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Rural Health van here to stay

Healthy Communities Partnership
gives report to the community

[JAN. 25, 2002]  The Rural Health van, sometimes called "the corn bus" because of the mural painted on the outside, is here to stay, according to Dayle Eldredge, Healthy Communities Partnership coordinator.

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"We get to keep the bus. We don’t have to send it back to Washington, D.C. The federal grant has been finalized," she told the group that assembled to hear HCP’s fifth annual January report to the community. "We have fulfilled all the requirements under the grant, and as long as we continue to do the services for which the grant was awarded, we keep the van."


[Dayle Eldredge, Healthy Communities Partnership Coordinator and Director of the Rural Health Partnership Task Force, speaks at the 5th annual January Report to the Community.]
[All photos by Bob Frank]

That announcement was just some of the news Logan County community members heard on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Other news was that a new task force, the Senior Issues Task Force, has been formed, bringing to five the task forces under the umbrella of the HCP that are working to improve life in Logan County.

The audience also heard a presentation from Lincoln Police Chief Rich Montcalm about an innovative program geared for young children, called "Kids and Cops Can Measure Up to the Top with Violence Prevention."


Lincoln Police Chief Rich Montcalm (right) explains the department’s innovative program, “Kids and Cops Can Measure Up to the Top with Violence Prevention,” while officer Tim Butterfield runs the projector.]

Only three other police departments in Illinois have a similar program, and it has now become a model for other communities. "Police departments from other places are calling us, and we are sharing our information with them," Montcalm said. "We will mail out our whole curriculum and tell other departments where we get our videotapes and other classroom materials."

Most violence prevention programs start with older students, but "Kids and Cops" begins working with kindergarten students and continues through fourth grade. At this age, Montcalm said, children tend to remember what they have learned. The program is now in its fourth year and includes all District 27 schools, Carroll Catholic, Chester-East Lincoln and West Lincoln-Broadwell.

In kindergarten, children learn that it is OK to disagree, but there is a right way to do it. In first grade, they learn about making and keeping friends. By second grade, they are taught to understand how fights start and how to say no to bullies. This is the age when bullying begins, Montcalm said.


Third graders learn about working together to solve problems by creating a project with only limited materials. They also create "commercials" about stopping violence, which will be shown on Log-On TV, The Fak’s Machine and other community outlets.

Fourth graders learn the importance of cooperation, using "buddy walkers" to help them get through a maze. Montcalm said he plans to extend the program to home-schooled students soon and is hoping to take it into other Logan County schools that would like to include it in their curriculum.

Debby Cook of the Logan County Health Department, a director of the Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force, outlined some of the programs that task force is providing for victims of domestic violence. These include proving cell phones to those under orders of protection and police escorts when victims need help getting to a Springfield shelter.

The task force is also working on getting affordable legal assistance in matters such as child custody or divorce, helping to train police officers to deal with domestic abuse and violence, and putting up a billboard and notices to let those who are victims know that help is available.

Cook also presented an award to Lincoln Daily News from the Illinois Public Health Association "for excellence in public health reporting on the Internet."


[Joan Crabb of the Lincoln Daily News accepts a plaque from Debby Cook from the Illinois Public Health Association for reporting on health and other community issues.]


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Marcia Dowling of the Logan County Health Department, a director of the Healthy Families Task Force, reported on that group’s work The Baby-Think-It-Over program, teaching youngsters how much responsibility a baby really is, went to Lincoln Community High School, as well as to eighth-graders at Chester-East Lincoln, West Lincoln-Broadwell, Hartsburg-Emden and Lincoln Junior High School in 2001.

Other programs include parent education classes for both teen mothers and fathers, a resource person for pregnant teens and teen mothers, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, Safe Stop homes and businesses for children who need help on their way to or from school, and a YMCA mentoring program.

Eldredge reported that the Rural Health Partnership has 120 volunteers this year, and that these volunteers have a "telephone tree" to keep in touch with people in rural areas. She told the audience that the Rural Health Van is again fully staffed and introduced staff members Sandy Brummett, RN and CFNP; Debbie Hoover, RN; and Pam Clark, RN.


Kristi Simpson of Logan Mason Mental Health reported on the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Task Force’s work with seventh- and eighth-graders in Logan County. A 10-session life skills program goes to District 27 schools, as well as Carroll Catholic, Chester-East Lincoln, West Lincoln-Broadwell, Mount Pulaski, New Holland-Midletown, Hartburg-Emden and Elkhart.

A favorite program uses the DUI goggles, which youngsters wear to get an idea of the way people see when they have an .08 percent alcohol blood level. Youngsters learn how difficult it is to walk along a straight line while wearing the goggles.


[Terry Storrer of Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, Curtis Sutterfield of the Lincoln Salvation Army, and Fire Chief Bucky Washam shared a table at the HCP presentation.]

She also thanked Terry Storrer and Emergency Services and Disaster Agency for their help with the mock car crash, showing young people what can happen when drivers are impaired.

Simpson said this is the second year for victim impact panels. People on probation for DUI offenses are required to attend the panel to hear the stories of those who have been involved in accident with injuries and fatalities. Simpson thanked George Murphy of Jacksonville and Barbara Banfield of Decatur for coming to Lincoln often to take part in these panels.

The first priority of the brand-new Senior Issues Task Force is to determine exactly what the needs of seniors in the community are, said task force director Linda Marini. She said she is working with ESDA and law enforcement agencies to identify those shut-ins who have special medical needs so they can be helped in case of emergency. She called for volunteers to become involved when the task force begins its work in March of this year.


In closing, Eldredge called for community members to continue their support for the HCP. "Healthy Communities partnership is a model program in Illinois, but not a model to put on a shelf to collect dust. It is a living and breathing organism to improve the health and quality of life of all in Logan County."

She said 99 percent of its funding comes from state grants, and Illinois now needs to cut expenditures. "If grants are eliminated, the fine work we have done will be in jeopardy. I challenge you to consider what you as an agency or as an individual can do to assist HCP.

"People make the difference. People working together can move a mountain."

[Joan Crabb]

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Illinois Department of Public Health is prepared for natural disasters, terrorism

[JAN. 19, 2002]  Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 destroyed the World Trade Center in New York, damaged the Pentagon and killed about 3,000 people, the Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments, health professionals and others have received questions from the public about the possibility of bioterrorism and ways to protect themselves. The following "frequently asked questions" were developed to answer some of those inquiries. People also should consider contacting their local health department, physician or local emergency preparedness office for additional information.

What precautions should I take regarding the threat of bioterrorism?

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the federal government are not recommending any specific bioterrorism-related precautions. However, in the event of a natural (for example, tornado, flood or earthquake) or man-made disaster, lives can be saved if people are prepared for the emergency. Every family should have the following emergency supplies on hand:

•  A battery-powered radio and a flashlight, with extra batteries for each

•  Bottled drinking water — one gallon per day per person, with a three- to seven-day supply recommended

•  Canned or sealed package foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking, and a can opener

•  A blanket or sleeping bag for each family member

•  First-aid kit, including any special prescription medications, such as insulin or heart tablets

•  Toilet paper and paper towels

•  Extra set of car keys, and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks

•  Special items for infant (disposable diapers), elderly or disabled family members

•  Extra eyeglasses, and contact lenses and supplies

For more information, please refer to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Surviving Disasters: A Citizen’s Emergency Handbook.


What is the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) doing to protect the public from bioterrorism?

Preventing an attack is the job of law enforcement — the FBI, state and local police, and other law enforcement agencies.

If an attack should occur, IDPH has developed plans to minimize the risk and to treat those who may become ill. Working closely with other federal and state agencies, including local health departments, hospitals, laboratories and law enforcement, and with doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medical personnel, IDPH has implemented an enhanced surveillance system that is constantly on guard for unusual clusters of disease. In the past two years, more than 1,000 medical and public health personnel have been trained to identify diseases that could be caused by bioterrorists.

If a cluster is detected, public health is prepared to move quickly to identify the disease and its possible source. Public health information, treatment options and other advice would be provided to the public through the news media. Keep in mind, however, that an attack may not be obvious for days to weeks, depending on the incubation period of the disease.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is part of the Governor’s Illinois Terrorism Task Force. This task force would direct a coordinated effort among law enforcement, fire departments, emergency management, public health and other agencies at the local, state and federal level in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

How can I tell if a letter or package is suspicious?

According to the FBI, you should look for certain indicators. For example, check the postmark to see if it was mailed from a foreign country. Also check for no return address and for restrictive markings such as "personal" or "confidential." Look for misspelled words or incorrect title. Suspect letters or packages may be rigid or bulky and have excessive tape or string around them. They may exhibit a strange odor.


What should I do if I receive a suspicious letter or package?

•  Do not shake or empty contents of any suspicious envelope or package; DO NOT try to clean up powders or fluids.

•  Place the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container to prevent leakage of contents.

•  If you do not have a container, then cover the envelope or package with anything (e.g. clothing, paper, trash can, etc.) available and do not remove this cover.

•  Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering.

•  Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face or skin.

•  If you are at home, then report the incident to local police. If you are at work, report the incident to local police and notify your building security official or an available supervisor.

•  If possible, list all people who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized. Give this list to both the local police and local public health authorities for follow-up investigation and advice.

•  Remove heavily contaminated clothing and place in a plastic bag that can be sealed. Give the bag to law enforcement personnel.

•  Shower with soap and water as soon as possible. Do not use bleach or disinfectant on your skin.

Are vaccinations recommended to protect against a bioterrorist attack?

There are no vaccines recommended for the general public.

What about anthrax vaccine?

The U.S. has an anthrax vaccine that was licensed in 1970 and has been mandated for all U.S. military personnel; the vaccine is not available commercially. Between now and 2005, members of the military between the ages of 18 and 65 will receive a six-shot series of anthrax vaccine. For additional information, consult the current U.S. Public Health Service’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations on anthrax vaccination.

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is a disease caused by an organism acquired following contact with an infected animal or contaminated animal product or following the intentional release of anthrax spores as a biological weapon. In a bioterrorist attack, health authorities are concerned about anthrax spores being released into the air where they can be breathed in a person’s lungs. Anthrax is not spread person to person. The last reported case of anthrax in Illinois was in 1960.


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How is anthrax transmitted?

Anthrax infection can occur in three forms: cutaneous (skin), inhalation and gastrointestinal. B. anthracis spores can live in the soil for many years, and humans can become infected with anthrax by handling products from infected animals or by inhaling anthrax spores from contaminated animal products. Anthrax can also spread by eating undercooked meat from infected animals. It is rare to find infected animals in the United States.

What are the symptoms of anthrax?

Symptoms of disease usually develop within seven days of exposure, depending on how the disease was contracted, with most cases occurring within 48 hours of exposure. However, incubation periods of up to 60 days are possible.

•  Cutaneous: Most (about 95 percent) anthrax infections occur when the bacterium enters a cut or abrasion on the skin, such as when handling contaminated wool, hides, leather or hair products (especially goat hair) of infected animals. Skin infection begins as a raised itchy bump that resembles an insect bite but within one to two days develops into a vesicle and then a painless ulcer, usually 1-3 cm in diameter, with a characteristic black necrotic (dying) area in the center. Lymph glands in the adjacent area may swell. About 20 percent of untreated cases of cutaneous anthrax will result in death. Deaths are rare with appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

•  Inhalation: Initial symptoms may resemble a common cold. After several days, the symptoms may progress to severe breathing problems and shock. After the onset of symptoms, inhalation anthrax is usually fatal. Early antibiotic treatment of disease before onset of symptoms increases the chances for survival.

•  Intestinal: The intestinal disease form of anthrax may follow the consumption of contaminated meat and is characterized by an acute inflammation of the intestinal tract. Initial signs of nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever are followed by abdominal pain, vomiting of blood and severe diarrhea. Intestinal anthrax results in death in 25 percent to 60 percent of cases.


Should I have a supply of antibiotics?

There are numerous germs a bioterrorist may use in an attack: anthrax, botulism, cholera, plague, Q fever, salmonella, smallpox, tularemia and viral hemorrhagic fever. Many antibiotics are effective for a variety of diseases, but there is no antibiotic effective against all diseases. Keeping a supply of antibiotics poses other problems because there is a limited shelf life before they lose their strength. There is currently no justification for taking antibiotics. Antibiotics should be taken only with medical supervision.

The federal government has stockpiled antibiotics for large-scale distribution in the event of a bioterrorist attack. Known as the CDC’s National Pharmaceutical Stockpile, it was designed to ensure the availability and rapid deployment of life-saving pharmaceuticals, antidotes, other medical supplies and equipment to any U.S. location in the event of a terrorist attack involving a biological or chemical agent.

What about smallpox vaccine?

As the result of a successful worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox, smallpox vaccine was removed from the commercial market in 1983. Routine vaccinations were stopped in the United States in 1972 because many people experienced side effects and there was almost no risk of getting smallpox. The United States Public Health Service maintains an emergency stockpile of approximately 15 million doses of smallpox vaccine, and the federal government has recently announced plans to accelerate production of a new smallpox vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would recommend vaccination only if there was clear evidence that the disease had resurfaced and people in the U.S. were at risk of acquiring infection. For more information, consult the current U.S. Public Health Service’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations on smallpox vaccination.

If I was vaccinated against smallpox before 1972, am I still protected?

Probably not. Vaccination has been shown to wear off in most people after 10 years, but may last longer if the person has been successfully vaccinated on multiple occasions. If health authorities determine you have been exposed to smallpox and are at risk of infection, they would recommend that you be re-vaccinated immediately.


What is smallpox?

Smallpox is a disease caused by the variola virus. It can be easily spread from person to person, and transmission usually occurs only after the patient develops a fever and rash. After the incubation period, the patient experiences high fever, malaise, headache and backache. Severe abdominal pain and delirium are sometimes present. The last naturally acquired case of smallpox in the world occurred in October 1977 in Somalia; the last cases recorded in Illinois were recorded in 1947.

All known variola virus stocks are held under security at the CDC or at the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology in Russia.

Should I buy a gas mask?

No. A mask would offer some protection only if you were wearing it at the exact moment that a bioterrorist attack occurred. Most likely, a release of a biological agent would be done without anyone’s knowledge. To wear a mask at all times, or just in case of a bioterrorist attack, is impractical, if not impossible.

(Sources: Illinois Department of Public Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Defense and Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies)

You can find further information on the Illinois Department of Public Health home page (http://www.idph.state.il.us/home.htm) and via their bioterrorism preparedness home page  (http://www.idph.state.il.us/

[Illinois Department of Public Health]

New breast self-examination program
at Logan County Health Department

[JAN. 15, 2002]  Throughout 2002, Logan County Health Department will provide free instruction on breast self-examination. The program, BSE Monthly, will be during the third week of every month, beginning Jan. 22. A registered professional nurse will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St. in Lincoln.

The BSE Monthly nurse will provide individualized BSE instruction and will distribute educational information concerning BSE, clinical breast examinations and regular mammography screenings. The BSE Monthly nurse will also refer women to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for assistance in obtaining clinical breast examinations and mammography screenings when funding is a barrier to these services.

This project has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Peoria Memorial Affiliate.

For more information on this program call Debby Cook, R.N., director of nursing at the Logan County Health Department, at (217) 735-2317.

[LCHD news release]

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

Red Cross blood drives in February

[JAN. 24, 2002]  In February, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. will sponsor two Red Cross blood drives at the Lincoln Sports Complex. On Feb. 6, hours will be from noon until 5 p.m. The Feb. 20 hours will be from noon until 6 p.m.

Anyone who would like to make an appointment may call (800) 728-3543, but walk-ins are always welcome.

During January, the following donors reached goals:  Emil J. Moos Jr., 22 gallons; Mark Seggelke, 18; Karen E. Lovelace, 14; George Alan Pegram, 10; Sharon Pierce, five; and Patricia K. Huffer, two gallons.

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 noon to 6 p.m. Hours on Jan. 16 will be from noon to 5 p.m. On Jan. 25, Maple Ridge Village will be the site for a drive from 1 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 noon 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.


January 2002

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; by reservation
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln
11:30 am to 1 pm

Friday, Jan. 25
SPONSOR: American Red Cross
WHO: Public
WHAT: Blood drive
WHERE: Maple Ridge Village
1-5 pm

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

Monday, Jan. 28
SPONSOR: Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Force of Logan County
WHO: Public
WHAT: Monthly meeting
WHERE: Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St., Conference Room B
8 am

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

February 2002

Tuesday, Feb. 5
SPONSOR: Asperger Syndrome Support and Awareness of Central Illinois
WHAT: Presentation by Professor Gail Richard of Eastern Illinois University: "Talking through Asperger’s disorder with your adolescent and other teen issues"
WHERE: Springfield Lincoln Library, Carnegie Hall North, corner of Seventh and Capitol, Springfield
WHEN: 6:45-8:30 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


March 2002

Thursday, March 7
SPONSOR: Logan County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee
WHO: Public; by preregistration. Call 1 (800) 407-4557.
WHAT: Life Line Screening; tests for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis
WHERE: St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St.

Honors & Awards

Hospital director achieves board certification

[JAN. 9, 2002]  Dolan Dalpoas, director of quality management and rehabilitation services for Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, successfully completed the Board of Governor’s Examination in Healthcare Management administered by the American College of Healthcare Executives. 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 health care management experience; 20 hours of continuing education; participation and leadership in health care 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.

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, N.Y., on an ALMH health care scholarship. After graduation in May of 1994, he began his professional career as a staff physical therapist at ALMH.

[ALMH news release]


Stroke prevention screening

[JAN. 18, 2002]  Life Line Screening will be in Lincoln on Thursday, March 7.

Life Line Screening is a mobile health service that screens for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis. This local opportunity for screening, sponsored by Logan County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, will be at St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St.

Using ultrasound and Doppler equipment, Life Line Screening can view the arteries. The first test views the carotid arteries, where 75 percent of strokes originate, looking for plaque buildup. A second test checks the aortic vessel in the abdomen for a breakdown in the lining of the vessel. This is known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A third test, called an ABI, is performed to screen the lower extremities for plaque buildup, known as peripheral arterial disease. This disease is directly linked to coronary heart disease.


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The fourth test, for osteoporosis, screens for abnormal bone mass density. This disease is painless and silent in its early stages.

Results are read by a board-certified physician and mailed within 10 business days.

Fees are as follows: stroke-carotid screening, $40; abdominal aortic aneurysm, $40; peripheral vascular disease, $40; or the complete vascular screening, including all three of the preceding tests, $99. Osteoporosis screening is $35. All four tests are available for $125.

Pre-registration is required. Call 1 (800) 407-4557.

More information is available on the Internet: http://www.lifelinescreening.com/

[News release]

Special Deliveries sibling class scheduled

[JAN. 17, 2002]  The Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club, in conjunction with Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, is hosting a Special Deliveries sibling class on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the hospital, 315 Eighth St. The class will meet on the third floor in the education classroom of the new Family Maternity Suites.

This session is designed to help children become more comfortable with having a new brother or sister. The afternoon will consist of safety tips for children, a tour of the Family Maternity Suites, craft time and refreshments.

All ages are invited to attend. There is no fee for the class, but reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the Family Maternity Suites, (217) 732-2161, Ext. 235.

[ALMH news release]

Healthy Communities Partnership
will report to the community

[JAN. 15, 2002]  The Healthy Communities Partnership "Update to the Community" is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln.

Healthy Communities Partnership

Update to the Community

Thursday, Jan. 24

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall, Lincoln


The HCP is comprised of local task forces that address issues regarding health care in our community. These issues include access to medical care for rural communities, substance abuse among youth, teen parenting and pregnancy prevention, and domestic violence prevention. HCP task force members will report on their progress and present future goals. Special awards will be presented to HCP supporters and participants.

For more information, contact Dayle Eldredge, partnership director, at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.

[ALMH news release]

State Rep. Gwenn Klingler to visit hospital

[JAN. 15, 2002]  Gwenn Klingler, state representative for the 100th District, will visit Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Klingler, who is running for re-election, will tour the facility at 11 a.m. to view departments and areas including the family maternity suites, emergency room and surgical suites. Afterward, she will meet with hospital representatives and community leaders to discuss issues regarding rural health care.

Due to state legislative redistricting, if re-elected, Klingler’s district will include Lincoln.

[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 for holidays during 2002:  Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 18 (Presidents’ 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. 24-25 (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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