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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital serves Sycamore and surrounding communities by providing a broad range of health care services with sensitivity to the individual needs of patients and their families. Nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient safety, Northwestern Medicine delivers evidence-based care that is effective, safe, timely and convenient to ensure consistent, excellent patient outcomes.

Since opening in 1975, Kishwaukee Hospital in nearby DeKalb has grown to a 98-bed acute-care facility with more than 150 physician members representing nearly every specialty and a staff of more than 1,500. With more than 25 sites of care in the local area and a total of more than 100 sites across the Chicago area, Northwestern Medicine continues to develop new ways to better serve the health care needs of local communities.

“As a member of Northwestern Medicine, we have the unique ability to provide access to the highest level of academic medicine and research from a community hospital setting,” said Jay Anderson, president of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospitals. “Our specialists at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals communicate with colleagues across the system to ensure our patients are receiving world-class and innovative care close to home.”

Kishwaukee Hospital’s Joint Center is the first in Illinois to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement. The hospital has achieved better outcomes by utilizing research-based best-practices, preoperative educational training, a personal coach and a Joint Center Coordinator to guide the process of a joint replacement. Most patients experience a one-day hospital stay, discharged directly to their home rather than a nursing facility, and are up and walking more than 300 feet the morning after surgery with the ability to once again fully extend their knee.

Kishwaukee Hospital’s comprehensive cancer center, which opened in 2010, offers medical and radiation oncology, hematology, participation in clinical trials, social services, massage therapy, nutrition counseling and support groups. Since joining Northwestern Medicine, new treatments, providers and specialties have been added, including a breast cancer program. Treatment plans are tailored to meet each patient’s needs; and patient navigators help patients coordinate care between multiple specialists and locations to avoid unnecessary travel.

In February 2017, the nationally-ranked Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute expanded to Kishwaukee Hospital. Prevention, diagnostic, emergency and non-emergency cardiac catheterization and other cardiovascular interventional procedures are now offered at Kishwaukee Hospital. Patients now have a seamless pathway to access advanced specialty cardiovascular care and clinical trials offered within the health system.

“We are continually exploring opportunities to enhance the patient experience, quality of care, and safety for the communities we serve,” Anderson said.

Northwestern Medicine works closely with community partners, including community health centers, to identify priority health concerns and jointly develop community-based health initiatives designed to address health care disparities. The most recent Community Health Needs Assessment for the DeKalb County area identified three priority areas: cancer, cardiovascular disease and maternal child health.

In response to the needs assessment, Kishwaukee Hospital’s Breastfeeding Center opened a human milk depot. Here, pre-approved mothers can provide donor breast milk to help save the lives of premature and sick babies. It is one of the first four locations of its kind in Illinois. Kishwaukee Hospital was recently recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA for its efforts to improve the health of women and children through education, support and promotion of breastfeeding during pregnancy, the hospital stay and after mother and baby go home.

Another example of programs developed by Kishwaukee Hospital to increase community wellness and prevention is the Leishman Center. The center offers plant-based cooking classes designed to promote a healthier lifestyle through nutrition as well as Eat to Beat classes, which focus on prevention of chronic conditions or disease where the focus is food as medicine. Kids can learn kitchen skills, make healthy recipes and how to incorporate physical activity into daily lives at the Kids Can Cook program.

With an eye to future needs of the community, Kishwaukee Hospital is currently constructing a $46 million health and wellness center. The 72,500-square-foot fitness area will include an indoor track, weight and abdominal training, therapeutic pools, a child care area and other services. It is scheduled to be completed by the fall 2018.

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