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St. Margaret’s Holiday Raffle 2021

Take a chance on bringing a little bit of extra joy into your holidays.

The 2021 St. Margaret’s Foundation Holiday Raffle offers prizes throughout the holidays.


$250.00 Hy-Vee Gift Card


$500.00 Sapp Bros. Gas Card

New Years

$ 1,000.00 Cash

Tickets are $10.00 and each one is eligible for all three drawings and early winning tickets are returned for the next drawing.

Once again thank you for your continued generosity.


We will confirm your order by sending your ticket stubs in the mail.

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Two Oglesby Clinics to Become ONE Great Location

Effective October 1, 2021

Oglesby Medical Clinic is relocating to the current St. Margaret’s Oglesby Clinic located at 790 West Walnut Street in Oglesby.

Expect the same exceptional care you’ve always received from our four providers:

Call (815) 883-3241 for Dexter Angeles, MD.

Call (815) 883-3588 for Kelly DeBoer, MD, along with Patricia Blackburn, PA-C and Britnae Lewis, APN.



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PREVENT Type 2 Diabetes

Join St. Margaret’s Health Certified Lifestyle Coaches for a program to prevent type 2 diabetes, “Prevent T2!”

This program can also lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, improve your health, help you feel more energetic and even reverse your prediabetes diagnosis.

Informational Session  |  Monday, August 2 | 4pm

6th Street Building , Conference Room
1305 6th Street, Peru (Old St. Mary’s School)
There is no fee to participate in this program.

For more information, please call
(815) 780-3576


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St. Margaret’s Health- Spring Valley, Arukah Institute Announces Collaboration & New Area Services


St. Margaret’s Health –Spring Valley was the recipient of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to support expanding behavioral health services to our area. This grant will provide $2 Million dollars each year for two years to establish a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, The St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness (CHHW), which will be located in the adjacent space in the Center for Family Health (CFH) in Princeton.

The Center will work primarily with residents of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall Counties. A new Program Director for CHHW has been hired.  Mike Miroux, LCPC, has recently joined the St. Margaret’s staff. Construction will begin soon at the site in Princeton.

Mike returns to his hometown area, and is excited about this opportunity.  He stated, “I think the Center for Holistic Health and Wellness will be looked at as a leader and model for providing innovate and effective behavioral health services in rural communities. I am excited about working with a dedicated team to expand access to comprehensive behavioral health care in the Illinois Valley.”

A key collaborating partner is the Arukah Institute, located in Princeton, IL. Arukah will work with St. Margaret’s to provide the high-quality, community-based care and to break down barriers that people often encounter when they try and get help. In addition to counseling, Arukah brings a strong wellness component through complementary therapies and other approaches, which are daily activities that all people can do to stay well. Arukah will relocate services to the new CHHW once renovation is completed so that any person walking in can receive wellness, counseling, crisis, psychiatry, primary care, or group/family therapies. Dr. Sarah B. Scruggs, CEO of the Arukah Institute and Lead Evaluator for the CHHW remarks, “We see this as a powerful way to increase care options and provide on-demand care for people in our rural area. We value our partnerships with, for example, OSF and other medical/behavioral health providers in the area, and the goal here is not to serve individuals exclusively at the Center. Rather, it’s to be a safe landing spot for people that are struggling, and then to find out what’s best for the person and get them there. People deserve choice in how they want to pursue their care. Plus it’s what works.”

Both Arukah and St. Margaret’s see that only half of the important work will occur in any physical “place.” The other half will occur out in the community right when and where people are in need. A great promise of the new CHHW is providing on-demand, mobile services 24/7 to help individuals in mental health or substance abuse crisis in their homes, schools, places of work, or other public spaces. A critical partner for this work is local law enforcement, as the responsibility of ‘round the clock care is usually shouldered by officers alone. This grant will allow social workers and counselors to work alongside law enforcement officers in order to provide proper and timely help to those needing mental healthcare and/or substance abuse interventions. Chief Tom Kammerer of the Princeton PD has been a driving force for this type of model in our area, and Princeton, Spring Valley, and Peru Police Departments as well as the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office have been early adopters of this model. This model is key for reducing recidivism and preventing hospital readmissions.

“The provision of 24/7 crisis response will help the police and Emergency Rooms divert people in need of services to a more appropriate type of care. The Living Room has been a proven method of addressing certain mental health crises, helping to deescalate potentially volatile encounters once they have been stabilized by police,” Chief Kammerer explains.  “We intend to extend this service to those battling substance abuse, too. We believe this approach will save lives.  We have already trained more than half of our officers in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and all of our staff has some measure of mental health training.  We are grateful to St. Margaret’s and Arukah for including us, and our law enforcement partners, in this groundbreaking effort.”

But mental health and substance abuse are only part of the problem. Individuals often struggle with other “non-medical” health concerns, termed social determinants of health, which are responsible for 85% of a person’s overall health and include things like reliable employment, food, education, housing, social support, and family dynamic. And to meet these needs, the CHHW will leverage collaborations of the C5-Rural Network. C5-Rural (Collaborative Complementary, Conventional and Community-based Care for Rural Populations), formed in 2019, brings together on a monthly basis medical providers, schools, churches, social services, industry, law enforcement, and other community-based providers in order to develop integrative care strategies that bridge gaps in rural mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in new and innovative ways. St. Margaret’s and Arukah were among the first 5 organizations to join, and now the Network has grown to 36 members. C5-Rural includes members from LaSalle, Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties, and has been tremendously successful at bringing otherwise siloed entities together to learn how to work together. Dr. Scruggs comments, “Inter-organizational collaborative care is difficult to do well, but it’s vital in an area like ours where resources are limited and people are underserved. C5-Rural has shown that this is possible, but it requires good communication, trust, and creativity to develop new workflows among otherwise separate organizations.”

The grant will allow for the hiring of clinicians to support the medical providers caring for patients needing mental health and substance abuse services. Hiring is underway for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) and Behavioral Health Care Coordinators. While the primary location is going to be in Princeton, the plan is to also embed counselors in some of our larger primary care clinics to improve timely access to services, and to improve mental health services and assist physicians and Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants in attending to this patient population.

Watch for more information on the development of these services by following St. Margaret’s Health on Facebook or checking back on our website.  More information regarding Arukah Institute of Healing, and the C5-Rural network, please visit Arukah Institute’s website.

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A Mother’s Day Weekend Radio Interview with Kelly DeBoer, MD

Tune in during Mother’s Day weekend to the all-new Veteran radio program, “Inside the Wire,” and listen to radio show hosts, Jerry Bacidore and Chris Mueller, interview a fellow Veteran and one of our very own, Kelly DeBoer, MD, from St. Margaret’s Oglesby Medical Clinic. The show will focus on local Veterans that have served our Nation while maintaining the toughest job on earth – being a mother!

The new Veteran radio program on WRWO 94.5FM is a weekly, hour-long radio show on a not-for-profit community radio station out of Ottawa. During the special Mother’s Day Program, Jerry and Chris will ask Kelly about her military life and her work as a doctor. It will air on Friday, May 7th at 10AM and will re-air at Noon on both Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th.

If you visit the “Inside the Wire” website and click the “Listen Now” button, you can listen live online as well.

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Road Construction Affecting St. Margaret’s Health – Peru

Keeping You Updated:

Today, the City of Peru has begun construction on West Street that will affect St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s hospital campus traffic flow and entry points. Work is being done about midway up the block between 5th Street and 6th Street. The current closure of West Street is setup from just north of the St. Margaret’s Health – Peru parking garage to just south of the intersection of 7th Street and 6th Street. The parking garage will remain open through most of the construction. 

Routes to use to get to St. Margaret’s Health-Peru:

Work will continue to be done north on West Street for the duration of the project. Ambulances or motor vehicles coming to the hospital from the north should use 11th Street and proceed around Washington Park to get to either Rock Street or Plum Street. Those coming from the south will travel northbound on either Rock Street or Plum Street as well to get to the Emergency Room entrance.

The following exhibit will show the routes that may be taken to get to the Emergency Entrance at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru.

We will continue to provide updates on this construction as we receive new information. Please check back.



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National Doctors Day is Tuesday, March 30, Join the Celebration!

Is there a St. Margaret’s Health doctor who you trust and respect; who has made a difference in your life?

We are inviting you to say thank you and GIVE A GIFT in his or her honor. Gifts from generous benefactors allow St. Margaret’s Foundations to assist the hospitals with investments in technology and patient experience improvements.

Honor a Doctor Today with a Gift

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Care Built on Our Community from People You Know & Trust

Your trusted care providers are always available to you at the same convenient locations.

While St. Margaret’s Hospital and Illinois Valley Community Hospital
(IVCH) have new names, St. Margaret’s Health – Spring Valley and
St. Margaret’s Health – Peru, rest assured you can expect the same
compassionate care from the physicians and medical staff you’ve
always trusted with your health.

In addition to the Peru hospital campus, you will find the names
of all locations changing soon to reflect the affiliation. Be at ease
knowing you will see your physician at the office where you have
always seen them. Should any changes arise concerning your
medical provider, St. Margaret’s Health will make it a priority to
let you know.