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Memorial Health System receives top honors in Illinois

Memorial Health System was awarded Quality Excellence Achievement for addressing mental health issues in the community. (WRSP)

A local hospital is receiving one of the top honors in the state from the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

Memorial Health System was awarded Quality Excellence Achievement for addressing mental health issues in the community.

Per their study, Memorial's Behavioral Health program is improving patient’s outcomes by 74 percent as well as decreasing neighborhood crime by 13 percent by helping recently released inmates assimilate.

One Springfield man said he doesn't know what his life would be without this care.

“Would have to struggle a lot more and more problems on me,” Matthew Lipsky said.

Lipsky often suffers manic episodes and has been hospitalized for his depression.

“Once I was feeling good and everything was going ok I wouldn't take the medication anymore,” Lipsky added.

Memorials Behavioral Health Program noticed the local and national growing trend of mental illnesses. That’s why Systems Director Jim Wilkerson and his staff stepped up.

They're currently aiding people in Enos Park and children in District 186.

“The data shows that we have a hard time in health care by identifying people with depression and anxiety and those types of issues and even suicide and we are seeing rising rates across the nation,” Wilkerson said.

Lipsky said because of Wilkerson's staff he's been able to put his life on track.

Right now he is looking for a job, this would be his first one in two decades.

“I like to do jobs outside and not be hemmed into an office. I am not very good,” Lipsky said.

Wilkerson said they plan on expanding this program into other school districts and have more availability to other communities.

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