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Rob Schmitt again named one of '60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know'

GIBSON CITY — For the fourth year in a row, the chief executive officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) is listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.”


'Corrective actions' taken to address elevated lead levels at two PBL schools

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district’s superintendent sent a letter to students’ parents last week informing them that the district is taking “corrective actions” to protect students from possible exposure to lead found in water sources at Clara Peterson Elementary School and PBL Eastlawn School.


Watseka hospital to close its OB unit

WATSEKA — Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka announced that it will file a certificate of need with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to close the hospital’s obstetrics services unit, effective July 31.


Ford County Public Health schedules two more flu clinics

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled additional flu vaccination clinics for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the agency’s office at  235 N. Taft St. in Paxton.

Ford County residents can schedule an appointment for one of those dates by calling 217-379-9281.


Hospital receives national recognition for excellence in patient satisfaction

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for excellence in patient satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute-care hospitals in the nation.


Sign on city-owned lot to be up for zoning board's approval in December

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council learned last week that the city’s zoning board of appeals will consider a request in December from Paxton Health Care & Rehab for a sign to be placed on city property, informing people how to get to the nursing home north of town.


Love Lights a Tree campaign under way

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary, in conjunction with the Gibson Area Hospital Foundation, is sponsoring the 12th annual Love Lights a Tree fundraiser to support Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services.


Eric Hyatt: From cancer survivor to police chief

GIBSON CITY — Eric Hyatt raised his right hand and repeated the words read to him by City Clerk Carla Moxley.

To most observers, it probably appeared just like any other oath of office administered in the Gibson City Council chambers.


'Quilt cold turkey' drawing to coincide with Great American Smokeout

PAXTON — Ford County residents who want to quit smoking cigarettes will have an added incentive to do so — even if it’s just for one day.

The Ford County Public Health Department is hosting a drawing for a free turkey, donated by the Paxton IGA, on Thursday, Nov. 17.


Gibson City native Ertel named hospital's chief financial officer

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City native Matthew Ertel has been hired as chief financial officer for Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS).

Ertel was born at Gibson Area Hospital (GAH) and raised in Gibson City. Ertel said he considered himself a “frequent flyer” at the hospital during his childhood, as he underwent multiple operations on his hands and feet there.