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One of the greatest strengths of the Sauk Valley area is the quality healthcare network created by CGH Medical Center, KSB Hospital and many other support and service agencies.

CGH Medical Center is a progressive acute care facility located in the Sauk Valley area and has been open since 1909. Since opening it has consistently received high ratings for positive public awareness and patient satisfaction by being committed to meeting the expanding patient needs and providing leadership in the field of healthcare.

The center benefits from a long history of well-managed growth; it currently employs more than 1,300 people with a medical staff consisting of 140 physicians specializing in 35 areas of medicine. Inpatient services include a 36-bed medical unit, a 29-bed surgical unit, 10 birthing center suites, six pediatric beds and 18 CCU/ICU/Biotelemetry beds. Outpatient services include a state-of-the-art Cath lab and a CAP accredited laboratory. Diagnostic Imaging services include a CT scanner, ultrasound, mammography, and an in-house, high field MRI. Other departments and services include a neurology laboratory, a GI laboratory, nutritional support, pain management, a pharmacy, respiratory therapy as well as an ambulatory surgical center, a digestive disease center, physical and occupational therapy, a diabetic education department, a wound-care center, pre-hospital paramedic level EMS, and a 24-hour trauma ready emergency department.


A major expansion was completed in 2008, allowing for important advancements at CGH Medical Center. A new suite of surgical rooms now accommodates more advanced procedures while a new Obstetrics Department and Birthing Center offers innovative technology, advanced security and private rooms. A new Critical Care Unit also expanded the space for Diagnostic Imaging and physician services. A new helicopter pad was also added to enhance the level and quality of patient care.

The CGH Main Clinic (formerly known as the Sterling Rock Falls Clinic) is owned by CGH Medical Center and has been providing health care to Sauk Valley area residents since 1953. The clinic is one of the largest physician groups in northern Illinois and provides a broad range of medical services to patients. Providing 30 specialties at 14 clinics; CGH Main Clinic is located in Sterling with other sites in Dixon, Milledgeville, Morrison, Polo, Prophetstown, Tampico and Walnut.

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In addition to the CGH Medical Center is Dixon’s KSB Hospital. This 80-bed acute care facility has a mission to “restore, maintain and enhance health by providing superior care now and in the future.” In 2010 the hospital leveled off and built a new parking lot for the emergency department, which holds 360 parking spots for patients, visitors and employees. In addition to new parking spaces the Sleep Lab was renovated and expanded while a new Emergency Department was completed and opened. This $16 million expansion of outpatient surgery and the Emergency Department included two new surgical suites, recovery rooms, registration and reception areas, new emergency department rooms and trauma bays as well as a new three-stall ambulance garage. Also in 2011, KSB Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades, scoring in the top 5 percent of more than 3,700 U.S. hospitals surveyed. In 2012, the hospital was again given the same award, for two consecutive years.

For older residents, the Sauk Valley area offers perfect carefree homes nearby. There are “cottages” or apartment-style buildings for those that wish to live as independently as possible. Retirement centers and assisted-living complexes with skilled nursing are all available. There are also agencies that offer assistance for the elderly and their families.

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