Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Local physician will 'champion' cancer program

URBANA – Dr. Christopher Lansford, a Carle Clinic physician, has been appointed the new liaison between the cancer program at Carle Foundation Hospital and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Lansford, a specialist in otolaryngology and head and neck surgical oncology, will be part of a national network of doctors who provide leadership to their organizations' cancer programs and help keep them on track with Commission on Cancer initiatives.

Medicaid cuts hurt Champaign County

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home is in a serious financial crunch because of a cut to its largest money source: the state Medicaid program.

The state picks up the bill for about 60 percent of the nursing home's 168 residents who are on Medicaid, the state's health care program for the needy.

Grant will help with heat system

TUSCOLA – Adding a new clinic to Douglas County Heath Department headquarters has given the department a chance to use high-efficiency heating.

The health department received a $10,333 GeoAlliance grant to help pay for the geothermal heating and cooling.

Health center put up for sale

DANVILLE – Carle Foundation Hospital is searching for a buyer for its Poolside Health and Wellness center in north Danville.

In 2001, Carle started a joint venture with WaterWay pool facility, 3733 Poolside Drive, Danville, which was owned at that time by the Nelson family. The Nelsons conducted swim lessons, a swim team and water therapy services at the facility.

Agency accepts your old drugs for safe disposal

DANVILLE – From Monday through Saturday, Vermilion County residents will have a more environmentally safe way of getting rid of their old prescription drugs, rather than throwing them away or flushing them.

The Vermilion County Recycling program and Carle Rx Express are collecting unused drugs for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

How long must you wait for your rebate?

How fast you'll get your "economic stimulus payment" from the Internal Revenue Service depends largely on your Social Security number – and on whether you've requested direct deposit or not.

The IRS will begin sending out the payments to 130 million households on May 2, continuing through July 11. People who request direct deposit on their federal income tax returns will get their payments first. Those who request paper checks will get theirs later.

Planned Parenthood groups pool efforts

CHAMPAIGN – The red brick building's still there. The people and the services within it are largely the same. But Planned Parenthood of East Central Illinois is no more.

The organization's five Illinois affiliates – in Decatur, Springfield, Peoria and Chicago – have joined the East Central Illinois organization to form Planned Parenthood of Illinois, a move administrators hope will give the organization a stronger voice in policy-making, more uniform services with less duplicate paperwork, and money saved, by having fewer administrators, that can go toward meeting rising health care costs without cutting services.

Experts reach out to struggling moms in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Hellen McDonald still remembers how isolated and anxious she felt after her second child was born.

Now she looks back at that time in her life and sees symptoms of postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth.

Hearing loss center to be constructed

URBANA – For more than a decade, two programs serving children with hearing loss have operated in whatever spaces Carle Foundation Hospital could provide for them.

Now, both these growing programs – the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at Carle and ECHO (Expanding Children's Hearing Opportunities) will be sharing a brand new building of their own.

Events set for return of program for seniors

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center will hold three events to launch the return of its VIP Advantage program for adults 55 and older.

The program recruits members to take part in social and wellness programs, including one-day bus trips, bingo, luncheons, lectures and community discounts.