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Piatt County panel backs nursing home administrator

The Piatt County Board's nursing home committee voted 2-1 to back a decision by Nursing Home Administrator Gary Coulter to eliminate three unit assistant positions.

UI nursing administrator turning focus to teaching, research on diabetes

CHAMPAIGN — For more than two decades, local nurse practitioner Sandra Burke has been teaching and writing about a disease that has escalated to epidemic proportion — diabetes.

Finance worries vexing nursing home board

URBANA — Financial concerns related to state Medicaid reimbursements and delays continue to weigh on the members of the Champaign County Nursing Home board.

At Monday's meeting county board member Gary Maxwell, a Mahomet Republican who said he intends to leave the nursing home board, said he believes the board faces two "unpopular options" in attempting to remain financially viable.

Friends, family, colleagues gather to help firefighter with rare cancer

ST. JOSEPH — If there's such a thing as the "right stuff" for firefighters, Rusty Chism was likely born with it.

The 49-year-old St. Joseph native grew up around the local fire station, where his father served as chief.

At age 19, he grudgingly attended a meeting that Forrest Chism organized to attract younger volunteers.

Outbreak 'teach-ins' set at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Mabinty Tarawallie hasn't been back to her native country for two years.

But she speaks to her brother every day, by phone, text or Facebook, to get the latest news on their family and the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

"Everybody's OK. Everybody's fine," she said Friday. "It's just scary."

Updated: Obamacare Part II brings more choices, some lower costs, some higher

CHICAGO — Open enrollment for Obamacare round two begins in a week, and the good news in Illinois is there will be more choices and at least some lower premium rates for health coverage being sold through the government marketplace.

Red Cross plans blood drives to be ready for holiday needs

The Red Cross has scheduled blood drive throughout the area to ramp up supplies before the holiday season, when blood donations typically decline.

All types of blood are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, according to the Red Cross.

Danville zoning panel doesn't back marijuana dispensary

DANVILLE — A Champaign doctor argued passionately Thursday night that opening a medical marijuana dispensary at his Danville clinic would help people suffering with pain, but the city's planning and zoning commission did not give its support.

Christie names two to leadership posts

CHAMPAIGN — Christie Clinic has again added new leadership.

Jason Hirsbrunner, the clinic's director of support services, has been named to a new management position — chief operating officer — for the Champaign-based clinic system.

UI trustees want more information on potential med school at Urbana

URBANA — Two competing proposals to bridge engineering and medicine at the University of Illinois were reviewed by a committee of UI trustees Tuesday, and one thing was clear: they want more information.