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St. Margaret’s & IVCH Working Together to Better Serve You

We have exciting news to share about the future of healthcare in the Illinois Valley. St. Margaret’s Health and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) plan on coming together to form a regional health network as a part of SMP Health System. The hospitals have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to develop an affiliation structure to strengthen healthcare services across our region.


By joining together, we aim to create a sustainable health network that will be able to meet the needs of our communities today and long into the future. We will work collaboratively to provide comprehensive, high-quality services so you can receive the care you need close to home.

St. Margaret’s and IVCH have a shared vision for efficiently delivering high-quality healthcare in the region, which will be carried through into our affiliation. Our hospitals already successfully collaborate on joint initiatives, such as Valley Regional Health Services and Valley Regional Cancer Center.

St. Margaret’s Health and IVCH have each served this region for more than 100 years. Given the changes happening in healthcare today, the time has never been better for our organizations to come together.

This is just the beginning of the process, so no changes will happen immediately. We intend to continue operating both hospital campuses for the time being. It is too early to know what services will be expanded and where they will be located.

We aim to make this process as smooth as possible for our patients and are committed to keeping you informed all along the way. As our affiliation takes shape, patients will be able to expect superior healthcare delivered in the same compassionate manner.

The best interests of our patients, medical staff, employees and our communities will be driving our decisions throughout this process.
St. Margaret’s and IVCH are excited about the opportunity this affiliation presents to better serve you and your family. We are honored to care for you and are grateful for your continued support.

Joyce McCullough, Chair of the St. Margaret’s Board of Directors, stated, “With a shared commitment to this region, we will collaborate to deliver to patients across the Illinois Valley the outstanding care they need
and deserve.”

Following receipt of approval from Church and regulatory authorities, the goal of the two organizations is to sign a binding Definitive Agreement in the months ahead.

“St. Margaret’s and IVCH have proudly served this region for more than 100 years. The delivery of care has changed dramatically over that time and we believe we can provide our patients even better care close to home by coming together,” said Tim Muntz, St. Margaret’s President/CEO. Aaron Alton, President/CEO of SMP Health System, commented that, “Since the first Sisters of Mary of the Presentation arrived in 1903, St. Margaret’s has been proudly serving the area with quality care in the Catholic tradition. We are excited about this opportunity to provide compassionate care to the communities and surrounding areas served by St. Margaret’s and IVCH, in the same spirit of the SMP Sisters.”

“By IVCH joining St. Margaret’s and becoming part of the SMP Health System, the combined network will be able to deliver high quality, efficient and coordinated care locally beyond what we were able to do separately,” said Tommy Hobbs, IVCH CEO. Jim Loveland, Chair of the IVCH Board of Directors, noted, “We took to heart our communities’ long-time call for IVCH and St. Margaret’s to work together more closely.”