Blog Posts in August, 2018

  • Meal Prep 101

    'Making healthy choices for daily meals can be hard when you lead a busy life - and we all lead busy lives. Meal prepping can help you save time, money, and make healthier choices. Like anything it’s best to ease into the process instead of trying to do too much at once. Start off by preparing two or three meals for the week. 1.) Pick a day PIck a day to prepare your meals. Some people ...

  • Healthgrades Awards IVCH 5 Stars for Hip and Knee Replacement

    Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has awarded Illinois Valley Community Hospital a 5-star rating for hip and knee replacement surgery. The company says IVCH is the only hospital in the state of Illinois to have earned its highest ranking for the two procedures for 12 consecutive years. Healthgrades annually evaluates hospital performance at nearly ...

  • Spice Blend Recipe: Awaken Your Taste Buds Without Salt!

    Here is a great blend of spices to replace that salt shaker! 1 tsp chili powder 2 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp garlic powder 2 tbsp dry mustard 5 tbsp onion powder 3 tbsp paprika 3 tbsp poultry seasoning Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and fill empty salt shaker with mixture.

  • Salt: Which is Best?

    We all know that it is important to eat less salt, even more so when you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Too much sodium can increase your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend less than 2300 mg of sodium per day, which is around 1 teaspoon. The average intake for Americans is around 3300 mg or more per day. Most people ...

  • Enjoy a Meal Out with Less Guilt About Your Diet!

    Eating more home-cooked, fresh meals is recommended to improve your nutrition and overall health. When we eat at home we have control over our ingredients and often eat more balanced meals with smaller portions. However, you can still enjoy a meal out while focusing on your diet. Be prepared. You can often find menus and nutrition information online beforehand which can help you make a plan of ...

  • Lisa Lynch is New CFO at IVCH

    Lisa Lynch is the new chief financial officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. A resident of Peru and an IVCH employee since 1999, Lynch held the positions of controller, Six Sigma Black Belt, director of organizational effectiveness and assistant vice president for the revenue cycle at the hospital. A certified public accountant, Lynch worked for Unytite, Inc., and for a public ...

  • New Midwife at IVCH Women's Health Care Center

    Jacqueline Ma is the newest midwife to join the staff of the Women’s Health Care Center at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. Originally from Swedona, Illinois, Ma is a graduate of the nursing school at Northern Illinois University. She spent five years working as a labor and delivery nurse in Illinois and the state of Washington before moving back to the Midwest. Ma recently completed a ...

  • IVCH Midwives Discuss Birth Control and other Topics July 26

    Although midwives are best known for delivering babies, they are also qualified to provide other healthcare services throughout a woman’s life. The role midwives can play in providing health care to women apart from assisting them with childbirth will be highlighted when four Illinois Valley Community Hospital certified nurse midwives present a free public program from 4 – 6:30 p.m. ...

  • IVCH July Prenatal Class Schedule

    The next series of childbirth classes at Illinois Valley Community Hospital gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the meeting room inside hospital’s office building at 1305 6 th Street in Peru, just east of the emergency department entrance. Additional sessions are set for the next three Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25 Taught by IVCH obstetrics unit nurses, the first two classes focus ...

  • IVCH Opens Cafeteria as Cooling Center

    Since the National Weather Service is predicting high temperatures and uncomfortable conditions for the Illinois Valley during the next few days, Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru is opening its cafeteria to serve as a cooling center for anyone seeking relief from hot and humid temperatures. Located on the west side of IVCH, the cafeteria can be entered through the hospital’s West ...

  • IVCH Red Cross Blood Drive is June 26

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the conference room of the IVCH 6 th Street office building at 1305 6 th St., Peru. Potential donors are advised to bring photo ID’s or their blood donor cards with them. Some of the required paperwork can be done ahead of time through the ...

  • IVCH Wound Center Recognized for Clinical Excellence

    The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Wound and Hyperbaric Center has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company. The Center of Distinction Award recognized the IVCH wound center for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months. Criteria for earning the award included ...

  • IVCH Hosts Cancer Survivors Breakfast

    Twenty-four cancer survivors who collectively have lived with the disease for 281 years attended Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivors Day breakfast Friday morning (June 1) at the First Congregational Church in Peru. The group heard a talk by breast cancer survivor Megan Cullinan, who read selections from a blog she started when she was first diagnosed with the disease ...

  • Introductory IVCH Diabetes Prevention Program Meeting is Monday

    The next series of IVCH Diabetes Prevention Program meetings gets underway with an introductory session at 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, in the hospital’s room at Peru Mall. Led by IVCH certified lifestyle coaches, the program teaches participants how to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes through discussion and activities. “The program is for people who have diabetes now as well as ...

  • Free IVCH Program about Spring Allergies is May 24

    Dealing with springtime allergies and other warm weather ear, nose and throat problems is the topic of a free public program the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Center is sponsoring at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the IVCH room at Peru Mall. Allergies, reflux, swimmer’s ear and sinus issues are among the summer health problems ENT physician assistants Angela ...

  • Lori Woods-Way is 2018 IVCH Employee of the Year

    A laboratory assistant and phlebotomist praised by co-workers for her compassion and “patients first” attitude is the winner of the 2018 Buckman Family Employee of the Year Award at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. Spring Valley resident Lori-Woods Way received multiple nominations from other lab employees for the award. “Lori is one who would put her own life on hold ...

  • Prenatal Classes Start Wednesday

    The next series of childbirth classes at Illinois Valley Community Hospital gets underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the meeting room inside hospital’s office building at 1305 6 th Street in Peru, just east of the emergency department entrance. Additional sessions are set for the next three Wednesdays, May 9, 16 and 23. Taught by IVCH obstetrics unit nurses, the first two classes focus ...

  • Advance Directives Program is April 19

    Advance directives and their role in end-of-life decision making will be the subject of a free public program Thursday evening, April 19, in the Illinois Valley Community Hospital room at Peru Mall. “Making My Wishes Known” is the title of the program to be presented at 6:00 p.m. by Dawn Moutray, IVCH social service director, and Dr. Mark Fernandez, Illinois Valley Hospice medical ...

  • Next Healthy Heart Screening is April 13

    Next IVCH Healthy Heart Screening is April 13 The next Illinois Valley Community Hospital Healthy Heart cardiac risk factor screening is scheduled for 6:00-10:00 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics at 310 Walnut Street in Peru, next to the Illinois Valley YMCA. Offered twice a year by IVCH, a Healthy Heart checkup gives participants a complete lipid ...

  • Next Set of IVCH Prepared Childbirth Classes Starts April 4

    The next series of childbirth classes at Illinois Valley Community Hospital gets underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the meeting room inside hospital’s office building at 1305 6 th Street in Peru, just east of the emergency department entrance. Additional sessions are set for the next three Wednesdays, April 11, 18 and 25. Taught by IVCH obstetrics unit nurses, the first two classes ...

  • IVCH Foundation Community Variety Show is March 10

    IVCH Foundation Variety Show Lineup Set Six Illinois Valley Community Hospital doctors headline the list of performers who will sing, dance and make you laugh at the IVCH Foundation Community Variety Show Saturday night, March 10, in Matthiessen Auditorium at LaSalle-Peru High School. A fundraiser for the Foundation’s MRI fund, the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and will go ...

  • Dr. Castro-Skoglund Joins IVCH Medical Staff

    Another internal medicine physician has joined the Illinois Valley Community Hospital medical staff. Jenecsis Castro-Skoglund, MD, works with Lyman Tieman, MD, in the IVCH Adult Medicine clinic, which is located on the second floor of the medical office building across West Street from the hospital. Dr. Castro-Skoglund graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria after ...

  • Hygienic Institute has New Director

    Carrrie Lijewski is the new director of the Hygienic Institute. A resident of Oglesby, Lijewski had been director of medical staff affairs at Pekin Hospital before coming to the Hygienic. Before working in Pekin, she had been director of quality, risk and safety at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator. Lijewski also worked for 16 years at Mendota Community Hospital, including six years as chief ...

  • IVCH has New Chief Nursing Officer

    Robert Fortney is the new chief nursing officer at Illinois Valley Community Hospital. The new CNO came to IVCH from Arlington Heights, where he had been a vice president and service line executive for Northwest Community Healthcare, an independent, community-based health system. Before working for NCH, Fortney had been the chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care at Norwegian ...

  • Red Cross Blood Drive is February 5

    Red Cross Blood Drive is February 5 at IVCH Illinois Valley Community Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 5, in the conference room of the IVCH 6 th Street office building at 1305 6 th St., Peru. Potential donors are advised to bring photo ID’s or their blood donor cards with them. Some of the required paperwork can be done ...

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