A damage assessment team from the National Weather Service (NWS) reports it was an EF1 tornado that hit eastern Will County over the weekend. The communities of Frankfort and Monee were cleaning up debris after the tornado hit, damaging eight homes. No injury was reported.
The twister was on the ground for 2.6 miles and winds were clocked at 90 mph.
IMH RANKED IN THE TOP 15% NATIONWIDE BY MEDICARE INVALUE BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM
Iroquois Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top 15% by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in their July 2015 Value Based Purchasing Report card.
"We are very excited to be ranked in the top 15% of over 3,500 hospitals nationwide and second out of area hospitals," said IMH Nurse Lead Leslie Cottrell. There are several factors that go into determining IMH's ranking. Some of those factors include HCAHPS scores, clinical outcomes, and efficiency.
Hospital Value-Based Purchasing is independently measured by CMS as a part of their long-standing effort to link Medicare's payment system to a value-based system to improve healthcare quality. Hospitals in the program are paid for inpatient acute care services based on the quality of care, not just quantity of the services they provide.
Farm Safety Week – Drivers urged to be alert for farm equipment
This is Farm Safety Week. The Fall harvest is underway. Motorists need to be extra careful and aware of slow moving farm equipment on roadways.
Area police agencies are asking the motoring to realize that farm equipment includes not only tractors and combines, but grain trucks, grain wagons, truck tractor semi-trailers, auger wagons and trailers. Such equipment should be marked with a slow moving vehicle emblem.
Farmers are hitting the roads with their farm equipment, headed for the fields. Crashes involving farm equipment are not uncommon in Illinois; a state where the majority of over-all land is farmland. East-central Illinois records some of the highest farm equipment crashes.
Officials remind motorists that patience and courtesy is key to safety on the road. It is critical to use caution, slow down and share the road. Studies show that left-turn, rear-end and passing collisions are the most common types of accidents involving motorists and farm machinery.
A traffic mishap in White County, IN Sunday afternoon killed one person. A second driver may have been driving under the influence.
White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said the crash happened around 3:30 pm at U.S. 421 and County Road 900 North, just north of Monon. Shafer said when a westbound vehicle entered the intersection, it hit a vehicle traveling on U.S. 421 The driver was killed. Names of those involved have not been released.
A thunderstorm warning was elevated to tornado warnings for parts of Illiana Friday night. The WGFA-listening area was hit with heavy rains. Reports of 1-2 inches fell again -- AFTER 1.5 to 2 inches was recorded early Friday morning.
Thunderstorms and lightning again forced area high school football games to be postponed. Several local games will be played today (Saturday).
There was a tornado warning issued for south-Chicago suburbs. The National Weather Service survey teams will be visiting the Monee and Frankfort communities in Will County today (Sat) to review damage from reported-tornadoes.
Tornadoes were reported in Cook and Will counties.
Flash flood warnings were also issued Friday night after heavy rain and ping pong-sized hail. Trees were downed and yard debris scattered.