New pulmonary rehabilitation
program starts at ALMH

[OCT. 6, 2000]  A new pulmonary rehabilitation program has been implemented at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from chronic lung problems, such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung-related diseases.

It's a program that is really needed here, according to the pulmonary specialists who see patients in Lincoln. Until now patients who had chronic lung problems have had to go out of the area to get pulmonary rehabilitation.

The pulmonary rehab program includes education that is essential to lifestyle changes needed to increase endurance and improve the quality of life for these patients. Patients enjoy the stories shared from other patients and see that they are not alone with their problems.

Dr. Dru Hauter, medical director of the pulmonary rehabilitation program, provides consultative services for the new ALMH program, which is modeled after the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Memorial Medical Center.


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Sharon Koester, RT, is the program coordinator. She explained that all participants are referred to the program by their primary care physician or specialist. She begins the program with three educational sessions, and the safe exercise workouts begin with the fourth session. The exercise equipment used in pulmonary rehab is also used in ALMH's cardiac rehab program. Patients are monitored on the heart monitor for the first month by a cardiac rehab nurse. Each patient's program is individualized to meet his or her particular needs.

For more information, talk with your physician or call 217-732-2161, Ext. 418.

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Flu vaccinations will be delayed

Shortage of vaccine possible

[OCT. 2, 2000]  Logan County Health Department will not be administering any flu vaccinations until November. Influenza flu manufacturers have told the Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expect delays in flu vaccine shipments. There is also a possibility that there will be reductions of available influenza virus vaccine for the 2000-01 season.

Last season, approximately 80 to 85 million doses of influenza vaccine were produced for distribution in the United States. The exact number of doses that will be produced this year is uncertain at this time. There are four companies licensed to distribute influenza vaccine in the U.S. These companies are Parkedale Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Rochester, Mich.; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories Inc. of Marietta, Penn.; Aventis Pasteur of Swiftwater, Penn.; and Medeva Pharma Ltd. of the United Kingdom.

The cause of the delay and potential shortage of influenza vaccine is twofold. First, some influenza vaccine manufacturers have reported that one of the three influenza virus components used to make this year's vaccine has not grown as well as the corresponding strain used last year. Secondly, two manufacturers licensed to distribute this vaccine in the U.S. have been experiencing manufacturing problems. Both manufacturers are working closely with the Food and Drug Administration to address these problems.


As a result of this delay, Logan County Health Department is following the recommendations of the CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These recommendations include:

  • Implementation of organized influenza campaigns should be delayed. Mass influenza campaigns for the 2000-2001 season should be delayed until early to mid-November. The purpose of this recommendation is to minimize cancellations of vaccine campaigns.
  • Vaccine providers should administer influenza vaccine to unvaccinated high-risk persons after mid-November and throughout the influenza season.
  • Once vaccine is available, routine influenza vaccination of high-risk persons and their contacts should proceed normally.
  • In the context of a possible vaccine shortage, contingency plans for persons aged 50-64 years old should focus primarily on vaccinating individuals with the high-risk conditions rather than the entire 50-64-year-old age group.

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If Logan County Health Department receives a significantly smaller amount of influenza vaccine than ordered, those at highest risk for complications from influenza will be given top priority in the flu vaccine campaigns. Persons at high risk for complications from influenza should receive annual vaccination and include the following:

  • Persons aged 65 and older.
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities with residents of any age who have chronic medical conditions.
  • Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, including asthma.
  • Adults and children who have chronic metabolic diseases, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders or immune system problems.
  • Children and teenagers who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and therefore might be at risk for developing Reye Syndrome after influenza infections.
  • Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season.

Other persons who should be vaccinated each year include:

  • Health care workers, employees of hospitals, clinics, offices and chronic-care institutions who directly care for and have close contact with persons at high risk from complications of influenza.
  • Household members of persons in high-risk groups.

Logan County Health Department will issue further press releases as more information becomes available. Current information is also available from the Centers for Disease Control at their website of



Free depression screenings offered

[SEPT. 29, 2000]  Logan-Mason Mental Health, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Healthy Communities Partnership will offer a free presentation and depression screenings at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Conference Room A, as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 5. The screenings focus on both adult and adolescent depression.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be presented by Dr. Ken Sagins of Lincoln Health Care Specialists. In addition to the presentation, individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions and privately review a depression checklist with a mental health professional. All information is confidential, and pre-registration is not required.

According to figures from the National Institute of Mental Health, depression strikes more than 17 million Americans each year. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, and thoughts of death or suicide.

Logan Mason Mental Health is an affiliate of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.

For more information on this event or screenings in Springfield and Jacksonville, call Logan-Mason Mental Health at 217/735-2272.

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Area resources for families are listed

[SEPT. 28, 2000]  A family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership (732-2161, Ext. 409) and the Healthy Families Task Force.         

Resources for Logan County families


Phone number



911 (Emergencies)
732-3911 (Office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital


315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Aging (Department of)


421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

546-7586 (24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Ste. J
Springfield, IL 62704

American Red Cross


125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services


310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Chamber of Commerce


303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)


1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Child Care Connection


1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-443

Crisis Pregnancy Center


513 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)

(crisis hotline)

1100 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College GED Program


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Hospice Care of Illinois

(24 hour)
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Housing Authority

732-6312 (24 hour)

1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program


LCHD - 109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Department of Public Health


535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Illinois Employment & Training Center (JTPA)


812 Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300

730 E. Vine St., Ste. 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Library - Atlanta

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Library - Elkhart

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Library - Lincoln


725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Library - Mount Pulaski


320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

Lincoln Area YMCA


319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry


P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parents’ Center


100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District


1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)


1550 Fourth St., P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department


109 Third St., P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan Mason Mental Health

(crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center


760 S. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Oasis (Senior Citizens of Logan County)


501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ


620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army


1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Sojourn Shelter & Service Inc.

(217) 726-5200 (24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children



421 S. Grand Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Extension Service


122 S. McLean St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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KidCare insurance help available Oct. 10 at LCHD

[OCT. 3, 2000]  A representative of the Department of Human Services will be at the Logan County Health Department on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to assist clients with the application for KidCare. KidCare is a health insurance program for Illinois children 18 or younger and pregnant women. KidCare matches the insurance plan to the family's income and situation. It covers doctor visits, dental care for children, well-child visits, prenatal care, specialty medical services, hospital care, emergency services and prescription drugs. Applications will be completed on a walk-in basis on Oct. 10 at the Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St. in Lincoln, between 9 a.m. and noon.

ALMH announces October events

Senior Sunday – Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations required. Call 732-2161, Ext. 195.

Free Blood Pressure Screening – Oct. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31 from 9 a.m. to noon in First Floor waiting area. No appointment necessary.

Diabetes Support Group – Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. (Meets in conjunction with the Congestive Heart Failure Support Group this month.) Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.

Congestive Heart Failure Support Group – Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. (Meets in conjunction with the Diabetes Support Group this month). Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.

Depression Screening – Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. Call 735-2272 for more information.

Lupus Support Group – Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B. Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.


Breast Cancer Awareness – Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 443 for more information.

Parkinson’s Support Group – Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A. Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 427 for more information.

"Always In Our Hearts" Bereavement Support Group – Thursday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Fifth Floor Physician’s Lounge. Call 217-732-2161, Ext. 405 for more information.

Pain Management Service – Oct. 10 and 24 Physician referral necessary. Call 217-732-2162, Ext. 403 or 444 for more information.

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic Tuesday, Oct. 17. Call 217-732-2616, Ext. 444 for more information.

Elks Clinic – Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. on Fourth Floor. Call 217-732-2161, Ext.444 for more information.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

[SEPT. 27, 2000]  Informational packets on breast cancer will be available at the Eighth Street parking lot of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and in the lobby at the Lincoln Wal-Mart on Tuesday, Oct. 3, as well as at various other locations throughout the month.  Click here for more information.

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