DANVILLE – Lakeview College of Nursing officials soon will launch a $450,000 building expansion, adding much-needed classroom space at the Danville campus.
Chief Executive Officer Dick Shockey said the project was prompted by the college's growing enrollment, which stands at 255 this fall.
URBANA – Dr. James Leonard remembers going to the Carle Foundation Hospital board a few years ago and talking about the need to add more space for sick kids and women having babies.
It didn't take long for the board to agree, he recalls.
CHAMPAIGN – A Clinton-based weight loss surgeon has notified a state planning board that he plans to seek permission to build an outpatient surgery center on Champaign's northwest side.
A letter of intent to file an application for a so-called certificate of need has been sent to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board by Olympian Surgical Suites, a corporation based in Clinton.
It's just a short walk from Illini Tower to Lincoln Hall, maybe 10 minutes straight down Chalmers Street. But it was the end of a long journey for Erica Van Zuidam – from lying in a hospital bed near death from bacterial meningitis, through amputations of her hands and feet and rehabilitation, to now returning to the University of Illinois as a sophomore.
As she walked to her Spanish class on the first day the UI was back in session, Erica was a little nervous, wondering if everything would go OK. But mostly she was excited.
HUME – When area superintendents worked on their budgets in 2005 for the 2005-06 school year, everyone was complaining about gas prices in the $2 range.
That was before Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast, petroleum facilities there and, eventually, to superintendents' best-laid plans.
CHAMPAIGN – Chances are, you've walked by dozens of these little boxes in public places and never noticed them.
Chances are you might even have to use one of them yourself one day – especially if you're in Illinois, a state aiming to make automated external defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers.
CHAMPAIGN – Even if he didn't check the pollen counts every day, Dr. Arvin Uppal would know by the stuffiness of his own nose that ragweed season has started with a vengeance.
"I think it's definitely worse this year," says Uppal, an ear, nose and throat doctor with Provena Medical Group in Urbana and an allergy sufferer himself.
URBANA – Plans for a new breast cancer institute on the Carle clinic and hospital campus have been expanded to include a whole new cancer center for Carle, clinic officials say.
Under the new plans, the Mills Breast Cancer Institute – to be built at the southeast corner of University Avenue and Orchard Street in Urbana – will now be part of a 100,000-square-foot building that will also house the cancer center that is currently in Carle's south clinic building.
CHAMPAIGN – Mary Ellen Hoss of Champaign speaks emotionally about the long history she's had with Provena Covenant Medical Center and how she wouldn't want to go anywhere else for hospital care.
But after her husband encountered a three-week wait for coronary bypass surgery because of scheduling backups at Covenant, she said, she could see there's a need for more operating rooms in Champaign-Urbana.
URBANA – An opening date for the county's new $24 million nursing home seems to be receding into the future.
The new Champaign County Nursing Home would have to be occupied before Dec. 31 to meet a state certification deadline. If it does not, the certification process might have to start over.