Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

UI health showcase offers opportunity to get interactive

CHAMPAIGN – If you want to learn more about a healthy lifestyle – and get in some rock climbing – you'll want to visit the University of Illinois' Activities and Recreation Center next week.

The recreation center, known as ARC and located at 201 E. Peabody Drive, C., is hosting a Health and Wellness Showcase from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25. The event is free and open to the community.

Cash-strapped Crosspoint sending out pleas for help

DANVILLE – Julia Lawless has already contacted her state legislators to call attention to the lack of reimbursement for services and the recent cuts in human services.

"I've known there's been a problem, but it hasn't been until recently that I actually made a call," said Lawless, a licensed practical nurse at Crosspoint Human Services in Danville.

Kirby Hospital buying land for new facility

MONTICELLO – The John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital is making plans to buy 108 acres near Interstate 72 to build a new hospital.

Hospital officials said they have a verbal agreement to purchase the property, which is northwest of the Rick Ridings Ford Mercury dealership and the Market Street/Interstate 72 interchange.

Feds probing complaint at Champaign County Nursing Home

CHAMPAIGN – An anonymous complaint brought federal investigators to the Champaign County Nursing Home late last week.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent investigators from a Medicare/Medicaid fraud unit to the nursing home on Friday, said Administrator Andrew Buffenbarger.

Carle earns accreditation from Society of Chest Pain Centers

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital has become one of 15 hospitals in the state to receive accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international nonprofit organization devoted to reducing heart fatalities.

Accredited chest-pain centers show they can reduce the time it takes for a potential heart-attack patient to see a doctor, according to John Snyder, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Carle.

UI trustees to discuss budget increase requests

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday is expected to discuss its budgets, including raises for faculty and staff, for this year through 2010.

The board meets beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Illini Union's Pine Lounge in Urbana.

Provena Covenant Medical Center stands pat on tax refund

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center's attorney says the hospital will hang onto the $6.1 million property-tax refund it received from Champaign County earlier this year – at least for now.

The county is demanding the money back after the 4th District Appellate Court last month came down against the hospital and overturned a 2007 circuit court decision that had found Covenant tax-exempt.

Provena wants to keep $6.1 million tax refund

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center's attorney says the hospital will hang onto the $6.1 million property tax refund it received from Champaign County earlier this year – at least for now.

The county is demanding the money back after the 4th District Appellate Court last month came down against the hospital and overturned a 2007 circuit court decision that had found Covenant tax-exempt.

Provena program offering skincare event Sept. 27

DANVILLE – Women Aware, an outreach program of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation, will present "Skin as Soft as the Dewy Petals of a Flower" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 of the medical center, near the cafeteria, 812 N. Logan Ave.

Presentations include: Dr. Arvin Uppal on the different types of aesthetic enhancement available for face lifts; Carol Shriver, dietician, on how to eat properly for healthy skin; and Dr. Mary Gindi on the warning signs for freckles and moles that could turn cancerous.

Game night aims to help men score good health

URBANA – Monday night football may not necessarily be great for your blood pressure, but Provena Covenant Medical Center wants to make it better for your prostate.

The hospital will offer its first game night prostate cancer event – featuring food, football (Eagles at Cowboys), a men's health speaker and prostate screenings, all free – on Monday.