Iroquois Memorial Hospital will file a Certificate of Need with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to close the obstetrics services unit effective July 31, 2017.
This difficult decision was made after years of sustained losses, increasing costs, lower reimbursements, and the demands of maintaining an obstetrics program. IMH averages less than one birth every four days. The discontinuation of OB services has become a trend across the United States for Rural Community Hospitals.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital will continue to stay focused on providing the very best Primary Care to patients in the IMH service area, through our Satellite clinics, technologically advanced diagnostics, surgical services, and our Specialty Clinic which is comprised of providers in ten different specialties.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital will strive to make certain that affected staff will remain part of the IMH family by providing them the opportunity to move into open positions. Plans are also being made to recognize and honor physicians, nurses, and those who began their life’s journey at IMH.
The goal at Iroquois Memorial Hospital for over 100 years has been to provide quality healthcare to those in our service area. Moving forward into 2017, administration, staff, and the Board have made the commitment to continue to provide excellent healthcare services to our community and the surrounding area.
Seven community colleges across Illinois will get some cash here in the new year. The Illinois Community College Board has approved for seven schools to get some emergency funding. Each will get close to four hundred and thirty thousand dollars.
Three million dollars total will be passed out equally. Each school falls into a different district in the state. And criteria was based on areas getting the least amount of property tax money.
The schools include Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Kaskaskia College, John Logan College, Rend Lake College, Shawnee Community College, and Southeastern Community College.
Many of the community colleges have made budget cuts because of the state not having a budget.
Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz is extending praise to law enforcement officers involved in the arrest of an attempted murder suspect in Champaign County.
36-year-old Jason Sanders was stopped by troopers and Champaign County sheriff deputies after he fled Gilman having shot another man at a truck stop.
Sanders is now charged with attempted murder and weapons violations. He’s jailed in Watseka.
State Police Director Leo Schmitz said ‘’These brave officers put their lives on the line. They knew the man had a gun and they knew he had already shot someone.
These police officers did what officers across the country do every day. They ran toward the situation, putting themselves in danger to protect innocent citizens.’’
Director Schmitz referenced the arrest of Sanders of Wesst Memphis, Arkansas. Sanders had been in an altercation on the parking lot of a truck stop in Gilman where another trucker was shot. Police say Sanders fled the scene in a semi-truck which was stopped after it was spotted traveling along Interstate 57 in Champaign County.
‘’Their professionalism and dedication to protecting others ensured this incident ended quickly and without anyone else getting hurt,’’ added the Illinois State Police Director.
Sanders is now charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
The shooting victim was treated for two gunshot wounds. He was in stable condition at a Carle Hospital in Urbana.