May 24,2019 – Congrats to Chad Rotz! He is the final winner of $500 Friday with St. Teresa and NowDecatur. Chad has won 500 buck AND is still in the running to win the Mega Raffle grand prize! Get your St Teresa Mega Raffle Tickets before it’s too late! Listen to the podcast with Brandon Barney and Ken Hendriksen of St. Teresa High School talking about the Mega Raffle and the sustain the Future Campaign!
May 24,2019 – TomBrinkoetter, John Sellers and Colleen Brinkoetter joined Byers & Co for the Brinkoetter Home highlight. There will be 6 open houses this weekend. Listen to the podcast and check out the open houses at Brinkoetter.com
May 24, 2019 – Two DPS teachers, Sandy Dexter, ESL Teacher Johns Hill Magnet School and Deborah Rapson, Middle School Science Teacher, Dennis Lab School are traveling to China next month with two professions from Millikin to their sister university. Listen to the podcat with Dexter, Rapson and Millikin Professor Denice Love.
May 24,2019 – Monday is a day where we pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Veterans Assistance commission will hold it’s annual Memorial Day service at the Fairview park pavilion beginning at 10am. The event will include comments from guest speaker James Collier Retired US Airforce Veteran, Army National Guard & Reserve. In addition, the Korean War Veterans Association will hold their 24th annual Memorial Day service at Graceland Cemetery at 11:30am. The VFW Post 99 will be holding a family cookout later in the day at 1pm at their location on MLK.
May 23, 2019 – Decatur Memorial Hospital will become the second largest hospital in the Springfield-based Memorial Health System, pending regulatory approval. See a video of DMH President and CEO Tim Stone along with Ed Curtis, President and CEO of Memorial Health System and Larry Altenbaumer, DMH Board Chair.
The boards of both nonprofit healthcare organizations reached an affiliation agreement in late April, with full affiliation set to occur on Oct. 1, 2019.
“Remaining on the leading edge of health and patient care is critical to delivering on our mission,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Joining a neighboring, like-minded, leading healthcare organization will help us provide lower-cost, higher-quality healthcare using innovative practices and technology.”
Memorial Health System comprises Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln and Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, as well as Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Home Services.
“Our organizations share a commitment to build healthier, stronger communities through exceptional care. This affiliation with Decatur Memorial Hospital and the physicians who serve those communities is a significant milestone in our efforts to increase access to healthcare across central Illinois,” said Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System. “With the addition of Decatur Memorial Hospital, we are able to do more for our region.”
Decatur Memorial Hospital has more than 2,300 employees and 300 medical staff and is the third largest employer in Decatur and Macon County. The hospital has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, IBM Watson Health, the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and more.
Memorial Health System has nearly 7,100 staff members and 900 partnering physicians. Their comprehensive healthcare services and leading quality and safety measures have led to tremendous patient outcomes that have been recognized by national and international organizations like The Joint Commission, American Hospital Association, American Heart Association, the International Hospital Federation, American Nurses Credentialing Center and more.
“Both Memorial Health System and Decatur Memorial Hospital have a century-long track record of living out their missions to improve the health of the people and communities they serve. This affiliation will improve access to care in the region and strengthen Memorial’s commitment to the people of central Illinois,” Curtis said.
“Our patients are our number-one priority, and we are excited about the profound difference this affiliation will make in our community,” Stone said.
As an MHS affiliate, DMH will maintain local governance and leadership with day-to-day DMH operations managed by the DMH executive team. DMH also will maintain a local community board of directors, similar to the other MHS affiliate hospitals and will have directors serving on the MHS board.
May 21, 2019- Come Together Be Empowered awarded $30,000 to area health related organizations Monday. The funds were raised at the 2018 Come Together event. This year’s ninth annual Come Together run/walk will be held June 29. Recipients of the $30,000 include DMH’s early detection and mammography initiative as well as DMH support groups, The HSHS Wiesemann Women’s Center, The Illinois Art Gallery Breast Cancer Show and Paw Print Ministries.
May 21, 2019 – Kaelyn Albert, a junior at Mt. Zion High School, took first place in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the 13th district. Kaelyn’s submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitolfor one year and she will be invited to attend the official ceremony DC. The 21 total submissions from the district were voted on by a panel of judges and announced by Congressman Rodney Davis.
May 21, 2019 – Macon County Presiding Circuit Judge A.G. Webber announced he will not seek retention when his current term ends in December of 2020. Webber was first appointed in 2001 to fill the seat of a retiring judge. He was elected to office in 2002 and retained in 2008 and 2014. Webber currently presides over probate, civil lawsuits and ordinance violations. Judge Jeffrey Geisler has expressed interest in running for Webber’s seat.