Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit JCH&L

FAIRBURY – The 22nd annual golf tournament to benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life has been set for Friday, Aug. 10, at the Fairbury Country Club.

The three-person scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. The 18-hole tournament will feature cash prizes along with pin prizes.

The entry fee is $225 per team. The field is limited to a maximum of 32 teams. Each golfer will receive continental breakfast (available at 7:45 a.m.), lunch, a gift, mulligans, and the opportunity for pin prizes. A raffle will also be available for those who choose to donate.

Hole sponsorships are also available. Sponsorship is $475 and entitles the sponsor to recognition at the hole sponsored and on the tournament program, and one team entry.

Tournament proceeds are not designated to specific projects, and have been used for a variety of projects at Jefferson Community Health & Life over the years. Most recently, nearly $50,000 in undesignated funds were used for new weight equipment in JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center, and more than $200,000 in undesignated funds were used to help purchase a new X-ray machine which is safer, faster, more efficient and more comfortable for patients.

Jefferson Community Health & Life includes a family medicine clinic, a  17-bed Critical Access Hospital, a 40-bed long-term care, and a community fitness center, in addition to a broad range of services and educational opportunities. Our mission is to inspire healthy living by providing exceptional health and life services for every person, every time.

For sponsorship opportunities, click here.

For entry form, click here.

Entry forms and sponsorship information are also available by contacting Lana Likens at 402-729-6855, or Pre-registration deadline is July 27.

Progressive Ag Safety Day Planned for July 24

FAIRBURY – Registration forms are now available for the 21st annual Progressive Ag Safety Day in Jefferson County, set for Tuesday, July 24. The mission of Safety Day is to provide education, training and resources to make life safer and healthier for children and their communities.

It’s not only for “farm kids,” said coordinator Lana Likens.

Sessions include both agricultural-related safety sessions—such as grain safety or equipment safety; and non-agricultural-related safety session—such as lawn mower safety, and nutrition.

“Each year we try to have a few agriculture-related topics and many topics appropriate for all children,” Likens said. “We rotate topics from year to year and demonstrate them in different ways so if children participate year after year they can learn about many different topics, and some of the same topics in new and different ways.”

Many businesses and organizations have supported Progressive Ag Safety Day in the past 20 years.

The local committee gives parents this important message: We cannot accident-proof any child, but we certainly hope the lessons learned at Progressive Ag Safety Day provide a great foundation to making wise decisions and good choices.”

Registration forms will be available soon, at Jefferson Community Health & Life and the Jefferson County Extension office.

For more information contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855, or the Jefferson County Extension Office at 402-729-3487.

June Health Today: Focus on Men’s Health

The June Health Today Program will be “Focus On Men’s Health” by Tyler Maguire, PA-C, of JCH&L Fairbury Clinic. The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, in the Conference Rooms at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

June is Men’s Health Month. As we Focus on Men’s Health, we encourage men to take an active role in their health. The Men’s Health Research Center says that on average men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women. Learn how men can live a healthier life. This program is for men – and the women who care about them.

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who bring educational programs on health-related topics each month.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch. Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet June 25

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a program on “Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial Planning.” This training program from the Alzheimer’s Association will provide tips on how to break the ice and have the most difficult conversations.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCH&L Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community Health & Life. It is designed for those who are caregivers and family members of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity anyone interested to share their experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cost, and no pre-registration.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health & Life at 402-729-6855.

JCH&L Website Earns Honorable Mention

Jefferson Community Health & Life’s website — — earned an honorable mention in the DTC Perspectives Inc. Advertising Awards.

The website was nominated for Best Website for Under 200 Bed Hospital in the DTC Perspetives Inc.,  Advertising Awards. Awards were announced at the  Hospital Marketing Conference June 5-6 in Atlanta, Ga.

The website was one of 13 finalists in the category. Three of the finalists, including, were designed by Dobies Healthcare Group.

JCH&L Gardenside Earns 5 Star Rating Again

FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside has once again received a 5 Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Gardenside has been a 5-star facility since the program began.

Nursing Home Compare and the star rating system allow consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care and staffing information for all 15,000 plus Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes. Facilities are assigned star ratings from a high of 5 stars to a low of 1 star based on health inspection surveys, staffing information and quality of care measures. The ratings are publicly available on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website at In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the new data.

“We are pleased to remain a 5-Star facility, even though we know it has become more difficult to receive the top rating,” said Deb Sutton RN, administrator of JCH&L Gardenside. “All of our staff members work very hard to provide the best quality of care for our residents. We are pleased to know that our care for our residents is reflected in our ratings through Nursing Home Compare.”

For this reporting period, JCH&L Gardenside is 5 Star five strong, Sutton said, meaning ratings in all four areas measured were five stars, in addition to the overall rating being five start.


JCH&L Gardenside has been providing long-term care to area residents since 1963. Currently, Gardenside is licensed for 40 beds, and has one Hospice room available. Gardenside has a resident dog, Tia; an aviary; and a variety of activities in which residents can participate including organized activities in the evenings and on weekends.

Gardenside prides itself on having a homelike environment, and being a small, family-oriented care facility. Three enclosed courtyards provide outdoor space for residents and their families to enjoy. Family members are invited to take part in activities, and special celebrations are planned periodically which include family members.

“What really sets us apart and makes our facility special is our wonderful staff,” Sutton said. “Their hard work, dedication and care for our residents truly makes us a five-star facility.”

The Nursing Home Compare statistics can be accessed by going to and selecting Gardenside LTC-JCHC.

JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center Offers Summer Pool Opportunities

With the Fairbury Municipal Swimming Pool closed for the summer to make way for a new pool in the future, JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center is offering water opportunities to area residents.

Lifeguarded open swims will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 12. The summer open swims will be available to those of all ages who can stand in the pool. It is free for Burkley Fitness Center members. The cost is $3 for non-members. Please note, the entire pool is 4’3” deep. There is no shallow end or wading pool. A card with 11 punches can be purchased for $30.

The BFC is also hosting the Fairbury Swim Team practices from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 5. (No practice on July 4.)

Swimming lessons will also be expanded for the summer at the BFC, with several instructors available. Private swimming lessons are $12 per lesson or $90 for an 8-lesson session. Group lessons are $50 per 8-lesson session. Non-members who take swimming lessons are not required to purchase a guest pass in addition to class fee, however, the use of the BFC is restricted to the pool during class time only. Any additional use of the pool or other equipment requires purchase of a guest pass. For more information on swimming lessons, please call the BFC at (402) 729-6139.

Water aerobics classes continue at the BFC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m.

The pool will be closed to members and guests during swim team and water aerobics classes. It will remain open to members and guests during private or group swimming lessons.

“We apologize for any inconvenience, but feel it is a responsibility to offer additional water opportunities to our community this summer, since the Fairbury city pool is not available, “ said Craig Bontrager, BFC director.  “Anyone with questions or concerns should contact me.”

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet June 11

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in Jefferson Community Health Center’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a webinar on Dealing with Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease, by Jennifer G. Goldman, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor Section of Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders, Department of Neurological Sciences, PDF Research Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCHC Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

The Parkinson’s Support Group generally meets on the second Monday of each month.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity for area residents to share their experiences with Parkinson’s disease. There is no cost for participants.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health Center at (402)-729-3351.