BLOOMINGTON - NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) of McLean and Livingston Counties honored several Central Illinois residents for contributing to mental health awareness and education. Awards were presented during NAMI's recent awards' night.
Community members honored were State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington; Myla Davis of DBSA (Depressive-Bipolar Support Alliance); Pastor David Robbins of the Unitarian Church, Bloomington; and Paul Swiech, health editor of the Pantagraph.
NAMI members honored were John Plesko and Rosemarie Scarbeary. Also recognized were Mary Ann Brewster, consumer; Occupational Development Center, organization; and professionals Alicia Girard of PATH and Dr. Gil Abelita.
MEADOWS - Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community has been awarded the Seal of Confidence for commitment to resident satisfaction by the Life Services Network.
The seal was achieved after Meadows successfully completed Life Services Network's Confidence Satisfaction Survey Program, which included surveys of residents and family members. Meadows received a five-star rating.
PONTIAC - OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center has selected Nancy Kutzner to receive the 2007 Heart of Nursing RN Award and Jeannine Mathia to receive the 2007 Heart of Nursing Partner Award.
Heart of Nursing Awards were created to recognize registered nurses and nurse partners who focus on prioritizing their resources to address what matters most to patients and their families.
Kutzner, of Flanagan, is a charge nurse in the surgery department, has been with the hospital for 28 years, and was hon ored for her spirit and knowledge.
Mathia, of Pontiac, works in the medical/surgical department and assists in the pharmacy department. She has been at Saint James for 35 years and was honored for her respect of others and willingness to accept new responsibilities.
Nurse of Year
LINCOLN - Angela Rene Barr has been named Nurse of the Year at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Barr is a 20-year veteran of the hospital's surgery and med/surg units.
Director of Nursing Judy Bandy described Barr has a model employee. Barr said her experience as a cancer patient makes her more aware of the need for communication and compassion with patients and their families.
BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Andrew Morgan, medical director for Easter Seals Peoria/Bloomington, has been awarded the Lou Lowenkron Program Innovation Award by National Easter Seals. The award was presented in a ceremony in Chicago.
Morgan was honored for his community theater program, The Penguin Project. Morgan also is chief of the section of child development and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, and medical director for pediatric rehabilitation at Children's Hospital of Illinois, Peoria.
PEORIA - Oncology Hematology Associates of Central Illinois was among 10 community oncology practices nationwide to be honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology for efforts to improve the care of people with cancer through participation in clinical trials.
Dr. John Kugler, who sees patients at the Community Cancer Center in Normal, was among 12 Oncology Hematology Associates' doctors honored by the society at its 43rd annual meeting in Chicago.
Oncology Hematology Associates has 110 ongoing clinical trials in many different cancer types. Doctors with Oncology Hematology Associates are based in Peoria but see patients at several locations throughout Central Illinois, including in Normal and Eureka.
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has honored 14 people and organizations from throughout Illinois for heroic acts. The recognition happened as part of the Illinois Department of Public Health's 20th Annual Emergency Medical Services Awards.
Among those honored was Melissa Taylor Eskridge of El Paso. On May 3, 2006, she was driving her mother home after surgery when they came upon a vehicle at the roadside. A man inside the vehicle was in full cardiac arrest. With the help of bystanders, Eskridge started CPR while her mother called 9-1-1.
MORTON - Yvone Smith of Morton has been named Outpatient Registered Nurse of the Year for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Smith, who was among several Saint Francis' nurses honored, works in the OSF Sisters Community Healthcare Center, Peoria.
Receiving the Saint Francis Leader of the Year award was Suzanne Faulkner of Delavan. She is manager of Transplant Services.
BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Kornelia Juergensen has joined OSF St. Joseph PromptCare at 1505 Eastland Drive, Bloomington, and 2200 Fort Jesse Road, Normal.
Juergensen was in private practice in family medicine at the Fairbury Aesthetic and Laser Centre, Fairbury, and worked at Convenience Care Center, Champaign.
She is a graduate of Technical University of Munich, Germany, where she earned her medical and doctorate degrees. She served residencies there and at the General Medicine Training Office in Munich as well as at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is board-certified in family medicine.
BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Lawrence Nord of Bloomington has been elected to a second three-year term as a trustee for the Illinois State Medical Society, representing 14 Central Illinois counties.
The election happened during the society's recent annual meeting in Oak Brook. Nord also is a member of the society's governmental affairs committee.
Since 1980, Nord has been in the private practice of orthopedic surgery in Bloomington-Normal. He is a member of the state medical society, the McLean County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is on the active surgical staff of Bloomington-Normal Healthcare Ambulatory Surgical Center, BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Eastland Ambulatory Surgical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.
Family Health Walk
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington-Normal Area Program of Catholic Charities is partnering with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, BroMenn Regional Medical Center and Eastland Chiropractic & Wellness Center for the 2nd Annual Friends & Family Health Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Carden Park, Normal.
The event is designed to educate children and their families about the importance of exercise to their health. Each participant is asked to raise at least $50 to benefit the Bloomington-Normal Area Program's Summer Camp for children ages 9 to 13. For more information, call (309) 829-6307.
Dining with Friends
BLOOMINGTON - The McLean County AIDS Task Force Dining with Friends Dessert Finale has been postponed until 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, call (309) 827-2437.
PONTIAC - OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center is accepting applications for its 2007 Summer Volunteen program, which runs June 25 through Aug. 10.
Volunteens must be at least 14 years old and must submit their application forms by 5 p.m. Friday. Applications are at the medical center's information desk or call (815) 842-6808 or (815) 842-6827.
BLOOMINGTON - OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is offering morning and evening dates for its four-part series of diabetes self-management education classes led by diabetes management leader Marvis Custer and registered dietitian Leslie Masters.
The classes will be in the hospital's Center for Healthy Lifestyles. For class times and dates, call (309) 661-5157.
BLOOMINGTON - The annual Arthritis Walk, combined with the Arf'ritis Dog Walk, raised more than $8,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, said Kate Marable, campaign coordinator with the McLean County Arthritis Foundation.
The walks, conducted recently at Illinois Wesleyan University, will benefit local programs and services of the arthritis foundation, as well as national research.
PONTIAC - The OSF Saint James Foundation will host Tee Off for the Tropics, an anniversary golf outing to benefit the OSF Saint James Emergency Medical Services' System and its affiliates, at 11 a.m. June 11.
Registration is $60. For reservations, call (815) 842-6808.
MONTICELLO - American Diabetes Association is accepting applications for Camp Granada, the association's summer camp for children and teens with diabetes.
The camp is for children ages 8 to 16 who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The camp, in Monticello, will welcome new and returning campers from July 15 to July 20.
Register at (888) 342-2383 ext. 6640 or go to www.diabetes.org.