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Officials' disaster drill is first of its kind, scope in area

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.

Children need time to adapt after receiving hearing help

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.

Choosing to hear — and choosing how

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.

Hearing-impaired infants can prevail with proper help

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.

Officials: Surgery center permit optional

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.

Lakeview College of Nursing expanding with its enrollment

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.

Carle will offer look at five new floors

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.

Physicians seek to open surgicenter

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.

A defibrillator in every public building goal of state officials

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.

There's something in the air: ragweed

CHAMPAIGN – Even if he didn't check the pollen counts every day, Dr. Arvin Uppal would know by the stuffiness of his own nose that ragweed season has started with a vengeance.

"I think it's definitely worse this year," says Uppal, an ear, nose and throat doctor with Provena Medical Group in Urbana and an allergy sufferer himself.