Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Danville nursing home tries to balance staff, residents, budget

DANVILLE – Since 2000, Vermilion Manor Nursing Home has lost money, except in 2003.

The difference that year? The Vermilion County-owned facility had an occupancy rate of 80 percent. Since then, the number has fallen, hitting 60 percent last year.

Area's county-owned nursing homes still struggle financially

DANVILLE – Scrawled across a drawing board in the Vermilion County Board offices are the services Illinois counties must, by law, provide: enforce laws, prosecute offenders, build and maintain roads, keep records, conduct elections, assess property and collect taxes.

A nursing home isn't on the list.

Oncologist to offer lessons, laughter

URBANA – Coping with breast cancer requires more than what modern medicine has to offer.

It can also take a healthy dose of humor, says a noted surgeon set to speak at Urbana's Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., on Thursday.

Carle considers sale of long-term care sites

URBANA – The Carle Foundation says it is looking to get out of the long-term care business in Champaign County.

The foundation, which also owns Carle Foundation Hospital and a host of other health care businesses in East Central Illinois, is exploring the sale of The Carle Arbours, a long-term care facility in Savoy, and says a sale could also include Carle's retirement community, the Windsor of Savoy.

Hospital prevails again as tax penalties build

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center has racked up more than $17,000 in penalty fees for failing to pay its property taxes this year.

But the hospital's lawyer, Patrick Coffey, says he expects the disagreement over whether the Urbana hospital actually owes taxes in the first place to be resolved before its properties wind up in the county's annual tax sale later this month.

Constituents urge Johnson to fight to extend health program

URBANA – When their son, Elias, was born 11 months ago, Michael and Jacqueline Hannah hadn't figured on him needing a month-and-a-half stay in neonatal intensive care.

And they sure hadn't planned for the $417,000 hospital bill that came with it, because they couldn't afford health insurance.

Urbana meeting focuses on consultant proposal

URBANA – Taxpayers will have at least another month to hear more about a plan to hire a consulting firm for the new $24 million county nursing home.

The county board met in a three-hour study session Wednesday with mostly Democrats, most of whom are skeptical about the idea, in attendance, as well as AFSCME officials opposed to the plan.

Nursing home union will voice privatization, wage concerns

URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home's union wants a say in the discussion of major changes in management.

The county board will hold a study session on hiring consultants for the money-losing operation at 7 p.m Wednesday at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.

Patch Adams to appear at workshop

URBANA – If you think America's health care system has to continue being expensive and out of reach for a growing number of people, the Urbana-based School for Designing a Society invites you to think again.

The school, along with its like-minded partner, Dr. Patch Adams, will devote a four-day workshop next week to coming up with ideas for a sustainable health care system that serves everyone – minus the high profits being pocketed by the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Gifford nursing home recognized

GIFFORD – Country Health Inc. of Gifford received the Innovative Program of the Year award for its "Life Skills" program, which is designed to help residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, from the Illinois Health Care Association. It was presented at the association's convention in September.

The program uses a room with five stations that can relate to residents' past life experiences: mom's kitchen, glamour girls, flower pot, old-fashioned barbershop and red hat.