Building Healthy Communities

In every heartbeat of our journey, OSF HealthCare stands with gratitude for the privilege of serving you and your community. Since our inception in 1877, guided by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, we've embraced a Mission rooted in serving with the greatest care and love.

Today, we embark on an inspiring chapter, fueled by our unwavering commitment to your well-being and the health of your community. With a profound sense of purpose, we're investing over $180 million to build a new OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and to make renovations at the Peru campus, to ensure health and healing across the region.

This investment isn't just about infrastructure; it's about:

Investing in Your Future Health Care

Across the country, rural hospitals are closing. Others have eliminated services, most notably obstetrics care, and have shuttered their birthing centers.

OSF is dedicated to surrounding you with care. We have filed plans with the state to invest $180 million to construct a new hospital in Ottawa and to continue renovating the OSF Saint Elizabeth Peru campus.

With inpatient hospital facilities in Ottawa, Peru, Mendota and Princeton and multiple additional care settings across the region, we are creating a modern regional health care model where you can get the care you need when you need it.


Ottawa campus

  • Emergency Department
  • 26-bed inpatient behavioral health unit
  • 12 inpatient medical/surgical beds
  • Surgery suite for common procedures
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Robust outpatient services
  • Expanded cancer care services

Peru campus

  • Emergency Department
  • 45 inpatient medical/surgical beds
  • 8 inpatient ICU rooms
  • 11 inpatient obstetrics rooms, regional birthing center
  • Surgery and procedure rooms
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Robust outpatient services

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We Know You May Have Questions …

We know some of you have concerns. We also know many understand why a regional approach makes sense.

If you have questions, please click the button below to fill out the form. Then check back for updates to the Frequently Asked Questions as we will continue to address questions we receive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please keep checking for updates as we address your questions and concerns.

In 2020, OSF began addressing significant infrastructure needs at OSF Saint Elizabeth in Ottawa. We looked to build a replacement hospital in the I-80 area and an ambulatory footprint in Peru.

Then in 2023, St. Margaret’s Health closed hospitals in Peru and Spring Valley in January and June, respectively. At that time, OSF reviewed all the inpatient and outpatient needs for the entire I-80 service area. OSF considered the future health care needs of these communities to create a regional health care delivery system where all have access to the care and services they need.

From a regulatory standpoint, it was simpler to maintain them as one license.

OSF will cover the cost of the ambulance transport from Ottawa to Peru as it is a transfer from one department to another within the same hospital.

OSF would not provide transportation in this case, however, we can put family members in touch with community resources that can assist with transportation needs.

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