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Valley West Hospital patients successfully moved to new wing

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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Darlene Dubis of Sandwich was one of the first patients moved to the new patient wing at Valley West Hospital on Nov. 19. She is pictured here being transported by clinical lead, Karen Biffany, and other staff members.

On Nov. 19, patients were moved to the new wing of Valley West Hospital. Patients were moved beginning at approximately 10 a.m., 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 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,” Karen Biffany, Valley West Hospital Medical/Surgical Unit clinical lead, said in a news release.

She added that the participation of clinical and nonclinical staff from throughout the hospital helped make the move of patients safe and without incident. 

“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,” Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System CEO, said in the release. “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 facade 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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