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Carle Hospital Celebrates 25 Years as Level I Trauma Center

Carle Foundation Hospital is celebrating its 25th year serving east-central Illinois as a Level I Trauma Center. Carle is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the immediate region and one of three downstate Illinois.

Carle was first designated Level 1 Trauma by the Illinois Department of Public Health in August 1988 and has continuously held that designation since that time.

Dr. Henry Moore, MD and Trauma Surgeon at Carle, says "Our Level I designation means we have the experienced staff, facilities and equipment to provide specialized care to all patients, regardless of the extent or type of trauma." Dr. Moore adds, "Our team treats patients with the most serious injuries and illnesses, and includes those from virtually every discipline at Carle working together."

The need for trauma services in the surrounding communities has steadily increased with Carle seeing more than 1,500 trauma patients in 2012. In 1988, the patient volume was just over 450 people. To treat these patients the Trauma Center is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a team of specialists including the Emergency Department (ED) and OR staff, Trauma Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, ICU medicine, Laboratory, Pharmacy, AirLife, and Arrow Ambulance, among others.

To help meet that growing demand, Carle will nearly double the space of the Emergency Department adding 14,000 square feet and 17 additional acute care beds. It will include renovating existing space and adding a one-story structure connecting to the current ED and Carle Tower and Heart and Vascular Institute. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2014. Carle saw more than 70,000 people in the ED in 2012.

Carle is the region's only Level I Trauma Center, as well as a Primary Stroke Center, accredited Chest Pain Center and Level III Perinatal services. Carle Foundation Hospital has one of the best Emergency Departments in the nation, ranked in the top 5% by HealthGrades for a second year in a row.

{courtesy of: Carle Public Relations.}

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Man struck by Amtrak train dies

Peotone Police are investigating a train – pedestrian collision that left a man dead. The unidentified man was killed Friday when struck by an Amtrak around 5:30 pm.

The Will County Coroner's office reports a southbound Amtrak train struck the victim on the tracks between Harlem and Crawford avenues. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m.

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Vermilion County crash injures 3 women

Vermilion County Sheriff's Police report three women were injured in a one-vehicle accident Friday. It was apparently an animal in the roadway that caused the driver to lose control.

21-year-old Ashley Taylor of Clinton, Iowa left County Road 1500 north after the animal ran into the road.

Taylor and two passengers were hurt when the vehicle hit a utility pole. Taylor and her passengers, 23-year-old Crystal Griffin of Georgetown and 38-year-old Dorothy Carlock of Danville were treated at Presence United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville.

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Livingston County crash kills Oswego woman

A 30-year-old Oswego woman died early Saturday when her car collided with a pickup truck on Illinois 47 in Livingston County. The accident happened a half-mile south of Saunemin.

Livingston County Deputy Coroner Marie Margherio identified the woman as Heather K. Wandt.

Illinois State Police reported Wandt was northbound trying to pass a semitrailer truck when her car collided with a southbound pickup truck. Wandt was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is planned and the crash remains under investigation by State Police.

Assisting at the scene were Saunemin Fire and EMS, Cullom Fire and Rescue, Duffy Ambulance and South East Livingston County Ambulance Service.

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Greater Kankakee Airport in line for $400,000 in improvements

Pending Congressional approval, The Greater Kankakee Airport will see nearly $400,000 in improvements. The airport authority is waiting on Congressional approval of a $42 million appropriation to move two Illinois National Guard units from Midway Airport in Chicago to Kankakee.

Apron and taxi-way improvements at Kankakee Airport will be completed by a local company, Kankakee Valley Construction Co., of Kankakee.

The National Guard's plan to move air training units from Midway to Greater Kankakee Airport involves a 50-year lease of 30 acres on the west side of the airport property and construction of training facilities.

The move is expected to bring 70 full-time jobs, mainly military, and 200 guard members in training programs.

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