Patient Stories


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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Joyce Mills

Total Knee Replacements Keep This 79-Year-Old Young

Joyce Mills had tried just about everything to manage her knee pain—anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone shots, rest. Knee replacement surgery at Taylorville Memorial Hospital got her back on her feet and back to the active lifestyle she loves.

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Kenny Mayner

From ICU to home in time for celebration

Kenny fought for his life during his 13 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Medical Center. While his inpatient care team focused on improving his health a little each day, he was determined to return home to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary. And did so, with the help of Memorial Medical Center and Memorial Home Services. 

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Mary Williams

Sleep Study Provides Answers and Relief from Dozing While Driving

Mary Williams, 52, was perpetually tired, even though she thought she was getting a good night’s rest. Her sleep study revealed she was dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and necessitated a fitting for a CPAP device. Although she was apprehensive and didn’t know what to expect, she said the friendly, helpful employees at Memorial Home Services made all the difference.

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MOSAIC Helps Teen Move Forward from Depression

Trina, a high school senior, took part in MOSAIC counseling services after she scored in the highly elevated range on a social-emotional screen. On the outside, she was composed and smiling, but inside she was suffering from Major Depressive Disorder with suicidal ideations. After receiving support from MOSAIC, she's advocating for other teens who need help.

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