Our Vision Is Clear

Prairie will be the leader in quality, compassionate, comprehensive cardiovascular care and create a great place to work

Prairie Cardiovascular is a pioneering organization.

Its history dates back to 1979 when James T. Dove, M.D., envisioned a greater cardiovascular practice in central Illinois — a regional referral center — based on the motto “Quality, Compassionate, Personal Care”. The care patients received at Prairie goes far beyond technical excellence.

The heart of what we do

We speak from the heart and take the time to listen. Our values around quality and safety, communication and service put patients at the heart of everything we do.

Innovative Thinking

Prairie Cardiologists are at the forefront of the fight against heart disease. With the latest technology, they’re obsessed with finding new and inventive ways to get you back to living your life again.


Partnership & Collaboration

Prairie Cardiologists work in cooperation and collaboration with your referring physician to ensure your care is maximized and tailored to your needs as an individual.

Respect • Care • Competence • Joy

“The most satisfying part of my work as a cardiologist is helping patients and their families through a difficult and stressful illness. Seeing people regain their health and return to their work and families is what drives me to do the very best for my patients.”

Our Founder, Dr. James Dove

August 2, 1939 – November 7, 2010

Dove, an Ohio native, was a force that changed the medical landscape of Springfield.

He moved here in 1973 to work at the Springfield Clinic. By 1979, he had established Prairie, with the goal to deliver state-of-the-art critical medical care to people outside metropolitan areas, according to Dr. Marc Shelton, President, Prairie Cardiovascular, who was recruited by Dove 18 years ago to become Prairie’s 12th physician.

We serve all of Illinois south of I-80. Because of Prairie, people now come to Springfield for other kinds of care as well as heart – pulmonary, gastrointestinal, oncology, surgery. It’s uncommon for a medical group to extend itself to 43 rural areas the way Prairie does. This was Jim’s vision all along, but even he had to be a little surprised how it has grown. We easily count more than 100,000 patient visits every year.

Dove’s reach extended far beyond Illinois. He served as president of the American College of Cardiologists, which has 39,000 members. “They don’t take each other lightly,” says Shelton. “Jim was exceptionally hard working. Cardiologists often work all day and all night. I don’t think Jim ever worked less than a 12-hour day.”

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