Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

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.

Carle Clinic antitrust deal limited to Champaign County

URBANA – The terms of a tentative agreement that would end an antitrust action against Carle Clinic don't extend beyond Champaign County, according to the Illinois attorney general's office.

Part of that agreement requires Carle Clinic – which operates facilities in five East Central Illinois counties – to boost primary care services to 2,850 more needy patients covered by the state's Medicaid program.

Watchdog pleased with tentative deal between Carle Clinic, state

URBANA – Claudia Lennhoff is used to moving the barriers standing between low-income patients and the medical care they need.

But five years ago, she faced a bigger obstacle when her organization, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, started hearing complaints about scores of Medicaid patients being turned away at Carle Clinic and Christie Clinic.

Residents marching to get answers on contaminated site

CHAMPAIGN – Residents who live near a former manufactured gas plant in Champaign will march around their neighborhood Saturday to publicize what they say are unanswered questions about contamination at the site.

Carle Clinic, state reach tentative deal in antitrust suit

URBANA – Carle Clinic would expand access to 2,850 additional needy patients on the state's Medicaid program and give money to two local health organizations serving the poor under a proposed settlement the clinic has reached with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The settlement, which was presented in Champaign County Circuit Court this morning, must still be approved by Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus.

Speakers to discuss battling depression with mind, body

CHAMPAIGN – A psychiatrist and a certified yoga teacher/Pilates instructor will offer a workshop on Saturday on "Using Your Mind and Body to Recover from Depression."

The workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Savoy Room, Hawthorn Suites Hotel, southwest corner of Neil and Kirby streets, Champaign. Participants are to wear comfortable clothes that allow gentle stretching. The workshop fee is $20.

Events mark 20 years of AIDS awareness

CHAMPAIGN – The launch of World AIDS Day 20 years ago may have raised awareness of the virus, official say, but locally, there's not enough.

Renovated outpatient clinic for veterans now up and running

DANVILLE – Doctor visits are never fun, but they've gotten much easier for some of the newest patients at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.

That's because this year, the Danville medical center opened a newly renovated outpatient clinic for veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Economic woes put Carle expansion on back burner

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital says it will slow down its $236 million expansion project because of the downturn in the economy.

"The Carle Foundation and Carle Clinic are financially sound organizations. They are simply taking a conservative approach to financing the building project and believe it is in their best interest to wait until the financing environment improves," the hospital announced in a written statement.

Carle Clinic lays off 21 employees

URBANA – Carle Clinic laid off 21 employees Monday, citing a need to cut staff expenses.

The affected employees were primarily in "manager-level" and support-service positions, according to a statement from the clinic. No employees providing hands-on patient care were affected, it added.