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IVCH honored with ISHS Centennial Award

Russell Lewis (left), president of the Illinois State Historical Society, presents an ISHS centennial plaque to Gene Vogelgesang, IVCH public relations director.
Russell Lewis (left), president of the Illinois State Historical Society, presents an ISHS centennial plaque to Gene Vogelgesang, IVCH public relations director.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital was recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society as an official Illinois Centennial Hospital Aug. 16 at the 30th annual ISHS centennial awards luncheon on the Edwardsville campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.

IVCH was one of 21 Illinois businesses honored with a centennial award in 2014 by the society. The awards program honors businesses that have been in continuous operation for 100 consecutive years. IVCH this year is observing the 100th anniversary of the opening of People’s Hospital, IVCH’s predecessor.

“The Illinois Valley Community Hospital has saved countless lives and brought thousands of children into the world,” said William Furry, ISHS executive director.

“Centennial Awards remind us that business and commerce are the lifeblood of every community, and that the pulse of any community gets stronger whenever a new ‘open for business’ sign goes in a shop window,” said Furry. “These businesses and not-for-profit organizations, government institutions, banks, and mom-and-pop enterprises have built and shaped our economic and cultural histories, and it is fitting that we recognize their achievement.”

Each of this year’s Centennial Award winners received a plaque inscribed with the signatures of Illinois governor Pat Quinn and ISHS president Russell Lewis, who provided over Saturday’s luncheon event.

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