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Government State

State aids 2 local hospital projects

KishHealth to get $400K for construction work

DeKALB – KishHealth System will receive about $400,000 in grants for a pair of completed construction projects that cost more than $6 million, state leaders announced recently.

The hospital network applied for the grants in September 2011 when it identified a need for more cardiac space at the Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and for new laboratory and imaging equipment at the Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

KishHealth system spent nearly $5.7 million to expand its cardiac catheterization lab, which it says saw a 138 percent growth in procedures from 2009 to 2011, from one room to two rooms. Illinois awarded $222,402 toward that project.

Brad Copple, the president of Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals, said that in addition to being used to determine heart blockages in both emergency and diagnostic situations, the lab also is used for procedures that help with chemotherapy and for electrical heart diagnostics, which includes pacemaker work.

“We found ourselves in need of another room, and when we put another room in our procedures doubled,” Copple said. “... It’s been very successful, and the thing that’s so nice about it is that the patients can stay in town.”

Further, the hospital network said it put $447,850 towards replacing and enhancing imaging and laboratory equipment at Valley West, and Illinois awarded KishHealth $183,320 to go toward that project.

The grant awards were announced by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office last week as part of a $24.3 million release of funds that will benefit several northern Illinois hospitals through the Illinois Jobs Now program.

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