Health and Fitness
URBANA – If disaster should strike – whether it's the flu, a tornado or terrorists – the area has a new resource.
Carle Foundation Hospital and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District have signed an agreement that allows Carle to use MTD's large facility a few blocks further east on University Avenue as a surge facility.
URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center has been named one of the safest hospitals in the nation, according to a new report that also found more than 200,000 patient deaths across the country were potentially preventable.
The report from HealthGrades, a leading independent health care rating organization, placed Covenant in the top 5 percent of nearly 5,000 hospitals for patient safety, based on a study of Medicare patient outcomes from 2003-2005.
CHAMPAIGN – Dental care for Champaign-Urbana adults on Medicaid will become available through the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, starting early next month.
However, service hours will be limited initially, until more money and volunteer dentists become available, public health officials say.
URBANA – The Carle Foundation is planning a major expansion of its Urbana campus, including construction of a new $120 million specialty center and a new parking deck.
But the expansion will come at a cost to the surrounding neighborhood, as Carle is seeking an expansion of its medical institutional campus zoning boundary to allow it to eventually demolish about 40 rental homes, which Carle owns, north of its medical campus.
DANVILLE – In a report on the condition of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics across the nation, local officials report mostly routine maintenance problems at the Danville facilities.
The internal review, ordered two weeks ago by VA officials in Washington, D.C., revealed some serious issues, such as mold in patient areas, but the majority of problems listed, about 90 percent, were labeled routine.
CLINTON LAKE – The body of 8-year-old Kalin Hunter, who was presumed drowned with his grandfather and uncle, was recovered Thursday evening from Salt Creek, about 160 yards south of where the adults' bodies were found at Clinton Lake, said commander Duane Pitchford of the Illinois Conservation Police.
Authorities said swift underwater currents made the recovery effort difficult in recent days. Pitchford said Kalin's body began moving with the current earlier Thursday and was tracked using sonar until it traveled to a spot where it could be captured.
URBANA – If you go to the doctor with an earache, you're probably going to be examined for an ear infection.
And if your arm swells up after you fall down the stairs, you're probably going to be checked for a broken bone.
DANVILLE – None of the 70 or so people at Tuesday's informal war veterans gathering had ever been a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
But it didn't matter to Harold "Sparky" Songer, director of the Vermilion County War Museum, where the monthly meetings take place.
CHAMPAIGN – For two local soldiers who stayed at Walter Reed Hospital after surviving bomb attacks in Iraq, it wasn't the mice or the cockroaches that bothered them as much as the paperwork.
A painfully slow bureaucracy took most of the 15 months Sgt. Steven Allen will never get back from Walter Reed. Even now, the Roberts man hasn't started receiving disability checks for the hand he lost when an improvised explosive device blew up next to his Humvee on May 19, 2005. His shoulder still needs work.
CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic will open its doors to 3,500 more needy patients enrolled in two state Medicaid programs – All Kids and FamilyCare – state officials said Saturday.
Amy Rosenband, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, said the announcement will be made by Barry Maram, the department's director, and Christie Clinic officials at the clinic's Windsor Road branch on Monday.