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Letter from the Editor, December 2009
By John Moody

Dear readers,

This is the time of year when we dedicate ourselves to the vitally important subject of local medicine. We are in the fortunate position of living and working in a city with a strong and evolving medical tradition. With this issue of Springfield's Own Magazine, we salute the noble caregivers in our community and thank them for devoting their lives to the service of others.

In this issue, contributor Nicole Harbour continues the theme of helping others in a piece about Hope, The Hope Institute, that is. The Hope Institute was tearing down barriers and breaking new ground long ago. Out of the dream of a young couple, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Jordan, has grown a multi-functional facility that ministers to the medical and social needs of the disabled.

What began as a small school in the Jones' small home grew into a movement that embraced and treated the "whole" child. Today, the institute staff carries on the premise that founded that first small school - hope. Harbour's piece shows us that every day and in every way the environment at the institute nurtures and lauds the successes of its charges.

Meet Mikal Sutton-Vereen, a savvy lady who was in the right spot at the right time to work on campaigns for then-Sen. Barack Obama. She now leads the charge to shore up the challenging future of the nursing profession. Sutton-Vereen is the first-ever director of the Central Illinois Nursing Initiative.

Gone are the days of those drab, dreary scrubs once worn by nurses that caused children to flinch in expectation of a shot or some other frightening medical procedure. That look went out about the same time as nursing caps. Well, maybe not that long ago, but it's time to say hello to the fashionable, colorful and new while bidding farewell to the old-fashioned and plain garb of yesterday.

Rounding out the topic of medicine is a piece by local psychotherapist/nurse Linda Castor. She writes about some innovative treatments for adolescents who struggle with eating disorders.

Going beyond the medical theme, be sure to check out some of our regular features. State Journal-Register writer Molly Beck takes us back to Minnesota, the place she once called home. There's more to the Land of 10,000 lakes than hockey and snow. The holidays are done up right in the Twin Cities, with weeks of parades and outdoor festivals. Escape the chill and head indoors for fine dining or to sample the area's commitment to visual and performing arts. And, of course, the Mall of America awaits, if shopping is your game.

And, it's off to Philadelphia for history and museums and ... cheesesteak. Wine-lovers, take note of guru Geoff Bland's tips for giving the gift of wine this season. Nick Burklow's got the lowdown on gadgets as stocking stuffers. Have a look at Kathleen Ostrander's story on Keith Moore's dual quad carbed 1962 Impala. Meet Brian Oaks, a guy with one of the best jobs around. As general manager of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, he's our area's top party planner. Come along with us as we go On the Town, and don't forget to check us out online at www.springfieldsown.com.

All the best of the holiday season to you from all of us at Springfield's Own Magazine.


John Moody

Publications Editor



Story published Friday, December 4, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 7 )

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