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Published on June 11, 2009

Valley West ICHAN Grant Recipient

June 11, 2009

Valley West Community Hospital recently received a grant from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). Valley West is one of 11 rural hospitals to receive a grant. The Community Development grant will be put towards expansion and development of the annual Wellness Fair. 

ICAHN was established in 2003 for Illinois hospitals with critical access designation to share resources, education, promote operational efficiencies, and improve health care services in the member hospitals’ rural communities. Valley West Community Hospital received its critical access designation in 2002. This special designation allows Valley West to care for the disproportionately large population of patients over the age 65 in the service area; patients who may not otherwise have affordable access to healthcare.

The Valley West Wellness Fair is scheduled for Thursday, July 2, from 1 - 4 p.m.  An annual event, the Valley West Wellness Fair is designed to share health, safety and wellness information with Sandwich and surrounding communities. This year, Valley West invites you to learn about getting your Bodies in Motion, and the short and long-term benefits of regular movement and exercise. 

Like last year, the event is being held in an extra large tent on the north side of the Valley West Community Hospital campus. There the public will have access to numerous vendors and exhibitors in the health and safety field, including many hospital departments and services. 

The Wellness Fair features activities for adults and children, including blood pressure screenings and body fat analysis, glucose finger sticks (2 hour fasting necessary), cardiac risk assessments, eye and hearing screenings, as well as games, jump castle, bungee run, human spheres and petting zoo. Water and healthy snacks will be available at no cost. This event is free to the public. 
The Valley West Wellness Fair is Thursday, July 2, from 1-4 p.m. on the far north side of the Valley West Community Hospital campus. For more information about activities and vendors at the Wellness Fair, please visit or call 815.786.3788. 

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