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An architectural rendering of the new eye care facility planned in Bloomington.
Eye Surgical Associates

Thirteen eye doctors and a spectacle boutique are coming together to create a new $10 million eye center.

Woman with a mic in front of a screen that reads, "What About Dental?"
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The Community Health Care Clinic’s new program that connects patients with primary care physicians instead of using hospital emergency rooms for treatment is on pace to save Advocate BroMenn and OSF Healthcare a combined $1 million in its first year.

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One of the keys to minimizing financial losses at the McLean County Nursing Home will be forming partnerships with hospitals.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday overwhelmingly signed on to recommendations for the county's nursing home developed by a special panel of experts from the community.

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Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

A man and a woman sit in chairs talking to elected government officials for McLean County, Illinois.
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The McLean County Nursing Home is at a “tipping point,” according to a blue-ribbon panel of health care leaders that studied the facility.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The League of Women Voters of McLean County has released a study concluding the McLean County Nursing Home is not sustainable under the current business model.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

Illinois State University

The National Science Foundation is giving Illinois State University Faculty a $317, 000 grant. The money is buying a device that uses lasers to concentrate and filter cells into like batches. It's called a flow cytometer cell sorter.

Faculty and students will use the machine to do research on aging and the immune system, reptiles and turtles, bumblebee parasites, pollen grains, bird blood, and insects.

Students will get training on a device that is common in many health professions.

The feds funded only 16 percent of grant applications in this category.
 

Courtesy of Illinois State University

Scientists call them the "unsung heroes" of the human body. They are B cells—white blood cells that help ward off viruses and infection. But as our bodies age, so does the effectiveness of these cells.

Bloomington Police have arrested a 31-year-old nurse for allegedly ripping painkiller patches off the arms of nursing home patients and stealing them.

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Even as McLean County government begins a debate on how to deal with its money-losing nursing home, the facility is gaining recognition as a good place for elders to live.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre has named a blue ribbon panel to look at the McLean County Nursing Home.

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An organization working to halt the spread of HIV in Illinois wants to have the difficult conversations behind treating the disease.

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Children across the country suffering from life-threatening and chronic illnesses risk losing their health insurance unless Congress acts soon.

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Drug overdose deaths in McLean County rose more than 150 percent last year.

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There is some behind-the-scenes skirmishing over the future of the McLean County Nursing Home, but the County Board has now agreed to hire a consultant to look at the future of the facility.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

Chestnut Health Systems

Chestnut Health Systems has chosen its new CEO.  

Current Chief Clinical Officer Dave Sharar will take over as CEO on Jan. 7 when Russ Hagen retires after several decades with the not-for-profit health agency.

Sharar also has a long tenure at Chestnut. A statement from board Chair Judy Smithson indicates Sharar's experience in many of the lines of business and that the leadership skills he has exhibited over 29 years are valued.

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A pilot program to improve wellness among people with developmental disabilities in Bloomington-Normal is showing significant benefits.

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Illinoisans with Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO health insurance will no longer be able to get in-network care at OSF HealthCare hospitals around the state, including OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

A Final Promise Lives On

Oct 9, 2017
Dan Diaz & thebrittanyfund.org

An advocate for end-of-life options will visit Illinois State University this week to share his wife's story in an effort to help others who face death.

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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal will pay a $55,000 fine for not having adequate staff on call at its emergency room last year and failing to follow state rules.

A Google map showing the layout of the nursing home.
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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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Now that Republican efforts to scuttle Obamacare have failed, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday he is hopeful a bipartisan reform measure can emerge.

The Illinois Democrat said he trusts GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to help come up with health care reform.

McLean County Health Department

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

McLean County Health Department Senior Sanitarian Angie Crawford says a mosquito pool east of Bloomington collected Aug. 1 from the 61705 area code has tested positive for the virus.

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OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington will be adding neonatology services to its birthing center next month, hospital officials announced Tuesday.

Mitch McConnell speaks
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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Illinois, many thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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