Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Blood banks seek donors as summer approaches

URBANA – Area blood banks need a shot in the arm – your arm.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up and summer on the way, blood supplies need to be boosted, because donations typically slow down when schools aren't in session.

New Coyle Chiropractic location opens today

DANVILLE – Beginning today, Coyle Chiropractic will be seeing patients at its new location at the corner of Vermilion Street and Poland Road.

For the last seven years, chiropractor Terry Coyle has practiced at his previous location, 1001 E. Voorhees St. in Danville. But last week, Coyle moved the office to its new site at 3 1/2 Poland Road in Danville in the former Pro PT location. The other part of the building is occupied by Orthopedic Partners.

Group wants training, standards, licensing for 'lay' midwives

CHAMPAIGN – The first time Andrea Rice gave birth at home, it was an accident resulting from a hasty labor.

The second time, she and husband Corben planned a home delivery from the start. And that's because the accidental home birth was something of a revelation to Rice, a 28-year-old Champaign mother of four.

Flight service celebrates 25 years

SAVOY – After 25 years of transporting vital organs, moving the terminally ill, bringing sick kids to chemotherapy in far-off hospitals and other acts of unselfishness, it's about time for LifeLine Pilots to give itself a pat on the back.

And that's what happened Saturday in a Flightstar airplane hangar when, after a meeting of its board directors, LifeLine volunteers and family members threw a surprise party for the organization and its founder.

Hospital might be razed, rebuilt

DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center may be torn down and rebuilt at its current location starting in a few years, according to United Samaritans Chief Executive David Bertauski.

A $100 million rebuilding project for the Danville hospital is under consideration – but hasn't yet been approved by the hospital board or the Provena corporate office in Mokena. The project would also require the approval of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.

Work on Carle branch facility set to begin this week

URBANA – Construction is set to start Thursday on the first of two new Carle Clinic branch facilities planned for Champaign-Urbana.

Work will start first on the Urbana clinic at 1818 E. Windsor Road, at the northeast corner of Windsor and Myra Ridge, Carle officials said.

Board of health's executive director placed on leave

CHAMPAIGN – For the second time in less than two years, the local public health board is taking a hard look at its executive director.

The Champaign-Urbana Board of Health voted 3-0 Friday afternoon to put Vito Palazzolo on administrative leave, with pay.

Informal meeting pushes governor's plan

DANVILLE – Kim Thompson and her husband paid the health insurance for their adult son, Kyle Thompson, because his employer didn't provide a plan and he couldn't afford an individual one as a chef at The Great Impasta in Champaign.

For that reason and others, Thompson, of Danville, supports Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to provide health insurance for the uninsured in Illinois.

UI's McKinley patients to pay fee for prescriptions

URBANA – Starting next semester, University of Illinois students will pay more for their prescription drugs from the McKinley Health Center on campus.

Students will pay a $5 co-pay when they pick up a prescription. And some drugs, mostly name-brand oral contraceptives, will cost about $22 or more per month.

Orchard Downs ideas presented

Two local development teams competing for the job of rebuilding the University of Illinois' Orchard Downs into a multi-generational, multiuse community unveiled their proposals to the community Wednesday.

And the future of Orchard Downs looks green.