Health

IMH, Riverside exploring merger

KANKAKEE — Officials with Kankakee-based Riverside Healthcare and Watseka-based Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) have each signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare.

The letter of intent gives both organizations the chance to work confidentially to explore the possible merger.


Custodian back to work just 6 weeks after double-knee replacement

GIBSON CITY — After having both of his knees replaced with artificial joints, Carl Welch could have taken more time to rest. The six weeks of work he missed could have been eight or 10, or even more.


Flu clinics scheduled in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) released its 2017 flu clinic schedule. 

Dee Ann Schippert, public health administrator, said clinics have been scheduled throughout Iroquois County in order to provide easy access for residents. 


Ford County Public Health schedules walk-in flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department released its 2018 flu clinic schedule recently.

Fifteen walk-in flu clinics are scheduled in Ford County through October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are strongly advising vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older.


Crow found in Loda tests positive for West Nile virus

WATSEKA — A dead crow found Aug. 27 in Loda tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Iroquois County Public Health Department announced Thursday.


Reminder issued about West Nile virus

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reminding residents of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.


Fitness/wellness center targeted for Oct. 1 opening

GIBSON CITY — Come October, clients of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance facility in Gibson City will have more space — and more things to do — during their one-on-one workouts with personal trainers.


Gibson City community raises more than $30,000 for cancer research

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City resident Tammi Fanson couldn’t be more pleased with the efforts of her community to raise funds for cancer research in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, a lemonade stand in the parking lot of the WGCY Radio studios in Gibson City brought in more than $2,000 in donations. And later that night, a dinner at her home pushed that total even further.


Accolade to close Paxton nursing home but buy another

PAXTON — Accolade Healthcare plans to shut down its nursing home on North Market Street by Nov. 1, but the company’s owner hopes the facility’s residents and staff will choose to stay in town.


Gibson City officer with cancer ready for 'chance to fight'

GIBSON CITY — After being diagnosed in June with Stage 4 colon cancer, Tony Row began to grow angry at the world.

Not even a year earlier, the nine-year veteran of the Gibson City Police Department had seen his beloved colleague, Police Chief Eric Hyatt, lose his 6 1/2-year fight with the same disease.

“It just sucks. There’s no other way to describe it,” Row said.


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