July 2, 2014
SIU Med School’s Memory and Aging Network Adds 3 Providers
Three health-care organizations have joined the Memory and Aging Network at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, based in Springfield. The new provider sites are Hamilton District Hospital in McLeansboro, St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur and The Memory Care Center of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.
“As the size of the aging population continues to grow, the need for health-care services also increases,” said Dr. Tom Ala, associate professor of neurology and interim director of the Center. “The medical school’s Center is dedicated to assisting local providers in meeting the needs of Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families. These additional partners will give patients more resources for care.” This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Memory and Aging Network. A complete list of sites is available at www.siumed.edu/alz/memorynetwork.html.
SIU’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease now has 38 provider sites as part of its Springfield-based center. The sites provide a network of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals and nursing home staff members in downstate Illinois who are trained to evaluate and recommend treatment for patients and families who may be dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
SIU’s team includes experts in neurology, neuropsychology and nursing, who work with the provider sites so treatment can be provided locally. The Center’s faculty researchers are studying age-related memory loss and host various national clinical trials. The faculty provides continuing education, including discussion of new research findings and therapy options, to help local physicians and professionals better serve local communities.
In addition, the Center directly provides evaluation, treatment, education and referral services for patients and families in its Springfield-based Memory and Aging Clinic. Services were provided to more than 2,600 patients in the network last year. Started in 1987, SIU’s Center serves 93 Illinois counties.
For more information on these providers, contact the Center at 1-800-DIAL-SIU (1-800-342-5748) or www.siumed.edu/alz.