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Month: April 2015

Rainny’s Story – Home Run for Life

Just a few weeks after she was born, Lorraina Doolittle was expected to only live for a handful of hours after being hospitalized when both her heart and lungs failed. “Rainny,” as she prefers to be called, survived the crisis. Soon after, at just six weeks old, Rainny was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy. This disorder stops or reduces the energy that’s created in the body’s cells, causing fatigue and muscle weakness. Unable to speak, Rainny is also challenged by cerebral palsy, vision and hearing impairments. Her family learned she might not live to see her third birthday… then her fifth birthday. And now, at age 8, she’s still proving everyone wrong. “Rainny has an intense personality,” says her dad, Ryan Kazmierzak. “Sometimes people see her and they see the disorder, but that’s not her. She is a strong-willed child.” Working with a team of therapists at Memorial Children’s Therapy Center, Rainny continues to gain strength. She’s also using an electronic tablet loaded with images and words, giving her a way to communicate with others. Rainny’s mom, Sarah Doolittle, says she has really taken off with the device. One of the first things Rainny let her parents know was that she did not want to wear pink. “We sort of knew she wasn’t a ‘pink’ kind of girl, but it was nice to hear it,” Sarah says. Because she has...

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Hospital Team Earns Perfect Score in Mom’s Eyes

As the race coordinator for Sunburst Races, Theresa Fry knows that funds raised by Sunburst benefit Memorial Children’s Hospital. But it was only recently that she personally discovered how her work and the support of the community help sustain this specialized care for children in our region. Moved by the treatment her daughter recently received at Memorial, Theresa was inspired to share her story: “We entered the Memorial Hospital Emergency Department with Kate, our 10-year-old daughter, who had broken her arm badly due to a gymnastics accident. She’s a competitive gymnast, and this happened just two days before her final state meet. Dr. Donald Zimmer was our first doctor my husband and I talked to, and we can’t say enough about him. He was calm and compassionate — all three of us wanted to make Kate as comfortable as possible. Not to mention the nurses in the ER who were also great on a particularly busy night but who never made us feel like a number. We soon learned that Kate needed to have surgery that night. Within an hour of coming into the ER, Liz Eash, a Child Life Specialist, introduced herself and discovered ways to make our daughter more comfortable and less fearful of what she was about to undergo. Liz used pictures to explain to Kate about what she could expect in the operating room. She...

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Create Your Own Charity Team for Sunburst

Did you know this year’s proceeds from Sunburst Races will help build a new home for Memorial Children’s Hospital? That’s right – money will go toward the Shine Campaign – funding a new multi-story facility for Memorial Children’s Hospital. We encourage interested businesses and organizations that want to support this endeavor to register a Sunburst Charity Team. Sunburst Charity Teams can have a unique and far-reaching impact, because 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to support Memorial Children’s Hospital. None of it is spent on race costs. You can learn more about forming your Sunburst Charity Team here:...

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Around the Corner

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE Sunday, May 3 @ 1 p.m. Memorial Hospital Auditorium Parents and families of children who have passed away are gathering together to remember their child and say thank you to the staff who cared for them. This hour-long service will include a reading of the names of children, poems, a distribution of flowers and a chance for each family to make a special keepsake of their loved one and catch up with the medical staff who made such an impact on their lives. MUSIC FOR THE SOUL May 30 @ 7 p.m. Northside Auditorium Indiana University South...

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Preparing for Growth at Beacon Medical Group

Beacon Medical Group recently announced changes to several administrative and management positions. The administrative team reflects an alignment supporting the physician practices along specialty groupings. Please congratulate these team members as they work to provide Beacon Health System with the knowledge, experience and leadership to guide us through future growth and challenges in health care.  Kreg Gruber Interim President Beacon Medical Group  Vincent Henderson, M.D. Chair, Physicians Governance Council, Beacon Medical Group  Executive Directors: Juan Flores Executive Director of Finance Michael Gordon Executive Director of Medical Specialties Cindy Hayes Executive Director of Medical Group Administrative Services Tim McGovern Executive Director of Primary/Ambulatory Care...

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