Healthcare in the Illinois Valley is no problem. With three neighboring hospitals and a range of medical specialties and services, recovery is right around the corner.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital is a 100-bed acute care hospital that serves residents living within a 40-mile radius of Peru.

The history of IVCH dates back to the late 19th-century with the founding of St. Mary's Hospital in LaSalle. People's Hospital, which opened in Peru in 1914 on the site now occupied by IVCH, merged with St. Mary's in the mid-1970s to form Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

The IVCH medical staff includes more than 100 physicians and the hospital has more than 600 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the Illinois Valley. The IVCH emergency room, which treats more than 16,000 patients a year, is staffed 24 hours a day by emergency medical physicians.

graphicThe hospital also has:

• A 10-bed obstetrics unit that is the setting for almost 700 births annually.

• A nine-bed intensive care unit.

• Passages Behavioral Health Services, a 20-bed inpatient psychiatric unit.

Local health agencies affiliated with IVCH include:

• The Hygienic Institute Community Health Center.

• Illinois Valley Hospice, a Medicare- certified IVCH department that cares for terminally-ill patients in their home.

• Illinois Valley Adult Day Center, located at 1020 Second Street in LaSalle, which cares for older adults who can't be left home alone but who don't need to be in a nursing home.

• Valley Home Health Services, the IVCH Medicare-approved home care agency.

• Illinois Valley Regional Private Duty Service, which provides nursing care and other services on a private pay basis to clients who are not eligible for Medicare reimbursement.

• Family Pharmacy, a full-service retail pharmacy.

• Home Medical Equipment, home medical equipment business.

St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley, founded in 1903, is one of four hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. It is a progressive 188-licensed bed facility with a medical staff of over 80 physicians, surgeons, dentists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In addition, St. Margaret's employs over 600 nurses and aides, technicians and other employees.

Through a series of community health clinics and specialty clinics strategically located throughout its service area, St. Margaret's offers quality healthcare at convenient locations.

Continuing to expand and improve facilities while incorporating the latest medical advances, St. Margaret's radiology and nuclear medicine departments offer up-to-date diagnostic services with the most technically sophisticated machinery. The hospital also offers Mobile MRI and laser surgery on-site.

St. Margaret's also provides a full range of specialized services, from care of the older adult at the Skilled Nursing Facility to the care of the new family, starting at the Women's Health Center and culminating in the Family Birthing Centre, featuring Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms with a homelike atmosphere.

A long-time Illinois Valley leader in the crusade against cancer, St. Margaret's state-of-the-art services for cancer prevention, treatment and care provide a full cancer treatment program right here at home. The Valley Cancer Center and the DeAngelo Cancer Unit are staffed by Medical and Radiation Oncologists, as well as specially trained oncology nurses, who specialize in treating cancer patients.

St. Margaret's has come a long way since 1903, but its Mission remains the same — caring for the needs of its patients, their families and community by providing holistic quality healthcare with dignity and compassion.

Founded in 1914, the Hygienic Institute Community Health Center is a not-for-profit agency that offers non-emergency primary healthcare services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Illinois Valley residents.

graphicServices available at the Hygienic include:

• School sport and work physicals

• Childhood, adult and foreign travel immunizations

• Lead screening

• TB testing

• Medical laboratory testing

• School nursing services

As an official Registrar, the Hygienic also issues certified records of births and deaths occurring in LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby. Located in LaSalle, the Hygienic Institute building is also the site of a local Veterans Administration outpatient clinic.

North Central Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. serves residents of all ages in LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Fulton and McDonough Counties. A professional staff provides outpatient services for both mental health and substance abuse. Services include Information and Referral, Screening and Assessment, Outpatient Therapy and Counseling, Inpatient Psychiatric Program, Aftercare Services, Case Management, Residential Programs, Crisis Intervention, Respite Care for Children and Adults, Clinical Consultation, Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA), Substance

Abuse — Prevention & Intervention and Community Outreach, Education and Training — Parent & Teacher Risk, Employee Assistance Programs. North Central also provides emergency services.

A 120-bed Illinois Veterans Home facility in LaSalle is a comfort to those who served in the military. It was opened in 1990 and is operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, State of Illinois. Besides the Illinois Veterans Home, three long-term nursing facilities serve the Illinois Valley, which are Heritage Manor, LaSalle Health Care Center and Spring Valley Nursing Home.

A number of ambulance services perform a vital function for Illinois Valley residents. They have modern, fully equipped vehicles and highly trained personnel which extend the ability of medical centers to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.


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