URBANA – Dr. Jim Ellis will be the first to admit he thrives on the fast pace of an emergency room.
Lots of variety, quick decisions, bring it on.
"I'm probably an adrenaline junkie," he says with a smile.
The medical director of the emergency departments at Provena Covenant Medical Center and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Ellis will put in his last day at those hospitals Dec. 23.
URBANA – Despite final exams, relentless snow and below-freezing temperatures, more than a dozen University of Illinois graduate students and employees gathered in front of the campus health center on Tuesday to call for better health care for students.
"Women's health should be a priority!" they shouted. Health care benefits should be improved, not whittled away, several said in response to news that because of the upcoming retirement of a technician, sonograms may not be available at the center.
URBANA – A broken water main and snowy weather combined to cancel a study session of the Champaign County Mental Health Board on Tuesday afternoon.
Officials planned to brainstorm with city, county and United Way officials about how they could help social services agencies hit hard by state payment delays, budget cuts and the economic downturn.
CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic plans to fight the settlement agreement that its cross-town competitor – Carle Clinic – hopes to finalize Wednesday with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Christie Clinic has filed an objection to Carle Clinic's proposed settlement in an antitrust litigation against both clinics, claiming part of Carle's settlement agreement has been kept secret from Christie.
DANVILLE – The Health Community Initiative of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation has announced the Litter Lottery for the September, October, November "Before the Snow Flies" cleaning project.
Adopt-A-Spot groups, totalling 149 people, worked 299 hours to pick up 116 bags of trash. That brought 2008 totals totals to 553 people working 1,312 hours to pick up 517 bags of trash.
DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.
Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.
URBANA – There she was, stretched out on the operating table in the throes of childbirth, and not looking very happy about it, either.
"You'd think they'd have made her cuter," said Renell Composto, Provena Covenant Medical Center's director of maternal child health services.
But never mind how this birthing patient simulator – actually a mannequin with a wide-open mouth (simulating screaming, perhaps?) named Noelle – looks.
Composto is thrilled to have her on board, along with Noelle's two patient simulator babies, because this birthing and neonatal simulator system Covenant began using recently is helping better train nurses to handle about anything that can happen in a real-life delivery.
CHAMPAIGN – A psychiatrist and a certified yoga teacher/Pilates instructor will offer a workshop on Saturday on "Using Your Mind and Body to Recover from Depression."
The workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Savoy Room, Hawthorn Suites Hotel, southwest corner of Neil and Kirby streets, Champaign. Participants are to wear comfortable clothes that allow gentle stretching. The workshop fee is $20.
URBANA – Carle Clinic laid off 21 employees Monday, citing a need to cut staff expenses.
The affected employees were primarily in "manager-level" and support-service positions, according to a statement from the clinic. No employees providing hands-on patient care were affected, it added.
CHAMPAIGN – The city and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District are working together on plans to expand Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign to include a "park and ride" child care facility.
Plans are still in an early stage, but the MTD board is expected to approve Wednesday using up to $300,000 in mostly federal funds to hire an architectural firm to begin preliminary planning on the project. Those plans would be due in February.