Health and Fitness

Doctors' group causing Provena's deficit

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is operating in the red for a fourth straight year, but the losses this year are all in Provena's fledgling local doctors' group, hospital officials say.

Five months into the current year, the hospital itself was running at a $1.1 million profit, and is on track to end the year with a positive balance, said Chief Executive David Bertauski.

Secondhand smoke proven to cause breathing troubles

URBANA – Longtime restaurant owner John Schmitt looks back and figures he probably just didn't realize what was causing all those eye and sinus irritations that were plaguing him for years.

It wasn't until he got really sick with acute bronchitis in 2004 that he learned the culprit was secondhand smoke.

Health district considered as possible option for smoking enforcement

URBANA – Implementation of an indoor smoking ban in Urbana is only weeks away, but city officials are still working out exactly how the ordinance will be enforced.

Both Champaign and Urbana, which have both passed smoking bans, say their preferred solution would be to have the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District enforce the smoking ban.

UI Ag researchers look 50 years ahead

Models of the expected impact from global warming in the next 50 years have assumed that a warmer climate and drier soil would be bad for crops in many parts of the world, East Central Illinois among them.

Swing brings smiles for Champaign handicapped

CHAMPAIGN – Pure, unbridled joy.

The simple act of swinging through the air, something most children take for granted, delighted residents of the Swann Special Care Center on Thursday as they tested a new swing made especially for the disabled.

Retired prof called to scientific duty

John Bardeen, the late University of Illinois professor and two-time Nobel Prize winner, was in Europe for a lecture in connection with the 85th birthday of German physicist Walter Schottky, like Bardeen a pioneer in the solid-state physics that undergird the computer age.

Bardeen needed help translating biographical material on Schottky and received it from a young Austrian scientist who was so helpful that the great UI physicist asked if there was anything he could do for him.

Kids from meth families face extra difficulties

A 14-year-old boy said that after his mother started using methamphetamine, she no longer acted like a mom should.

In contrast, his 13-year-old brother believes the government is persecuting their father unfairly.

Clinic, hospital might be at odds

CHAMPAIGN – When Christie Clinic opened its own cancer center this spring in downtown Champaign, nearby Provena Covenant Medical Center predicted the competition would make a substantial dent in the hospital's income.

Now, the hospital is lining up to object to another Christie Clinic expansion project: a new outpatient surgery center.

Christie Clinic leaving downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – After 77 years in the heart of downtown Champaign, Christie Clinic is making plans to move to the northwest side of the city.

Christie officials planned to announce today that The Atkins Group will buy all the clinic's downtown Champaign properties and develop a new Christie Clinic campus just north of the junction of Interstates 74 and 57.

Vermilion County teen taking family on dream trip

DANVILLE – Sometime this week, Jill Myer will swim with dolphins, jet ski, parasail, go to a luau and climb Diamond Head volcanic crater in Waikiki.

On Wednesday, the 13-year-old Danville resident is taking her family to Hawaii as part of her six-day dream vacation.

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