Health and Fitness
CHAMPAIGN – Dr. Damon Arnold has faced the specter of cancer in his own life.
He sure doesn't want you to have to face it, too.
URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital is scrapping its plans to build a free-standing rehabilitation institute in northwest Champaign.
Hospital officials say they now hope to include a smaller rehabilitation unit in a proposed new building on the main hospital campus.
CHAMPAIGN – An Edison Middle School student who contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has been released by a doctor to return to school, according to a letter sent home last week to Edison parents.
"We have received confirmation that the student is not contagious and poses no risk of infection," said the letter from Edison Principal Joe Williams.
Mary Tiefenbrunn's first career: stage manager. Second career: lawyer.
Third career: breaks her heart every day, but so worth it.
Tiefenbrunn, who took over as executive director of the Champaign County Humane Society in early September, oversees an organization that tries to find new homes for a seemingly endless supply of animals somebody didn't want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.