URBANA – John Peterson usually knows long before police if there's bad heroin on the streets.
The veteran doctor has worked at a methadone clinic in Downers Grove for seven years and is just weeks away from getting a slightly different, less-regulated type of opiate-recovery clinic running in his hometown.
URBANA – When you have aches and pains so severe you can barely move, the folks at Provena Covenant Medical Center think the last thing you need is to be sent here, there and everywhere for your medical care.
CHAMPAIGN – Industrial shelves, missing from a previous administration, are bedeviling the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
Davis Electric is willing to pay for the shelves, which it acquired almost two years ago while doing electrical work at the district's new Kenyon Drive headquarters. While there's a dispute over the price for the shelves, the district isn't alleging the contractor stole them.
URBANA – It can make you miserable. It's expensive to treat, and it involves an area of the body nobody wants to discuss in polite conversation.
But if you're one of the unlucky people to have Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disorder, help may be in sight.
URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center will bring in a new contract physicians group to staff their emergency departments next year.
The hospitals said they will be ending their relationship with Emergency Consultants Inc., a Michigan company that staffs hospital emergency departments in 16 states, and hiring Dallas-based EmCare.
CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Cristina Medrano looks around her small rented space in a dental building and marvels at all the donations that are turning this place into a new free health clinic for the needy.
With the medical and office equipment she needed all donated and the remodeling being done by friends, Medrano now hopes to have this clinic – which she has named Hope Community Health Center – up and running by mid-October.
URBANA – Erica Van Zuidam loves the feeling of a good workout that gets her heart pumping.
"It feels like how it used to be. My old life, in sports and everything," she said. "I think that's why it's so fun. It brings back good times."
On Saturday, Van Zuidam ran a 5-kilometer race – 3.1 miles in two laps around the University of Illinois campus, from the Illini Union to the Stock Pavilion. It was her first race on her carbon fiber legs with the zebra-striped cloth covering the top. Her first race since her feet and hands were amputated, the casualties of a nearly fatal case of bacterial meningitis she contracted at the end of her freshman year at the UI.
CHAMPAIGN – Are you disgruntled about not being able to afford health insurance? Or not being able to afford medical care even when you do have insurance?
Here's your chance to tell your legislators what you think of a proposal to provide health care for everyone in Illinois through a government-sponsored, single-payer insurance plan.
A public hearing on the Health Care for All Illinois Act (HB 311) will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Illinois Terminal building, 45 E. Universtiy Ave., C.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department will offer a free four-week smoking-cessation class in the conference room at the health department, 200 S. Collett St.
Sessions will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and 9.
DANVILLE – Julia Lawless has already contacted her state legislators to call attention to the lack of reimbursement for services and the recent cuts in human services.
"I've known there's been a problem, but it hasn't been until recently that I actually made a call," said Lawless, a licensed practical nurse at Crosspoint Human Services in Danville.