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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consumer Reports has ranked St. Margaret's as a top hospital for surgery in the state of Illinois...read the full article.
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“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."
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.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, ehrlichiosis...read more
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