Music And Surgery: It’s All About The Playlist

Jul 20, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Surgeons, nurses and other surgical staff make a series of critical decisions during an operation. But one of the elements that factor into a successful planned procedure might surprise you. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano is in the operating room to tell us more:
Tanya Koonce

The UnityPoint Methodist College is getting a new campus. The former American Furniture Building is being reconstructed with Student Housing built on adjacent land to house both the nursing and health sciences programs. 

Residents can now use their smartphone or computer to get virtual doctor visits from Peoria’s two major hospital systems.  OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Clinic are offering 24-seven online access to medical care.  The goal is to use the virtual doctor interactions for minor issues like sinus infections, and cold and flu symptoms.  There’s a per-use charge for both the OSF and UnityPoint systems.  The doctors may also refer patients to a nearby clinic for physical treatment.

Rob Parks makes local school board choice

Mar 3, 2015

Rob Parks’s name was withdrawn as Governor Rauner’s appointment to serve on the State Board of Education. 

An affiliation agreement between UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Proctor Hospital gets state approval.  The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the deal.  That allows both groups to form one health system.  The merger follows a failed set of contract talks between OSF Health System and Proctor.  More information on the deal is expected later this week.