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News-Gazette: Frances Nelson to move to local control

CHAMPAIGN — Frances Nelson Health Center, a Champaign clinic under the control of a Decatur organization for the past 11 years, could soon be back in local hands.

A new not-for-profit corporation was established last month to take over the clinic, and a local board was established to see the transition through, with a goal of detaching the Champaign clinic from the Community Health Improvement Center of Decatur by June 1, said Lyn Jones, president of the United Way of Champaign County.

Read more at the News-Gazette

Sean C. Powers/Illinois Public Media/File photo/A dental clinic in the Francis Nelson Health Center in November 2011. It provides dental care for low-income, uninsured or Medicaid patients.

Bed Check: The condition of East Central Illinois nursing homes

Across East Central Illinois, more than half of nursing home beds available to Medicare and Medicaid patients are in homes that are rated below or well below average. Here we offer an in-depth look at nursing home care, inspection reports and how to find a good nursing home.
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Photo by Darrell Hoemann The courtyard at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.

New dental clinic for low-income patients hosts open house

By Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday in Champaign to mark the opening of a new dental clinic for low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid eligible patients.

Located at the Francis Nelson Health Center, the 1,000 square-foot clinic seeks to treat about 2,500 people within the next year. Nancy Greenwalt is the director of Smile Healthy, a community-based initiative to provide dental care to the undeserved. She said in addition to having a full-time dentist and two part-time hygienists on staff, the clinic also has translators who speak both Spanish and English.

Sean C. Powers/Illinois Public Media/The 1,000 square-foot clinic, located at the Francis Nelson Health Center, has four operative rooms. The clinic hosted an open house Tuesday. It provides dental care for low-income, uninsured or Medicaid patients.

Blog: New admin for county nursing home on the job he's wanted since 1995 is taking an in-depth look at nursing homes in Central Illinois.

Earlier this week, we sat down with Chuck Schuette, the new administrator for the Champaign County Nursing Home, to discuss his plans to tackle the challenges facing the county’s nursing home (See blog post here or listen to audio interview).

For more on this project and interactive tools you can use to evaluate nursing homes in your area, tune in to Illinois Public Media or visit on Monday, Dec. 5.

Sean Powers/Illinois Pubilc Media/Effingham native Chuck Schuette started his new job as the administrator for the Champaign County Nursing Home on Monday, Oct. 31. He spoke with about his plans for the nursing home's challenges.

State budget cuts threaten independent living programs

By Joe Ward/For CU-CitizenAccess/ It had been a long and tiresome day for Hadley Ravencroft, who spent the majority of her Tuesday, March 15 in Springfield protesting the round of budget cuts set to hit the human services sector if Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget goes unamended.

She got no sleep the night before and was in physical pain at the capital, where she and some 300 others told politicians that their ability to get to Springfield with relative independence would be jeopardized if the sweeping budget cuts pass the General Assembly as they are supposed to.

Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess/Yolanda Martin sits down to fold a clean load of laundry as part of her duties as a personal assistant. Martin works nearly eight hours a week as a personal assistant for Hadley Ravencroft, who has limited mobility due to cerebral palsy. Funding for personal assistants like Martin is in jeopardy due to state budget cuts. Without a personal assistant, Ravencroft could not live independently.

New clinic offers free health care option to uninsured

By Jenn Kloc/ For CU-CitizenAccess — Irfan Ahmad had a problem. He saw people in his community who couldn’t afford what he considered a basic human right — health care.

The engineer did what many would do to address a difficult problem: he reached out to members of his local religious community to find a solution together.

The idea for the Avicenna Community Health Center was born, but Ahmad and others at the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center knew they couldn’t do it alone. They collaborated with local hospitals, clinics and community members to construct a strong foundation for their free clinic.

Courtesy photo/Avicenna Community Health Center/ A patient has her blood pressure and temperature checked

Vermilion fourth from bottom in ranking health of Illinois' counties

By Debra Pressey/ The News-Gazette  — For a second year in a row, Vermilion County has been ranked one of Illinois' unhealthiest places to live in a report that looked at health of all U.S. counties. 

Vermilion County with its higher smoking rate, double the number of single-parent households and much greater chance for premature death than national benchmarks was ranked 98th, in the bottom 10 for health among Illinois' 102 counties.

Champaign County ranked near the upper third for a second year in a row, at 34th healthiest in the state. 

Screen shot of County Health Rankings, a project that ranks the health of America's counties.

Health care reform bridges prescription gap left by Medicare

University of Illinois student Anna Yee explores the effects of the health care reform on Medicare Part D.

Anna Yee/ An aisle of medication inside a drugstore. Receipents of Medicare Part D were responsible for paying for all their medication when their co-pays fell within a threshold known as the "doughnut hole". This gap costs some Medicare receipients thousands of dollars for prescription drugs

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