital is familiar with his rare condition.

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Paul Hadley

Paul Hadley works a four day weekly shift putting in ten hours a day. He spends most of each day on his feet. When the pain in his knee started to keep him awake at night, he tried cortisone shots but the relief only lasted a few days at a time. A knee replacement and rehabilitation at Taylorville Memorial Hospital got him back to work, and playing with his young grandsons, pain free.

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