Physical therapist Stephanie Dotson talks with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows about the STAR cancer rehabilitation program at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Many hospitals have special units devoted to treating cancer patients. The STAR Program is devoted to providing service to patients after their treatment. Stephanie Dotson oversees the program at OSF St. Joseph. It's used by hospitals and clinics in more than 40 states.
In Illinois, the STAR Program has been adopted by hospitals and clinics in Bloomington/Normal, Pontiac (at OSF St. James/Albrecht Medical Center), Springfield, and in the Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis metro areas.
The STAR Program was originated by Dr. Julie Silver, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and a cancer survivor herself.
The U-S government confirmed the authenticity of a video released Sunday showing the murder of 26-year-old Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter. Kassig felt compelled to serve others, regardless of the risk.
Families continue to move back into Washington, Illinois a year after an EF4 tornado damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The majority of destroyed properties are getting rebuilt. And the surge of new construction coupled with returning residents has the city on track to be bigger and potentially better.
Residents of central and southern Illinois and elected officials are marking the one-year anniversary of deadly tornadoes that left more than a half a dozen people dead and destroyed numerous buildings.