110 E. Walnut Street - Oglesby, Illinois 61348  ·  Phone: 815-883-3389

IVCH Medical Clinic

March 19, 2016 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk

Instead of driving the 10 minutes to Peru, patients can get top care right in town.

Instead of driving the 10 minutes to Peru, patients can get top care right in town.

IVCH Oglesby Medical Clinic
520 W. Walnut St., Oglesby

It wasn’t long ago that folks in Oglesby needed to travel across the river to receive care through Illinois Valley Community Hospital.

But in 2007, IVCH brought the care to them in the form of Oglesby Medical Clinic.

“The hospital saw a need for a primary care office in Oglesby and so made the decision to put up a medical office building there,” says Gene Vogelgesang, public relations director at IVCH. “We saw a need in the community and we decided to fill it.”

Now, instead of driving even the 10 minutes to Peru to see a provider there, patients can get top care right in town, echoes office manager Kaitlyn Yepsen.

“But,” she adds, “this isn’t your typical family practice.”

Newest member of the team, Patricia Orozco, PA-C

Newest member of the team, Patricia Orozco, PA-C

Indeed, the office has seen only growth since its start and has recently added physicians assistant Patricia Orozco to the already strong staff of family practice physicians Kelly DeBoer and David O’Donnel.

With that kind of depth and breadth of expertise, drawing as well from the resources across the river, Yepsen says the Oglesby Medical Clinic is able to offer services other practices do not.

Dr. O’Donnell specializes in both osteopathic manipulations and dermatology; in fact, many biopsies can be performed right in the Oglesby office. O’Donnell also partners with the Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Aquatics (at the YMCA in Peru) to offer care to concussion patients, helping area athletes to return to the game after concussion injuries. Of course, the Oglesby Medical Clinic tends, too, to the general care of its patients, from babies to seniors.

Kelly DeBoer, MD and David O'Donnel, DO

Kelly DeBoer, MD and David O

“IVCH’s place in the community, I think, is demonstrated by our name,” says Vogelgesang.

“We’re Illinois Valley Community Hospital. And we’re here to help the local people.”
And help they have, even outside the clinic walls. The hospital, Vogelgesang says, helps with every fundraiser Holy Family and Oglesby Public Schools have. The IVCH foundation also donated a defibrillator to the public schools. Meanwhile, IVCH has perennially been the biggest supporter of Kids Party in the Park, a much-beloved part of Oglesby’s ever-growing Summer Fun Fest.

(Photos by James Krancic, Vermillion River Photography.)