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Published on August 13, 2013

Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals Receive Grants

August 13, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn announced on August 8, 2013 grant awards for many hospitals in the Chicago area as part of the Illinois Jobs Now program. KishHealth System’s Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals both are scheduled to receive funding for specific projects applied for as part of the grant. The grant applications were submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health in September 2011.

“KishHealth System is grateful for the state’s investment in area hospitals, helping to meet the healthcare needs of Illinois residents. We are especially grateful for the involvement of Representative Bob Pritchard by supporting and encouraging our efforts to determine the appropriate projects that would be eligible for funding,” said Brad Copple, President of Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals. The $405,722 received by KishHealth System was part of a total $24.3 million awarded by the state for capital construction investments for Chicago metro hospitals.

Kishwaukee Hospital’s grant request was made to supplement the expense of renovating space and outfitting the hospital with a second cardiac cath/interventional radiology suite. The first suite was opened in 2009; however by 2011 the volume of procedures performed in the suite grew by 138%, generating a need for added space.  Additionally, a second suite was vital to meeting access needs for patients due to the nature of many emergent cardiac cases. The plan to relocate services and expand to a second suite was developed with input from KishHealth System physicians, clinicians and administration. The total project cost including renovation and equipment was nearly $5.7 million and was completed in October 2011. The grant award from the State of Illinois for this project is $222,402.

The Valley West Hospital grant request was for the cost of replacement and enhancement of laboratory and diagnostic imaging equipment. Valley West is a critical access hospital and the role of the laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments in indentifying key medical information for physicians to formulate treatment is vital.  The total expense of the equipment purchase and updates was $447,850 and was completed between May 2011 and April 2012. The grant award from the State of Illinois for this project is $183,320. 

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