Blog Posts in June, 2019

  • Work on Affiliation Continues

    We would like to take this opportunity to provide our community with an update about progress made regarding an affiliation between St. Margaret’s Health and Illinois Valley Community Hospital, as part of SMP Health System. Since we announced our intent to affiliate in March, we have been going through a process called due diligence. This includes a comprehensive analysis of the operations ...

  • NEURO REHAB: AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH

    At the IVCH Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics, a collaborative approach is used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists to help patients reclaim independence and to return to normal routines. Whether their goal is to maximize functional mobility, to become more independent with daily routines, or to regain ability to communicate, the therapists at IVCH ...

  • What is Manual Therapy?

    Manual therapy techniques are interventions intended to improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, decrease pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. These techniques are provided through the use of skilled movements of the hands and body. Manual therapy techniques are great for treating all ...

  • How to Spot a Fad Diet

    Here are some signs that your diet may be more about empty promises than real results: Severely cuts calories. Starvation-type diets may show quick results on the scale but oftentimes they are short-lived and the numbers aren’t telling the whole story. It is nearly impossible for a healthy, normally active person to lose more than 2-3 pounds per week of actual fat. The body’s response ...

  • March is National Athletic Training Month!

    Athletic trainers (ATC) are mid-level certified healthcare providers who practice in the sports medicine field. Many times ATs will collaborate with physicians, physical therapists, and coaches to optimize the performance and rehabilitation of athletes. Athletic trainers are educated in various aspects of healthcare. Risk management and injury prevention are crucial in avoiding athlete injury. ...

  • Joint Replacement Surgery Results

  • Illinois Medicaid Redetermination - Avoid Lapses in Coverage

    At Illinois Valley Community Hospital, we want you to continue getting the health care coverage you need. We want to make sure your medical coverage will not be disrupted. To continue getting services from your Managed Medicaid plans,MeridianHealth, Molina, IlliniCare and BCBS Community Health Plan, members need to renew their coverage every year! This process is called Redetermination. Medicaid ...

  • Consolidation FAQs

    What has been announced? St. Margaret's Health, a member of SMP Health System, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) have signed a Letter of Intent to join together to form a regional health network. This is a non-binding step that will allow the two hospitals to develop an affiliation structure to strengthen healthcare services across the Illinois Valley. Why is this happening now? As ...

  • Local Hospitals to Pursue Historic Affiliation

    SPRING VALLEY, Illinois (March 4, 2019) -St. Margaret's Health in Spring Valley, a member of SMP Health System, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to consolidate their healthcare operations and form a regional health network. Over the coming months, the hospitals will perform appropriate due diligence and define details of the ...

  • Let's Talk About Talking

    Is your child having difficulty putting words together, telling you what they need, or unable to communicate with you? How your child speaks, plays, and acts are all indications regarding your child’s development. Developmental milestones can tell us at what age is reasonable to expect a child to be able to do something independently. The following charts breakdown language milestones for 2 ...

  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Everyone has an occupation; our lives are made of them. These occupations are the roles we play every day, including being a parent, an athlete, a musician, or an employee. So what is your primary occupation? We tend not to think about our occupations until we experience an illness or injury that interferes with our abilities to participate. Occupational therapists will evaluate a patient’s ...

  • Industrial Rehabilitation at IVCH CPRA

    The industrial program at CPRA is structured to identify safety and ergonomic work concerns, assist in the assessment of the injured worker, and assist in the return of the injured worker to the work environment. The staff at CPRA can assist local industry in identifying ergonomic and safe work practices through the functional work assessment on the industrial site. A functional work screen can be ...

  • Visitor Restrictions in effect at IVCH

    At Illinois Valley Community Hospital we are implementing temporary visitor restrictions at the hospital effective immediately due to widespread influenza activity in our area. This will help to control the spread of illness among patients and staff. IVCH is restricting visitors to only those over the age of 18 years. We also ask patients have no more than 2 visitors at any given time. We ...

  • Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

    Ingredients: 1/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder 3-5 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey) 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 1 pinch sea salt (optional) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups almond milk or coconut milk 1/2 cup chia seeds Instructions: 1.) Add cacao powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla into a small mixing bowl. Whisk until a paste forms. 2.) Add a little milk at a time ...

  • Overnight Oats

    Serving: 1 Prep time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1/3 - 1/2 cup milk 1/3 - 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/3 - 1/2 cup yogurt (optional) 1 tsp chia/flax seed (optional) 1/2 mashed banana Add the desired amount of milk, oats, yogurt, seeds, and banana to a jar or container and stir them together. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours. In the morning add additional liquid according to your preference. Top ...

  • IVCH now offering Stryker's Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Joint Replacement Procedures

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital is proud to offer Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted technology for knee and hip replacement procedures. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed. Dr. Robert Mitchell of IVCH has been trained and certified for Mako and is scheduling patients now. Robotic-arm assisted surgery is ...

  • What is Physical Therapy?

    Physical therapy is a dynamic profession focused on the enhancement, restoration, and preservation of optimal physical function and movement. Physical therapists provide care to individuals of all ages from newborns to older adults with a variety of diagnoses in an array of settings. These settings include outpatient clinics, hospitals, home health agencies, private practices, schools, industrial ...

  • IVCH CLINICS LATE START

    Due to the extreme weather forecast for tomorrow morning Thursday January 31st the IVCH Medical clinics will not open until 11:00 am. The office will contact patients to reschedule their appointments. Hygienic Institute LaSalle Medical Clinic Peru Primary Care Clinic Peru Medical Clinic Oglesby Medical Clinic Utica Medical Clinic Streator Medical Clinic Adult Medicine Clinic Women’s Health ...

  • IVCH CLOSINGS

    The following clinics, departments, and programs have been cancelled for Tuesday, January 29th: NCAT - No rides IVCH Adult Day Center IVCH Auxiliary Lobby Shoppe The following clinics, departments, and programs have been cancelled or closed for Wednesday, January 30th: Adult Medicine Clinic Hygienic Institute IVCH Adult Day Center IVCH Auxiliary Lobby Shoppe IVCH Cardiac Rehab IVCH Center for ...

  • IVCH Opens Its Doors to Serve as a Warming Center

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital is keeping its cafeteria open around the clock to serve as a warming center for people who need relief from the cold. Anyone who wants to warm up at IVCH can enter the hospital through its West Street entrance until 8:00 p.m. and then through the emergency department on the east side of IVCH after 8:00 p.m.

  • IVCH CLOSINGS - January 23rd, 2019

    The following clinics and departments are closed for today, January 23rd, 2019: IVCH Adult Day Center Grief Support Group at 6:30pm CANCELLED Prenatal Class at 6:00pm CANCELLED Please check back as we add to this list.

  • IVCH CLOSINGS - January 22nd, 2019

    The following clinics and departments are closed for today, January 22nd, 2019: The IVCH Lobby Shoppe IVCH Pulmonary Rehab Freedom From Smoking Class Please check back as we add to this list.

  • New Year's Resolution - Cooking at Home

    Cooking at home is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health. If you don’t cook at home, I want to encourage you in the New Year to get started. Just start with easy recipes and keep it simple and healthy. If you often eat out, you can order the one thing you really want, take it home and add veggies, fruit, whole grains, dairy or whatever nutrients are missing to make your ...

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