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IVCH prepares for celebration

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 8:53 a.m. CDT

PERU — As part of its year-long observance on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the People's Hospital, Illinois Valley Community Hospital is looking for photos, documents or other memorabilia from the early years of People's and St. Mary's Hospital or either of the schools of nursing the hospitals at one time supported.

People’s Hospital opened in 1914 on the site in Peru where IVCH now stands. The hospital merged with St. Mary’s Hospital in LaSalle in 1976 to form IVCH. The St. Mary’s building was eventually closed, and all services were moved to Peru in 1979. St. Mary’s Hospital opened in 1887.

“We’re celebrating the fact that there has been a hospital caring for patients at this location for 100 years,” said Gene Vogelgesang, IVCH public relations director.

“We’re planning an open house for Sunday, May 4, and would like to display as many photos and other items from the history of People’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals as possible,” said Vogelgesang. “Any photos or memorabilia that people can loan to us would be appreciated.”

For more information, contact Vogelgesang at 815-780-3521 or Photos can be sent to the IVCH Public Relations office, 925 West St., Peru, IL 61354.

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