CHAMPAIGN – Popeye might just have to switch to hamburgers if the national spinach recall lasts much longer.
Grocery shelves, salad bars and anywhere else bagged spinach is found have been spinach-less since a recent outbreak of E. coli infection that was linked to this green veggie and a massive spinach recall was put in effect last Thursday.
Few can imagine what an outbreak of plague in Champaign County might bring.
But those with the responsibilities of dealing with the real thing, if it should happen, tried to do just that in a three-day disaster drill, the first of its kind and scope, locally.
URBANA – For a moment, Jia Billadeau slumps her head on a table in frustration.
It's Monday morning at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at Carle, part of Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where several days a week the 3-year-old practices hearing and listening.
CHAMPAIGN – Jose Luis heard a sound.
His parents, Urbana teachers Bridget Maloney and Louis Beuschlein, remember it the way other parents might remember their baby's first step or first word.
URBANA – Long before Diamond Cooper could walk, talk or yell for more Cheerios, she failed a test.
It had no boxes to write in with No. 2 pencils, no essays to compose. There were only two options for answers: yes or no.
CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic intends to provide outpatient surgeries at its new campus in Champaign regardless of whether the state approves its plans to build an outpatient surgery center, clinic officials say.
The clinic has applied to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board for a certificate of need – a legal step along the way to running a state-licensed surgery center – and is scheduled for a hearing before the board next month.
DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing officials soon will launch a $450,000 building expansion, adding much-needed classroom space at the Danville campus.
Chief Executive Officer Dick Shockey said the project was prompted by the college's growing enrollment, which stands at 255 this fall.
URBANA – Dr. James Leonard remembers going to the Carle Foundation Hospital board a few years ago and talking about the need to add more space for sick kids and women having babies.
It didn't take long for the board to agree, he recalls.
CHAMPAIGN – A Clinton-based weight loss surgeon has notified a state planning board that he plans to seek permission to build an outpatient surgery center on Champaign's northwest side.
A letter of intent to file an application for a so-called certificate of need has been sent to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board by Olympian Surgical Suites, a corporation based in Clinton.
CHAMPAIGN – Chances are, you've walked by dozens of these little boxes in public places and never noticed them.
Chances are you might even have to use one of them yourself one day – especially if you're in Illinois, a state aiming to make automated external defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers.