Health Care

Budget near for Ford health department

PAXTON — The board plans to approve the first budget for the county's newly created public health department in May, showing projected expenses of $898,208 and revenues of $936,844.

The proposed budget, presented to the county board this week, was created by Steve Williams, the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's interim administrator.

Nursing home manager vows vigilance in reconciling bad debt

URBANA — After writing off some $346,000 in bad debt, the managers of the Champaign County Nursing Home have resolved to become more aggressive in collecting money owed the county-owned facility.

Judge orders isolation for TB patient

CHAMPAIGN — A local tuberculosis patient has been ordered to be confined to his home for 30 days, and now the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will have some help keeping him there.

Threat of TB 'very minimal' for most

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in Illinois, but for the average person, the threat of getting this contagious disease is "very minimal," local public health experts say.

The county had seven TB cases last year, or 3.4 per 100,000 people. That was the third-highest-rate in the state behind DuPage County and the city of Chicago.

TB order, if issued, would last 30 days

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District would have about a month to keep a man with tuberculosis in home isolation, if the court agrees to order it in the interest of public safety.

UI explores more autonomous medical education in Urbana

URBANA — The University of Illinois is exploring the possibility of establishing a more autonomous College of Medicine here and aligning itself with Carle as its clinical partner.

Confinement of contagious TB patient sought

CHAMPAIGN — For the second time in recent years, local health officials are turning to a state judge for help to keep a patient with tuberculosis from potentially spreading it around the community.

Getting the help they need

URBANA — By the time Jack Gillespie had to turn the care of his wife, Norma, over to a nursing home, he'd lost 40 pounds taking care of her himself as Alzheimer's disease steadily wasted her brain.

His friend, Chuck Cowger, had two heart surgeries during the years he, too, cared for his dementia-stricken wife, Jan Hartman, at home.

Health Alliance chief: rebid on state contract may come soon

The head of Urbana-based Health Alliance said there may be some movement this summer on an effort by the company to regain a state contract that it lost.

UI nursing group sponsoring 5K Sunday

URBANA — When Lynne Stonebock's dad was diagnosed with the fatal neurological disease ALS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association came to the rescue for him and her family, she said.

A University of Illinois senior nursing student, she is giving back to the organization with the help of the Illini Student Nurses' Association, which is sponsoring the area's first Make a Muscle 5K Run/Walk.

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