Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

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.

Carle plans to expand

CHAMPAIGN – The Carle Foundation is on the verge of buying a 71-acre lot in northwest Champaign that could eventually become home to a second Carle campus.

Dr. James Leonard, president and CEO of The Carle Foundation, said Tuesday the pending purchase of the property in the Clearview commercial development from The Atkins Group is being done "with our future in mind."

Roll up your sleeves: Influenza vaccine plentiful

CHAMPAIGN – If the thought of getting a flu shot fills you with dread because you're remembering the long lines and limited vaccine supplies of years past, you can relax.

Both nationally and locally, the influenza vaccine is so plentiful this year, local clinics say anybody who wants a flu shot can get one.

Danville hospital has 47 employees treated for scabies

DANVILLE – An exposure to scabies has affected 47 Provena United Samaritans Medical Center personnel, a hospital official said.

The employees were exposed to the skin mite after an infected patient was treated at the hospital sometime between Sept. 7 and 18, said hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Wesner. The hospital employs 850 people.

Activities for older adults to be offered at UI

The University of Illinois has established a new institute on campus – an institute for the gray-haired, or soon-to-be gray-haired set.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois will be a member-driven, fee-based program eventually housed in a redeveloped Orchard Downs south of Florida Avenue in Urbana.

Health summit looks at problems with system

CHAMPAIGN – If Americans want to slow down runaway health care costs, they can begin by stepping on the scale, eating healthier foods and throwing away the cigarettes, a local medical official advises.

Some 70 percent of the increase in America's health care costs over the last 15 to 20 years has been the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices – such as smoking and being overweight, says Carle Clinic's Chief Executive Dr. Bruce Wellman.

Carle plans two new primary care clinics for C-U

URBANA – Carle Clinic plans to break ground next year on two new primary care clinics in Champaign-Urbana, with both set to open in the spring of 2008, clinic officials said Monday.

One of the new clinics will be a 68,000-square-foot, two-story building that is planned for the southeast corner of Curtis Road and Mattis Avenue in Champaign, in the planned Liberty on the Lake subdivision.