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Provena CEO concerned about Danville cell tower

DANVILLE — The CEO of Provena hospitals told aldermen Tuesday night that he has concerns with AT&T Wireless' plan to build a cellular tower near the flight path for Provena United Samaritan Medical Center's emergency helicopter landing pad.


Mental health court: Trading treatment for shot at forgiveness

URBANA — An open bag of potato chips was her undoing. Or her lifeline, depending on your perspective.

The 28-year-old Champaign woman went in a local grocery store last summer during a psychotic episode, opened a bag of chips and began eating them. Her arrest for misdemeanor theft was her ticket into Champaign County Mental Health Court.


Mom of girl with genetic disorder starts group to aid families affected by rare diseases

CLINTON — Some people live long lives, but don't leave much behind to remember them.

With 2-year-old Mabel Larson, it stands to be the other way around.

The youngest child of Ramee and Daniel Larson of Clinton, Mabel has a heart-grabbing smile and a heart-breaking genetic disorder.


State says Danville cell tower wouldn't affect Provena helipad

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Aeronautics has determined that a proposed AT&T Wireless cellular tower immediately northwest of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center will not compromise the helicopter landing pad on the north side of the hospital.


Carle files request for $18.5 million expansion of emergency department

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital's 30-year-old emergency department has grown busier in recent years, and now hospital officials want to make it larger to meet the demand.

The hospital has applied to state regulators for permission to expand and remodel the emergency department in 2014, at a total cost of $18.5 million.


Carle seeking large expansion of emergency department

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital has applied to a state regulatory board for permission to add space and beds to its emergency department.

Use of Carle's emergency room, which serves as the local area's Level 1 trauma center, has "skyrocketed," hospital officials said.

Level I trauma centers serve the most acutely ill and injured patients in their regions.


Champaign County Board OKs exploring dialysis in nursing home

URBANA — County board members tentatively agreed Tuesday to issue a request for proposals from potential vendors to operate a renal dialysis program at the Champaign County Nursing Home.

The vote doesn't mean there will be a dialysis program at the nursing home, only that the county is interested in investigating the financial potential of such a service.


Community Healthcare Credit Union to merge with Community Plus

CHAMPAIGN — Community Healthcare Credit Union plans to merge with Community Plus Federal Credit Union on Oct. 1, pending a vote Monday by Community Healthcare's members.

The proposed merger came about because Community Healthcare's board felt "the credit union needed to explore options to provide more services to members," said Community Healthcare Chairman John Hansen Jr.


Champaign County Nursing Home budget plan shows $99,000 loss

URBANA — The nursing home board of directors Monday approved another red-ink budget for the year beginning Dec. 1 and sent it to the Champaign County Board.

The budget shows a net loss of $99,000, although that is an improvement from an anticipated loss of $138,000 this year, according to Scott Gima, manager of the nursing home.

"This budget is very doable," said Gima.


More required to get vaccine

Pertussis or whooping cough usually isn't serious for healthy school-aged children, but a new vaccination requirement for sixth- and ninth-graders may help others stay healthy.

Amy Armstrong, whose daughter, Larkin, served as inspiration for the all-inclusive Larkin's Place at the new Stephens Family YMCA, learned firsthand about the importance of vaccinations.