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THOMAS DIXON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE ONLINE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1st, 2016

The 2016 Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship application will be available online beginning February 1st.  Please use Quick Links on the home page for access to the Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship information and a link to the application form.  For additional information related to the scholarships and/or application, please contact Betsy Mills at srmills77@gmail.com or at (217) 621-2491.  Deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2016.

 

 

GIRLS ON THE RUN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS KICKS OFF TENTH SEASON

Girls on the Run East Central Illinois kicks off tenth season

Registration Opens January 5, 2016!!

East Central Illinois –Girls on the Run East Central Illinois and the Mattoon Area Family YMCA are kicking off the tenth Girls on the Run season in Coles, Moultrie, Shelby, Effingham, Piatt, and Douglas Counties beginning the week of February 1, 2016. 

Over the course of a 10-week Girls on the Run season, volunteer coaches teach life skills such as responding to bullies, dealing with body image and the media, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. This character-building program focuses on bolstering self-esteem, confidence and improving physical and emotional health. Registration will open on January 5th, 2016 and teams will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Comments from some of our fall 2015 Girls on the Run participants said “I love Girls on the Run because I learned that you really don’t have to be perfect!” “I love GOTR East Central Illinois because I learned to always be kind no matter what!”  “I love GOTR East Central Illinois because I learned that you should be thankful for what you have.” What a gift to be able to give the girls in our communities the tools to navigate peer pressure and social expectations, and to create strong confident girls empowered to make healthy life decisions in high school and beyond.

During the course of the program, the girls train together to complete a 5k (3.1 mile) run – the culminating event of Girls on the Run. The Girls on the Run 5k, is scheduled for April 9, 2016 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and will begin at 9 a.m.. This event is open to anyone who is willing to run, walk or skip to the finish line. 

Girls on the Run (3rd-5th Grades)

Arcola Elementary: Mon/Wed 310-440p

Arthur Elementary: Mon/Thur 4-530p

Atwood-Hammond Grade School: Tues/Thur 330-5pm 

Bement Elementary: Tues/Wed 325-455p

Broadway Christian Church: Mon/Thur 4-530pm

Carl Sandburg Elementary: Tues/Thur 3-430p

Effingham High School: Mon/Wed 330-5p

Jefferson Elementary: Mon/Wed 315-445p

Main Street Elementary: Tues/Thur 320-450p

Mattoon Area Family YMCA: Tues/Thur 4-530pm

Riddle Elementary: Mon/Wed 315-445p

St. Paul’s in Stew Stras: Wed/Fri  345-515 (market to Windsor)

Washington Elementary (Monticello): Tues/Thur 310-440pm

Wesley Methodist Church: Tues/Thur 315-5p

White Heath Elementary (Monticello): Tues/Thur 310-440p

Williams Elementary School: Tues/Thur 315-445p

 

For more information or to register for the Girls on the Run program, or the 5k on April 9, please visit www.girlsontheruneci.org or call Sarah Dowell at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA at (217) 234-9494. 

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For a Calendar of Events sponsored by Kirby Medical Center and/or Kirby Auxiliary or for more information on any of our events, please call our Marketing Director, Heidi Apperson, at (217) 762-1513.

 

SHARE KIRBY'S HISTORY WITH US

In 2016 Kirby will celebrate its 75th anniversary of providing the community with compassionate care.

We are looking for photos and various memorable stories involving Kirby over the last 75 years to share with the community.

If you would like to share some of Kirby’s history with us, please email Heidi Apperson at happerson@kirbyhealth.org.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

For information on emergency preparedness, check out this link www.Ready.Illinois.gov

More information about this website which was developed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), as well as a link to the mobile version of the emergency preparedness website, can be found under Community Services on our website http://kirbyhealth.org/our_services/community_services.php

 

KEEP YOUR VIAL OF LIFE INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE

A Vial of Life Kit contains important medical information about you that may be needed by those responding to an emergency.  It's necessary to keep your information current.  If you have a Vial of Life and need to update your information you may obtain a blank Vial of Life Form by clicking here.

If you do not have a Vial of Life Kit and are interested in obtaining one, please contact Kirby Medical Center at (217) 762-2115.

 

KIRBY CONNECTION

The Winter 2014 Edition of our Kirby Connection newsletter and a Special Heart Health Edition are now available by clicking on the corresponding links below.  Past editions of the Kirby Connection newsletter are also available by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Summer 2014

Winter 2014

Special Heart Health Edition FEB 2014

 

WANT TO RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER?

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive our Kirby Connection newsletter, please send an email to contact@kirbyhealth.org with your name & address.

You may also submit an address change to contact@kirbyhealth.org

 

PATIENT SATISFACTION SURVEYS- NOW ONLINE

For over five years now, Kirby Medical Center has been sending patient satisfaction surveys to randomly selected patients. Those surveys have been administered on paper through the mail and filled out by hand.

However, in addition to the paper surveys, Kirby Medical Center began administering patient satisfaction surveys electronically via email in August. Randomly selected patients will receive a survey in either paper format or email format, but not both. Kirby Medical Center hopes that the availability of the survey in email form will add an additional convenience to patients as part of the hospital’s continued efforts to make it easier for them to submit feedback about patient experiences.

Both surveys contain the exact questions - regardless of the survey delivery method. And, as with the paper ones, the e-surveys are completely confidential.

 

Events

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

The Kirby Auxiliary hosts a FREE Blood Pressure screening every Tuesday in the Promenade at Kirby Medical Center from 9am until 11am.  

It's fast, easy and the best part...it is FREE.  While you are here, why not stop by the Gift Shop where you'll always find new and exciting things in store. 

If you are in need of transportation to Kirby Medical Center for blood pressure screenings (or to donate blood), you may want to consider calling Piatt County Public Transportation (Piattran) at 762-7821.  Registered Seniors may be able to ride for free.  You may call Piattran Monday - Friday from 6AM to 6PM for more details.

 

 

 

WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH EXPO

February 19th at 9am

in the Kirby Medical Center Classrooms

***Have your cholesterol screen completed for $20 or bring lab results if previously completed in the last 3 months.***

What is your body telling you? 
Participate in screenings and learn what your health risks might be.

Screening will include: lab work, blood pressure, and BMI:

    • Blood Pressure, Height, Weight and Body Mass Index
    • Have your cholesterol screen completed for $20 or bring lab results if previously completed in the last 3 months.
    • Be prepared for an engaging presentation and a thorough understanding of how you can improve your heart health.

Register Online by February 12, 2016 
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-heart-health-expo-ticke… 
To register by phone or for more information, please call (217) 762-1513

 

 

CONSIDER GIVING BLOOD - A GIFT FOR SOMEONE IN NEED AND SO EASY TO DO!

Mark your calendar with the dates for blood drives held at Kirby Medical Center and co-sponsored by the Kirby Auxiliary and Kirby Medical Center.

The Kirby Auxiliary has been hosting American Red Cross blood drives every eight weeks since 1981. The blood drives at KMC will be held in the classrooms, which are adjacent to the Apple a Day Café.  Anyone needing directions or assistance can ask a helpful guest services member located right inside the front entrance.

Blood Drive Dates for 2016:

February 16th, 2016  12 - 5:30pm

April 19th, 2016  12 - 5:30pm

June 28th, 2016  12 - 5:30pm

August 23rd, 2016  12 - 5:30pm

October 25th, 2016  12 - 5:30pm

Walk-ins are always welcome!

If you need transportation to Kirby Medical Center to donate blood (or for blood pressure screenings), consider calling Piattran (Piatt County Public Transportation) at (217) 762-7821.  Registered Seniors may be able to ride for free.  You may call Piattran Monday - Friday from 6AM to 6PM for more details.

 

 

 

NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 5, 2016

Let's unite to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Get tips on how you can get involved.

Go to GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay.

 

 

KIRBY AUXILIARY HOLDING YOGA CLASSES IN MARCH AND APRIL

Kirby Auxiliary will hold Yoga classes at 6:30 PM on most Tuesdays in March and April in the KMC Classrooms. Dates for the Kirby Auxiliary Yoga Classes include: March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th; April 5th, 12th, & 26th. Cost is $10 per session per person. Please RSVP to allikatwine@gmail.com if you plan to attend.


 

KIRBY'S KITCHEN - CARBOHYDRATES

What are carbohydrates and am I supposed to eat them? Learn about meal planning and recipes to manage diabetes. This event is at 5 to 6:30pm on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. The location is: Apple a Day Cafe within the Kirby Medical Center on 1000 Medical drive Monticello, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp by March 3, 2016. For more information or to register, contact the Piatt County Office at 217-762-2191 or chuth2@illinois.edu. The cost is $5 per person.

 

FREE KIRBY DERBY TRAINING PROGRAM

The FREE training program will begin on Tuesday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm. Runners/Walkers who wish to train for the Kirby Derby are encouraged to meet at Kirby Medical Center every Tuesday until race day. The program will take place on Kirby’s Wellness Trail. Participants will train with designated leaders who will help motivate and answer any running/walking related questions! Go to http://kirbyderby.org/training-program/ to download the training program registration form.

 

KIRBY'S KITCHEN - FATS

Join this event to know your cholestrol numbers and learn which fats to include in meals and cooking to keep your heart healthy. The event takes place Thursday May 12, 2016 from 5 to 6:30 pm. The event will be held at the Apple a Day Cafe within the Kirby Medical Center on 1000 Medical Drive--Monticello, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp by May 5th, 2016. For questions or to register, contact the Piatt Extension Office at 217-762-2191 or chuth2@illinois.edu. The cost is $5 per person.

 

2016 KIRBY DERBY

The Kirby Derby is a family friendly 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, along with a FREE Kids’ Race. The race takes place in the Forest Preserve Park on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at 8:00AM. Participating in the Kirby Derby is a great way to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while having fun. All the proceeds go to the development of the Wellness Trail provided by the Kirby Foundation. For more information and online registration click the link: http://kirbyderby.org/

 

KIRBY'S KITCHEN - GLUTEN

What is gluten and am I supposed to eat it? Come to this event to better understand Celiac disease and gluten intolerance and to taste gluten-free recipes. The event takes place Thursday July 7th, 2016 from 5 to 6:30pm.  The event will be held at the Apple a Day Cafe within the Kirby Medical Center on 1000 Medical Drive--Monticello, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp by June 30th, 2016. For questions or to register, contact the Piatt Extension Office at 217-762-2191 or chuth2@illinois.edu. The cost is $5 per person.

 

KIRBY'S KITCHEN - SIMPLY SALT

What does it mea to watch your sodium intake? Come to this event to learn to keep your heart healthy and discover ways to reduce sodium intake without losing flavor. The event will take place on September 1st, 2016 from 5 to 6:30pm.  The event will be held at the Apple a Day Cafe within the Kirby Medical Center on 1000 Medical Drive--Monticello, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp by August 25th, 2016. For questions or to register, contact the Piatt Extension Office at 217-762-2191 or chuth2@illinois.edu. The cost is $5 per person.

 

KIRBY'S 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SAVE THE DATE

Kirby's 75th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Take a step back in time on Kirby’s Wellness Trail and join us for a fun-filled day of entertainment, sharing historical stories, and celebrating 75 years of Kirby caring for the community!

 

KIRBY'S KITCHEN - SMALL STEPS

Simple strategies to achieve a healthy weight. Come to this event to learn how to take charge and reach the best weight for you. You will also learn that small changes can improve your weight, reduce your risk of chronic health conditions like diabetes, and improve your quality of life. This event will take place Thursday November 3rd, 2016 from 5 to 6:30pm.  The event will be held at the Apple a Day Cafe within the Kirby Medical Center on 1000 Medical Drive--Monticello, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp by October 27th, 2016. For questions or to register, contact the Piatt Extension Office at 217-762-2191 or chuth2@illinois.edu. The cost is $5 per person.