Health

Ford County Public Health warns of Zika virus

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department wants Ford County residents to be aware of the Zika virus and how to protect themselves from the virus and other mosquito-borne viruses

As of Jan. 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) had reported three cases of the Zika virus disease statewide.


Paxton IGA removes potentially contaminated Dole salad items from shelves

PAXTON — The Paxton IGA grocery store has pulled two Dole-branded salad items from its shelves and destroyed them at the request of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., which last week shut down its Ohio production facility that produced the product over concerns it may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.


Gibson City hospital implements seasonal visitor policy

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital has officially implemented its seasonal visitor policy due to the increased incidence of local respiratory illnesses.

Through April 1, the hospital is asking that visitors on the acute-care side of the hospital be limited to immediate family members/significant others and immediate siblings.


It's time to make those resolutions! Now for a few tips ...

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness


I hope everyone had a good and safe Christmas, and I hope you didn’t over-indulge on the Christmas cookies!

In saying that, many folks make “New Year’s resolutions” in hopes of having a better year than the last one. 


Choose 2 Change Studios opening Jan. 11 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — If cold and wet weather has you searching for an outlet for youthful energy, a business expansion in Gibson City offers answers in a fun, new environment.

Choose 2 Change Fitness Club in Gibson City is opening a second location — known as Choose 2 Change Studios — on Jan. 11 at 510 W. 9th St. in Gibson City.


Record-setting judgment in wrongful-death lawsuit vs. doctors, hospital

GIBSON CITY — A Ford County jury recently awarded $950,000 in damages — the largest civil judgment in a medical malpractice case in the county’s 156-year history — to the estate of a 73-year-old man who died at a Gibson City hospital following the misdiagnosis of his medical condition.


Be like Mike: Find your motivation!

By SAM ERWIN
Owner of Nordic Total Fitness

Will Brumleve, editor of the Paxton Record, recently asked if I would like to write a weekly column about health, fitness, nutrition, etc. He said it might be a good way to motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle. 


State budget impasse could force closure of Ford County Public Health Department

PAXTON — The ongoing state budget impasse is of growing concern to Ford County Board members, who were warned Monday night that the continued withholding of payments owed by the state could force the closure of the Ford County Public Health Department within only a few months.


Gibson Area Hospital receives visit from lieutenant governor

GIBSON CITY — During her last stop in a 102-county tour through Illinois, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti told Gibson Area Hospital administrators and board members that she was “most excited about this (visit) because you’re the example.” 

Sanguinetti was referring to the hospital’s growth and award-winning care. 


Health department offers Medicare open enrollment assistance

PIPER CITY — Lana Sample and Nancy Bailey, both State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselors for the Ford County Public Health Department, will be available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in comparing plans for 2016 at various locations in Ford County. 


Find the answers to the Paxton Record’s trivia contest in our 150th anniversary special section! While doing so, learn about the history of the newspaper, Paxton, Ford County and the prominent people and events who have helped shape us into what we are today!

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