Everything was set. Pregnant and single at 23, Samantha Simmons had made the emotional choice to put her baby up for adoption.
It hadn't been that hard, really. The parents she chose were friends of her grandmother's, good people with good jobs who could give her son a wonderful home. Once she met them, she knew it was the right thing to do.
BLOOMINGTON – Carle Clinic Association is exploring a sale of its Bloomington branch clinic, one of its largest, to Peoria-based OSF Healthcare System.
Urbana-based Carle Clinic and OSF have signed a letter of intent to explore the deal, Carle Clinic officials said.
CHAMPAIGN – A best-selling author will be the featured speaker for a leadership conference sponsored by the Mental Health Center of Champaign County.
Robert K. Cooper, author of "The Other 90 Percent: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life," will lead morning and afternoon sessions at the Oct. 28 conference in Champaign.
HUME – A benefit spaghetti dinner is scheduled for Friday in Hume for 3-year-old Zoey Penrod and her family.
Zoey was diagnosed in July with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer in which the body produces a large number of immature white blood cells.
URBANA – Rising health insurance costs are putting the squeeze on Ron Bailey's Champaign-Urbana floral business, but he's determined to keep his employees covered.
Four years ago, he paid $1,500 a month to provide insurance for his staff at Blossom Basket Florist, Bailey said.
MONTICELLO – The brand-new hospital planned for Monticello will bear a brand-new name, the hospital board has decided.
But not all of the time-honored old name will vanish.
The John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital would open in its new location and new building as Kirby Medical Center if the state Health Facilities Planning Board approves the building-replacement project.
DANVILLE – Unable to win state approval to build an outpatient surgery center of its own in Champaign, Christie Clinic now hopes to buy half of an existing one in Danville.
The clinic has notified the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board that it plans to file an application seeking permission to buy about half of Danville HealthCare, an outpatient surgery center at 26 W. Newell Road, Danville.
URBANA – Carole Matthews once wondered how good she'd be at helping dying people through their last few months of life.
After all, she doesn't knit. She doesn't quilt. How, she wondered, would she ever help them pass the time?
Then she discovered just listening and talking means quite a lot.
"You don't have to do anything great," she said.
CHAMPAIGN – Some Champaign-Urbana voters will get a chance to cast their ballots and roll up their sleeves for a flu shot all at the same place on Election Day.
RANTOUL – More than three dozen children from migrant families will be getting the immunizations required to continue school locally, thanks to a partnership between Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Clinic, Rantoul City Schools and the Regional Office of Education.
Doctors and nurses from Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic will volunteer their time this evening to provide immunizations and physical exams to the migrant children living in northern Champaign County.