Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

American Cancer Society bus tour stopping in Urbana

URBANA – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's Fight Back Express bus will make a stop in Urbana Monday, the organization said.

The bus will be parked at Provena Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., from noon to 1 p.m.

Traveling group that helps veterans to visit Danville

DANVILLE – The 2008 Harley's Heroes Tour will make a stop at Gutterridge Harley-Davidson in Danville on July 25 and 26.

Military veterans in Vermilion County and surrounding areas can receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits as part of a tour that is visiting 175 Harley-Davidson dealerships across the U.S. Benefits assistance will be offered to veterans of all ages in the communities where they live through a $1 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Managed-care company buys HCH Administration Inc.

URBANA – The managed-care company launched by Carle Clinic nearly three decades ago is once again expanding beyond its home base in Urbana, this time picking up some 64,000 new members from a company in Peoria.

Health Alliance Medical Plans said it has finalized its purchase of HCH Administration Inc., a company that provides administrative services for employers with self-funded health benefit plans.

Nursing home's accounting problems fixable, expert says

CHAMPAIGN – A nearly $1.2 million discrepancy in expenses between two county reports is one of at least two financial problems with the county's nursing home that can be fixed, a University of Illinois accountancy professor said Thursday.

"There is a problem with data integrity, but it's a fixable problem," said Rachel Schwartz, who is an unpaid consultant to the county board.

Carle's two new C-U facilities nearing completion

URBANA – Two new Carle Clinic facilities being built in Champaign-Urbana are nearly ready to open.

And when they do, they're going to be busy places.

Nursing home administrator resigns, but keeps his job

URBANA – Andrew Buffenbarger resigned from the Champaign County Nursing Home on Monday, only to start work there Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, he's an employee of Management Performance Associates of the St. Louis, which was hired last week at $15,000 a month to manage the nursing home.

Surgeon to open area's second free clinic soon

CHAMPAIGN – Plans are under way to open a second free clinic in Champaign-Urbana.

Dr. Cristina Medrano, a surgeon who served as one of the volunteer physicians for the Champaign County Christian Health Center until April, said she will open a free clinic of her own called Hope Community Health Center.

Crosspoint partnership takes effect today


DANVILLE – Today, there will officially be a fresh start for Your Family Resource Connection in Danville.

YFRC, the agency that provides comprehensive services and shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness, officially becomes a partner with Crosspoint Human Services.

Groundbreaking for Gifford nursing home set for July 23

GIFFORD – Officials at Country Health Nursing home in Gifford expect to break ground on a $7 million project to renovate and expand the facility during a ceremony at 6 p.m. July 23.

While the nonprofit Country Health Nursing Home is licensed for 89 residents, Administrator Carol Ruthenberg said Monday that the facility has been limiting the population to 70 residents because of lack of space.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever case reported in dog

CHAMPAIGN – A case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has turned up in a dog in Champaign County, public health officials said.

The dog's owner reported that it had been in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, according to the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.