On January 1, 2020, Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru, IL joined St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley, IL, a member of SMP Health System. The hospitals, which are located just 4 miles from each other, have both served communities in the Illinois River Valley for more than 100 years. This combination represents a multi-year process by IVCH to evaluate its future and strategic options. Juniper proudly represented IVCH on this transaction.
The partnership between IVCH and St. Margaret’s can serve as a model for other rural standalone hospitals seeking economies of scale while preserving local autonomy and clinical services.
IVCH and St. Margaret’s share a vision for efficiently delivering high-quality healthcare in the region. Together they intend to create a sustainable regional health network that will be able to meet the needs of their communities long into the future.
A key priority for the IVCH Board of Directors and executive team was to expand access to care locally and provide services to patients close to home.
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