OSF Center for Health – Streator blessed; seen as new model of rural health care

Designed as a "health care village," the new OSF Center for Health – Streator will make a variety of community resources available to people, as well as provide access to medical care in an effort to given patients better control over their health care, according to officials. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — With prayer, holy water and applause, the OSF Center for Health – Streator became the “epicenter” for a new model of rural health care on Dec. 5. “There are a lot of eyes on us across the state and across the nation to see how we here in Streator navigate this change and […]

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Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes perpetual vows as a Franciscan

As Sister Agnes Joseph Williams looks on, Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes her perpetual vows with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Accepting her vows is Sister Judith Ann Duvall, major superior of the Franciscan community. (Provided photo)

EAST PEORIA — Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, never saw the logic of religious life. It didn’t make sense to her on that level. Fortunately, God spoke to her heart and that’s where she heard him calling her to a vocation with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. On Aug. 6, the […]

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New medical office building planned for OSF St. Joseph campus in Bloomington

An architect's drawing of the $24 million, 53,000 square foot medical office building expected to be completed on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington by August of 2019. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — With prayers for the safety of construction workers and excitement for improvements it will bring to health care in the region, groundbreaking ceremonies took place Aug. 29 for a $24 million medical office building to be built on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center here. “This is God’s work,” said […]

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‘Garden of Hope’ is a growing service to neighbors of St. Ann Church in Peoria

Pictured in the Garden of Hope near St. Ann Church in Peoria are, from left, Mike Simon, coordinator of OSF Gardens; Jo Garrison, director of ambulatory patient care at OSF HeathCare Saint Francis Medical Center and leader of the community garden team; Mary Ann Burk, a Faith Community Nurse at St. Ann who began the garden two years ago, and Father Don Roszkowski, parish administrator. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hope is growing near St. Ann Church on Peoria’s south side. So are corn, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions, watermelon, cantaloupe, peas, kale, cabbage, and several other vegetable, herb, and fruit plants. The Garden of Hope, established modestly by the parish two years ago on a grassy lot west of the church parking lot, has blossomed […]

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Blessing ceremony as OSF HealthCare opens its first two ‘Urgo’ locations

Deacon Joe Knapp, manager of pastoral care and chaplaincy services at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, blesses the staffs of the first two OSF Urgo locations during ceremonies on July 27 for the 10408 N. Centerway Drive location in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Calling it a “new way to meet the health care needs of busy individuals and families,” OSF HealthCare held blessing ceremonies on July 27 for its first OSF Urgo site at 10408 N. Centerway Dr., just off Knoxville Avenue in north Peoria. The term “Urgo” is derived from urgent care for people on the go. […]

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Foundations of Faith Community Nursing focus of online course beginning Aug. 20

Peggy Jacques — a Faith Community Nurse — takes the blood pressure of a visitor to Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria in this 2015 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Foundation of Faith Community Nursing” will be offered as an online course through OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria on Mondays from Aug. 20 through Nov. 19. Each class will be presented live via Adobe Connect from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with recordings available for those who cannot attend. Faith Community Nursing is […]

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Burial service honors the dignity of 13 whose cremated remains are unclaimed

"May our farewell honor the dignity of their lives," prayed Deacon Joe Knapp, pastoral care manager at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Deacon Knapp is shown addressing about 50 people who gathered at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria on May 24 for a burial service honoring the unclaimed, cremated remains of 13 individuals. Among those looking on is Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In death, the 13 individuals had no one to claim their bodies. In burial on May 24, more than 50 people gathered to prayerfully remember and honor their lives in a service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria that the Peoria County Coroner would later call “the pinnacle” of his public service. “May our […]

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Mass, programs welcome Urbana and Danville medical centers into OSF ‘family’

Msgr. Mark Merdian, episcopal vicar for health care in the Diocese of Peoria, accepts a framed portrait of Mother M. Frances Krasse, foundress of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, from Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF. A Celebration Mass on Feb. 1 marked the transition of Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville into the OSF HealthCare System and honored the religious communities that are part of their histories. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Intense overnight preparation led to a morning of celebratory prayer as Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville were welcomed into the OSF HealthCare family on Feb. 1. “Throughout the history of religious orders in the church, one order has completed its mission and another carries it forward. This is the setting in which we […]

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OSF HealthCare, Caterpillar partnering to develop downtown Peoria block

Bob Sehring, OSF HealthCare CEO, speaks at a Jan. 11 press conference in the lobby of Caterpillar's administrative headquarters in downtown Peoria. Sehring announced that OSF HealthCare and Caterpillar are partnering to develop the historic former Chase building at 124 SW Adams St. (inset) into a new Ministry Headquarters for OSF HealthCare. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OSF HealthCare will establish a new Ministry Headquarters in downtown Peoria through a partnership with Caterpillar Inc. announced Jan. 11. Plans call for OSF HealthCare to restore a century-old, nine-story iconic property at 124 SW Adams St. and eventually relocate more than 700 employees there. The now vacant structure — a prominent retail establishment for […]

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$30.5 million renovation plan announced for OSF Center for Health-Streator

The proposed exterior of the renovated OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator. (Provided photo)

STREATOR — Following months of research and community collaboration, plans were announced Oct. 18 for a $30.5 million renovation to the OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator. The exterior and interior renovations for the former St. Mary’s Hospital building at 111 Spring St. will be “innovative” and “forthcoming to what is in the future plans for […]

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