Residents of the Illinois Valley enjoy the finest in health care. Two modern, fully equipped hospitals offer a complete range of medical specialties and services. St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley is one of four hospitals operated by the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. It is a progressive 188-licensed bed facility and has a medical staff of 80 physicians, surgeons, dentists nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. In addition it has 525 nurses, aids, technicians, and other employees.
Founded in 1903, St. Margaret's Hospital continues to expand and improve facilities, incorporating the latest medical advances. Its radiology and nuclear medicine departments offer up-to-date diagnostic services with the most technically sophisticated machines. The hospital also offers Mobile MRI and cardiac catheterization on-site, plus outpatient hemodialysis and laser surgery.
St. Margaret's also provides a full range of specialized services from care of the older adult, with Adult Day Care and Skilled Nursing facilities, to the care of new family, with a Family Birthing Center featuring labor, delivery, and recovery (LDR) rooms with a homelike atmosphere.
St. Margaret's is the leader in the Illinois Valley in cancer treatment and care, operating two facilities: the DeAngelo Cancer Unit and the Valley Cancer Center.
Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) is a 108-bed regional facility serving residents in a 40-mile radius with a staff of more than 550 employees. It is an affiliate of OSF healthcare, the parent corporation of St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Specialized services offered by IVCH include a 20-bed inpatient psychiatric wing called Passages Behavioral Health Services to denote that it is part of an integrated system that,it can provide other forms of treatment for behavioral disorders apart from hospitalization. Its obstetric unit has birthing rooms with whirlpool baths that are unique to the area.
IVCH operates a 24-hour emergency service and offers birthing rooms with whirlpool tubs, intensive care and cardiac intensive care units, and a variety of psychiatric services. It also provides sports medicine services, orthopedic surgery , outpatient surgery, occupational therapy and physical therapy services, and phases I, 11, and Ill cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. The hospital offers Medicare certified hospice and adult day care.
IVCH's medical staff has access to some of the most modern medical equipment available, including a laser surgery system and mobile MRI, mobile cardiac catch lab, CAT scanner, ultrasound, mammography and diagnostic radiology.
IVCH nurses employ a "total care" one patient-one nurse philosophy that emphasizes personal attention in patient care. The nursing staff and other hospital departments make extensive use of the hospital's large computer capacity to cut down on paperwork and make more time for patient needs.
The hospital also has an active occupational health program and an industrial rehabilitation unit. These offer employers many services, including pre-employment screenings, work hardening, functional capacity evaluations, a preventive back care program, a body mechanics workshop, job site analysis, and cybex evaluations.
The Hygienic Institute, founded in 1914, is now an affiliate of IVCH, positioning it to better coordinate the delivery of heath care services in the Illinois Valley. A not-for-profit facility, the agency offers immunizations to children and adults; physician provided physical examination for school, sports, and work; school nursing services for the public elementary schools in LaSalle and Peru; blood pressure screening; clinics; and medical laboratory testing. In addition, it provides programs to assist migrants and teen parents.
The Hygienic Institute, as a Registrar, certificates are issued for births and deaths occurring in LaSalle, Peru, and Oglesby. Notary Public services are also available. An Illinois Department of Public Health certified water testing laboratory is located on-site.
Affiliation with Illinois Valley Community Hospital also positions the Hygienic Institute to provide outpatient health care services to veterans if legislation now pending in Congress becomes law.
The 120-bed Illinois Veterans Home - LaSalle opened in December of 1990 and is operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, State of Illinois. Three long-term nursing homes are located in the Illinois Valley providing a range of facilities.
North Central Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. serves residents of all ages in LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall counties. A professional staff provides outpatient services for both mental health and substance abuse. Services include evaluation, psychological testing; individual, group, and family therapy; day treatment and partial hospitalization for mental health, and DUI and prevention / wellness services. North Central also provides emergency services.
The Mental Health Center of LaSalle County serves Illinois Valley residents of all ages. A professional staff provides outpatient services consisting of initial evaluation; psychological testing; and individual, group, marital, and family counseling. The Center also has available short-term hospitalization facilities and an adult day treatment program. In addition, a "Crisis Team" is prepared to handle emergency situations.
A number of ambulance services perform a vital function for Illinois Valley residents and have modern, fully equipped vehicles and highly trained personnel which extend the ability of medical centers to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.