Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Hospital, clinic argue over need for facility

CHAMPAIGN – Mary Ellen Hoss of Champaign speaks emotionally about the long history she's had with Provena Covenant Medical Center and how she wouldn't want to go anywhere else for hospital care.

But after her husband encountered a three-week wait for coronary bypass surgery because of scheduling backups at Covenant, she said, she could see there's a need for more operating rooms in Champaign-Urbana.

County nursing home opening remains in limbo

URBANA – An opening date for the county's new $24 million nursing home seems to be receding into the future.

The new Champaign County Nursing Home would have to be occupied before Dec. 31 to meet a state certification deadline. If it does not, the certification process might have to start over.

Lemonade stand putting the squeeze on cancer

CHAMPAIGN – Nine-year-old Alana Smith Rosenbaum remembers how sick her little brother, Jered, was when he was a baby, and how medical research helped make him better.

So when she wanted to earn a few dollars by setting up a lemonade stand in front of her house this summer, her dad didn't have any trouble convincing her that her time would be better spent selling lemonade to help other kids with cancer.

Champaign Co. Nursing Home cutting jobs

URBANA – Twenty people will lose their jobs at the Champaign County Nursing Home, effective Sept. 11.

And selling the nursing home, soon to be replaced with a $24 million, state-of-the-art facility, is not an impossibility, the county board noted.

Good gesture carried out

URBANA – Whenever it rained, mud squished around the shoes of riders waiting for a bus outside C-U Independence Apartments, and resident Dane Scherr had vowed to do something about it.

He started making plans last winter to install landscape stones around the bench with his caseworker at Developmental Services Center, which owns the apartment building.

Covenant urging slow approach on Christie surgery center

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center is urging local governments to refrain from any quick actions that would lend support to Christie Clinic's plans to build an outpatient surgery center.

And that's just fine with Champaign County Board member Tom Betz, who placed Christie Clinic's request for county support for its proposed surgery center on a board committee agenda for tonight – but says he personally thinks the county should stay out of this conflict.

State Senate candidates voice pension concerns

Republican state Senate candidate Judy Myers on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment requiring the state to comply with a 1995 state law governing public pension contributions.

That law was superseded by legislation the Democrat-controlled General Assembly enacted in 2005, which reduced some benefits for future hires and cut the state's expected pension contributions by a total of $2.3 billion over two years.

Nurse to talk about treating Iraq war veterans

URBANA – A nurse who spent last summer caring for Iraq war veterans at Walter Reed Hospital will talk about her experiences.

Kim Abel of Mendota will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., Urbana. The talk is sponsored by the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort.

Sale of nursing home building on agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will consider again Tuesday a proposal to sell a small city parking lot and the ManorCare Health Services building.

The council was asked to approve the sale of the properties at 309 and 313 E. Springfield Ave. two weeks ago, but council members had questions about the sale price and even the wisdom of getting rid of the properties.

Tuscola last to make FutureGen's cut

CHAMPAIGN – Tuscola reached the final four in the competition for hosting the $1 billion FutureGen power plant because evaluators found shortcomings in the Effingham site.

Effingham actually had the fourth-highest score among eight sites deemed qualified for consideration. But evaluators said the Effingham site was relatively small, long and narrow, making it difficult to build a railroad spur for coal delivery.