Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 29, 2016

Compassionate Friends’ Worldwide Candle Lighting Service at 6:15 pm, Dec. 11

DEKALB, Ill. – A local Compassionate Friends’ Worldwide Candle Lighting service will take place at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at 6:15 pm and will culminate at 7 pm with the candle lighting. The event, organized by local bereaved parents and supported by KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, will feature special readings, personal testaments, and live music. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of their child to place on the remembrance table. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. To contact The Compassionate Friends regarding the Candle Lighting, Chapter locations, or general information, please call the toll-free number at 877.969.0010 or visit  For more information about the local event, contact Erin Mitchell, Hospice bereavement coordinator, at 815.756.3000. To learn more about KishHealth System Hospice, part of Northwestern Medicine, visit

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 29, 2016

KishHealth System Physician Group Welcomes Sujata Morker, MD

DeKALB, Ill. – KishHealth System Physician Group, now part of Northwestern Medicine, welcomes Internist Sujata Morker, MD. Dr. Morker is currently seeing patients, adolescents to seniors, at the Physician Group office located at 1850 Gateway Drive, Sycamore.

Dr. Morker knew that she wanted to help people at a very early age, therefore becoming a doctor was the natural choice to accomplish that goal. “It is very important to listen to your patients, not only about their illness but about everything that is affecting them in their lives and be able to offer them support,” said Dr. Morker. “I find the most gratifying part of practicing medicine is when I can take care of a patient, first by treating his or her illness, then teaching my patients preventative lifestyles, and finally watching them become happier and healthier people.”

Dr. Morker graduated from the University of Sint Eustatius of Medicine, Sint Eustatius, Netherlands-Antilles Medicine in 2010. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

To make an appointment with Dr. Morker in Sycamore, please call 815.758.8671. To learn more about KishHealth System Physician Group providers, locations, and specialties please visit or


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 23, 2016

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Continues Its 40th Season with Holiday Pops Concert

DEKALB, Ill. – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, now celebrating its 40th season, plans to delight concert-goers once again with its annual Holiday Pops Concert on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 7 pm, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, inside the Music Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. The KSO will be joined by the Celebration Chorale, directed by Christine Monteiro, who is also a member of the orchestra. The orchestra will play music of the holiday season, including contemporary and familiar traditional music and a singalong of holiday favorites, including the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by George Frideric Handel.

Conductor Linc Smelser invites the children from the audience on stage for an interactive performance of Haydn’s Toy Symphony, making this concert a perfect introduction to live orchestral music. Pre-concert music will be provided by the NIU Suzuki Strings Program, directed by Ann Montzka Smelser, intermission music will be provided by the DeKalb High School Madrigals, and post-concert music will be provided by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This concert is supported in part by the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Foundation.

Changes in programs, dates, times, and location of concerts will be posted on the website. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each concert. All seats are general admission. Individual ticket prices are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and over, and a special discounted price of $6 students (with a valid school i.d. card), and $6 for children under 12. To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit or the KSO’s Facebook page.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 21, 2016

Mina Johnson Honored for 10,000 Hours of Service

DeKALB, Ill. – Cutline for photo: Mina Johnson (center), volunteer at Kishwaukee Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, was honored recently for achieving over 10,000 hours of service. Since the 1990’s when Johnson started as a hospital volunteer, she has served a total of 10,902, as of Oct. 7, 2016. (Also pictured: Kevin Poorten (left), Northwestern Memorial Health Care senior vice president and president of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, and Brad Copple (right), vice president of Operations of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital.)

Johnson currently serves the hospital in a variety of areas including Desk Team trainer, gift shop, special events, such as the annual Artisan Market, Community Wellness, clerical, and Surgical Services.

“Mina is the type of volunteer whose contributions are not limited to one service area,” said Deb Nier, director of the Volunteer Services department at Kishwaukee Hospital. “She has given her time and talents to almost every volunteer service area and event coordinated through the Volunteer Services Department and the Auxiliary. She truly is a treasure.”

Over the years, Johnson has worked in many different areas including Patient Registration, Marketing & PR, sewing, and newsletter. She is also a past Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary board member, and has helped with past events including Potpourri, Ball Committee, and Cookie Day.

For more information about KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, visit and


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 17, 2016

Lockard Donation Benefits Cardiac Rehabbers Fund

DeKALB, Ill. – Cutline for photo: Kim Perri (left), grants and development associate from KishHealth System Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine received a $500 donation from Dorothy Lockard (right) and her company Dorothy’s Diamonds Travelers guided bus tours, to benefit the Kishwaukee Hospital Cardiac Rehabbers Fund, dedicated to her friend Alberta Dequin. For more information about KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, visit and

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 17, 2016

Monsanto Donation Benefits Cancer Center

DeKALB, Ill. – Cutline for photo: Kim Perri (left), grants and development associate from KishHealth System Foundation, part of Northwestern Medicine, and Kim Aldis (right), director of the KishHealth System Cancer Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, received a $7,638 donation from Monsanto Seed, presented by Troy Dukes and Angie Finnestad-Dickmann (center) to benefit the KishHealth System Cancer Center, part of Northwestern Medicine. Employees of Monsanto raised money from selling “Give Cancer the Boot” t-shirts. For more information about KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, visit and

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | November 16, 2016

Northern Rehab Delivers Donated Items to Sycamore United Methodist Church Coat Ministry

DEKALB – Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists recently held a community drive to collect needed winter coats and accessories for Sycamore United Methodist Church (SUMC) Coat Ministry for this winter season.  Over 100 coats and numerous hats, gloves, scarves, and boots were recently delivered. Pictured here are SUMC Coat Co-Chairs Mary Ann Warman (left) and Jim Fisher (center), coat-drive-2016-2 with Northern Rehab’s Director of Community Relations Deb Loitz (right). Mary Ann expressed, “We are so grateful to Northern Rehab for organizing a coat drive every year and for our community for the many generous donations. The need for coats and winter gear is always increasing, and we appreciate these donations to help those in our community stay warm and dry during the winter season.”

The SUMC Coat Ministry is open every Monday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm during Food Pantry hours at the church located at 160 Johnson Avenue in Sycamore. For more information about Sycamore United Methodist Church, the Coat Ministry, Food Pantry, or other information, please visit their web site at: or call 815.895.9113.

Northern Rehab extends our gratitude to all of the community members that generously donated winter items in support of the SUMC Coat Ministry. For additional information about Northern Rehab, voted DeKalb County’s Finest Best Physical Therapists five years in a row, please call 815.756.8524, visit, and follow Northern Rehab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google +.


Valley West Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, has received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly U.S.A., Inc. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this designation recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Baby-Friendly U.S.A., Inc., is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“This was an amazing quality initiative project.  Our staff worked diligently on implementing the ten steps into our daily practice.  Our patients and families have been so receptive and supportive to the initiative.  The Baby Friendly Designation status has provided a wonderful opportunity that offers so many benefits and magnifies our commitment of quality care for our patients,” said Nurse Manager Melissa Hilt, RN, Valley West Hospital Maternity Suites.

Valley West Hospital is one of only 13 hospitals in Illinois with this designation. Currently there are 377 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as demonstrated by quality processes. Kishwaukee Hospital, who received designation earlier this summer and Valley West Hospital have been working toward this designation for almost four years.

To learn more about the KishHealth System Maternity Suites department, the Breastfeeding Center, and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals, part of Northwestern Medicine, please visit or

Further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative may be obtained by contacting Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., at 518.621.7982, or by visiting


Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | October 26, 2016

The KSO Invites Families to Free Halloween Concert, Oct. 28

DeKALB, Ill. – The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra invites the community to its free annual Halloween Concert on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall inside the Music Building, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. This annual concert is a fun introduction to live classical music for all ages. Led by music director and conductor, Linc Smelser, the concert features music appropriate for children and adults, with the orchestra members in full costume. Children are invited to trick-or-treat inside the NIU Music Building a half hour before the 5:30 p.m. concert, beginning at the south entrance. This concert is supported in part by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation. For more information about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and its 40th concert season, please visit or “like” the orchestra’s page on Facebook. 

DEKALB, Ill. – KishHealth System, part of Northwestern Medicine, is the proud sponsor of the Northern Illinois University Huskies’ Kick Off Kid contest. For the NIU football game on Tuesday, Nov. 1, against Bowling Green at 7 pm, prospective Kick Off Kids are asked to create and submit their own healthy recipe.

Recipe submission guidelines:

  1. Healthy – remember that huskies love their fruits and vegetables!
  2. Kid friendly – kids should be able to prepare the recipe with minimal adult assistance. Kids should also be a fan of their healthy creation.
  3. Recipe directions – provide well-written directions using recipe formatting and punctuation.
  4. Include a picture – everyone likes to see what the recipe looks like and this will help in the judging process.
  5. Be original – please do not copy your recipe from a cookbook or website. Kids should use their imagination to create a healthy recipe.

The winner of the Healthy Huskie Kids Recipe Contest will be chosen on Oct. 28.

To enter the Healthy Recipe contest, email the winner to notified entries must include: parent/guardian name, telephone number, email address, child’s name and age.

To qualify for the Kick Off Kid contest, children must be between the ages of 8 and 13 years old and not too shy to run out on the NIU football field. Additionally, the child must be available an hour before the game and can have up to five guests with him or her on the field.

For questions about this contest, contact Theresa Komitas at 815.756.1521 ext. 153737 or


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