Health and Fitness

County nursing home a step closer to opening

URBANA – A state inspection of Champaign County's new $24 million nursing home gave the county a preliminary thumbs-up Tuesday.

Rural Urbana Democrat Steve Beckett, who chairs the county's facilities committee, said the Illinois Department of Public Health said "things look very good except for one final little tweak to a water system in Wing Four."

Local doctor to head group

CHAMPAIGN – The newly elected president of the Champaign County Medical Society remembers what it was like growing up without access to fast, affordable health care.

In fact, he says, it's what inspired him to go into medicine.

Gibson City hospital CEO to leave in March

GIBSON CITY–Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services has announced that CEO Gary Petersen will be leaving in March. After 35 years in the healthcare industry, Petersen said he will be retiring on March 25, also his 61st birthday.

His resignation in late December was unexpected, according to Jim Hood, board chairman. Petersen is also retired from active and reserve military service, and Hood said that option allowed him to choose an earlier-than-expected retirement date.

Vermilion County's health insurance changing

DANVILLE – More than half of Jodi Bullock's paycheck would have gone toward health insurance if she participated in Vermilion County's old health plan – and the Hoopeston woman faces the same problem with the new one.

Vermilion County officials have created a new self-funded health insurance plan that is supposed to lower costs for participants and the county.

Local efforts trying to put a lid on health care premiums

URBANA – If it seems like you keep paying more for health insurance and getting less, you're not alone.

In the past six years, health insurance premiums have far outstripped the average paycheck, while out-of-pocket health care costs have continued to rise, according to a report released this month by Families USA.

Free smoking cessation classes being offered

DANVILLE – With New Year's Eve comes thoughts of New Year's resolutions. One of the top 10 resolutions for those who make them is to stop smoking.

The Vermilion County Health Department stands ready to help those people who are ready to quit by offering free smoking cessation classes beginning Jan. 4.

Private rooms a growing trend in hospitals

URBANA – When it comes to things like airplane travel and going to the movies, Americans seem to have no problem rubbing elbows with their fellow strangers.

But a growing number of hospitals are coming to the conclusion that when folks are sick, they'd really rather be alone.

After decades with hearing loss, woman adapting to sounds

Elaine Dyer has learned to hear around the edges of sound. As a child, she was tested for a speech impediment and took lessons in elocution.

As a young woman studying nursing, she memorized the order of procedures so she'd know what to expect during classes.

Hospitals team up to care for high-risk pregnancies

There are 23 "Level 3" hospitals in Illinois that are capable of caring for the highest-risk expectant mothers and infants, but they're scarce in the central and southern parts of the state.

The only two south of Interstate 72 are Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana and St. John's in Springfield, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Mahomet couple surprised by premature birth

MAHOMET – Considering that she'd had a trouble-free pregnancy for her first two trimesters, Lori Moore was surprised when she suddenly started feeling abdominal pains in the sixth month.

The next surprise for Lori and her husband, Shannon, of Mahomet: Their baby son, Will, arrived three months early – too tiny to leave the hospital and with severe breathing problems for the first two months of his life.

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