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Medical services expanding in Iroquois County

            Riverside Healthcare/Carle Health System partnership

Carle Health System and Riverside Healthcare are announcing plans to jointly expand clinical services in Iroquois County. The Riverside ambulatory campus on Route 24 in Watseka will be getting 8,000 square feet of additional space for Carle services. The expansion, including 14 exam rooms, is expected to be completed later this spring.

The primary care providers from Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center will be relocating their Watseka-based Roberts Clinic practice to the facility.

The ambulatory campus on Route 24 houses Riverside specialty care services. That will continue under the merger partnership.

Riverside President and CEO Phil Kambic says Riverside is continuing a long-term commitment to residents of Watseka and the surrounding area. ''Riverside has had a provider based in this community for over 25 years, and we now look forward to partnering with Carle to provide additional access to care,'' says Kambic.

Hoopeston Regional Health Care Center CEO Harry Brockus says by moving into a new and expanded space plans are to hopefully rotate additional physician specialists to provide care to people closer to where they live.

Brockus tells WGFA News ''This helps patients get the care they need without having to travel a great distance.''
According to a prepared news release, Riverside Healthcare will continue to provide primary care with obstetrics and gynecology, occupational health, physical therapy and sleep studies, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as lab, radiology and other services at the Watseka location.

Riverside and Carle leaders say the medical campus is an example of how the two organizations are exploring new options to support the rapid shift of health care to the outpatient setting.

{Info submitted by Riverside & Carle Public Relations}

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Victims Identified in Fatal Danville Shootings

Danville police are continuing the investigation into a double shooting that left two people dead Wednesday evening. Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (217) 446-TIPS.

27-year-old Hank Hamilton of Vermilion County was pronounced dead at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center just before 6 pm Wednesday. The other victim, 20-year-old Michael Albert Trotter Jr. of Danville, died about 8 pm Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

The Champaign and Vermilion County Coroners' offices are investigating.

Danville Police responded to shots fired in the 100 block of North Griffin Street around 5:45 pm Wednesday. The victims had already been taken from the scene by private vehicles.
There's been no word of suspects in the shootings.

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State Police advise motorists to drive carefully

State Police in both Illinois and Indiana are urging motorists to slow it down and drive carefully. Troopers have handled several accidents involving crashes and slide-offs.

Bridge decks and exit ramps have been especially slick. I-57 in the Champaign area and I-65 in Newton, Jasper and Tippecanoe counties in Indiana have experienced several accidents.

Troopers are also reminding motorists that state laws require them to slow down and use extreme caution in areas where emergency vehicles are handling accidents.

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Elderly Channahon woman found dead in garage

The Will County Coroner's Line reports that 86 year old Betty L Price of Channahon was pronounced dead at Monday night. She was found in her garage. Preliminary autopsy results show that cold exposure was a probable cause in her death.

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Schools closed for a 2nd day due to cold

Area school officials in Iroquois, Kankakee and Livingston counties announced school closings again today. For a second consectutive day, the arctic cold forced school administrators to consider the safety of students as the extreme cold temperatures continued to have a grip on much of Illinois and Indiana.

School districts in Newton, Benton and Jasper counties in Indiana also closed.

A wind cill advisory is in effect through Noon today.  Temps are below zero and wind cills have reached 25-30 below.

Cancellations and closings are listed on the Cancel Link at www.wgfaradio.com

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