Blog Posts in October, 2020

  • St. Margaret's and IVCH Sign Definitive Agreement to Affiliate

    New regional health network will strengthen health care in the Illinois Valley SPRING VALLEY, Illinois (October 14, 2020) - St. Margaret's Health in Spring Valley, a member of SMP Health System, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru have signed a binding Definitive Agreement to consolidate their healthcare operations to form a regional health network. The new organization will ...

  • IVCH Coronavirus Update

    The Illinois Department of Public Health and the LaSalle County Health Department have both issued warnings that the number of COVID-19 cases in the county is increasing and similar reports have also been received from surrounding counties. Both agencies are recommending renewed adherence to safety measures that have proven to be successful in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. They include: ...

  • IVCH Administers its 1,000th Coronavirus Test

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital administered its 1,000 th test for the novel coronavirus over the Independence Day weekend. Although it’s a test for a disease almost no one had ever heard of six months ago and in terms of quantity is still well down on the list of diagnostic tests performed at IVCH every day, the covid-19 nose swab has taken on an out-sized importance in life at the ...

  • Mood Boosting Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen

    Let’s face it, 2020 is just not the year we thought it was going to be. COVID19 has caused us all to cancel so many of our exciting plans, which has us feeling blue- or even a bit blah! We may be stressing over the foods we are eating, stressing over the possible weight we might be gaining and stressing over if things will ever get back to normal. With so much negativity, we all need a ...

  • More Visitor Restrictions Loosened at IVCH

    Visitor restrictions at Illinois Valley Community Hospital continue to be eased as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state continues to trend downward. Patients on the hospital’s medical floor and in the intensive care unit will each be allowed to have one visitor beginning Monday, June 15th with certain restrictions. Among them: The patient must designate who their visitor will be ...

  • IVCH Easing Visitor Restrictions with State of Illinois Phase 3 re-openings

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital is easing some visitor restrictions as part of Phase 3 re-opening of the state of Illinois. Beginning Monday, June 8, obstetrics patients who have sonogram appointments and all day surgery patients will be allowed to have one person accompany them into the hospital. The visitors will be screened and required to wear masks at all times. If you are accompanying a ...

  • Thank You!

    Your support during the COVID-19 pandemic has been fantastic. The meals and snacks for our staff and all other contributions have been greatly appreciated.

  • IVCH Doctors and Healthcare Providers Offering Telemedicine Services to Patients

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Illinois’ stay at home order we understand that patients may not want to come in for their scheduled doctor visit. Our staff at all the IVCH offices want to let you know that your health and safety are their main concern. IVCH doctors and healthcare providers are now offering telemedicine services to their patients. These visits can be over the ...

  • IVCH Accepting Donations of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment

    Illinois Valley Community Hospital is working diligently to prepare for the possibility of treating a high number of COVID-19 patients. This includes making sure we have enough supplies on hand to meet the demand. While there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country and ALL hospitals are conserving supplies, IVCH would like to assure you that masks and other ...

  • IVCH Coronavirus Update

    As the number of coronavirus cases in Illinois continues to increase, Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru is restricting public access to its main building to just one entrance: the door on the north side of the hospital off 6 th Street that is next to the emergency department door. All other hospital entrances are closed to the public. Everyone entering IVCH through the 6 th Street door ...

  • Visitor Restrictions at IVCH

    Effective immediately and until further notice, Illinois Valley Community Hospital is restricting access to its main building at 925 West Street in Peru. This is one of several measures being taken by IVCH to protect patients and staff from possible exposure to the coronavirus. Patients who need to come to IVCH for required tests are asked to enter the hospital through entrance A at the southeast ...

  • Full list of closings & cancellations at IVCH

    The following services, programs, and events at IVCH are cancelled: Tai Chi Classes Held at the Peru YMCA - cancelled until further notice Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance - cancelled until June Pink Ribbon Club - cancelled March 25th meeting & April 24th PJ Party Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Checks at Liberty Village - cancelled March 31st Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab - closed ...

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for March 16th is Cancelled!

    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for March 16th is Cancelled

  • Tai Chi Cancelled Until Further Notice

    Free Tai Chi classes, held at the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru, sponsored by Illinois Valley Community Hospital are cancelled until further notice to protect our residents from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We will notify the community when classes resume.

  • COVID-19 Hotline & Email

    Please use the IDPH COVID-19 state hotline (1-800-889-3931) or email dph.sick@illinois.gov to have all of your general questions about COVID-19 answered. If you have been in China or another affected geographic area in the last two weeks or know someone who may have COVID-19 AND you have symptoms please CALL your health care provider FIRST so they can make arrangements for you to be assessed.

  • Q & A - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 - nCoV)

    Q. What are coronaviruses? A: Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. These range from viruses that cause the common cold, to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus from China is called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This new coronavirus is different from ...

  • Peru Kindergartner's Hot Chocolate Fundraiser Results in Toy Donations

    A fundraiser organized by an enterprising Peru five-year-old resulted in a donation of toys to the Peru Primary Care medical practice and OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. Charlotte Hughes, a kindergarten student at Northview School, is a Peru Primary Care patient who recently had thumb surgery at Children’s Hospital. She set up what she called a “hot coco ...

  • Published CPR Study Based on Research Done at IVCH

    A published study based on research done at Illinois Valley Community Hospital shows that frequent self-directed CPR training for nurses and other healthcare professionals done on a mobile simulation station is more effective than traditional classroom CPR recertification instruction. Recently published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the study showed that clinical ...

  • Cholesterol Profile Screening January 18th CANCELLED!

    The cholesterol profile screening for this Saturday, January 18th at the YMCA is cancelled due to weather!

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