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Northwestern takeover of Kishwaukee Hospital prompts concerns in DeKalb

Northwestern takeover of Kishwaukee Hospital prompts concerns in DeKalb

DeKALB — When residents here need to be hospitalized for psychiatric care, they are often treated a long way from home because the local hospital closed its mental health unit six years ago.

Since then the lack of hospital-based mental health services has been an ongoing concern. The issue took center stage Thursday at a public hearing over Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine's plans to take over ownership of Kishwaukee Hospital and affiliated health care providers.

A handful of residents raised questions about how Northwestern plans to address what they consider a major gap in health care. Some were disappointed in what they heard.

Neither executives with...

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