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Peoria health experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on mental well-being for many people, causing an increase in stress, anxiety and depression.

“We’re facing an invisible enemy that one of the ways to try and beat it or contain it is to not be around other people,” said Ted Bender, president of UnityPlace, the behavioral health and addiction services branch of UnityPoint Health.

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Violence doesn't just traumatize the victims. It also impacts family members, witnesses--and sometimes even the perpetrators, who were previously victims themselves.

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Kids will need to wear masks when they return to class next month.

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Peoria-area officials warn the region is veering into dangerous waters on its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

A nurse no longer works at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after making a Facebook post where she said "protesters make great hood ornaments."

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While emergency medical procedures have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, non-emergency or “elective” surgeries and medical procedures have been put on hold.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

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OSF HealthCare is projecting a financial hit of $330 million through the end of its fiscal year as the COVID-19 pandemic decimates patient counts in other areas of the network.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker highlighted Peoria Tuesday as a community his staff is watching closely for a potential intensive care unit (ICU) bed shortage.

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A Peoria-area grassroots collaborative is churning out thousands of homemade masks for healthcare workers.

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A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

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OSF Saint Francis Chief Nursing Officer Jen Hopwood said the hospital has boosted its bed counts to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

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Peoria-area health officials say they're tightening the criteria for who gets tested for the coronavirus.

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A Woodford County man in his 70s is the first positive COVID-19 case in Central Illinois.

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OSF HealthCare's $237 million Comprehensive Cancer Center got the OK from the state to move forward Tuesday. 

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker believes the future of healthcare is digital — but reliable internet is needed to make that a reality.

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China is facing one of its largest public health crises: the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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Peoria medical students will soon head off to one of two radically different locales with the same goals in mind: improving healthcare access in rural communities.

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A children's emergency room at the OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois is now open 24 hours a day. 

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OSF HealthCare is asking the state of Illinois to approve construction of a $237 million regional Comprehensive Cancer Center on its Peoria campus. 

OSF HealthCare said it is terminating its contract with Meridian later this month due to "millions of dollars of outstanding claims" unpaid over the past five years.

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A new OSF HealthCare tool is screening patients for social factors that could impact their health.

OSF HealthCare hospitals, doctor's offices, and home care services will soon no longer accept Medicaid and Medicare patients enrolled in a Meridian-managed plan.

OSF’s venture capital arm is investing in a new healthcare data company. 

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The Peoria Innovation Hub formally kicked off Monday in downtown Peoria. 

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The Peoria Innovation Hub is gaining forward momentum.

Governor J.B. Pritzker will be in Peoria Monday to kick off the next steps for the hub. It’s an affiliate of the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago and the Illinois Innovation Network

Michelle Conger is the Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare, one of the partners in the project. 

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As recreational marijuana becomes legal on January 1, employers are looking to adapt. 

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Work to transform the historic Block and Kuhl building into OSF HealthCare’s new headquarters is coming along on schedule.

Caterpillar's employee insurance plan and OSF HealthCare have reached a new agreement to continue coverage, just days before the old contract was set to expire. 

OSF and Caterpillar have only a few days left to come to an agreement on continued hospital and home care coverage for Big Yellow’s employees. 

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