Welcome to St. Margaret’s Health, the premier provider of healthcare in the Illinois Valley since 1903. Our sponsors, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, the Board of Directors, Administration, the Medical Staff and everyone St. Margaret’s are unified in our focus to provide you and your loved ones high quality, compassionate care in an environment of Healing Hospitality. Advanced tecnology, combined with friendly, knowledgable staff is right here, close to home, ready to serve you.
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President & CEO
St. Margaret’s Health, in union with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, is committed to the values of Catholic health care in caring for the needs of our patients and their families, the community and one another. Through our belief in God and our respect for life, we provide holistic quality health care with dignity and compassion.
We carry forth this healing ministry of Jesus, inspired by the values of:
St. Margaret’s Hospital, a 188-licensed bed facility, was founded in November of 1903 by seven sisters from the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, a group of nuns expelled from France by an anti-religious government.
At the turn of the century, Spring Valley was a large coal mining camp with a population of 6,214 people. Laws governing the protection of miners were few, and accidents and deaths were frequent.
The area's great need for a hospital facility was recognized by the Rev. John Power, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church. He appealed to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation to staff the new hospital. Twenty-five acres of land and a two-story frame house were donated by Father Power, and so it began.
When the first seven sisters arrived in November, 1903, they were practically without funds, and only a few of them spoke English. The little hospital was nearly unfurnished and contained only a five-bed ward and one private room. The building was illuminated by kerosene lamps and heated with coal stoves. The success of the new venture seemed doubtful. However, from this humble beginning, St. Margaret’s has grown to become the community care center that we know today.
Both the Cross and the “M” retain the symbolism found on the rings the Sisters wear. On the emblem, the Cross is rooted in the earth where our lives and ministry take place. The oval shape of the emblem signifies the Church and also the Congregation.
Dr. Frank Zeller
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