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The patient is at the heart of what we do.

Our values around quality, safety, communication and service put patients at the heart of everything we do.

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Welcome to Prairie Cardiovascular

Prairie Cardiovascular began as a pioneering organization and continues to pursue that tradition through innovative treatments and extensive research and development programs. Its history dates back to 1979 when James T. Dove, MD, envisioned a greater cardiovascular practice in central and southern Illinois based on the motto “Quality, Compassionate, Personal Care.” The care patients receive at Prairie goes far beyond technical excellence.

Dr. Dove's intention was to deliver state-of-the-art heart care to patients while still providing them compassionate, personal care. He succeeded in establishing that platform of excellence for Prairie. That intention can be seen through the actions of the more than 100 board certified physicians and advanced practice clinicians and more than 40 clinic sites in Illinois.

In line with our commitment to remaining the foremost pioneers of advances in life-saving technologies, Prairie is a national leader in the innovation and development of new diagnostic and treatment procedures.

40+ Clinic Sites Across Illinois
100+ Physicians and Advanced Practice Clinicians
240,000+ Patient Visits Each Year
1st TAVR in Illinois
1st Acurate NEO2 Aortic Valve System
1st Lotus Valve in Midwest, Second in the US
1st Double Sapien in the US, Third in the World
1st MitraClip in Illinois
Dr. James Dove

Our Founder, Dr. James Dove

When Dr. James Dove established Prairie Cardiovascular in 1979, his vision was to extend access to world-class care throughout rural Illinois.

Dr. Dove, an Ohio native, moved here in 1973 to work at Springfield Clinic. He became actively involved with research and development with the goal to deliver state-of-the-art critical medical care to people outside metropolitan areas.

The result is a network of community cardiovascular clinics – a hub and spoke model based on keeping patients with heart and vascular disease close to home – that has grown to include more than 100 cardiologists and advanced practice providers who care for patients in nearly 40 clinic locations throughout central and southern Illinois.

Prior to his death in 2010, Dr. Dove often reminded colleagues, “The past provides us with direction, and the future provides us with opportunity.”

Driven by our history and inspired to honor Dr. Dove’s vision, Prairie Cardiology colleagues value the opportunity to serve the 240,000 patients who trust us with their care each year.

Dr. Dove’s reach extended far beyond Illinois. He served as president of the American College of Cardiologists, which has 39,000 members.
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A Unique System

Since 1875, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis have been caring for patients in Illinois, Wisconsin and other locations in the United States and across the world. Today, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a multi-institutional health care system that cares for patients in 13 communities in Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin. 


Dedicated to our Mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through high-quality Franciscan health care, HSHS clinicians provide exceptional care centered on the whole person. Based in Springfield, Illinois, HSHS employs more than 11,000 colleagues who provide care in 13 acute-care, children’s and critical-access hospitals and home health and hospice programs in Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Wisconsin. HSHS is aligned with more than 1,000 primary and specialty physicians and advanced practitioners through its owned affiliates HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Cardiovascular and its partnership with Prevea Health.

HSHS continues to advance its mission through its care integration strategy by working closely with physician partners in Illinois and Wisconsin to deliver high quality, patient-centered care. Together, we strive to ensure each patient who enters our system has seamless access to health and wellness programs, primary and specialty care, and acute and post-acute care.

Through their commitment to our care integration strategy, HSHS physician partners coordinate closely with our hospital and clinic colleagues to provide our patients with holistic care that meets their individual needs.

By leveraging the latest technology, emphasizing the importance of relationships, and living its values, HSHS is making a positive difference in the lives of the patients and families it is privileged to serve.