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Published on December 15, 2011

Four Doctors Join KishHealth Physician Group

December 15, 2011 


Erik Englehart, MD Azeem Haleem, MD Hina Nawab, MD Christine Weis, MD
Erik Englehart, MD Azeem Haleem, MD Hina Nawab, MD Christine Weis, MD

Four physicians have joined the newly-formed KishHealth Physician Group, a new healthcare delivery model where the health system employs doctors. 

“We have worked very successfully with the independent physician and group practices in our community for many years, and that won’t change,” said Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System President and CEO. “But forces beyond our control are dramatically changing the healthcare landscape and as a two-hospital system, we have to change the way we do things as well. We are one of the last healthcare systems in northern Illinois to adopt the employed-physician model. 

“The impetus is really national mandates that are driving medical care to be more about managing health instead of treating illnesses and injuries,” Poorten said. “Our employed physicians, working with other medical staff members, will enhance both hospitals’ abilities to coordinate care for patients, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and congestive heart failure, and help us all do a better job keeping these patients out of the hospital,” Poorten said.

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

Another benefit is 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. 

The first KishHealth Physician Group doctors are two in the Kishwaukee Community Hospital market area and two in the Valley West Community Hospital market area. They are family medicine physicians Dr. Hina Nawab at the Community Cares Clinic in DeKalb; Dr. Christine Weis in Genoa; Dr. Erik Englehart, in Sandwich; and Dr. Azeem Haleem, a urologist with offices in Sandwich and Yorkville.  

Dr. Weis has begun a family medicine practice at 599 Pearson Dr., Genoa. 

Dr. Nawab rounds out the team of providers a Community Cares Clinic, 3310 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, which includes a physician assistant and two nurse practitioners. 

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 Cancer Center in providing brachytherapy at the hospital 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.

“We’re really looking at the KishHealth Physician group as a win for everyone involved,” said Joseph Dant, vice president of business development for KishHealth system. “With the health system assuming responsibility for running their offices, the doctors can direct even more energy toward patient care.”

Dant said KPG will continue to grow. A fifth doctor will be joining the group in the spring, working at the Community Cares Clinic. 

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