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OSF Gets Boost from New Tax Credit Bill

Jul 26, 2018
Cody Schindler

Historic Tax Credits will benefit OSF Healthcare’s renovation of the former Chase Bank Building. The tax credits are part of a new revitalization program signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in a downtown Peoria ceremony Thursday.

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It took several months and a team of half a dozen doctors, nurses and therapists to help Kim Brown taper off the opioid painkillers she’d been on for two years.

Brown had been taking the pills since an injury in 2010. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Dennis McManus, a neurologist who specializes in non-pharmacological approaches to pain management that she learned she had some control over her pain.

“That’s when life changed,” she said.

OSF HealthCare and Peoria Public Schools are partnering to create a Trauma Recovery Center at Trewyn School next year. The center is designed to offer victims of violent crimes and other extreme situations wrap-around services to help them survive and prosper post-trauma.

Peoria City Council Acts On A Variety of Issues

Jan 24, 2018

The Peoria City Council Tuesday took a first step toward historic designation for the old Chase Bank building.

The block where the building sits had been in an urban industrial zone. That would have benefitted Caterpillar if it had built its new world headquarters there. With OSF HealthCare buying the property for its new ministries headquarters, it needed historic tax credits to make renovation financially possible.

The flu season in Illinois is especially rough this year. And physicians think they know why.

The flu struck early and hard this year. Brian Curtis is the Director of Physician Practice at OSF Medical Group in Peoria, and he says the flu peaked right around Christmas, instead of the usual peak time in late January.

CURTIS: “It was kind of an inopportune time with the holidays and gatherings that people have which gave a prime opportunity to share it.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is shaking up its network.

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OSF HealthCare is expanding its presence down state.

OSF Center For Health Opens Soon in Pekin

Apr 6, 2017
OSF HealthCare Media Relations

The new OSF Center for Health in Pekin is a step closer to seeing patients. OSF HealthCare did a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new East Court Village Shopping Center on Court Street in Pekin yesterday.

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OSF Healthcare is being recognized as the leading hospital in the state for eye donations for the fifth straight year.

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OSF Health Care celebrated the return of its pioneering “flying nun” on Tues.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria man who has delivered presents to hospitalized children for two decades visited pediatrics wards at area hospitals Thurs.

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Veterans living in the Peoria area may no longer have to travel as far as Indianapolis or Danville to get medical treatment at a VA facility.

OSF HealthCare announced Friday that it's now a participant in the VA Choice Provider Program.

That means veterans who live in communities served by OSF HealthCare may now be eligible to see locally available health care providers, without having to travel to a Veterans Health Administration facility.

City of East Peoria

The City of East Peoria will have a new program next month to help those with certain medical conditions after a hospital stay. 

The Mobile Integrated Healthcare Services Pilot program has OSF Healthcare partnering with the Fire Department to do home visits. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Beck says they’ll start the program visiting those with Diabetes, COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. 

OSF HealthCare has the regulatory approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to make the former Streator hospital a freestanding emergency center.

OSF HealthCare Raises Minimum Wage

Nov 12, 2015

OSF HealthCare is raising the minimum wage for all its workers to $10 per hour starting November 22nd.  The increase is $1.75 more than the state’s minimum wage and will affect about three-percent of OSF’s overall workforce, or Mission Partners.  OSF HealthCare Chair, Sister Judith Ann Duvall, says the raise highlights the value and service of OSF’s 17,000 Mission Partners.  Employees in food service, housekeeping and gift shops will primarily benefit from the increase.   

Area Hospitals, EMS Services Plan 2016 Partnership

Nov 9, 2015

Starting next year, area hospitals will partner with paramedic services to change the way patients get care after getting discharged. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move is one way health care providers are dealing with changes from the Affordable Care Act:

OSF picks up the Women's Lifestyles Show

May 11, 2015
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

OSF St Francis Medical Center has purchased the Women's Lifestyle Show. Joy Miller and Associates announced earlier this year that this would be the last show.

Jen Hopwood is with OSF. She says the mission of the Women’s Lifestyle show matches well with OSF’s mission.“This will continue a 24-year event for our community that’s helped women to grow personally and professionally over the years.”

Hopwood says OSF hopes to bring an additional healthcare focus to the show. OSF picks up planning from this point forward.

OSF HealthCare System will not take over Proctor Hospital’s five First Care Centers and primary physician sites.  OSF Spokesman Jim Farrell says talks to transfer services from Proctor Hospital to OSF HealthCare System ended without agreement.  

The new Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center is expected to inject more than 90-million dollars into the tri-county area economy over the next five years. That’s according to an economic analysis performed by the Center for Business and Economic Research at Bradley University. 60-million dollars of the economic impact comes from construction of the facility while more than 30 million is a result of ongoing operations.

OSF HealthCare is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to create a new Accountable Care Organization. This will be the first commercial ACO for OSF. Under the deal, OSF is charged with improving patient care and satisfaction while also focusing on the overall cost of health care. That can be done by developing programs that will help people better manage their health, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits, costly re-admissions, and duplication of services. There are financial incentives for OSF to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Jump Trading Simulation Center now open

Apr 25, 2013

OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria have opened a new center that will allow medical students, doctors and nurses to train side by side.