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Published on January 05, 2009

Valley West Community Hospital Requests Public Hearing

January 05, 2009

On November 12, 2008, a Certificate of Need (CON) was filed with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to establish a freestanding emergency center in Yorkville. 

The application submitted to the state indicates that the communities of Bristol, Montgomery, Newark, Oswego, Plano, Sandwich, Sheridan, Somonauk, and Yorkville will be served by the new facility.  Valley West Community Hospital, part of KishHealthSystem, is already providing quality emergency care to these communities.  Over 78% of the Valley West emergency department visits come from the communities this freestanding emergency center intends to service.   

The proposal for a freestanding emergency center represents an unnecessary and costly duplication of services.  If the Illinois Health Facilities Planning board approves the CON, the impact would be substantial to Valley West Community Hospital.  This impact includes a decrease in patient services offered, community-based physician recruitment and retention, hospital employment, local dollars spent in the community and events sponsored by the hospital. 

Valley West is federally designated as a Critical Access Hospital for the communities they serve.  This designation allows the hospital to care for the disproportionate population of Medicare patients in their service area.  Without Valley West, this population would be without the convenient and cost-effective medical care they require. 

Valley West Community Hospital has requested a public hearing regarding the CON application through the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. The hearing is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Yorkville Public Library. This hearing allows interested parties to share thoughts and concerns about the proposed project.

If you have questions or would like more information about Valley West’s opposition to the freestanding emergency center, please visit www.valleywest.org or call 815.786.3788.

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