Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Hoopeston Medical Center chief executive officer terminated

HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Community Memorial Medical Center is looking for a new chief executive officer after David Elliott was terminated this week.

"He's no longer with us," board President Russell Leigh said of Elliott, who was hired in September 2005.

State to amend lawsuit against clinics

URBANA – An antitrust lawsuit charging Carle and Christie clinics with conspiring to control state Medicaid payments won't end with a judge's ruling Thursday.

Just hours after Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus dismissed the lawsuit for failing to be specific enough to indicate a conspiracy between the two clinics, a spokesman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said an amended lawsuit will be filed against Carle and Christie within 30 days.

Judge dismisses suit against Carle, Christie

URBANA – A Champaign County judge today dismissed an antitrust lawsuit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan against Carle and Christie clinics.

But the matter may not end there.

Program targets cervical cancer

CHAMPAIGN – Three Urban League organizations in central Illinois are digging in to fight cervical cancer – a disease that kills nearly 4,000 women in the U.S. a year.

A new pilot program called Illinois Women Against Cervical Cancer – being kicked off Wednesday in Springfield – will be steered by the Urban League organizations in Champaign County, Springfield and Peoria.

Two years of fundraising buys nursing home new van

HOOPESTON – Residents of the Hoopeston Nursing Home and Country Terrace senior living apartments now have a new way to get around town, thanks to several area groups.

Two years of fundraising by Unger's Jewelry, Hoopeston residents, hospital employees' children and the Hoopeston Area Healthcare Center Foundation, using, among other things, lemonade stands and bow trees, brought in enough money to buy a new $52,000 resident transportation van.

No one hurt in office fire

BATESTOWN – The Batestown Bargain Mart continued to operate on Sunday, despite a fire that damaged another part of the building.

"We will be open on Tuesday," said Bill Marietta, owner of the business that's housed in the old Diamond Elementary School. He said the business is closed on Mondays.

Blood needed, fast, to make up deficit

URBANA – Blood donors are needed fast to help fill a short supply for local hospitals, especially donors with O negative and O positive blood types.

It takes 400 to 500 pints of blood a week to supply five hospitals in Urbana, Danville, Mattoon and Effingham, according to Melissa Webb Halcomb, director of donor relations for Community Blood Services of Illinois.

Resolution to create nursing home board moves forward

URBANA – The move to create a board of directors for the county's nursing home edged closer to success Monday night.

The resolution to create the board passed by a voice vote in the Justice and Social Services Committee of the Champaign County Board; it will next be considered by the full county board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Proposal to create county nursing home board advances

URBANA – The move to create a board of directors for the county's nursing home edged closer to success Monday night.

The resolution to create the board passed by a voice vote in the Justice and Social Services Committee of the Champaign County Board; it will next be considered by the full county board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

New Tuscola health clinic will offer medical and dental services

TUSCOLA – Sawdust and power tools still litter the sun-filled rooms of the Douglas County Health Department's new dental and medical clinic.

But by the end of January, Administrator Amanda Minor is hoping they'll be filled with people receiving medical and dental care.