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Published on January 14, 2013

Gene Sparrow - Great Care Provides Psychological Boost 

Gene Sparrow

Gene Sparrow

Gene Sparrow, a longtime Kirkland resident now of DeKalb, has spent much of the last 15 years in an out of hospitals in Madison, Chicago and Rockford fighting colon cancer, heart disease and now internal bleeding and congestive heart failure.

An emergency brought him to Kish Jan.7, and he was hospitalized for a few days.

“I’ve been in a lot of hospitals, and this is as good of care as I’ve gotten anywhere. At the Veterans Hospital they have to treat you nice because you’re a vet. But here they treat you nice because they want to. This kind of care gives you a psychological boost. The food is good and the care outstanding,” he said.

Having grown up in the family restaurant business in Kirkland and more recently as an award-winning competitive barbecue chef, Gene knows how to judge good food, especially hospital food where he’s usually on a restricted low sodium, low carb diet.

“This food is exceptional, the best I’ve ever eaten in a hospital. It’s a skill to make food taste good with no salt, but my meals have been good at the first bite.”

Something else that impressed him was being able to sleep without frequent interruptions from staff, compared to what he’s experienced elsewhere.

“We’re lucky to have this kind of hospital in our community,” he said.

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