We would like to congratulate Marge Kurtz, Medical Billing Specialist, on her retirement. She has served as a loyal member of the Couri Center billing team for 10 years now and we consider her not only a valuable asset to our practice, but a pleasant, enjoyable co-worker and friend. Marge is responsible for medical coding, posting medical charges and journal entries to patient accounts. She oversees insurance denial claims, files appeals and coordinates with insurance companies. Her contributions to our billing department, professionalism, strong work ethic and her wealth of knowledge will be sorely missed! We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Retirement will surely offer her many new opportunities, which we know she and Joe will embrace whole-heartedly!
Meet the woman behind the scenes…Meet “Margie”; you’ll be glad you did!
Where are you from? I’m from LaSalle Peru, IL and have now lived in Peoria for 53 years.
Favorite movie? Dirty Dancing
Favorite vacation spot? Any beach on an ocean, but we really enjoy Bradenton, Florida and Gulf Shores, Alabama.
What was your first job like and what did you like about it? My first job was at a local hospital where I worked with all my friends…it turned out to be more fun than work!
How long have you been married? I’ve been married to ‘My Joe’ for over 51 years now and we are blessed to have two children (Craig & Lori) and 5 wonderful grandchildren.
Do you have any nicknames? Friends call me Margie
Favorite part about your work here at the Couri Center? Everyone welcomed me from day one. It’s a family atmosphere where people care for each other and are respected. They also value the work I do.
What are you passionate about? Helping others. My family, our children and grandchildren are my life.
Pet peeves? People that don’t say ‘hello’, or smile and laziness.
Best advice to career women? Wake up early to get a jump-start on your day. Listen, be courageous, and persistent. Stay focused and learn all facets of your job. Pay attention to other jobs in case you ever have to fill in.
Favorite aroma? I love the sweet aroma of my homemade cinnamon rolls.
When did you begin your career in healthcare? In 1963, I began working for Dr. Blough, Murphy and Saad’s OB/GYN practice here in Peoria. Here I handled a multitude of responsibilities: answering phones, scheduling, patient care, billing, coding, book keeping and insurance. They trusted me with every facet of the practice and I loved it! I worked with many additional doctors over the years and still maintain several valuable friendships from my time there, which I will always cherish.
Favorite hobbies? Golfing, spending time with family and friends, walking, reading and playing cards-a favorite is ‘Hand & Foot’! I also enjoy crocheting afghans for my grandchildren.
What’s on your bucket list? We want to continue traveling to our favorite areas and visit our children and grandchildren. It’s a blessing to have a close-knit family and we love to be together!
What makes you laugh? I laugh easily…my kids, grandchildren and a good movie.
Words of Wisdom to your grandchildren and future generations? Be true to yourself. Don’t try to be what you aren’t. Find out who you really are, and be the best you can possible be.
A cup of coffee in the morning and some peace & quiet and of course, my Joe!
Do you like to cook? Favorite recipes? I do like to cook when I have time. Some favorites are my minestrone soup, spaghetti, a good roast, turkey and of course my cinnamon rolls and Christmas cookies. I do everything from scratch, just like my mother did!
How did you come to work for the Couri Center? When my last employment closed, a doctor there referred me to work with the Couri Center-I’m sure thankful he did. I am so very grateful for my employment here these past 10 years and appreciate Dr. Couri and our Practice Manager, Tim Couri and all they have done for me! I consider myself blessed and while it’s difficult to retire and leave this family, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to pursue my passions and hobbies! I will miss you all and wish you the best.