Health

Paxton pharmacist named Fellow by international association

PAXTON — Pharmacist Doug Higgins of Paxton was named a Fellow by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) during the IACP’s 21st annual Compounders on Capitol Hill Conference in Washington D.C.

Fellowship, the highest distinction awarded by the IACP, recognizes pharmacists who exemplify professionalism and commitment to the practice of pharmacy compounding.


Ford County Public Health Department to celebrate one-year anniversary

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department will celebrate the completion of its first year in operation with an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at its office in Paxton.

Cookies and punch will be served at the event, which will also honor retiring APS caseworker Marcia Peznowski.


Ford County Public Health collecting dead birds

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Ford County. 


Nordic Total Fitness to hold grand opening Saturday

PAXTON — Sam Erwin will hold a grand opening for his new gym, Nordic Total Fitness, at 207 N. Market St. in downtown Paxton, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 30.


Ford County board of health might reduce its number of meetings

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department board is considering reducing the number of times it meets per year, from 12 to six.

“We’ve talked about possibly meeting every other month,” board President Mike Short of rural Paxton said, noting, however, that no decision has been made yet.


First-quarter inspections result in mostly 'A' grades for food establishments

PAXTON — Ford County food establishments continue to perform well on their routine inspections by the county’s health department.


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.


Iroquois officials to search emails for unethical/illegal conduct

WATSEKA — A group of Iroquois County officials will pore over years worth of emails recovered from the work computers of former Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department employees in upcoming weeks, searching for further evidence of unethical and illegal conduct within the now-dissolved bi-county agency.


Paxton nursing home offers 'Synchrony' for treatment of swallowing disorders

PAXTON — Patients suffering from swallowing disorders or “dysphagia” following  a stroke, brain injury, cancer or neurological disease can now find new local treatment options. Heartland of Paxton is the first post-hospital provider to offer “Synchrony” for the treatment of swallowing disorders.


Gibson Area Hospital's Schmitt on list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know

CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ chief executive officer, Rob Schmitt, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.


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