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Published on September 14, 2012

Valley West Breaks Ground For New Patient Wing

September 14, 2012 

Valley West Breaks Ground For New Patient Wing

A groundbreaking and donor appreciation event at Valley West Community Hospital Thursday, Sept. 13, celebrated the start of construction for a new patient wing and thanked donors for their years of support. The dual event was hosted by KishHealth Foundation, which also kicked off its annual Heart of the Hospital campaign. Funds raised will go toward the construction project.

Recognizing the need to address significant technological, architectural and cosmetic needs not met by the 1960s and 70s areas of the hospital, the KishHealth System Board announced in May that it would add a new patient wing to the north side of the building.

The 21,400 square foot addition will provide 19 private patient rooms and two observation rooms. When the $11.2 million addition is complete next fall, medical/surgical and intensive care will move to the new wing, the oldest section of Valley West will be demolished, and a modern façade will be constructed on the remaining southern portion of the building facing Pleasant Avenue.

The new addition is part of a larger plan to replace the all the older sections of the facility over time.

“The new space also supports other key strategic initiatives such as facility and campus development, care delivery improvement, and patient comfort and convenience. It also enhances our ability to attract both primary care physicians and specialists as well as clinical staff. These initiatives will be key to maintaining the highly-rated patient experience at Valley West,” said Brad Copple, president of Valley West and Kishwaukee Community Hospitals.

As part of the celebration, Copple announced that the Health Foundation’s annual Heart of the Hospital campaign will be a specially focused effort to raise money for the new wing.

“The project is a collaboration with the community and we are excited to announce a special focus campaign to raise $1.36 million to support the first phase of this project,” Copple said.

Health Foundation board member, Dr. Ann West, a Sandwich obstetrician and gynecologist and Valley West chief of staff, announced the first major gift to the campaign, $50,000 from the Valley West Auxiliary.

“The Auxiliary has been supporting the hospital for many, many years,” Dr. West said. “This very generous gift represents the many hours Auxiliary members have spent operating the gift shop and organizing other fund-raising events. And of course we can’t forget the many members of the hospital community and the public who have in turn supported the Auxiliary’s activities. The Health Foundation board is very grateful.”

The new wing will include an expanded gift shop, which will be named in the Auxiliary’s honor.

Also announced at the ceremony was a special employee giving opportunity to honor long-time and recently retired Valley West employees, Mike and Jenelle Muzzillo. Mike served in administrative capacities for 44 years; Jenelle was a nurse for 40 years. Together, they gave 88 years of combined service to the hospital. Employee donations made in honor of Mike and Jenelle will name the new family lounge in their honor. Employees supporting this initiative will receive a certificate to recognize their support.

“The public also will have a chance to support the Valley West expansion in a variety of ways. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact the health foundation to learn about giving and naming opportunities,” said Marcy Rubic, Health Foundation executive director.

The Valley West Heart of the Hospital annual giving fund began in 2004. To date, more than $425,000 has been raised to help provide Valley West with new equipment and technology.

Donations to Heart of the Hospital have allowed Valley West Community Hospital to keep pace with medical advances. Many projects and pieces of equipment have been funded by the Heart of the Hospital campaign over the last seven years including HUGS, an infant monitoring system in Maternity Suites and new diagnostic ultrasound system in the diagnostic imaging department, primarily used for cardiac imaging and vascular studies.

“Funds have been donated by community members who are committed to maintaining our reputation as a progressive community hospital,” Rubic said.

KishHealth Foundation wishes to thank all past and present donors to the Valley West Heart of the Hospital fund. For more information about Heart of the Hospital or how you can help KishHealth System provide quality healthcare in the local community, please contact KishHealth Foundation at 815.748.9954 or visit www.kishhealthfoundation.org.

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