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Published on April 27, 2009

KishHealth Honors Physicians

April 27, 2009 


The second annual Acclaimed Physician awards have been announced by KishHealth System. The 2009 recipients are Pediatrician John Kostrey and Pulmonologist S.W. Chang from the Kishwaukee Community, DeKalb; and Gastroenterologist David Faulk from Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich.

The awards were recently presented at the annual physician recognition event held at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.

Dr. Faulk and Dr. Kostrey

Dr. Faulk of Sandwich Family Practice received the Outstanding Service to Patients Award for his caring and compassion that has truly made a difference to his patients. Nominations were open to employees, community members, patients, and families.

Dr. Faulk’s nominators describe him as concerned, passionate, patient and informative. When nurse leaders round on patients and caregivers, they hear the same comments about him: “He’s a good doctor and he takes time with me.” He is described as a technically skilled physician, yet patients and staff talk about his ability to communicate in a way that demonstrates an understanding of a person’s emotional and spiritual needs. One patient who took the time to nominate him said Dr. Faulk calmed many of her fears as she faced a severe illness. His patients know that they are not only cared for, but are cared about.

Dr. Faulk has been on the Valley West medical staff since 2001.

Dr. Chang, who practices in Sycamore, received the award for Promotion of Quality Care. Nominations for this award came from physicians.

One colleague stated what many physicians feel about Dr. Chang, “He has a strong desire for continuous quality improvement which keeps us all moving forward.” And, “We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber,” said another. He is described as knowledgeable, diligent, evidence-based, a leader, a teacher, a caregiver, a team member.

His contributions are felt by patients and staff alike. Using multidisciplinary teams to apply evidence-based practices, he has moved patient care to a new level. His commitment to education with nurse colleagues and his generosity with his time are noteworthy and valued by all, patients and staff alike.

Through his dedication and drive to improve the quality of care, Dr. Chang has been instrumental in taking approaches in the KCH Intensive Care Unit to advanced levels in critical care. He has worked with multidisciplinary teams to address the care of ventilated patients, to improve the care of sepsis patients, and to create a hypothermia protocol for cardiac arrest patients. In addition to the projects and protocol development, he maintains a regular presence in the KCH ICU, contributing to the care and positive clinical outcomes of seriously ill patients as clinical leader, coach, and resource for staff and families.

Dr. Chang is board certified in pulmonology, critical care and internal medicine. He has been on the KCH medical staff since 2005.

Dr. Kostrey, who has made humanitarian service a hallmark of his long medical career, received the Humanitarian/Community Service Award.   He has spent at least eight of his “vacations” doing mission work in foreign countries. The trips, paid for out of his own pocket, have been from one to three weeks, providing medical care to children in hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches and homes. Some days, 100-120 children received medical attention from this doctor.

In addition to medical care, these trips also involved discussions and treatment advice to the locals and distributing donations of medical supplies, medications and reading glasses.

Dr. Kostrey has taken his good work to Panama, Mexico, the Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. A dedicated doctor, fluent in Russian, he is committed to this humanitarian work because of what he experienced growing up in Czechoslovakia during WWII. He remembers the hardships and suffering of that time and feels blessed that he can now share his knowledge and experience to improve the lives of children in these countries. His rewards are the hugs and smiles from the children he helps, his nominator said.

He joined DeKalb Clinic in 1968, and was on the medical staff of DeKalb Public Hospital until it closed in 1975, when KCH opened. He continues to serve on the medical staff of the new hospital.

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