Debra Pressey

'Bear' headed to new home

URBANA — Bear, the abused dog found last month dangling from a bridge post in Ford County, is now healthy enough to be released from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and go to his new “forever home,” UI officials said.

Gibson City to host new rural health center

GIBSON CITY — The National Center for Rural Health Professions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has been awarded federal funding to open four new centers, including one in Gibson City.

Carle, Riverside join facilities in Watseka

WATSEKA — Two health systems serving Iroquois County, Carle and Riverside Healthcare, say they’re getting together in a building project to bring their medical services together in one facility in Watseka.

Peace Meal program back on track

MATTOON — The Peace Meal program will resume hot lunch deliveries and congregate meal service five days a week starting Oct. 1 for seniors in a 14-county area, according to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, which administers the program.

Peace Meal had reduced its service to four days a week due to funding cuts in 2011.

$1 million boost for local charities

CHAMPAIGN — Seven local charities are sharing in a surprise windfall of more than $1 million.

Gibson City grandma has long record of selfless acts

GIBSON CITY — When you’re in your 80s and walk with crutches, it might be easy to sit back and let others do the helping. But that’s never been Mary Timm’s way.

Presence hospitals leadership changes

The leadership of the Presence Health hospitals in Urbana and Danville is changing, the health system has announced.

Mike Brown, the regional president and CEO, will oversee the leadership of Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital to be managed by Presence Health

WATSEKA — Illinois’ largest Catholic health system has taken over the management of Iroquois Memorial Hospital.

Hot meals for seniors to continue after all

CHAMPAIGN — The state has declared that area seniors can keep their hot-lunch program after finding flaws in an agency’s decision to switch to a provider that was going to serve frozen meals.

The Peace Meal program that would have ended Sept. 30 will now continue with its hot-lunch deliveries four days a week and will serve warm meals at dozens of congregate sites in 14 counties.

Quinn: Promised grants on way soon to hospitals

URBANA — Gibson Area Hospital is among more than 100 Illinois hospitals that will soon receive payments on grants that had been promised to pay for new equipment and building improvements, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday.

“There’s no better investment than investing in health care,” the governor said in an afternoon stop at Presence Covenant Medical Center.

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