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Accolade Health Care buys two Paxton nursing homes, one in Pontiac

PAXTON — When Moe Freedman calls in his reservation to the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, the clerk answering the phone always recognizes his voice.

“They’re like, ‘Hey, Moe,’ before I even say my name,” the 30-year-old Chicago man said.


Gibson Area Hospital doctors honored with statewide awards

GIBSON CITY — A special reception was held recently at Railside Golf Club in Gibson City in recognition of Gibson Area Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chris Dangles and the late Dr. George Bark, a family practitioner at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Paxton Clinic, for receiving the 2017 Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA).


Elite Performance’s expansion may benefit not just public but schools, too

GIBSON CITY — When Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services’ Elite Performance program expands yet again in upcoming months with the opening of two much larger facilities in both Paxton and Gibson City, it will come with the addition of new equipment that not only the public can use but also possibly the athletic teams at local schools.


Two local doctors honored for commitment to rural healthcare

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services announced that two of its doctors — orthopaedic surgeon Chris Dangles and the late George Bark, a family practice physician who died July 24 — have been selected to receive the 2017 Illinois Rural Physicians of Excellence Award.


West side of Buckley under boil order

BUCKLEY — A boil order is in effect in Buckley until further notice.

The boil order is for the west side of town (west of the railroad tracks), according to a news release from Westville-based ERH Enterprises Inc., the company hired to maintain the village’s water system.


Use of tobacco may be banned at Paxton's parks

PAXTON — The use of tobacco products at Paxton’s public parks and ballfields would be outlawed through a proposed ordinance up for approval by the city council in October.


Food pantry, Elite Performance to move into shuttered Alco store

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services has purchased the long-shuttered Alco store on Gibson City’s east side and plans to relocate its local Elite Performance facility to the site, along with the Gibson Area Food Pantry.

Rob Schmitt, chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, said the purchase of the store occurred several months ago.


Tobacco cessation classes offered in Gibson City — for free

GIBSON CITY — Tobacco cessation classes are being offered in upcoming weks by Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services — and they are free of charge to the public.

The program follows the guidelines established by the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, which is designed for people who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco.


New Elite Performance of Paxton coming in 2018

PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services announced that its Elite Performance facility in Paxton will be moving into the old Sorenson factory on U.S. 45 on the city’s north side.


Ameren equips nearly 240 trucks with AEDs

PAXTON — As part of its commitment to workplace safety, Ameren Illinois has installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on nearly 240 trucks across central and southern Illinois, including three trucks in the Paxton area.