November 2017

St. Margaret's Hospital is at the Head of the Class


St. Margaret's Hospital is among only 33 hospitals in IL to attain an A from Leapfrog for Patient Safety this fall.


The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.


St. Margaret's Health was one of 832 awarded an 'A' for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. "It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety.


"An 'A' Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of St. Margaret's Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."


Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.


To see St. Margaret's full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Facebook.

October 2017

Looking to see if we are in your network? Check out our list of Insurances.


If the NETWORK identified on your insurance card is NOT listed, we do not have a participation agreement with that insurer.


Also, be advised that SMH does not participate with every product line within any given insurer. As a rule of thumb, we limit our participation to PPO product lines. Be aware that when you elect to utilize the services of a nonparticipating provider (including hospital-based physicians) for anything other than emergency services or service approved by the insurer in advance, the basis of your benefit payment will be determined according to your insurance policy's "out-of network" fee schedule and you will be responsible for the balance. Also, you are STRONGLY encouraged to verify that pre-authorization from your insurance company has been obtained on your behalf prior to you receiving services here at SMH. This can be done by calling the number on the back of your insurance card or by checking with the ordering physician.

September 2017

Special Prostate Cancer Screening

1 in 6 American men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.

Who should be screened?

  • All men age 50 and above not under a urologist’s care
  • Men age 40 and above with a family history of prostate cancer
  • African-American men starting at age 40


Screening will be performed by urologists Chris Schwartz, D.O., Steve Chung, M.D. and Christopher Differding, P.A.


$25 fee includes digital rectal exam, PSA blood test and processing.


Call early to make an appointment. Space is limited.

Monday, September 11

5-6 p.m.
St. Margaret's Hospital - Spring Valley
Call for an appointment: 815-664-1486 weekdays

Tuesday, September 12

4:30-5:30 p.m.
OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center - Mendota
Call for an appointment: 815-539-1411 weekdays

Tuesday, September 19

4:30-5:30 p.m.
OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center - Ottawa
Call for an appointment: 815-431-5499 weekdays

Tuesday, September 19

5-6 p.m.
Illinois Valley Community Hospital - Peru
Call for an appointment: 815-780-3337 weekdays

Monday, September 25

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Perry Memorial Hospital - Princeton
Call for an appointment: 815-876-3313 weekdays

July 2017

Introducing Grant Reed, DO

St. Margaret's is pleased to welcome Grant Reed, DO to the medical staff. Born and raised in Ottawa, Il, he is no stranger to the Illinois Valley and has always had a calling to come back home to practice medicine. In 2010, Dr. Reed earned his Bachelor's Degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He then attended medical school at Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove and will complete his family medicine residency at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha, WI this July.


St. Margaret's is excited about offering a better experience for our patients and their families when they visit the Emergency Room.


"I always romanticized about being a family doctor in a smaller community. I hope to make a difference in as many peoples' lives as possible and am eager to start."

- Dr. Reed


Dr. Reed will be seeing patients starting in September of this year. For appointment, call (815) 223-2807.

Dec. 5, 2016

IDPH Clears St. Margaret's Emergency Department Project

St. Margaret’s is pleased to announce that the Illinois Department of Public Health recently granted "Occupancy" to the second phase of the Emergency Room construction project. The project, which began in May 2015, consisted of two phases that renovated the existing department and created an additional 4,200 square feet, ultimately doubling the size of the previous department. This created new exam rooms with updated fixtures and equipment, support areas, a much larger waiting room, a Results Pending Area, a Family Consultation Room, a new egress corridor, and much more.


St. Margaret’s is excited about offering a better experience for our patients and their families when they visit the Emergency Room.


Sept. 15, 2016

Introducing Fazal Ahmed Khan, MD

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Khan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, followed by Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago.


He then completed his Residency in Family Medicine at Resurrection Hospital in Illinois. Dr. Khan places a large emphasis on preventative care and patient education.


For an appointment, call (815) 664-2367.

July 13, 2016

St. Margaret's Hospital is an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognizes St. Margaret's Hospital as capable of providing quality stroke care and assisting in the delivery of care within the State of Illinois.


This certification ensures that stroke patients of the Illinois Valley receive the right care, in the safest environment, when it matters most. As an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH), we diagnose, treat and transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of care if needed. ESRHs must continually authenticate with IDPH their continued compliance with the required ESRH criteria to ensure the hospital satisfies these requirements 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


To recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, remember F.A.S.T.

  • FACE – Face drooping on one side
  • ARM – One leg or arm is weak or numb
  • SPEECH – Slurred speech
  • TIME – Dial 9-1-1 and get to the ALL NEW St. Margaret's ER IMMEDIATELY
July 11, 2016

Thank You to Our Kids' Camp Sponsors!

$1,000 Sponsor

  • City of Spring Valley


$500 Sponsors

  • Kohl's
  • Curtis Imel, DDS
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Wal-Mart Distribution #6092
  • Miller Group Charitable Trust


$250 Sponsors

  • Village of Depue
  • Heartland Bank & Trust
  • Spring Valley City Bank


Special thanks to:

  • Mautino Distribution (water)
  • Spring Valley Park District (use of shelters & park)
July 2016

St. Margaret's Opening Obstetrics & Gynecology Center in Peru

Coming soon, St. Margaret's will be opening an obstetrics and gynecology center at 1436 Midtown Road in Peru. Located next to Culver's and St. Margaret's Center for Physical Rehabilitation, they'll be providing complete care to women in all stages of life.


Services include:

  • Gynecology Surgery
  • Obstetrical Care
  • Bladder Incontinence Treatment
  • Yearly Exams
  • And more
June, 2015

St. Margaret's Begins Emergency Room Project

St. Margaret's Hospital recently received final approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health to begin a $5.5 million project to nearly double the size of its existing Emergency Room. Construction work has already begun on the first phase of the project, which will create an additional 4,200 square feet directly to the East of the existing department. This expanded space will provide new exam rooms with updated fixtures and equipment, an isolation exam room, nursing station and support areas. The expansion phase is expected to be completed by November of 2015.


The second phase will consist of renovating the existing Emergency Room, featuring a new and much larger waiting room for patients and families, a Results Pending Area and a Family Consultation Room. Also included in this phase will be a new egress corridor that will route hospital traffic around the Emergency Room proper, which will greatly improve privacy for patients being treated. The overall project is expected to be completed by May of 2016.


According to Tim Muntz, St. Margaret's President & CEO, “This project seeks to provide a better experience for the patient by enhancing patient flow through the ER and the hospital, while also improving workflow and productivity for our staff. All treatment rooms will be similarly designed and equipped for flexibility of use, to save precious minutes in critical situations. As part of the ER project, we are also adding a new, private waiting room and new changing rooms in the adjacent X-ray Department.” Mary Vega, Vice President of Nursing at St. Margaret's, adds, “The new ER will also provide a 'safe room' for patients with psychiatric needs, as well as direct elevator access for patients going to Surgery or the Intensive Care Unit from the ER. Consultation rooms for physicians, clergy and others will be created to allow for greater privacy for patients and families. Our goal is to reduce ER wait times and 'door-to-decision' times for patients to be admitted or discharged.” Muntz continues, "At some point, nearly everyone needs access to emergency care, so the goal of the project is to improve the overall ER experience. We are excited about what this project will provide to our patients and the communities we serve.”

June, 2015

Introducing Dr. Andrew Zidow

St. Margaret's is pleased to welcome Andrew Zidow, MD, to the Medical Staff, effective August, 2015. Dr. Zidow, a Family Practice physician, will see patients at the Midtown Health Center in Peru. Appointments can be made by calling (815) 220-1122. He will begin seeing patients beginning the first week of August.


Born at St. Margaret's and a graduate of L-P, Dr. Zidow obtained his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then attended Medical School at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. Currently, he is completing his residency in Family Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria. While in Medical School, Dr. Zidow was involved in a Rural Medical Education program dedicated to advancing primary care in rural Illinois. During his residency, he has been involved the Recruitment Improvement Committee at the U of I College of Medicine and also worked on patient safety efforts as a member of the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Committee at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital.

Sept. 9, 2014

Introducing Dr. Benjamin Shepherd

St. Margaret's is pleased to welcome Benjamin Shepherd, MD, to the Medical Staff, effective October 1, 2014.


Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Shepherd will initially be seeing patients at 1916 N. Main Street in Princeton. To make an appointment, please call 815-915-8750.


Dr. Shepherd is originally from Dixon, IL, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, IL and then graduated from the Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program.


As a member of the Dixon Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Shepherd returned to the U of I College of Medicine in Rockford as an Assistant Clinical Professor, while also working as a staff physician t KSB Hospital – Mt. Morris Clinic in Mt. Morris, IL and a jail physician for Winnebago County Jail. Dr. Shepherd was recently named Faculty Physician of the Year, 2013-2014, by his fellow resident physicians.

Sept. 8, 2014

Respiratory Illness Due to Enterovirus D68

What is the current situation?

This year, an uncommon form of enterovirus called EV-D68 has been found circulating in Missouri and Illinois. This is a rapidly evolving situation and additional states also may report circulation of this virus. Testing of specimens from individuals diagnosed with enterovirus infection were sent to a specialized laboratory at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 11 specimens from a Chicago hospital were positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). To date, there have been no reported deaths due to EV-68 in Illinois.


Other locations within Illinois have reported increased cases of respiratory illness in children and have diagnosed enterovirus infections, but specific testing for EV-68 has not been performed. Testing for the EV-68 strain is not readily available from hospital and clinical laboratories.


Learn more about the Enterovirus-D68 virus.

Aug. 28, 2014

Questions and Answers on Ebola

Updated: August 28, 2014
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The current outbreak is affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone but does not pose a significant risk to the United States. A small number of cases in Nigeria have been associated with a man from Liberia who traveled to Lagos and died from Ebola, but the virus does not appear to have been widely spread.


CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and continues to send public health experts to the affected countries.


Download this CDC pdf with more questions & answers.

Oct. 10, 2013

Community Needs Assessment (IPLAN)

St. Margaret's is pleased to have collaborated with Bureau and Putnam County Health Department and many other partners to complete an extensive Community Needs Assessment (IPLAN).


Simply stated, it is a way of determining as a community what the health needs are in our counties and how we can best utilize our resources to improve the health of our citizens.


Find out more.

July 10, 2013

Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings

Consumer Reports has ranked St. Margaret's as a top hospital for surgery in the state of the full article.


Get hospital Ratings

Ratings of hospitals nationwide. The Ratings include include information on our surgery Ratings, our hospital Safety Score, as well as some information on performance for more than 4,000 hospitals. You can also download a PDF showing the overall surgery ratings for 2,463 across the country.

July 9, 2013

West Nile Virus Prevention

“As we enter the hot temperature season, we will start to see more mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in the Central Illinois region,” said Wil Hayes of Peoria City/County Health Department.

“The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions include practicing the three “R's” – reduce, repel and report."

  • REDUCE exposure - Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night. Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles.        
  • REPEL mosquitoes - When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT mosquito breeding grounds - In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.


West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.


Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.

May 10, 2013

Avoiding Tickborne Disease

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, more

May 1, 2013

After The Flood

This information is provided by the Illinois Department of Health to help flood victims protect themselves against diseases and other hazards in the days and weeks following a flood. View E-Book by Download PDF


See More Mosquitoes and Floodwater Info

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