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Published on March 12, 2010

Kish, Loyola Partnership to Benefit Hospitals' Patients

March 12, 2010 - By Dana Herra, Daily Chronicle


DeKALB – Kishwaukee Community Hospital announced this week it has partnered with Loyola University Medical Center to offer patients expanded cancer treatment options.

The two hospitals have signed a three-year clinical affiliation agreement, KishHealth System Vice President of Business Development Joseph Dant said. Highlights of the agreement include access for Kish patients to clinical research trials and to Loyola sub-specialists.

“Cancer patients tend to do a lot of research about their condition when they are diagnosed,” Dant said. “They’ll often find new drugs or new treatment therapies in trials at major academic research hospitals.”

The agreement offers Kish patients access to the trials and Loyola researchers a wider patient base for their trials, Dant said.

Loyola, based in Maywood, also will establish a specialty oncology clinic in DeKalb, where sub-specialists in fields like leukemia treatment or pediatric cancers will work on a rotating basis. The specialists will see patients and perform procedures in DeKalb, Dant said.

In a written statement, Kishwaukee oncologists Sabet Siddiqui, M. Ishaqe Memon, and Bharati Bhate said they have consulted with Loyola oncologists before, and the partnership will provide a wider breadth of treatment options to patients.

“The relationship with Loyola will provide access for our patients to specialties that are not currently available here, which will allow us to implement a greater multidisciplinary approach to their cancer treatment,” Bhate said in the statement.

When patients do need to leave DeKalb for treatment, the partnership also will make referrals much more seamless, KishHealth president and CEO Kevin Poorten said.

A similar partnership exists with cardiology services at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, which served as a training ground for staff in Kishwaukee’s cardiac catheterization lab before the lab received final approval last year, Poorten said.

“Our board gives us the flexibility to select these partners based on who is going to be the most appropriate fit,” Poorten said.

The hospital also announced it received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to expand its cancer care center. Earth-moving work on the $15.8 million expansion began last fall.

The new building will be more than five times the size of the current 5,000-square-foot structure and will house all of Kishwaukee’s cancer and hematology services under one roof, as well as complementary services like therapeutic massage and an image boutique carrying wigs and breast prostheses.

The state approval was required because of the expense of the addition, not the services, Poorten said. Had it been denied, the expansion would have happened in phases to spread out the cost, he said.

The new center should be ready for occupancy by the end of this year, Dant said.

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