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Bloomington-Normal hospital officials said Thursday they have planned for surges in COVID-19 cases that could demand "desperate action."

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A new analysis shows how easily Bloomington-Normal’s hospitals could become strapped for space even if a moderate-case COVID-19 scenario comes to pass.

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Therapy service for children will grow in Bloomington-Normal.

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Legal marijuana, teen vaping and rural HIV are just a few of the key issues McLean County's new health department administrator faces as she takes over a department that is seeing staff and funding cuts as more money is being devoted to mental health.

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Thursday's announcement that Carle health system plans to acquire Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital is big news for Central Illinois.

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Additional coverage: You can also read or listen to a full Q&A with Advocate BroMenn President Colleen Kannaday, airing Friday on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital are changing hands. Urbana-based Carle will acquire BroMenn and Eureka.

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Health officials in McLean County say flu season has been relatively mild this fall.

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A Bloomington lung doctor said he would like the state to set minimum ages to buy e-cigarettes, as vaping is tied to more than 800 illnesses nationwide and 12 deaths.

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The head of the Community Health Care Clinic said six months into operations of the new dental clinic they are only scratching the surface of filling the need for tooth care for low-income people in the Twin Cities.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 700 women die every year in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications.

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A pediatrician in Normal is warning the public about the spread of measles in the United States due to fewer children getting the vaccine.

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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital are the latest medical facilities to enact visitor restrictions because of a rise in flu cases.

Advocate officials released a statement Tuesday that visitors younger than 18 will not be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice. The hospitals are only allowing two visitors in any patient room at a time, and they are telling anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue to avoid trying to visit patients.

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OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington is one of at least three medical facilities in Central Illinois that are asking the public to limit visits due to a spike in flu cases.

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Bloomington-Normal has a lot of things that would make other communities jealous.

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Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.

For Doctors, Bigger Guns Mean More Trauma

Jun 24, 2018
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When emergency room Dr. Shayla Garrett-Hauser visits schools to talk about her job, kids always ask her to tell them about the grossest thing she’s ever seen.

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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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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Tuesday for tougher regulations on e-cigarettes, especially the “insidious” marketing of flavored products to children.

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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal is rolling out new state-of-the-art equipment worth $5 million.

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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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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Sept. 25-29, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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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.

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The McLean County Heart and Stroke Walk is all about getting fit, staying healthy and fighting back against heart attack and stroke.

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If you can't remember where you put your keys or a co-worker's name, you might chalk it up to a "senior" moment. But what if you're only 40 years old?

Religious Groups Focus On Mental Health

May 17, 2017
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When a person is experiencing an emotionally difficult period, often the first stop in seeking help is with a pastor or another trusted spiritual adviser.

That's why churches and faith groups across denominations are increasingly focusing on the mental well-being of their congregation members, says Patricia Turner, outreach director for Center for Hope International Ministries, an independent, non-denominational Christian church in Bloomington.

"I'm glad that this is one of the stops people can make," Turner said on GLT's Sound Ideas.

Can Cancer Be A 'Gift?'

May 1, 2017
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You don't normally expect to hear the words cancer and gift in the same sentence. But that is how Marcia O'Donnell, a Community Cancer Center patient, describes her life since her diagnosis of advanced breast cancer.

O'Donnell is a former mental health professional and mother of two small children.

She credits her positive outlook, in part, to being able to share her questions, fears and sometimes overwhelming emotions with Cancer Center chaplain Cheryl-Peterson Karlan.

Initially, though O'Donnell didn't even want to meet with the chaplain. 

Cancer Center Chaplain Seeks To Inspire Hope

May 1, 2017
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Cheryl Peterson-Karlan, the chaplain at the Community Cancer Center in Normal, says her job is about listening to people, meeting them where they are, and if possible, helping them find hope.

Hospice Chaplain Offers Lessons On Living

Apr 28, 2017

 

Hospice Chaplain Kerry Egan says she doesn't know if listening to people's life stories as the confront death can make a person wise.

"I do know it can heal your soul. I know this because the stories healed mine."

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The holidays are stressful but nothing is apparently more stressful than Christmas day. That's the day when researchers in the American Heart Association's publication Circulation say there are more deadly heart attacks than any other day of the year, followed by Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.  With that in mind, the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation is pushing area residents to download the free smart phone app Pulse Point.

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Workers are feverishly putting the final touches on the thirty five million dollar Center for Integrated Wellness just north of the airport in Bloomington.

The Center combines several services and business entities in one place, a fitness center managed by Advocate BroMenn, METHOD Sports Performance, and McLean County Orthopedics. Such facilities are becoming a trend across the U.S. 

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