11 health projects receive grants

Published March 01, 2011 @ 9:12 a.m.

Eleven health-related projects in Springfield recently were awarded more than $290,000 in grants from the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

The foundation has distributed about $6.2 million in grants since 1984. The most recent round included six grants to area groups and five within Memorial Health System, including two that involve partnerships with local schools.

Memorial Medical Center's annual Festival of Trees is a primary funding source for the foundation grants.

The grants include:

  • $75,940 to Memorial's Stroke Center to establish a stroke telemedicine program for rural patients.
  • $63,307 to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's division of plastic surgery for a study to compare surgical and non-surgical treatment of hand fractures.
  • $48,200 to the Springfield School District and Memorial Physician Services for training workshops for kindergarten and first-grade teachers.
  • $26,314 to SIU's department of family and community medicine for a six-month study of chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings in the emergency department.
  • $19,184 to SIU for pharmacist home visits to help recently discharged senior citizens identify medication discrepancies.
  • $16,000 to Kumler United Methodist Church Outreach Ministries for its indigent pharmaceutical assistance program.
  • $10,693 to Memorial's inpatient psychiatry unit for a pilot project that will provide "comfort kits" to psychiatric patients.
  • $10,150 to SIU's division of plastic surgery to train surgeons and medical residents on using three-dimensional ultrasound for flexor tendon injuries.
  • $10,090 to the Memorial JointWorks Program to buy a peripheral bone densitometer that provides bone-density screenings.
  • $7,101 to Memorial Health System to provide free cardiopulmonary resuscitation and education to sixth- through 12th-grade students in Springfield.
  • $6,015 to SIU's division of plastic surgery to study the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on delaying or preventing graft rejections.

Dean Olsen can be reached at 788-1543.


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