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Published on January 12, 2010

Valley West Statement Regarding Rush-Copley's Freedstanding Emergency Center Approval

January 12, 2010

“We are disappointed in the planning board’s decision. We thought its vote against the project in September was the right decision because it represents an unnecessary duplication of services at time of scarce healthcare resources during these difficult economic times. From a planning perspective, as we have continually noted, there is a very appropriate amount of urgent and emergent care centers in our planning area already,” said Brad Copple, Valley West Community Hospital President.

“Nevertheless, Valley West has a strong service base in Sandwich, Somonauk and Plano, and the surrounding rural area. The hospital has been a part of the community for more than 70 years, and patient satisfaction remains very high, placing Valley West in the top 10 percent of hospitals in a nationwide database. We will continue to build on our success in patient care by expanding services and recruiting new specialists to practice in the community,” Copple said.

Valley West is a federally-designated critical access hospital and part of KishHealth System, based in DeKalb.

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