Community involvement

We want you to know that you can rely on us for health education, fitness and nutrition instruction, chronic disease management, emergency and primary care, home care and so much more. You trust us to care for you when you're sick, but let us also provide the resources and tools to keep you well.

Classes, events and support groups

We offer community programs like childbirth and breastfeeding, healthy cooking and heart health classes for people in northern Illinois.

If you would like to speak to the Community Wellness Department about our programs, call:
Community Wellness, DeKalb: 815.748.8962
Community Wellness, Sandwich: 815.786.3962

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Looking for CPR Certification Classes? Please contact Kishwaukee College at 815.825.9441.

Community initiatives

Northwestern Medicine hospitals have a history of giving back to local communities through health education, support groups, charitable giving and more. We work closely with community partners to identify priority health concerns and develop community-based initiatives, such as:

  • Community Grants
  • Tobacco Education and Prevention
  • Healthy Mother and Baby
  • MyHealthMatters Worksite Wellness Program

See all community initiatives offered at your local hospital:

Giving back

Donate to DeKalb CountyDonate

Donation funds raised are used to improve the lives of our patients and their families. It may be enhancing the patient experience within the new patient wing at Valley West Hospital in Sandwich, financial assistance for cancer medications, or funding for high-tech patient simulator lab to advance staff skills. Through your support, together we are improving our community healthcare.

Make a Donation


dekalb volunteerVolunteer

Every day, Northwestern Medicine volunteers touch lives of patients, families and other visitors. A friendly smile, a helpful hand and a warm heart can make a real difference in the experience people have when they are in the hospital or receiving care.

Become a Volunteer

Medical professionals

Employee and Physician Login

If you are a Northwestern Medicine employee or physician, find links to various portal login pages.

Resources for Physicians

Northwestern Medicine is committed to helping physicians like you make full use of our available resources.


Learn more about the opportunities to join a team of people who stand among the very best in the field.