Health Care

Promise Healthcare fundraiser scheduled for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — A fundraising dinner will be held for Promise Healthcare from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at McKinley Aquatic Center, 500 W. Church St., C.

It will include a four-course meal with Latino culinary favorites from local restaurants and entertainment.

Savoy facility adds short-term rehab unit

SAVOY — Champaign Nursing and Rehab has added a 29-bed, short-term rehab unit for active seniors, and will add its own dialysis unit next month.

The 213-bed facility in Savoy added the new short-term unit, suited for stays of one week to several weeks, in an area that formerly housed Alzheimer's patients. The Alzheimer's unit was closed, said marketing director Lea Martin-Ackerman.

UI-Carle med school partnership urged

URBANA — A consultant has recommended the University of Illinois partner with the Carle health system to develop a new, engineering-based medical college.

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.

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