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Published on October 20, 2011

Two Sandwich Docs Join KishHealth Physician Group

October 20, 2011 

Dr. Erik Englehart

Erik Englehart, MD

Dr. Azeem Haleem

Azeem Haleem, MD

“Employing physicians is a new model for KishHealth System that will benefit the physicians, their patients and the healthcare delivery system in the communities served by Valley West,” says Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System CEO. The practices of Family Medicine physician Erik Englehart, MD, and Urologist Azeem Haleem, MD, have formally become affiliated with KishHealth System, and are now part of the KishHealth Physician Group.  

“The impetus for us,” Poorten said, “are national mandates that are driving medical care to be more about managing health instead of treating illnesses and injuries.

“We believe our employed physicians, working with other medical staff members, will enhance Valley West’s ability to coordinate care for patients, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and  heart disease, and help us do a better job of keeping them out of the hospital,” he said. 

The KishHealth Physician Group also includes two doctors in northern DeKalb County: Dr. Hina Nawab at the Community Cares Clinic in DeKalb, and Dr. Christine Weiss in Genoa. 

Drs. Englehart and Haleem will continue to practice in their current locations in Sandwich. Dr. Haleem also has a Yorkville office, and he will continue to see patients there as well.

Through the non-profit KishHealth Physician Group, patient access is improved. A broad range of insurance providers are accepted, and KPG physicians will see all patients, including those on Medicare, Medicaid and patients without insurance. 

Dr. Haleem, who has been in practice for 15 years, said he sought the employment model because it’s time in healthcare to take a team approach. “This will help me better manage the care of my patients,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to working with the radiation oncologist at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in providing brachytherapy there for prostate cancer.  Having brachytherapy available in DeKalb County will benefit many patients.”

Dr. Englehart said his patients will benefit by having more seamless access to a larger array of services either at Valley West or Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, for example, advanced lab tests through Valley West’s affiliation with Mayo Clinic Laboratories and heart procedures at Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s new Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Suite.

Another benefit is instant communication between the doctor’s office and hospital through the hospital’s electronic medical record system. This connectivity results in more efficient care for patients. 

“We’re really looking at this as a win for everyone involved,” says Joseph Dant, KishHealth System Vice President of Business Development. “We’re pleased to have such high-quality and well-respected physicians and their staffs become part of the KishHealth System team. With the health system assuming responsibility for running their’ offices,, the doctors can  direct even more energy toward patient care.”

Dr. Englehart, a 1991 graduate of Leland High School, returned to the community to practice family medicine in 2004. Dr. Englehart earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois and completed his residency in family medicine through the University of Illinois School of Medicine and Swedish American Health System in Rockford. Dr. Englehart has been on staff at Valley West since 2003 and in 2008 won KishHealth System’s Physician Award for Outstanding Service to Patients. 

Dr. Haleem has experience in all fields of adult and pediatric urology and was one of the first doctors in the Fox Valley region to provide a laparoscopic approach to kidney cancers, and has managed more than 1,000 cases of kidney stones using lithotripsy, ureteroscopy and medical management. He has been on staff at Valley West since 2006. 

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