Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Nursing college holds health fair for low-income seniors

DANVILLE – When Polly Bishir attended a health fair at Mer Che Manor on Monday, she expected to get her blood pressure and glucose checked.

She did not expect to learn she may have osteoporosis.

Provena Covenant named one of top 100 cardiac care facilities

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals in cardiovascular care.

The Urbana hospital was one of six Illinois hospitals to make the list, which is compiled annually by Solucient, an Evanston-based health care information company.

New clinic with more room set to open Monday

CHAMPAIGN – Andrea Goldberg pauses in a corridor lined with patient exam rooms and just soaks in the downright spaciousness of Frances Nelson Health Center's new building.

In the old building, the patients and staff have been jammed in elbow-to-elbow, and there's still never enough room.

Woman was inspiration to others

URBANA – In 1986, when Shauna Liggett's physicians discovered the vivacious 5-year-old had a dangerous tumor growing in her brain, her family moved quickly into action.

Her parents, Jim and Shirley Liggett, examined treatment options; looked for services and special programs to help their daughter, increasingly impaired by a series of operations to remove the tumors and subsequent setbacks; and planned activities to make Shauna's life a blessing to others.

Two local health plans rank highly

CHAMPAIGN – How good is your health insurance, really?

If you're covered by one of two local managed care companies – PersonalCare Insurance of Illinois or Health Alliance Medical Plans – a study published earlier this week in "U.S. News & World Report" says you're insured by the top two commercial health plans in Illinois.

Demand great for nursing assistant program

URBANA – For Lisa Mars, bathing, bed making and basic care are only the tasks of her job as a nursing assistant at Carle Arbours in Savoy.

The main requirement, she said, is love.

Farmer City manager tackles several issues during first year

FARMER CITY – David Joswiak recently marked his first year as city manager of Farmer City, but he's had little time to celebrate.

His plate has been rather full.

District plans to buy former Colwell Systems site

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is planning to spend $2.2 million purchasing the old Colwell Systems building at 201 Kenyon Road, where it intends to eventually consolidate all its public health offices.

The sale closing will take place Friday. The district is purchasing the 100,000-square-foot building and 7 acres of property from Patterson Dental Supplies, according to Carol Elliott, chairwoman of the board of health.

Study shows Urbana hospitals strong in heart care

URBANA – Your chance of walking out of a hospital alive after a major illness or surgery depends increasingly on what hospital treats you, according to a new national study released Monday.

A new study by HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings company, found that more than 300,000 lives could have been saved between 2003 and 2005 if those patients had been admitted to top-rated hospitals.

How in the name of mercy could a Catholic hospital lose its exemption?

URBANA – One of the first things you see when you walk through the front doors of Provena Covenant Medical Center is the giant crucifix on the wall of the patient registration area.

Visitors walking through the lobby are greeted with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI, looking benevolently from the wall, and on down the corridor there are pictures of the many nuns who have served this Catholic hospital during its long history in Urbana.