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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.


Flu clinics scheduled in Ford County

PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department has scheduled a dozen flu clinics for this fall.

The flu clinics begin Monday, Sept. 26, and conclude Thursday, Oct. 20, and will be held at sites throughout the county.


Hospital's CEO receives new five-year deal

GIBSON CITY — Gibson Area Hospital’s board of directors has extended a new five-year employment contract to the hospital’s chief executive officer, Robert Schmitt. 


A selfless act: PBL grad donates bone marrow to help save cancer patient's life

RURAL BUCKLEY — By the time his sophomore year was over at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Mike Shively had already lost one of his classmates, Ryan Coe, to cancer.

Seven years later, in 2015, another member of Shively’s 2011 graduating class, Jon Hustedt, would die as a result of the disease.