New Central Illinois Clinic Aims To Reduce ER Visits For Patients In Mental Health Crisis

SPRINGFIELD – A central Illinois hospital system recently launched a new mental health crisis clinic, which aims to meet the growing need for services amidst the pandemic while reducing pressure on local hospital emergency departments. Rates of anxiety and depression appear to be rising during the pandemic, according to federal data. The U.S. Centers for […]

Hundreds of Central Illinois Hospital Workers Receive Coronavirus Vaccine

SPRINGFIELD – Hundreds of nurses, doctors and other medical staff at central Illinois hospitals received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine this week. Memorial Health System officials expect to have inoculated around 1,600 frontline health workers across four of their hospitals by the end of the day Friday, and a spokeswoman for HSHS St. […]

Illinois Hospitals Face Ethical Questions: ‘If Everybody’s At Capacity, What Do You Do Then?’

URBANA – Across Illinois’ Region 6, which includes 21 counties in east-central Illinois, hospitals have less than 30% capacity remaining in their medical-surgical and intensive care units, local health officials reported this week. Hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients as rates of community transmission rise throughout the region, says Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie […]

News Around Illinois – February 24, 2020

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State Lawmaker Sponsoring ‘Crown Act’ In Illinois PEORIA – State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) wants to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act to ban hairstyle discrimination. She says her Crown Act will likely come up for a vote near the end of the legislative session. The goal is to help black and Latinx women who are […]