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Published on September 28, 2007

Patient Move Day is Tuesday for Kish Hospital; New Emergency Department Opens at 7 am

September 28, 2007

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the DeKalb County Building Department have approved the new Kishwaukee Community Hospital for occupancy. With this approval, the hospital can now move patients into the new facility. This will occur Tuesday.

At 7 a.m. that day, the Emergency Department at the old hospital will stop accepting new patients. The Emergency Department at the new hospital will open simultaneously.

“After 7 a.m. Tuesday, anyone needing emergency care should come to the new hospital,” said Brad Copple, hospital administrator.

Patients in the Emergency Department before 7 a.m., will continue to be treated and released. Emergency patients needing to be admitted will be among the first to be moved to the new hospital.

The clinical lab, operating rooms and other vital support systems will remain operational at both hospitals until all patients have been moved.

However, elective procedures and most outpatient services will not be available Oct. 2. Regular schedules for outpatient services will resume Oct. 3.

Individuals needing outpatient blood and urine tests on Tuesday can get these done at the hospital’s satellite lab in the Medical Arts Center, 2535 W. Bethany Rd., Sycamore.

“We have been working on the patient move plan for more than 10 months and are very excited to be putting it into action,” said Pamela Duffy, Vice President of Patient Care Services and the Medical Staff.

“Procedures are in place to make sure patients are moved safely and comfortably with a seamless transition of their medical care,” Duffy said. “For the safety and security of everyone involved, we are asking that visitors Oct. 2, be limited to immediate family.”

Patients will be moved by ambulances, provided by DeKalb, Sycamore, Maple Park and Hinckley Fire Departments, as well as private providers, Ridge Ambulance Service and A-TEC Ambulance Service.

Emergency medical technicians from the Genoa-Kingston also are assisting. “Transitioning from the old hospital to the new hospital has been a monumental undertaking requiring months of planning and training, and many extra hours to get the building ready,” Copple said.

“Opening of the new hospital is a historic moment for the community and a very proud moment for all of us who have been involved,” he said.

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