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Problems plague Frances Nelson

CHAMPAIGN — Even before a local community organization tried to buy Frances Nelson Health Center, the small clinic had been plagued with problems, The News-Gazette has learned.


Group fails to reach deal on Frances Nelson, will try for competing clinic

CHAMPAIGN — The local community group hoping to purchase Frances Nelson Health Center from its Decatur parent organization says a deal wasn’t reached, and it will instead try to open a competing clinic of its own.


Vermilion nonprofits may join forces

DANVILLE — For a number of years, the Center for Children's Services and Aunt Martha's Vermilion Area Community Health Center have joined forces to provide social and health services to residents, many of whom have little or no insurance.

Now officials are taking steps to merge the two Danville not-for-profit agencies.


Free tests will determine lung function

CHAMPAIGN — Are you a past or current smoker?

Do you ever get breathless climbing the stairs?

Those are two of the reasons to consider getting your lung function tested, according to the organizers of World Spirometry Day, set for June 27.


Researchers develop new pet CPR guidelines

URBANA — When a person's heart stops, emergency responders don't have to guess which way is the best to administer CPR.

But up until now, there haven't been any real guidelines for the best way to resuscitate a dog or cat suffering cardiac arrest.


Douglas County buys system to help track those who wander away

TUSCOLA — Every minute counts when somebody with dementia or autism has wandered away from home.

Now, the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency can narrow the time involved in finding a lost loved one with a new tracking system.


Vets urge current West Nile vaccines for horses

URBANA — Now that West Nile Virus has been found in Champaign County, veterinarians are urging horse owners to make sure their horses' West Nile virus vaccinations are current.


Group seeks investigation, claims state agency would violate federal law

UPDATED 5:55 p.m. Wednesday

WASHINGTON — A national organization is calling on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to investigate the action being taken in Illinois that will short agencies serving people with developmental disabilities for one month of services provided in the current fiscal year ending June 30.


Some Delta Dental records lost during shipping

Delta Dental of Illinois has notified hundreds of people about an incident that could result in the exposure of their personal information.

A box containing paper claims was shipped by a subcontractor of Delta Dental of Illinois to the company by a delivery service. The box, which contained claims and X-rays, was lost during shipping.


Topinka pledges to pay bills; late payments at $4.4 billion

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has directed her staff to prioritize payments for programs serving the developmentally disabled.