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CHAMPAIGN – Classic Hollywood glamour is the theme for the ninth annual Champaign County Heart & Stroke Ball.
The black-tie gala offers dancing to big band and jazz music, gourmet food plus live and silent auctions.
CHAMPAIGN – Three times a week, Mark Brown would spend a big chunk of his day on the dialysis treatments keeping him alive.
Three times a week, he added to his three-hour treatments the commute time between his home in Danville and a dialysis center in Champaign.
And even with three treatments a week, he wasn't feeling that great.
"I was kind of always run down and out of breath," he recalls.
A 52-year-old whose kidneys failed last August as a result of diabetes and high blood pressure, Brown began to feel a lot better in December, thanks to the new dialysis treatments he now gives himself at home.
Women without health insurance can sign up for free mammograms, Pap-smear tests for cervical cancer, and breast and pelvic exams through a state program this week and next week.
Enrollment will be available in the area at these dates and locations:
CHAMPAIGN – Free home radon test kits are available to Champaign County residents from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The kits can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Environmental Health department at the public health building at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.
CHAMPAIGN – You'll cook. You'll eat. You'll even get a free gift card to go to the grocery store if you sign up for a new series of workshops called Total Fitness, being offered by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District beginning next week.
The workshops will be held on five Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at district headquarters at 201 W. Kenyon Road, C. The first series runs Jan. 13 through Feb. 10, and is open to eight families. One adult and one child per family can attend.
CHAMPAIGN – Local senior citizens are invited for free coffee, doughnuts, games and health screenings once a week at the Provena Covenant Center for Healthy Aging.
The new "Coffee Shop" program will start Jan. 14, and will be held on that day and each Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Healthy Aging at 410 E. University Ave., C.
URBANA – Icy conditions are making local hospital emergency rooms busier.
"A dislocated shoulder, a head injury, some ankles," said Dr. Jim Ellis, head of Provena Covenant Medical Center's emergency room, listing what he'd seen by early Friday afternoon. "There's a couple of wrecks on the interstate right now."
DANVILLE – The A.L. Webster Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is meeting the health care needs of the Danville area.
Applications are available from the receptionist at the Old National Bank, 2 W. Main St.; Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St.; or write the Webster Foundation Board, P.O. Box 946, Danville, IL 61834.
URBANA – Christie Clinic is now defending itself in an antitrust action alone.
Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus accepted a settlement agreement Wednesday afternoon that allowed the Champaign clinic system's co-defendant, Carle Clinic, to end its involvement in the lawsuit filed last year against both clinics by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. "I think it is a good and maybe even elegant solution to the problem," Klaus said, thanking Carle Clinic and the state for negotiating a settlement in good faith.
DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center has a new chief executive.
Mike Brown, 51, has taken over as president and CEO at that hospital for David Bertauski, who previously had oversight of both the Danville hosital and Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.