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Published on May 08, 2012

New Patient Wing Coming to Valley West

May 8, 2012 

The KishHealth System Board of Directors has approved construction of a 21,400-square-foot patient wing on the north side of Valley West Community Hospital, providing 19 private patient rooms and two observation rooms. 

This rendering depicts the view of the new patient wing in relation to the existing atrium entrance.

This rendering depicts the view of the new patient wing in relation to the existing atrium entrance. As shown, a new entrance will be created facing west toward Main Street.

When the $11.2 million addition is complete in 2013, medical/surgical and intensive care will move to the new wing, the oldest section of Valley West will be demolished, and a modern facade will be constructed on the remaining southern portion of the building facing Pleasant Avenue.

The patient rooms will feature hardwood floors, a sofa that stretches out to a bed, hand rails along the route to the bathroom, and a sitting area for guests.

The patient rooms will feature hardwood floors, a
sofa that stretches out to a bed, hand rails along
the route to the bathroom, and a sitting area for
guests.

“This project is being funded through existing financial reserves and is being designed to allow for future modernization and expansion on the Valley West campus,” said Brad Copple, president of Valley West in Sandwich and Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

Since 2002, the health system has invested $22 million in modernizing the north side of Valley West, including a new atrium entrance and lobby, operating rooms, Emergency Department, and obstetrics unit. A medical office building opened on the north side in 2008, and more parking was added. Additional land also was purchased north of the hospital to allow for long-term campus planning.

“With outpatient, OR and OB facilities complete, we are excited to move forward with enhancing the inpatient experience,” Copple said.

Erdman Healthcare Real Estate Solutions was engaged to develop design and construction options. The firm, based in Madison, WI, with seven offices in the U.S., has designed and built cost-efficient patient hospitals across the country. 

“After visiting Erdman facilities, we became confident that Erdman’s approach would be a good fit for Valley West,” Copple said.

Erdman is currently handling the addition to Midland Surgical Center in Sycamore, a KishHealth System affiliate.

The new patient wing will have a new main entrance oriented to the west and will bring the hospital closer to the medical office building.

“Since becoming part of KishHealth System in 1998, Valley West has invested in facility, technology and program upgrades every year,” said Michael Muzzillo, vice president of hospital operations. “We have been very fortunate to be part of a health system that is financially strong.”

In addition to the development of the Valley West campus, new physicians will be recruited to enhance access to primary and specialty care in the immediate area. The current physician recruitment plan calls for 13 new physicians over the next five to six years.

“We’re well on our way to this goal with four new doctors,” Copple said

Construction of the new patient wing at Valley West will start by late summer and will take one year to complete.

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