Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Student cleared for school following treatment

CHAMPAIGN – An Edison Middle School student who contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has been released by a doctor to return to school, according to a letter sent home last week to Edison parents.

"We have received confirmation that the student is not contagious and poses no risk of infection," said the letter from Edison Principal Joe Williams.

New Humane Society executive director gave up law for pets

Mary Tiefenbrunn's first career: stage manager. Second career: lawyer.

Third career: breaks her heart every day, but so worth it.

Tiefenbrunn, who took over as executive director of the Champaign County Humane Society in early September, oversees an organization that tries to find new homes for a seemingly endless supply of animals somebody didn't want.

Danville nursing home tries to balance staff, residents, budget

DANVILLE – Since 2000, Vermilion Manor Nursing Home has lost money, except in 2003.

The difference that year? The Vermilion County-owned facility had an occupancy rate of 80 percent. Since then, the number has fallen, hitting 60 percent last year.

Area's county-owned nursing homes still struggle financially

DANVILLE – Scrawled across a drawing board in the Vermilion County Board offices are the services Illinois counties must, by law, provide: enforce laws, prosecute offenders, build and maintain roads, keep records, conduct elections, assess property and collect taxes.

A nursing home isn't on the list.

Oncologist to offer lessons, laughter

URBANA – Coping with breast cancer requires more than what modern medicine has to offer.

It can also take a healthy dose of humor, says a noted surgeon set to speak at Urbana's Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., on Thursday.

Carle considers sale of long-term care sites

URBANA – The Carle Foundation says it is looking to get out of the long-term care business in Champaign County.

The foundation, which also owns Carle Foundation Hospital and a host of other health care businesses in East Central Illinois, is exploring the sale of The Carle Arbours, a long-term care facility in Savoy, and says a sale could also include Carle's retirement community, the Windsor of Savoy.

Hospital prevails again as tax penalties build

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center has racked up more than $17,000 in penalty fees for failing to pay its property taxes this year.

But the hospital's lawyer, Patrick Coffey, says he expects the disagreement over whether the Urbana hospital actually owes taxes in the first place to be resolved before its properties wind up in the county's annual tax sale later this month.

Constituents urge Johnson to fight to extend health program

URBANA – When their son, Elias, was born 11 months ago, Michael and Jacqueline Hannah hadn't figured on him needing a month-and-a-half stay in neonatal intensive care.

And they sure hadn't planned for the $417,000 hospital bill that came with it, because they couldn't afford health insurance.

Urbana meeting focuses on consultant proposal

URBANA – Taxpayers will have at least another month to hear more about a plan to hire a consulting firm for the new $24 million county nursing home.

The county board met in a three-hour study session Wednesday with mostly Democrats, most of whom are skeptical about the idea, in attendance, as well as AFSCME officials opposed to the plan.

Nursing home union will voice privatization, wage concerns

URBANA – Champaign County Nursing Home's union wants a say in the discussion of major changes in management.

The county board will hold a study session on hiring consultants for the money-losing operation at 7 p.m Wednesday at the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.