Health and Fitness
It's Thursday, and Noah Jacobsen Isserman is one day away from becoming part of an 800-year legacy that includes at least 23 heads of state and several members of the British royal family.
URBANA – When you have aches and pains so severe you can barely move, the folks at Provena Covenant Medical Center think the last thing you need is to be sent here, there and everywhere for your medical care.
CHAMPAIGN – Industrial shelves, missing from a previous administration, are bedeviling the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
Davis Electric is willing to pay for the shelves, which it acquired almost two years ago while doing electrical work at the district's new Kenyon Drive headquarters. While there's a dispute over the price for the shelves, the district isn't alleging the contractor stole them.
CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Cristina Medrano looks around her small rented space in a dental building and marvels at all the donations that are turning this place into a new free health clinic for the needy.
With the medical and office equipment she needed all donated and the remodeling being done by friends, Medrano now hopes to have this clinic – which she has named Hope Community Health Center – up and running by mid-October.
URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center will bring in a new contract physicians group to staff their emergency departments next year.
The hospitals said they will be ending their relationship with Emergency Consultants Inc., a Michigan company that staffs hospital emergency departments in 16 states, and hiring Dallas-based EmCare.
URBANA – It can make you miserable. It's expensive to treat, and it involves an area of the body nobody wants to discuss in polite conversation.
But if you're one of the unlucky people to have Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disorder, help may be in sight.
URBANA – The back and forth dispute over Provena Covenant Medical Center's property tax exemption has taken yet another turn.
Last month, it was $6.1 million, plus interest, that Champaign County wanted Covenant to pay back to local taxing bodies.
URBANA – Champaign County taxing authorities can bill Provena Covenant Medical Center for 2007 property taxes, Champaign County Judge Michael Jones ruled this morning.
Jones vacated his order of this past spring that had protected the hospital from being billed for 2007 taxes based on a Sangamon County court decision that found the hospital to be tax-exempt.
MAHOMET – The Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education unanimously passed the 2008-09 school district budget, which shows a $172,903 discrepancy between revenue and expenditures.
Revenue for the district is projected to be $27,035,953, while expenditures are estimated at $27,208,856.
URBANA – Erica Van Zuidam loves the feeling of a good workout that gets her heart pumping.
"It feels like how it used to be. My old life, in sports and everything," she said. "I think that's why it's so fun. It brings back good times."
On Saturday, Van Zuidam ran a 5-kilometer race – 3.1 miles in two laps around the University of Illinois campus, from the Illini Union to the Stock Pavilion. It was her first race on her carbon fiber legs with the zebra-striped cloth covering the top. Her first race since her feet and hands were amputated, the casualties of a nearly fatal case of bacterial meningitis she contracted at the end of her freshman year at the UI.