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Memorial Medical Center to Host Free Seminar on Lung Disease


Memorial Medical Center will host a free seminar on lung disease at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.

The 90-minute event, “My Lifestyle with Lung Disease,” will be in the M.G. Nelson Family Auditorium on the first floor.

Participants will learn about lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD) and emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and asthma. The goal is to help participants improve their understanding of lung disease and the benefits of oxygen and other therapies.

Guest speakers are Dr. M. Haitham Bakir, medical director of Memorial Medical Center’s pulmonary rehabilitation program and a pulmonologist with SIU Medicine, and Lori Valentine, a registered nurse and a registered respiratory therapist who is the director of Memorial Home Medical Equipment and Supplies.

After their presentations, the seminar will conclude with a half-hour question-and-answer session with an expert panel.

Participants can arrive early at 5:30 p.m. to visit displays and speak with medical professionals.

Free parking is available in the parking garage south of the MCLI at Rutledge and Carpenter streets. Light refreshments will be served.

To register, visit or call 217-788-3333.