Gibson City native Ertel named hospital's chief financial officer

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City native Matthew Ertel has been hired as chief financial officer for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS).

Ertel was born at Gibson Area Hospital (GAH) and raised in Gibson City. Ertel said he considered himself a “frequent flyer” at the hospital during his childhood, as he underwent multiple operations on his hands and feet there.

Flu clinics scheduled in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled a dozen flu clinics for this fall.

The flu clinics begin Monday, Sept. 26, and conclude Thursday, Oct. 20, and will be held at sites throughout the county.

Hospital's CEO receives new five-year deal

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital’s board of directors has extended a new five-year employment contract to the hospital’s chief executive officer, Robert Schmitt. 

A selfless act: PBL grad donates bone marrow to help save cancer patient's life

RURAL BUCKLEY — By the time his sophomore year was over at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Mike Shively had already lost one of his classmates, Ryan Coe, to cancer.

Seven years later, in 2015, another member of Shively’s 2011 graduating class, Jon Hustedt, would die as a result of the disease.

Longtime dentist in Paxton retiring

PAXTON — Four decades ago, as Dr. Russell Pitch was getting ready to receive his doctorate in dental surgery from Loyola University in Chicago, he and his wife, Phyllis, decided they wanted to move away from the everyday hustle and bustle of a big city.

Four-legged therapist brings comfort to seniors in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — These days, when senior citizens gather around a table to begin their group therapy sessions at Gibson Area Hospital’s Geriatric Behavioral Services facility, they give a warm welcome to Daisy, their new therapist, as she walks in the door.

“It’s always, ‘Hello, Miss Daisy,’” said Vicki Angstmann. “They seem to have forgotten about me.”

HPV vaccine available at Iroquois County Public Health Department

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department in Watseka is offering the HPV vaccine for boys through age 21 and girls through age 26. 

Mold inspections available to Iroquois County flood victims

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Long-Term Recovery Committee is working to build a list of flood victims in the county who need to have their homes inspected for the presence of mold.

Dead bird found in Paxton tests positive for West Nile virus

PAXTON — A dead bird brought into the Ford County Public Health Department has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first such case in the county this year.

The bird was found in Paxton and delivered to the health department’s office in Paxton on July 12.

Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.

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