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New Emergency Center Saves Streator Native’s Life

In August 2016, Carol Biroschik woke up one morning with pain in her neck, jaw and down both of her sides. “I had worked outside in my flower bed the day prior, so I thought it might have been aches and pains from doing that,” Carol, a Streator native, said. But when Carol’s pain persisted […]



92-Year-Old Cubs Fan Celebrates with All Her Heart

Jeanette Leach, 92, spent Friday afternoon taking in the sights of Chicago from her living room at the Brandon Wood Retirement Center in Morton, Illinois. On her TV, the Chicago Cubs were making their way through the Windy City for their World Series parade and rally. “Anthony Rizzo. He’s my favorite. I’ve always said if […]



From Pain to Relief Without Leaving Pontiac

Mary Landrus of Pontiac, Illinois lived with pain for 25 years, but the last four were increasingly difficult to bear. Two back surgeries, 17 spinal injections, a neuro-stimulator, and numerous physical therapy visits gave her no relief. The diagnosis given by her doctors at that time was “chronic back pain syndrome.” By the fall of […]



Using OSF OnCall Was a “No Brainer”

Traci Andracke of Bloomington was packed and ready for a family vacation to Hayward, Wisconsin, recently. But the night before they were to leave, she felt awful, with flu-like symptoms and a painful left breast. Traci, mother of a 4-month-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, suspected she might have mastitis. The inflammation of breast tissue […]