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From major hospitals and specialty providers to clinical researchers and schools for nursing, Peoria lies at the center of a world-class medical district—with rural offices and satellite clinics around the region. From routine checkups to emergency care, families can rest assured knowing the care they need is available right here at home.

With 629 beds and a staff of more than 850 physicians, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is the state’s fourth largest medical center. A major teaching affiliate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP), it’s the region’s only Level I Trauma Center and the resource hospital for emergency medical services in north-central Illinois. Along with OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, it has received Magnet status for excellence in nursing care every year since 2004.

A collaboration of UICOMP and OSF HealthCare, the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center was created to improve outcomes and lower healthcare costs through innovative simulation training of medical professionals—a means to embrace change and take on the largest challenges in healthcare. In addition, OSF Saint Francis is home to OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, offers services in 11 outpatient centers, and has a 24-hour call center.

With 136 beds, OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois is the state’s largest full-service children’s hospital outside of Chicago. With more than 140 specialists representing over 40 pediatric subspecialties, it provides the highest level of care for newborns to young adults with common and complex medical conditions—and makes specialized care more accessible through 15 satellite clinics.

OSF Children’s Hospital has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its urology and neonatology programs. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has the highest designation for neonatal programs in the state and offers a Small Baby Unit, one of the first in Illinois, caring for babies born before 30 weeks gestation. 

The hospital is state-designated as a Pediatric Critical Care Center, Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics and a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center—the highest level of care available. It is also a major pediatric teaching affiliate of UICOMP and home to the only Pediatric Diabetes Resource Center. OSF Children’s Hospital has downstate Illinois’ only full-service Congenital Heart Center and is the only hospital in Illinois to be accredited as a “comprehensive care center” by the Adult Congenital Heart Association.

In collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., OSF Children’s Hospital offers the Jim & Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic, providing the same level of cancer and blood-disorder treatments as one of the leading children’s cancer centers.

OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute (OSF INI) is among the most comprehensive neurological teams in the Midwest, with more than 100 advanced providers and scientists in over 40 specialties. Offering the region’s only Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center and Level 4 Epilepsy Center, it specializes in helping patients with brain tumors, complex spine conditions, movement and sleep disorders, and other neurological conditions.

The radiosurgery center houses the Gamma Knife and Varian True Beam for treatment of brain and spine disorders without an incision. It is one of the few neuroscience centers in the country to use intraoperative MRI (iMRI) for treating patients with brain tumors—and the only center in Illinois with a Gamma Knife and iMRI at the same location.

The OSF INI Stroke Center is a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center as designated by The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Brain Attack Coalition. It was second in the nation—and the first in Illinois—to achieve this prestigious status, and remains the region’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center.

OSF INI is also the clinical base for UICOMP training programs in neurology, vascular neurology, neurosurgery, spinal neurosurgery and neuroradiology, conducting progressive clinical research in brain tumors, MS, disc replacement and advanced stroke treatment.

The OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute

OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute offers a comprehensive array of heart and vascular services, providing the best in clinical practices and technology. Its 80 heart specialists provide services from diagnostic testing to interventions and surgery, covering every aspect of cardiovascular care, including electrophysiology, vascular medicine and surgery, thoracic surgery and more. Specialty clinics and information are also available to help patients manage their conditions—and prevent them from developing.

OSF Heart Cardiovascular Institute offers the only heart transplant program in central Illinois. It is a destination center for both transplants and ventricular assist device procedures (VAD), offering patients a second opportunity to celebrate the gift of life.

UnityPoint Health is the nation’s fourth largest non-denominational health system and 13th largest nonprofit health system, with locations in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. It provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout central Illinois through physician clinics, hospitals and home care services.

UnityPoint Health – Methodist is a 329-bed, acute care medical center in downtown Peoria, and the first downstate hospital to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Home to a Level 2 Trauma Center and advanced technologies like the first hospital-based hybrid Interventional Radiology suite, Mazor X spine and Mako total joint robots, Methodist has achieved some of the best patient satisfaction scores in the nation. 

As the regional leader in behavioral health services, Methodist is home to a psychiatric residency program in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria. Outpatient and inpatient treatments are available to both adults and children, along with Methodist’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program. Methodist is also home to a comprehensive birthing center with a Level II special care nursery and 24/7 neonatologists. 

Located on a wooded campus in north Peoria, UnityPoint Health – Proctor has provided outstanding patient care since 1882. The 218-bed medical center is home to the Burklund Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, an Emergency Department and a state-of-the-art Transitional Care Center, helping patients move from acute care to everyday life with comfortable, home-like accommodations. Proctor’s Center for Senior Behavioral Health is unique to the region, while the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery provides inpatient and outpatient treatment on the Proctor campus. 

UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a 107-bed medical center located just ten minutes from Peoria. In 2019, an $8 million renovation project was launched to improve access to primary care and specialty services, including quick and convenient access to registration and laboratory services, a newly renovated urgent care suite, and updated amenities in the emergency department. Additional provider services now include urology, gastroenterology, surgical endoscopy, neurology, a high-risk breast clinic, and outpatient vascular services, while technology enhancements were made to imaging, outpatient therapy, cardiology cath lab, patient services, and other infrastructure.

UnityPoint Health’s cancer services include the latest linear accelerator, advanced Tomotherapy radiation for targeted treatment, and the area’s only autologous bone marrow transplant program. Diagnostic services include an Open MRI unit, an advanced PET/CT scanner to help pinpoint cancer at the earliest stage, and low-radiation 64-slice CT scanners. Both Methodist and Proctor offer all-digital and 3D mammography, as well as the LungCheck CT scan for early detection of lung cancer. In addition, a high-risk breast clinic was recently introduced into the service line. 

A leader in heart care, UnityPoint Health offers advanced diagnostic services to detect cardiovascular disease early, minimally invasive procedures for faster recovery, and the region’s most advanced open-heart surgery program. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided at the Burklund Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, while a new vascular clinic is led by experienced physicians specializing in vascular surgery, cardiology and interventional radiology. 

Peoria’s new Ronald McDonald House

UnityPoint Health’s proactive approach to health and wellness includes the Wellmobile, which brings free health screenings to people at work, home or elsewhere, and Mammo Day in October, a partnership between the health department and all three campuses offering free, walk-in breast health screenings. 

UnityPoint Health – UnityPlace—formed last year by the joining of UnityPoint Health, Human Service Center and Tazwood Center for Wellness—is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the community’s growing behavioral healthcare needs. Their compassionate and committed treatment team is comprised of many experts from psychiatry and addiction medicine. 

More than 40 UnityPoint Clinic offices are located throughout central Illinois, from convenient walk-in and express clinics to specialists in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, sports medicine and more. UnityPoint Health – Junction Medical focuses on building closer relationships between the physician and patient under the direct primary care model, while UnityPoint Health – Pekin East includes primary care providers, pediatricians and specialists, x-ray and lab services, and a community space for health education classes. In addition, virtual care doctors can make diagnoses, recommend treatment and prescribe medication—patients simply call the toll-free number or use their mobile device for a face-to-face consultation. 

Located near the Proctor campus, the Hult Center for Healthy Living promotes healthy lifestyles through exciting and memorable learning experiences. Hult offers specialized education programs for children and seniors, as well as cancer and mental health support services that empower people to live healthier lives.

UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice take care of patients in the comfort of their own home. Nurses are on call 24 hours a day to answer questions and make home visits as needed. UnityPoint at Home provides care in nine counties, with services including physical therapy, wound care, medication management and ventilator care.

While Peoria is downstate Illinois’ healthcare hub, top-notch medical facilities are located around the region, offering convenient care close to home. In Woodford County, Advocate Eureka Hospital has been recognized among the top-performing rural hospitals in the nation, while the Hopedale Medical Complex in Tazewell County includes an acute care  hospital, nursing home, assisted and independent living facilities, a 34,000-square-foot wellness center and the Midwest Vascular Institute. 

Other rural hospitals providing critical care, emergency and other services include the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Mason District Hospital in Havana, and Graham Hospital in Canton. Additional healthcare institutions and specialty providers include: