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."
URBANA – A nurse who spent last summer caring for Iraq war veterans at Walter Reed Hospital will talk about her experiences.
Kim Abel of Mendota will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., Urbana. The talk is sponsored by the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will consider again Tuesday a proposal to sell a small city parking lot and the ManorCare Health Services building.
The council was asked to approve the sale of the properties at 309 and 313 E. Springfield Ave. two weeks ago, but council members had questions about the sale price and even the wisdom of getting rid of the properties.
URBANA – Firefighters put their new rescue system to work quickly Wednesday afternoon when walls of a 6-foot trench collapsed, partially burying a Forrest man who was working in it.
Enrique Salinas walked out 30 tense minutes later under his own power to report to ambulance workers waiting to check his condition. He was treated at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana and later released.
URBANA – With one of the two hospitals under his watch turning a profit and the other losing considerably less money than it did a year ago, David Bertauski may be just what the doctor ordered for Provena Health's financially ailing Central Illinois region.
Last year, Provena's Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville lost a combined $6.8 million – with Covenant's $10 million loss wiping out a gain in excess of $3 million at United Samaritans.
URBANA – With only 11 days to go before Urbana restaurants must become smoke-free, the city and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have reached a tentative agreement on how they'll jointly enforce the smoking ban.
The biggest emphasis will be on education, with several city officials planning to fan out across the city next week to visit 53 Urbana restaurants to explain the smoking ban in detail to restaurant owners and managers.
CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Robert Scully has seen the devastating effects of cervical cancer on women and their families, so he's optimistic about a newly approved vaccine that promises protection against the disease.
So optimistic, in fact, that Health Alliance Medical Plans – the Urbana managed-care company of which Scully is chief medical officer – already decided to offer its members coverage for the new vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
MATTOON – Carle Foundation Hospital's latest proposal to build an outpatient surgery center in Mattoon is headed to a state board for a hearing early next week.
And it continues to be an uphill battle for Urbana-based Carle, which already has a physician practice group in Coles County and is looking to expand its business in that area.
URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is operating in the red for a fourth straight year, but the losses this year are all in Provena's fledgling local doctors' group, hospital officials say.
Five months into the current year, the hospital itself was running at a $1.1 million profit, and is on track to end the year with a positive balance, said Chief Executive David Bertauski.
URBANA – Longtime restaurant owner John Schmitt looks back and figures he probably just didn't realize what was causing all those eye and sinus irritations that were plaguing him for years.
It wasn't until he got really sick with acute bronchitis in 2004 that he learned the culprit was secondhand smoke.