Mayor of Peru and Senator Rezin speak out on the closure of Saint Margaret’s Church in Peru


PEORIA (25 News Now) – Peru Mayor Kenneth Kolovsky says he found out about the closing of St. Margaret’s at the same time as everyone else on Friday afternoon.

He spent hours on the phone with state legislators discussing options for both employees and patients who received care there.

Mayor Kenneth Kolovsky said after announcing the closure of Peru’s Saint Margaret’s Hospital, the move is devastating and he is concerned about the health and safety of people in LaSalle County, but his hands are tied.

“Honestly, the city of Peru. We are very limited in what we can and cannot do. There are limits on what we can and cannot do,” Mayor Kolovsky says.

The mayor says he held a Zoom call Monday morning with the hospital’s CEO and state lawmakers, including State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris).

Rezin says they worked with the hospital to keep the doors open: “I was in shock. I didn’t have any ideas. Springfield has been helping St. Margaret’s Hospital for the past two years through legislation specifically for St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley and Peru to help them stay open because it’s vital that we have healthcare coverage in our area.”

Rezin says lawmakers have been working to ensure rural hospitals like this one in her area don’t suffer the same fate.

“We are getting phone calls that they are overdue on their bills. One in particular was a group of ER doctors who did not renew their contract and said they were not going to provide services to cover the costs of the emergency department because they were not paid. Which worries us a lot. How many other suppliers were not paid?

Rezin says she’s worried not only about expectant mothers…on the eve of childbirth…but also about those who will be out of work on Saturday morning: “We’re very worried about their employees. They need open and transparent communication from the hospital to make sure they know what’s going on with their 401k, their insurance, and what job opportunities are available at sister hospital in Spring Valley. So many questions”.

Mayor Kolovsky concludes: “If we can do something, we will do it. If possible.”

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