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Published on October 10, 2009

Valley West Here to Stay

September 10, 2009

Dear Editor:

Valley West and KishHealth System are pleased with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board’s intent to deny Rush-Copley’s proposed freestanding emergency center (FEC) because it is based on our legitimate opposition that the project is not needed, that the cost is too high and that it will have a negative impact on our facility.  The IHFPB considered Rush-Copley’s project Sept. 1 in Springfield.   

While we understand Rush-Copley will most likely appear before the board again in coming months to have its project reconsidered, we want to extend our thanks and gratitude for the ongoing support we have received from patients, physicians, board members, family and friends. Valley West, a critical access hospital, has a long history of providing medical care to those who live in and around our core communities.

In recent years we have expanded twice, brought more doctors to the community and added services.  Our excellent care is measured by high patient satisfaction scores that place Valley West in the top 10 percent of hospitals in a national database. The hospital also is a cornerstone of the larger community, providing good paying jobs and financial support to many local organizations.

We have and will continue our obligation to our patients, our physicians, employees and volunteers. We will continue to tell Valley West’s story, and we will continue to meet the health needs of the community.

Brad Copple
Valley West Administrator

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