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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.


Nursing home may not make it to fall ballot

URBANA — A plan to ask voters to help decide the future of the Champaign County Nursing Home may not make it to the fall ballot, say supporters of the referendum questions.

The proposal may be discussed at tonight's meeting (Tuesday, Aug. 7) of the county board — or it may be tabled for lack of support, said board members Brendan McGinty and Ron Bensyl.


As school year nears, seminar focuses on food allergies

URBANA — How do you keep your child safe from a food allergy at school?

Parents are being invited to a free seminar focusing on kids going back to school with food allergies to be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at The Forum at Carle, 611 W. Park St., U.


Genetic disorder means daily battle with calculated risks

By MEGAN GRAHAM

In his old room in his parents' home, a pretty house in the Cherry Hills subdivision of Champaign, Chike Coleman is poking through his shelves. He wants to find a Blu-ray disc, one of the beloved movies he bought in a half-off online sale from a site that sells independent films.