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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.

Poisonous spider re-emerges at Paxton school

PAXTON — The poisonous brown recluse spider has re-emerged in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district after a seven-year hiatus.

Some Paxton restaurants not posting inspection placards

PAXTON — The Country Gardens Restaurant & Pancake House on Paxton’s west edge proudly displays its inspection placard on its front door.

Manager Teresa Huseini likes to show off the Country Garden’s “A” grade and score of 91 that it received on its most recent inspection by the Ford County Public Health Department.

Clinic opens at new location in Hoopeston

HOOPESTON — The Family Health Care of Hoopeston, an affiliate of Gibson Area Hospital, has opened at its new location at 705 S. Dixie Highway in Hoopeston. 

The newly constructed facility features ample parking, numerous exam rooms and spacious procedure rooms.

Events set to help residents apply for Benefit Access Program

GIBSON CITY — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled several events to help residents complete applications for the Benefit Access Program.