St. Margaret's Health, in union with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, is committed to the values of Catholic health care in caring for the needs of our patients and their families, the community and one another. Through our belief in God and our respect for life, we provide holistic quality health care with dignity and compassion.

Meet Our Board Members

Welcome to St. Margaret's Health - A letter from the President

Welcome to St. Margaret's Health, the premier provider of healthcare in the Illinois Valley  since 1903. Our sponsors, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, the Board of Directors, Administration, the Medical Staff and everyone St. Margaret's are unified in our focus to provide you and your loved ones high quality, compassionate care in an environment of Healing Hospitality. Advanced technology, combined with friendly, knowledgeable staff is right here, close to home, ready to serve you.


Use the links provided in this website to learn more about what we offer. If you have additional questions, we have highly qualified staff to answer your questions. You can depend on not only your physician and nurses, but other disciplines, like our chaplains, social service staff and others to provide you with valuable advice and support.


Tim Muntz
President & CEO


Core Values

We carry forth this healing ministry of Jesus, inspired by the values of:

  • Caring - Ministering to the whole person with sensitivity, compassion and concern
  • Commitment/Dedication - Being faithful to the healing mission of Jesus
  • Dignity/Respect - Recognizing that everyone is of value and worthy of high regard
  • Quality - Insuring the higher standards of excellence and professionalism


Shared Ministry

Health Ministry of Sisters of Mary of the Presentation

We, as Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, carry on the apostolic mission given us by our founders. We are strengthened by each other in our community living and in our prayer as we move into the various forms of evangelization.


The people who work with us are our greatest resource – boards, medical staffs, administrative groups, employees, and volunteers. We share our ministry with them. We join hands with them to carry on this healing ministry, bringing Christ to people. To bring Christ through the ministry of healing means that we are interested in healing the whole person; that we believe in the worth of each individual; that we do not judge, but rather support; that we testify to the reality of a loving God; and that we heal through understanding and prayer, as well as health care.


There is nothing unusual about a health care facility that has a mission of healing. However, there is a difference in the definition of "healing" which is used. We believe that healing is anything that keeps the individual integral, anything that gives a person wholeness. When people are broken, they are broken in many ways. It has not only to do with their body, but with their self-image and spirit as well. With this definition, a smile, a "hello", or a "thank you" can be a healing experience. To communicate this, it is not just the individual rendering direct patient care, but everyone in the facility who participates in the healing process. Further, this extended definition of "healing" leads us to believe that it is not just our patients/residents, but all of us who are in need of healing from each other. Our mission is to heal – to cure sometimes – but always to heal.


Healing in a Jesus Christ-like manner is not just a Catholic work. There are many people and institutions that carry on this work. The non-Catholic employee should be assured that there will be no attempt to change his/her beliefs. As with any business establishment, the institution has certain values and beliefs which the employee is asked to abide by in accepting the offer of employment. Different concepts of God and different concepts of truth are really no barrier to the fact that Jesus told us to love each other, and Vatican II has asked us to work together to form a new humanity.


We need to remember that the search for God frequently begins when people have first been accepted by another. We need to remember, also, that the health care giver, regardless of his/her belief, gives better care when he/she is cared for.


In summary, the ministries of SMP Health System are involved in a Christ-like healing ministry in the Catholic tradition. We are all involved in the process of healing others as well as of being healed ourselves. Our desire is to work with all people of goodwill within and without the health care ministry in trying to establish a new humanity. Our mission engages all of us in ministry to all the people who come into our lives day after day.


Our History

St. Margaret's Hospital, a 69-licensed bed facility, was founded in November of 1903 by seven sisters from the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, a group of nuns expelled from France by an anti-religious government.


At the turn of the century, Spring Valley was a large coal mining camp with a population of 6,214 people. Laws governing the protection of miners were few, and accidents and deaths were frequent.


The area's great need for a hospital facility was recognized by the Rev. John Power, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church. He appealed to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation to staff the new hospital. Twenty-five acres of land and a two-story frame house were donated by Father Power, and so it began.


When the first seven sisters arrived in November, 1903, they were practically without funds, and only a few of them spoke English. The little hospital was nearly unfurnished and contained only a five-bed ward and one private room. The building was illuminated by kerosene lamps and heated with coal stoves. The success of the new venture seemed doubtful. However, from this humble beginning, St. Margaret's has grown to become the community care center that we know today.


Our Logo's Symbolism

St. Margaret's Hospital

Both the Cross and the “M” retain the symbolism found on the rings the Sisters wear. On the emblem, the Cross is rooted in the earth where our lives and ministry take place. The oval shape of the emblem signifies the Church and also the Congregation.

Discrimination is Against the Law

St. Margaret's Health complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. St. Margaret's Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.


St. Margaret's Health:

Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters
  • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages


If you need any of the above services, contact the Patient and Family Services Department at 815-664-1486.


If you believe St. Margaret's Health has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance by calling 815-664-1630 or by contacting Kim Santman at our compliance line (1-800-826-6762).


You can also file a civil rights complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at here, or by mail or phone at:


U.S. Department of Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7997 (TDD)

Complaint forms are available at


St. Margaret's Health cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.


Sumusunod ang St. Margaret's Health sa mga naaangkop na Pederal na batas sa karapatang sibil at hindi nandidiskrimina batay sa lahi, kulay, bansang pinagmulan, edad, kapansanan o kasarian.


St. Margaret's Health tuân thủ luật dân quyền hiện hành của Liên bang và không phân biệt đối xử dựa trên chủng tộc, màu da, nguồn gốc quốc gia, độ tuổi, khuyết tật, hoặc giới tính.


St. Margaret's Hospital

Hospital Operator:

(815) 664-5311 or (815) 223-5346

(815) 664-1578 TTY


For questions or issues with the MyCare Patient Portal,
call 815-664-7200


Email: [email protected]

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