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Health Matters

A monthly feature from  Logan County Health Department

January is Cervical Cancer
Awareness Month

[JAN. 3, 2002]  What is cervical cancer? Cancer of the cervix is a very common kind of cancer in women. The disease occurs when cancer (malignant) cells are found in the tissues of the cervix — the opening of the uterus (the womb). The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). Cancer of the cervix usually grows slowly over a period of time. Before cancer develops, cervical tissues change, and cells that are not normal begin to appear. This condition is called dysplasia.

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? Since there are usually no symptoms associated with cancer of the cervix, a woman must be sure that her health-care professional does an important test, called the Pap smear, to look for it. The Pap smear is done by a health-care professional, using a piece of cotton, a brush or a small wooden stick to gently scrape the outside of the cervix to pick up cells that can be examined under a microscope.

Are there risk factors for developing cervical cancer? According to the National Cancer Institute, strong risk factors include early age at first intercourse, a history of multiple sexual partners, genital human papillomavirus or other sexually transmitted disease, the presence of other genital tract cancers, and prior squamous intra epithelial lesion (abnormal cells). Women 60 years of age and older are at greater risk for cervical cancer since they are less willing or able to seek medical care for screening or treating cervical cancer. Other risk factors may include active or passive ("second-hand") smoking, poor nutrition, and a current or past sexual partner with risk factors for sexually transmitted disease, immunodeficiency or HIV positivity.


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Women who meet income and age eligibility may qualify for free Pap smears and pelvic exams through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. If the woman lives in Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt, Piatt, Macon, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan or Shelby counties, she should call 1 (800) 269-4019 for more information. If a woman lives in another county in Illinois, she should call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Women’s Health Helpline at 1 (888) 522-1282 for information on the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

[Logan County Health Department news release]



Lincoln Park District

Lincoln Park District notes

[JAN. 3, 2002]  We have a busy winter season lined up for young people and adults as well.  For the youth we are going to offer crafts, tumbling and tennis lessons.

Mrs. Judy Awe will teach rubber stamping and embossing on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m.  Learn how to make various types of cards for your friends and family and decorate a gift bag or note pad.

Mrs. Awe will return on Saturday, Feb. 9, with the focus being on needlepoint on plastic canvas.  Make your initial or a bookmark. A choice of shapes and styles will be offered.

There is a slight charge for each craft session, and a separate registration is required for each one.

We will also offer tumbling. Emily Navarra will be our instructor. All sessions will be on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 12, and continuing for six weeks.  Emily will offer beginner and intermediate sessions.  In order to qualify for the intermediate level you must have completed the beginner session at the Lincoln Park District.  Grade and level determine class times.  More information is available at the front desk.

Tennis lessons are served up for five weeks, starting Saturday, Jan. 19. Erinn McFadden is our winter tennis instructor. You will need to bring your own racket. Sessions are designed for beginners, and those with limited playing skills will benefit as well.  Lessons are available for people in kindergarten through adults. For school-age students, class time is determined by grade level.

We are also working on several programs for adults.

Our popular Senior Stride & Social began Jan. 2.  For people who have a membership there is no charge to come and walk indoors.  For nonmembers we lower the daily fee to $1.  A senior citizen is defined as anyone over the age of 60.



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On Jan. 14 and again on Feb. 15 free bone-density screenings will be available in the back sports complex.  On these two days there will be no daily fee for the seniors.  Logan County Health Department, in conjunction with ALMH, will conduct the screenings.  Healthy refreshments will also be provided.

Our aerobics schedule has undergone a few changes.  Those of you interested in a great exercise routine can stop at the desk for a new schedule or give us a call.  With 21 sessions a week we are sure there is a time slot to match your schedule.  Class offerings range from the first-time participant to advanced.

Synonymous with ceramics at the Lincoln Park District is Scotty Hinman. Scotty fires up the kiln starting Monday, Jan. 7. She has a great stock of greenware to choose from and is willing to give you advice on how to achieve the best results.  Scotty plans to offer class sessions at several different times to make it convenient for you.

Some of our new adult class offerings that are in the planning stages are arts and crafts and horticulture and floriculture. Rene Sisk and Andrea Niehaus will spearhead our arts and crafts sessions. Lori Paige, owner of Bee’s Floral & Landscaping, will be our instructor for horticulture and floriculture. Watch Lincoln Daily News for further information about dates and times for these classes or call Lincoln Park District at 732-8770.


Red Cross


American Red Cross announcements

[DEC. 28, 2001]  The American Red Cross will have five blood drives in Logan County during January. The Lincoln Kiwanis will sponsor two drives at the Lincoln Sports Complex. Hours on Jan. 2 will be 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hours on Jan. 25 will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Jan. 25, Maple Ridge Village will be the site for a drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Pulaski Christian Church will have a drive on Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Atlanta Christian Church will have a blood drive Jan. 31 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In December, the following people reached goals in their blood donations: Linda S. Wilson, 13 gallons; William W. Cross, 13 gallons; Teri Hauter, seven; Ruth Green, three; and Greg Benner, two gallons.


Friday, Jan. 25
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Lincoln Sports Complex
noon to 5 pm

SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Maple Ridge Village
1 to 5 pm

Thursday, Jan. 24
SPONSOR: Healthy Communities Partnership
WHO: Public
WHAT: 2002 report to the community; donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the luncheon
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln
11:30 am to 1 pm; reservation needed by Wed., Jan. 16

Sunday, Jan. 27
SPONSOR: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the Lincoln Junior Women's Club
WHO: Public
WHAT: Special deliveries sibling class; event is free of charge
WHERE: ALMH family maternity suites - Third floor
1 to 3 pm

Wednesday, Jan. 30
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Mount Pulaski Christian Church
11 am to 5 pm

Thursday, Jan. 31
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Atlanta Christian Church
noon to 6 pm

Thursday, Feb. 14
SPONSOR: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
WHO: Public
WHAT: Love Your Heart seminar; event is free of charge
WHERE: ALMH - lower level 
Open from 7:30 am to 1 pm


Honors & Awards

Hospital director achieves board certification

[JAN. 9, 2002]  Dolan Dalpoas, Director of Quality Management and Rehabilitation Services for Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH), successfully completed the Board of Governor’s Examination in Healthcare Management administered by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The examination focuses on areas of healthcare management including governance, marketing, human resources, finance, facility, information systems and government regulations.

ACHE, an international professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives, is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants. ACHE conducts groundbreaking research on career development and public policy programs. ACHE’s publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management, including the Journal of Healthcare Management and Healthcare Executives. In addition, ACHE publishes textbooks used for college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works towards its goal of improving the health status of society by advancing healthcare leadership and management excellence.

In addition to passing the examination applicants must meet other eligibility requirements.  Dalpoas’ qualifications include: a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Springfield; three years of healthcare management experience; 20 hours of continuing education; participation and leadership in healthcare and community/civic affairs; and two references from ACHE members.



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As a result of passing the examination and meeting the other eligibility requirements, Dalpoas was assured all rights and privileges of Diplomate status with ACHE. He is now board certified in healthcare management and can use the distinction of Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE).

In 2000, Dalpoas received the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award, which recognizes ACHE affiliates who have significantly contributed toward the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of the goals of ACHE.

 “Having board certified professionals on our staff, ensures that ALMH is providing the finest healthcare leaders to the community in which we serve,” states Woody Hester, president and chief executive officer at ALMH and a Fellow with ACHE. According to Dalpoas, the program has provided him with knowledge that can be applied to current everyday responsibilities within the hospital. “I am able to utilize a hands-on approach and apply what I have studied to better serve the needs of our patients,” stated Dalpoas. 

Dalpoas began working at ALMH in December of 1990, on a part-time basis in the Rehabilitation Department while he attended Daemen College in Amherst, New York, on an ALMH healthcare scholarship. After graduation in May of 1994, he began his professional career as a staff physical therapist at ALMH.

[ALMH news release]


Mobile health unit schedule

The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit for 2002.


Morning: 9-11 a.m.



Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.


1st and 3rd


1st and 3rd



2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th






Mount Pulaski



New Holland




1st and 3rd




2nd and 4th

Friendship Manor-Lincoln


1st, 2nd, 4th

Village Hall-Latham




2nd and 4th




Maintenance/ special events


special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates/holidays during 2001:  Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Feb. 18 (President’s Day), March 29 (Good Friday), May 27 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Oct. 14 (Columbus Day), Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Nov. 28-29 (Thanksgiving break), and Dec. 24 - Dec. 25 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

This 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 and Training Center (replaces JTPA office)


120 S. McLean St., Suite B
Farm Bureau Building
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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