Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Groundbreaking for Gifford nursing home set for July 23

GIFFORD – Officials at Country Health Nursing home in Gifford expect to break ground on a $7 million project to renovate and expand the facility during a ceremony at 6 p.m. July 23.

While the nonprofit Country Health Nursing Home is licensed for 89 residents, Administrator Carol Ruthenberg said Monday that the facility has been limiting the population to 70 residents because of lack of space.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever case reported in dog

CHAMPAIGN – A case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has turned up in a dog in Champaign County, public health officials said.

The dog's owner reported that it had been in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, according to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Procedure offers pill-free way to end back pain

CHAMPAIGN – As if forgetfulness, insomnia and wrinkles aren't enough.

The traits associated with reaching those middle-age and golden years can be accompanied by at least one more – a nagging pain in the lower back.

Benefit planned for man hurt in accident

ST. JOSEPH – Residents are holding a benefit Sunday evening to help pay the medical and living expenses of a man who was injured in an automobile accident.

Kent Lange, 41, was injured in a crash in May, breaking his neck in three or four places.

Buyer wants to invest big in Carle Arbours

SAVOY – The Florida company poised to buy the Carle Arbours continuing care center in Savoy says it plans to spend about $2 million on the facility and hire more than 100 additional staff members after the sale closes.

Ben Atkins, chief executive of Traditions Management, based in Dunedin, Fla., said The Carle Arbours will be his company's first venture into Illinois.

Nursing home accepting new Medicare/Medicaid patients

URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home is immediately accepting Medicare/Medicaid patients after getting a clean bill of health Tuesday.

The state Department of Public Health informed Administrator Andrew Buffenbarger of the decision Tuesday afternoon.

Nursing home cleared of violations

URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home is immediately accepting Medicare/Medicaid patients after getting a clean bill of health Tuesday.

The state Department of Public Health informed Administrator Andrew Buffenbarger of the decision Tuesday afternoon.

Firm: No quick fix for county nursing home

URBANA – The new management of the Champaign County Nursing Home is optimistic that they can turn it around.

But it will take "at least a year," said Michael Scavotto the president of Management Performance Associates, the firm hired by the county last week to manage the nursing home for $15,000 a month.

Wellness program paying off for Danville employees

DANVILLE – On her work breaks, Jessica Sampson goes for a walk or a spin.

On a sunny day, the 45-year-old spends her 15-minute break from the Danville election commission office walking downtown.

Healthy habits taking hold in Danville elementary school

DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School teachers knew a wellness program launched last year was making a difference when students cheered for the salad bar.

Parents knew when their children began asking for fresh fruit instead of candy, and riding their bikes and inline skating instead of watching TV and playing video games.