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COVID-19 Triggers Stigma from Public, Behavioral Health Expert Says

Although no one is immune from the effects of COVID-19, a stigma still surrounds the virus, a behavioral health professional from central Illinois said.
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Local Medical Leaders Remind Public that it’s Safe to Seek Care

Central Illinois residents should feel safe and secure in seeking health care at local hospitals and clinics as normal operations continue to resume across the region after the COVID-19 pandemic, local health-care leaders say.
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Memorial Health System Expands Telehealth With Convenient Online Platform During COVID-19 Pandemic

Memorial Health System has launched a major expansion of telehealth to provide safe and convenient outpatient services when an in-person visit isn’t required.
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Guidance On Correct Use Of Masks Promoted by HSHS Illinois, Memorial Health System, SIU Medicine, Springfield Clinic

Masks worn in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should cover the bridge of the nose, mouth and chin to be most effective, local health-care providers say.
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Memorial Health System Posts Video Interviews to Provide Information on COVID-19

Memorial Health System has launched a new series of video interviews to inform the public about topics related to COVID-19, including updates on testing and ways for the public to protect themselves and others.
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COVID-19 Information

Memorial Health System has processes in place at our hospitals and affiliate locations to screen and identify potential cases of infectious disease, including COVID-19. We are prepared to safely care for our patients. Learn more at https://www.choosememorial.org/covid19 The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a coronavirus hotline and website to answer questions about the coronavirus and where people can report suspected cases of the disease. Hotline number: 1-800-889-3931 Webpage: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
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Surgeons to Host Informational Sessions About Weight-Loss Surgery

The Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center will hold monthly sessions for people who want to learn more about weight-loss surgery.
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How Parents Can Make Healthy Choices for Kids When Eating Out

A fast-food meal is quick and convenient, especially when you and your kids are on the go for activities and events, but not all restaurants are created equal, said the coordinator for a local program that provides healthy lifestyle support for children and their families.
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Sarah Bush Lincoln Partners with Memorial Medical Center to Offer Weight-Loss Services

Sarah Bush Lincoln now offers a comprehensive bariatric services program to residents of the greater Coles County region through an innovative partnership with Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
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How a Balloon in His Stomach Helped This Springfield Man Lose 50 Pounds

Leo Willard had been struggling with his weight for the last three years. Whatever he tried didn’t work. He would lose 15 pounds but regain more than half of it. When the 6-foot-2 Springfield resident peaked at 312 pounds, he knew something needed to be done.
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Memorial Health System Seeks Volunteers to Knit Hats for Newborns

As part of the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers to crochet or knit tiny red hats for babies born in February.
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Fat Shaming is One of Last Socially Accepted Forms of Discrimination, Behavioral Health Expert Says

While other forms of discrimination have become taboo, it’s still common to hear negative comments centered on a person’s weight, said Lindsay Roush, a behavioral health consultant at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.
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Memorial Health System Recognized with Quality Award from International Hospital Federation

Memorial Health System earned one of the top excellence awards from the International Hospital Federation.
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Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center to Host Walk to Benefit Central Illinois Foodbank

The Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center will hold a walk in August at the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W. Iles Ave., to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank.
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Passavant Launches Physician-Led Weight Loss and Wellness Center

In partnership with the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center in Springfield, Passavant Area Hospital is now offering comprehensive weight loss and wellness services to patients in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities.
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