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Published on November 20, 2013

Valley West Hospital Moves Patients into New Wing

November 20, 2013

One of the first patients moved, Darlene Dubis of Sandwich, is transported by clinical lead, Karen Biffany, RN, and other staff members.

One of the first patients moved, Darlene Dubis of
Sandwich, is transported by clinical lead, Karen
Biffany, RN, and other staff members.

SANDWICH, Ill. — On Tuesday, Nov. 19, patients were moved to the new wing of Valley West Hospital. Patients were moved beginning at approximately 10 am, and all patients were in their new rooms in less than an hour. One of the first patients moved to the new 21-room patient wing was Darlene Dubis of Sandwich. Hospital staff had been planning for the move since early September.

“Staff went through our Day-in-the-Life scenarios earlier this month, which let us practice in the new space so we can get used to where supplies are kept, and navigate the new surroundings,” said Karen Biffany, RN, Valley West Hospital Medical/Surgical Unit clinical lead. She added that the participation of clinical and non-clinical staff from throughout the hospital helped make the move of patients safe and without incident.

Patient Howard Warren of Sandwich flashes a peace sign during transport to the new patient.

Patient Howard Warren of Sandwich flashes
a peace sign during transport to the new
patient wing. 

“With the opening of the new patient wing, Valley West Hospital continues to grow and become an important part of KishHealth System’s mission for healthcare in southern DeKalb County, and parts of Kendall and LaSalle Counties as well,” said Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System CEO. “The new wing allows us to provide improved patient outcomes, recruit even more specialists and medical professionals to the area, and expand programs like the Joint Center.”

The next project on the Valley West Hospital campus begins soon. Now that patients have been safely moved 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. In addition to the further 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 recruitment plan calls for 13 new physicians over the next five to six years. 

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