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Published on November 21, 2014

KishHealth System’s Valley West Hospital Finalizes Construction and Continues Innovation 

November 21, 2014Valley West Hospital Finalizes Construction

SANDWICH, Ill. – The recent Valley West Hospital construction, including a new wing and the new Pleasant Avenue façade, is now complete. Facility upgrades to improve the building’s services, access, and aesthetics, began in 2012 and include a new intensive care unit, new patient rooms, a physical therapy suite to support the hospital’s growing orthopedic programs, a gift shop, and registration and information areas. The last phase of the project entailed creating space inside the hospital to house a brand new, state-of-the-art large bore MRI.

The large bore MRI machine has the same image quality as the traditional MRI as well as the ability to accommodate a larger weight capacity; the large bore reduces claustrophobia increasing the comfort of the patient and is the quietest scanning environment available. It is also softly lit which creates a calming atmosphere to relieve patient anxiety. Valley West Hospital brings a great value to the community with the ability for patients to utilize this machine, by eliminating the need to drive at least 30 minutes to the next closest facility with this type of diagnostic imaging.  The new addition will support ease of access to MRI services because the machine requires less downtime between scans. With the new MRI machine, KishHealth System is also providing a partnership with Midwest Orthopedic Institute. Housing this MRI machine at Valley West Hospital allows all patients in this area, as well as any patient of MOI, to stay within close proximity for their diagnostic imaging as well as surgical services.

Dave Proulx, assistant vice president of Valley West Hospital Operations, KishHealth System Laboratories and Facilities, said, “We have tried to utilize local companies and workers to complete the construction project whenever possible; they are the ones that will be using this facility for their care.”

Valley West Hospital offers a wide variety of services with a community-based medical staff of 150 physicians who are able to care for patients covering most specialties. Hospital services include; Cardiac Rehab, Cardiology, Community Wellness Programs, Emergency Room, Gastroenterology, Laboratory Services, Maternity Suites/Obstetrics, Nutrition Counseling, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging, Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Disorders and Surgical Services. 

Valley West Hospital has also recently been recognized for several achievements. It was named “Health Care’s Most Wired” in recognition of its advances in technology; picked as one of the top picks in Illinois  by a leading consumer magazine for patient safety; and named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the accrediting agency who routinely reviews hospital operations for compliance with standards of performance set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To be health empowered, means you have a choice in healthcare about when you see your doctor and where your services are performed.  At KishHealth System’s Valley West Hospital you are health empowered. Tell your physician you choose Valley West Hospital. For more information about KishHealth System, visit

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