DMH Colleague of the Year

DMH Colleague of the Year

January 23rd, 2020- Decatur Memorial Hospital has selected telecommunications specialist Steve West as the 2019 Colleague of the Year. Steve, has been a member of the DMH staff since 1978 and was most recently named DMH’s Colleague of the Month for August 2019. Last year’s winner was patient transportation valent, Brenda Knight. “His coworkers say you can always count on Steve and he does his job effectively,” says Jim Blackwell, Affiliate Vice President of Information Services. “They say he works hard and is an inspiration to be around. His approach to work is to do the best he can to help this organization.”

DMH Alzheimer and Dementia Support Groups

DMH Alzheimer and Dementia Support Groups

November 20th, 2019- Decatur Memorial Hospital is now offering a support group for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group’s first meeting will be held at 5 pm, Thursday, November 20, in Café DMH, meeting room 2. The support group is open to anyone who’s affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, especially caregivers, family members, nurses, physicians, memory care staff, assisted living directors, and clergy.  

DMH To Host One Light To Remember

DMH To Host One Light To Remember

November 15, 2019 – Remember your loved one with a holiday light at Decatur Memorial Hospital. For each $10 donation, a light will be designated to shine at DMH through the holiday season outside Barnes Lobby. You will also receive a remembrance card with your loved one’s name written in calligraphy as a keepsake.

Since 1990, the hospital’s landscaping glows with hundreds of white lights; each shining light symbolizing the life of a loved one both past and present.

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Barnes Lobby at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur Memorial Foundation will host One Light to Remember, a lighting ceremony to commemorate and honor loved ones. The event begins with performances by Millikin University’s A Cappella Choir; First Presbyterian Church Bells on Wheels and Millikin University’s Concert Youth Chorale performing in Barnes Lobby. Remembrance cards and refreshments will be in the hospital’s Volunteer Lobby.

DMH president and CEO Drew Early will speak at 6:15 p.m., followed by DMH chaplain Robert Henderson, D. Min. offering a prayer.

Following the reception and entertainment, there will be holiday carols and a lighting ceremony outdoors.

To remember your loved one with a light, call Decatur Memorial Foundation at 217-876-2105.

DMH Hosting Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group

DMH Hosting Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group

November 14, 2019 – Decatur Memorial Hospital is now offering a support group for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The DMH Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group will provide resources, the latest information, and support.

The group’s first meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in Café DMH meeting room 2. This no-cost program is coordinated through the DMH Senior Behavioral Health Services staff.

“Are we more than a support group? Yes,” said DMH Senior Behavioral Services executive director Errika Bobbitt, RN. “We are Decatur’s experts in caring for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our recent affiliation with Memorial Health System has strengthened our ability to serve the Decatur area communities by enlarging our specialty services.”

This support group is offered for anyone who is impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, especially caregivers, family members, nurses, physicians, memory care staff, assisted living directors and clergy.

For more information, call 217-876-6400.

LISTEN: DMH Community Forum – DMH Outreach Education Coordinator Karen Schneller

LISTEN: DMH Community Forum – DMH Outreach Education Coordinator Karen Schneller

November 5th, 2019- Decatur Memorial Hospital is hosting a panel discussion regarding Ethical Issues on Tuesday, November 12th. The DMH Ethics Committee will focus on “End-of-life issues: Do your health care provider and your family knows how you feel?” The event, will be comprised of a panel including Hospitalist Hasitha Idangodage, MD; the Rev. Robert Henderson; Carol Hendrian, RN, director, DMH Maternal and Child Care; Kelly Hill, RN, director, quality Systems; Shawn Stahulak, RN, Emergency Care; and moderator Emily Mocny, DMH Performance Management. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch to the forum, and reservations to attend are not required.  For questions, please call 217-876-2104. 

DMH Community Calendar

DMH Community Calendar

DECATUR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CALENDAR – November

Decatur, Ill… E-Birth Class, $40 Online website class for expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. Cost of the program is $40. Register online at https://www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Sleep Apnea Screening, FREE, Dr. Clarence G. Glenn Sleep Center, 3rd floor DMH. Have a snoring problem? Tired during the day? Have high blood pressure? Talk with a Registered Sleep Tech about your risk factors and take home an simple device to wear overnight with this free screening. Bring device back the next morning for results. By appointment only – call Centralized Scheduling 217-876-1111.

DMH Lymphedema Support Group, Nov. 4, 5 to 6 p.m. FREE in the DMH Rehabilitation Services Department Conference Room, 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur. This group provides support to people with lymphedema, and empowers those who have lymphedema and their families to share information and experiences. For more information, or to register, call 217-876-2620. Growing Through Grief Series, Nov. 5, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, Education Classrooms, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Growing Through Grief is a five-week series for Adults. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or Call 217-876-4735.

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehab. Orientation, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 1 to 3 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur – meet at Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk. This orientation is for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab. & require a physician referral. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Bone Density Screening, Nov. 6, 9 to 11 a.m. FREE, DMH Breast Center, 302 W. Hay St., Suite 117A. Detect the early stage of osteoporosis with this free screening. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call for an appointment, 217-876-4377.

Helping Hands Bereavement for Children, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 3:30 p.m., FREE. Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley, Ave, Decatur, IL. Meets in the Art Therapy room. Helping Hands is a support group for children ages five to 15. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Big Brother/Sister Day Camp, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital – OB Classroom. Children ages three years to 10 years learn about new babies, what to expect when mom goes to the hospital and how to help at home. Children practice with a doll; please bring a doll or stuffed animal. Registration required; Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Infant CPR Class Nov. 11, 7 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital – OB Classrooms- 3rd Floor, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur, IL. This class teaches moms, dads and anyone caring for infants (including grandparents and babysitters) the skills needed for infant CPR and is taught by Pediatric Registered Nurses certified in CPR instruction. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3100.

Natural Nutrition Weight Management Orientation, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., FREE, DMH Family Medicine, 4775 East Maryland Street, Decatur. Learn more about our natural approach for weight loss. Obtain knowledge on nutrition and how to work out effectively. A physician and a one-on-one health coach are on hand to supervise weight loss and help set and reach personal goals. Plus, learn about our meal replacement product with all natural ingredients. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4249.

Facing Cancer Together, Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Education Classrooms. A monthly support group for all cancer patients and their families. The group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and information. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Nutrition Class, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Classroom A. Participants are to meet at the Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk at Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Pink Link Breast Cancer Support Group, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Education Classrooms. This group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and information. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call, 217-876-4377.

Childbirth Experience Class #1, Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Class #2, Nov. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital – OB Classroom, 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur. Class #1 addresses what to expect before, during and after childbirth: birth by C-section: pain management; and when to come to the hospital. Class #2 is taught by a certified lactation counselor who reviews breast feeding (pumping/storing, positioning your baby, tips for success) and newborn care in early days and beyond. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Cardiopulmonary Risk Factors Education, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Classroom B. Cardiac Risk Factors is an educational class that assists clients to recognize and change their risk factors to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. Participants are to meet at the Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk at Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Family Birth Center Tour, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., FREE, meet in DMH Kirkland Lobby. Everything you need to know to plan for your hospital stay, from understanding the admission process, to touring the labor rooms and descriptions of tests your physician may order. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Diabetes Support Group, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-Noon, 5:30 – 6:30pm, FREE, PT Conference Room. The support group guest speaker for the morning is the DMH Breast Center Navigator and the evening speaker is Dr. Qureshi with Kidney Specialists of Central Illinois. The evening support group is at 4775 East Maryland. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call the DMH Diabetes Education Center at 217-876-2699 for more information.

Renewal Bereavement Support Group, Nov. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur – Education Classroom, 210 W. McKinley Ave. A bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one and have completed the Growing Through Grief series. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group, Nov. 26, 4:30 to6 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, Education Classroom, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Support group for prostate cancer patients and spouses. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

DMH Auxiliary Donates 95K to Hospital

DMH Auxiliary Donates 95K to Hospital

October 28, 2019- Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, celebrating their 65 year anniversary, presented a check for $95,497.43 to Drew Early, president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funds were raised through sales from the DMH Thrift Shop, gift shop and other fundraisers such as bus trips, jewelry shows, book fairs and the DMH Auxiliary annual craft show. Paul Hall, DMH Volunteer Services Manager says this contribution brings the total donations to the hospital by the auxiliary to 7.8 Million dollars. Money received from the auxiliary will be used to buy hospital equipment-and make improvements to the hospital. 

Decatur Memorial Officially Joins Memorial Health System

Decatur Memorial Officially Joins Memorial Health System

October 2, 2019 – Decatur Memorial Hospital has cleared all regulatory approvals and  became the fifth hospital to join Memorial Health System.

Decatur Memorial Hospital becomes the eighth full affiliate of Memorial Health System and its second largest hospital.

“Our affiliation with Memorial Health System will better position us to meet our community’s health care needs,” Larry Altenbaumer, chair of the board of directors for Decatur Memorial Hospital, said. “We look forward to partnering with the health system, which has shown a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of central Illinois.”

Drew Early, former vice president of operations for Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, the flagship hospital of Memorial Health System, begins his service today as the new president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. He has been with the health system for 13 years.

“In my weeks in Decatur to help lead the transition, I have been heartened every day by the passion and commitment that Decatur Memorial Hospital colleagues demonstrate in caring

for our patients and providing the best possible experience for them and their loved ones,” Early said. “Their dedication inspires my confidence for the future of the hospital as we serve the health needs of our communities.”

Founded in 1916, Decatur Memorial Hospital has more than 2,300 employees and 300 medical staff. The 300-bed hospital is the third largest employer in Decatur and Macon County. Memorial Health System has nearly 7,100 staff members and 900 partnering physicians.

“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,” Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System, said. “With the addition of Decatur Memorial Hospital, we are able to do more for our region.”

The boards of both nonprofit healthcare organizations reached an affiliation agreement in late April, pending regulatory approval.

As a Memorial Health System affiliate, Decatur Memorial will maintain local governance and leadership with day-to-day operations managed by the Decatur Memorial executive team. Decatur Memorial Hospital also will maintain a local community board of directors, similar to the other Memorial Health System affiliate hospitals and will have directors serving on the health system board.

The Springfield-based health system includes Memorial Medical Center of Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital of Lincoln, Passavant Area Hospital of Jacksonville,

Taylorville Memorial Hospital, Memorial Home Services, Memorial Physician Services and Memorial Behavioral Health.

DMH Community Health Calendar for October

DMH Community Health Calendar for October

September 29, 2019 –

E-Birth Class, $40 Online website class for expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. Cost of the program is $40. Register online at https://www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Sleep Apnea Screening, FREE, Dr. Clarence G. Glenn Sleep Center, 3rd floor DMH. Have a snoring problem? Tired during the day? Have high blood pressure? Talk with a Registered Sleep Tech about your risk factors and take home an simple device to wear overnight with this free screening. Bring device back the next morning for results. By appointment only – call Centralized Scheduling 217-876-1111.

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehab. Orientation, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31, 1 to 3 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur – meet at Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk. This orientation is for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab. & require a physician referral. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Bone Density Screening, Oct. 2, 9 to 9:30 a.m. FREE, DMH Breast Center, 302 W. Hay St., Suite 117A. Detect the early stage of osteoporosis with this free screening. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call for an appointment, 217-876-4377.

Helping Hands Bereavement for Children, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 3:30 p.m., FREE. Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley, Ave, Decatur, IL. Meets in the Art Therapy room. Helping Hands is a support group for children ages five to 15. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

DMH Lymphedema Support Group, Oct. 7, 5 to 6 p.m. FREE in the DMH Rehabilitation Services Department Conference Room, 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur. This group provides support to people with lymphedema, and empowers those who have lymphedema and their families to share information and experiences. For more information, or to register, call 217-876-2620.

Growing Through Grief Series, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 10-11:30 a.m. FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, Education Classrooms, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Growing Through Grief is a five-week series for Adults. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or Call 217-876-4735.

Natural Nutrition Weight Management Orientation, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m., FREE, DMH Family Medicine, 4775 East Maryland Street, Decatur. Learn more about our natural approach for weight loss. Obtain knowledge on nutrition and how to work out effectively. A physician and a one-on-one health coach are on hand to supervise weight loss and help set and reach personal goals. Plus, learn about our meal replacement product with all natural ingredients. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4249.

Facing Cancer Together, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Education Classrooms. A monthly support group for all cancer patients and their families. The group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and information. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Nutrition Class, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Classroom A. Participants are to meet at the Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk at Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Pink Link Breast Cancer Support Group, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Education Classrooms. This group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and information. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call, 217-876-4377.

Early Detection Connection, Oct. 11, 7 to 9 a.m. FREE, DMH Express Care North or Cancer Care Center of Decatur or Downtown Across from ADM. Drive through one of the locations listed in Decatur, and get breast health information, a free Panera Ribbon Shaped Bagel and a giveaway item while supplies last. For more information, or to register, call 217-876-4377.

Infant CPR Class Oct. 14, 7 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital – OB Classrooms- 3rd Floor, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur, IL. This class teaches moms, dads and anyone caring for infants (including grandparents and babysitters) the skills needed for infant CPR and is taught by Pediatric Registered Nurses certified in CPR instruction. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3100.

Expectant Grandparent, Oct. 14, 7- 8:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital- OB Classroom. This class covers newborn care, childproofing a home, toys for various ages and other new grandparent concerns. Registration is required. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3100.

Childbirth Experience Class #1, Oct. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Class #2, Oct. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital – OB Classroom, 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur. Class #1 addresses what to expect before, during and after childbirth: birth by C-section: pain management; and when to come to the hospital. Class #2 is taught by a certified lactation counselor who reviews breast feeding (pumping/storing, positioning your baby, tips for success) and newborn care in early days and beyond. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-3400.

Diabetes Support Group, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to Noon, 5:30 to 6:30pm, FREE, PT Conference Room. The support group guest speaker for the morning is Dr. Nidal Aker, Cardiologist. The evening support group speaker is Mike Wells, Medicare. The evening support group is at 4775 East Maryland. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call the DMH Diabetes Education Center at 217-876-2699 for more information.

Cardiopulmonary Risk Factors Education, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FREE, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Classroom B. Cardiac Risk Factors is an educational class that assists clients to recognize and change their risk factors to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. Participants are to meet at the Heart and Lung Institute Registration Desk at Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2300 N. Edward St., Decatur. For more information, call 217-876-2496.

Brain Tumor Support Group, Oct. 19, 10 a.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur – Education Classroom. 210 W. McKinley Ave. Support group for individuals who have experienced brain tumors and their families. Register online at https://www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Renewal Bereavement Support Group, Oct. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur – Education Classroom, 210 W. McKinley Ave. A bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one and have completed the Growing Through Grief series. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

Us TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group, Oct. 22, 4:30 to6 p.m., FREE, Cancer Care Center of Decatur, Education Classroom, 210 W. McKinley Ave. Support group for prostate cancer patients and spouses. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call 217-876-4735.

DMH Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness with Detection Connection Event

DMH Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness with Detection Connection Event

September 27, 2019 – Make the Early Detection Connection with Decatur Memorial Hospital. Drive through one of these locations in Decatur on Friday, Oct. 11, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to get breast health, information, a free bagel, and giveaway item while supplies last.

Locations are:

· DMH Express Care North, located at 3131 N. Water Street

· Downtown across from ADM, located at the corner of North and Water Streets

· Cancer Care Center of Decatur, located at 210 W. McKinley Ave.

To learn more, call 217-876-4377.