Valley West Community adding new patient wing

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The new patient wing construction at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich also includes an updated, west-facing front entrance off north Main Street. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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Last May, the KishHealth System Board of Directors has approved construction of a 21,400-square-foot patient wing on the north side of Valley West Community Hospital, providing 19 private patient rooms and two observation rooms.

When the $11.2 million addition is complete later this fall, medical/surgical and intensive care will move to the new wing, the oldest section of Valley West will be demolished, and a modern facade will be constructed on the remaining southern portion of the building facing Pleasant Avenue.

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Since 2002, the health system has invested $22 million in modernizing the north side of Valley West, including a new atrium entrance and lobby, operating rooms, Emergency Department, and obstetrics unit. A medical office building opened on the north side of the campus in 2008, and more parking was added. Additional land also was purchased north of the hospital to allow for long-term campus planning.

“With outpatient, OR and OB facilities complete, we are excited to move forward with enhancing the inpatient experience,” said Brad Copple, president of Valley West in Sandwich and Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

The new patient wing will have a new main entrance oriented to the west and will bring the hospital closer to the medical office building.

“Since becoming part of KishHealth System in 1998, Valley West has invested in facility, technology and program upgrades every year,” said Dave Proulx, assistant vice president of hospital operations. “We have been very fortunate to be part of a health system that is financially strong.”

In addition to the development of the Valley West campus, new physicians will be recruited to enhance access to primary and specialty care in the immediate area. The current physician recruitment plan calls for 13 new physicians over the next five to six years.

Valley West is part of KishHealth System, which includes Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, DeKalb County Hospice and outpatient facilities and physician practices in Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, Sycamore, Genoa, Hampshire and Waterman.

Valley West Community Hospital, part of the KishHealth System, is a 25-bed, federally designated Critical Access hospital located in Sandwich. A full-service hospital, Valley West has a 24-hour Emergency Room, inpatient and ICU care, onsite laboratory and diagnostic imaging/radiology capabilities, and a Level II Nursery within the Maternity Suites. Over the past 12 years, the KishHealth System invested more than $35 million in facility and technology improvements, and recruitment of specialists to the hospital.

Visit www.valleywest.org.

—Provided by Valley West Community Hospital