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Carle expands cancer center plans

URBANA – Plans for a new breast cancer institute on the Carle clinic and hospital campus have been expanded to include a whole new cancer center for Carle, clinic officials say.

Under the new plans, the Mills Breast Cancer Institute – to be built at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Orchard Street in Urbana – will now be part of a 100,000-square-foot building that will also house the cancer center that is currently in Carle's south clinic building.


Fleeting days away from their worries

BLOOMINGTON – Daisy the Clown pushes her supply cart down a campground path, stopping along the way to dispense strings of sparkly green and gold Mardi Gras beads and her famous heart sticker "clown kisses."

Breakfast has just ended, and the sky is gradually making good on a threat of rain, first with a teasing little sprinkle, then an all-out downpour.


Hospital, clinic argue over need for facility

CHAMPAIGN – Mary Ellen Hoss of Champaign speaks emotionally about the long history she's had with Provena Covenant Medical Center and how she wouldn't want to go anywhere else for hospital care.

But after her husband encountered a three-week wait for coronary bypass surgery because of scheduling backups at Covenant, she said, she could see there's a need for more operating rooms in Champaign-Urbana.


Covenant cuts baby screening provider

Sunday may be the end of a long-running collaboration between the Christie Foundation and Provena Covenant Medical Center that tested the hearing of babies born at Covenant.

For the last 23 years, the Hearing Education Program, part of the Christie Foundation, has been providing newborn hearing screenings, first at Mercy and Burnham hospitals, then at Covenant in Urbana.


County nursing home opening remains in limbo

URBANA – An opening date for the county's new $24 million nursing home seems to be receding into the future.

The new Champaign County Nursing Home would have to be occupied before Dec. 31 to meet a state certification deadline. If it does not, the certification process might have to start over.


Lemonade stand putting the squeeze on cancer

CHAMPAIGN – Nine-year-old Alana Smith Rosenbaum remembers how sick her little brother, Jered, was when he was a baby, and how medical research helped make him better.

So when she wanted to earn a few dollars by setting up a lemonade stand in front of her house this summer, her dad didn't have any trouble convincing her that her time would be better spent selling lemonade to help other kids with cancer.


Champaign Co. Nursing Home cutting jobs

URBANA – Twenty people will lose their jobs at the Champaign County Nursing Home, effective Sept. 11.

And selling the nursing home, soon to be replaced with a $24 million, state-of-the-art facility, is not an impossibility, the county board noted.


Good gesture carried out

URBANA – Whenever it rained, mud squished around the shoes of riders waiting for a bus outside C-U Independence Apartments, and resident Dane Scherr had vowed to do something about it.

He started making plans last winter to install landscape stones around the bench with his caseworker at Developmental Services Center, which owns the apartment building.


Covenant urging slow approach on Christie surgery center

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is urging local governments to refrain from any quick actions that would lend support to Christie Clinic's plans to build an outpatient surgery center.

And that's just fine with Champaign County Board member Tom Betz, who placed Christie Clinic's request for county support for its proposed surgery center on a board committee agenda for tonight – but says he personally thinks the county should stay out of this conflict.


Man with MS finds fulfillment helping others

Douglas E. Nix wasn't looking for an award when he set up a program to connect people with disabilities to equipment like wheelchairs and hospital beds.

But on Saturday, he's getting one anyway.

At the annual banquet and silent auction of PACE Inc. Center for Independent Living, based in Urbana, Nix will receive a community recognition award for seven years of fielding phone calls from hundreds of people needing to find adaptive equipment fast and, ideally, free or cheap. The program is called MAP for a "Multiple Assistance Program."