Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

After adoption, sisters repaying kindnesses they received

ST. JOSEPH – All Loren remembers about the shoe box full of Christmas presents is the picture of the family it came from.

She was a 10-year-old, living in an orphanage in Peru with her two younger sisters.

Provena program announces Litter Lottery for cleaning project

DANVILLE – The Health Community Initiative of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation has announced the Litter Lottery for the September, October, November "Before the Snow Flies" cleaning project.

Adopt-A-Spot groups, totalling 149 people, worked 299 hours to pick up 116 bags of trash. That brought 2008 totals totals to 553 people working 1,312 hours to pick up 517 bags of trash.

Holiday Tour of Homes to be Sunday in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON – The Hoopeston Area Healthcare Foundation will present a Holiday Tour of Homes from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Featured on the tour are the homes of:

Think warm for holiday gifts for nursing home residents

Gwendolyn Hartfield, an activities worker at ManorCare in Champaign, suggests scarves, hats and gloves for older relatives. Andrew Buffenbarger, the administrator of the Champaign County Nursing Home, agrees that warm clothes never go wrong.

Provena Covenant Medical Center makes upgrades with patients in mind

URBANA – It may never be fun to go to the hospital, but a Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation official says there's no reason it can't be more pleasant.

With that in mind, the foundation has paid for nearly $1 million in recent improvements at Covenant, and is working to raise $1 million more for other upgrades, according to Dave Selzer, vice president of development and mission at Covenant.

Danville YMCA holding registration for youth, adult classes

DANVILLE – The Danville Family YMCA is holding open registration for both youth and adult program classes.

Classes for the winter session begin Jan. 5, 2009, and are seven weeks long.

Gold rush: Salvation Army receives fourth, fifth gold coins

This weekend wasn't exactly the fifth day of Christmas, but it produced similar benefits for The Salvation Army.

Instead of five gold rings, the organization received its fourth and fifth gold coins in area red kettles.

Phone upgrade to affect service at Carle on Wednesday, Thursday

URBANA – The main phone lines at Carle Foundation Hospital will have limited service from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday because of work on the telecommunication system.

The main hospital number, 383-3311, will work, but callers should expect delays and busy signals, officials said. A system has been established for emergency communications.

Simulators help maternity nurses know what to expect

URBANA – There she was, stretched out on the operating table in the throes of childbirth, and not looking very happy about it, either.

"You'd think they'd have made her cuter," said Renell Composto, Provena Covenant Medical Center's director of maternal child health services.

But never mind how this birthing patient simulator – actually a mannequin with a wide-open mouth (simulating screaming, perhaps?) named Noelle – looks.

Composto is thrilled to have her on board, along with Noelle's two patient simulator babies, because this birthing and neonatal simulator system Covenant began using recently is helping better train nurses to handle about anything that can happen in a real-life delivery.

Area lacks options for safe disposal of needles

CHAMPAIGN – Growth hormone injections are helping Leanna Cossman's 10-year-old son, who was born with a host of medical issues and needed to put on some weight.