Jump Simulation Center

Peoria’s Jump Simulation is being honored as one of the best in the world. The health care and engineering center is one of 20 globally to earn accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in five distinction areas.

An Illinois hospital has partnered with seven EMS providers to test a new app to improve communications.

Marseilles Infant Death Caused by Head Trauma

Jun 23, 2017
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The Peoria County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results for 12- day-old Ean Mariotto, of Marseilles show his primary cause of death is related to severe head trauma. The infant also suffered multiple areas of blunt force trauma.


The Marseilles Police arrested and charged 30 year-old Jeffrey Price Tuesday in connection to the infant’s injuries.

OSF CEO To Retire in 2017

Sep 15, 2016

The Chief Executive Officer of OSF Healthcare System is retiring at the end of next year. Kevin Schoeplein started with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1978. He became CEO of OSF Healthcare System in 2011 and holds numerous state and national health care board positions.


OSF St Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington,  St Mary’s in Galesburg and St Antony’s in Alton are being recognized for outstanding patient experiences. The award is from Healthgrades. It’s  an online resource for doctors and hospitals nationwide. The OSF facilities are among 22 hospitals in state receiving such an honor. The award is based on patient surveys.      


Tremont Medical Clinic is becoming part of the OSF HealthCare system. The clinic was welcomed into the OSF family at a blessing and dedication ceremony this evening. The transition means the facility will be renamed OSF Medical Group Tremont. The office will remain on South Locust Street and many of its medical staff will remain with the clinic through the transition.

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.

Jump Simulation Center Seeing $12M Expansion

Oct 26, 2015
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The Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center is expanding with a third and fourth floor on the facility.  The Center allows medical students, doctors and nurses to train side by side.  Matthew Warrens is OSF’s Executive Director of Innovation. He says the expansion will add space for remote monitoring of ICU beds across the state, and health data and research space:

OSF, IPMR Celebrate Affiliation

Oct 1, 2015

Music And Surgery: It’s All About The Playlist

Jul 20, 2015
Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Residents can now use their smartphone or computer to get virtual doctor visits from Peoria’s two major hospital systems.  OSF HealthCare and UnityPoint Clinic are offering 24-seven online access to medical care.  The goal is to use the virtual doctor interactions for minor issues like sinus infections, and cold and flu symptoms.  There’s a per-use charge for both the OSF and UnityPoint systems.  The doctors may also refer patients to a nearby clinic for physical treatment.

OSF picks up the Women's Lifestyles Show

May 11, 2015
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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.

Area hospitals requesting visit limits

Jan 12, 2015

Area hospitals are asking people to limit visits during the heightened part of the flu season.  

State approves OSF, Mendota hospital affiliation

Nov 12, 2014

A state review board approved an affiliation agreement between Mendota Community Hospital and OSF Healthcare System. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board gave its official nod to the deal Wednesday. Mendota opened a new 25-bed critical access hospital in 2011. The complex includes a medical office building. The hospital has 12 staff physicians and 15 ER contract doctors. By comparison OSF employs more than 670 doctors with various specialties and another 300 advanced practitioners who are part of the OSF Medical Group.   

‘Hero’ window washers at Children’s Hospital

Aug 11, 2014

Patients and staff at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois might see some unusually-dressed people outside their windows Monday.  OSF Saint Francis Medical Center spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff says staff for the company that washes windows for the medical campus will be dressed as super heroes when they clean windows at the Children’s Hospital

Saint Anthony’s Health System signed a letter of intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare.  The Alton-based hospital says the potential partnership will allow it to offer more specialty services and boost its ability to recruit doctors and nurses.  Both OSF HealthCare and Saint Anthony’s Health System next enter into the phase of due diligence, the exploring the potential affiliation. A decision on whether to move forward is expected later this year.

OSF receives high Trauma Center designation

Feb 11, 2014

The OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency Department has received a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center designation.  OSF says it’s the first such state-designation in downstate Illinois.   

Kewanee Hospital to join OSF Healthcare

Oct 16, 2013

Kewanee Hospital is set to join the OSF Healthcare System next spring.  Both groups signed an agreement, pending approval from the state review board in December.  

The Children’s Hospital of Illinois is getting $75,000 to help track radiation exposure in cancer patients.  Hyundai Hope on Wheels awarded the grant to the hospital.  The non-profit group’s mission is to help find a cure for childhood cancer.  Doctor Karen Fernandez is a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital.  She says it’s important to track radiation exposure in patients when they receive an X-Ray or CT Scan:

Area medical research on display at symposium

May 15, 2013

New medical research was on display at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria.  More than 40 resident physicians with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented their findings.  

OSF joins Mayo Clinic Network

Apr 19, 2013

  OSF HealthCare is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  The system allows O-S-F physicians to access medical resources from the Mayo Clinic.  Doctor Kathleen Forbes is the Chief Clinical Officer of the O-S-F Healthcare System.  She says the partnership will allow doctors to use an online tool called Ask-Mayo-Expert:

OSF HealthCare System is taking over eight medical sites from Proctor Hospital.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Simulation training for OSF resident physicians

Feb 20, 2013

Resident physicians at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center are using simulation training to learn how to put neck and chest catheters into a patient.  The simulation walks-through how to prepare the patient, use the tools and insert the catheter. Jessica Short is a clinical research coordinator with OSF.  She says the training allows resident physicians to learn at their own pace: