As our employees and medical staff continue to work selflessly to provide care for our patients, the people of the Illinois Valley have demonstrated an understanding of the gravity of this pandemic and the risks it not only poses to our nation and world, but locally as well.
We thank all of you, including our local businesses and other organizations, for implementing and complying with every safety measure possible to protect our local hospitals and the most vulnerable people in our community.
We must remember this pandemic is not over. Though we know it can be a great challenge at times, we kindly ask that you continue to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Wear Protective Face Coverings • Social Distance • Stay Home Whenever Possible • Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes with a Tissue or Your Arm • Disinfect Frequently Touched Surfaces • Wash Your Hands Often • Follow the Rules and Guidelines Recommended by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
Please Wear Your Mask Correctly. Cover BOTH Your Nose & Mouth.
St. Margaret’s is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Birkey, PMHNP, to the staff at St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health in Princeton. Liz is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife & Lactation Consultant.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in the Illinois Valley, Liz attended Illinois Valley Community College and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb for Nursing. She then went on to Frontier Nursing University (Hyden, KY) and obtained her Master’s in Midwifery, Post-Master’s
Family Nurse Practitioner and Post-Master’s PMHNP degrees. She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Nursing, anticipating finishing in March of 2021.
Liz will be working with Benjamin Shepherd, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, to provide the Illinois Valley quality, compassionate care in both primary and mental health services.
“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the exceptional team of healthcare workers at St. Margaret’s and provide comprehensive, evidence-based, quality care to the clients in my community and surrounding areas”
This edition of Mission in Action contains stories from 2018 about people going above and beyond as well as day-to-day workplace encounters in the ministries of SMP Health System that reflect the mission of St. Margaret’s Hospital.