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About Us

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Our Physician

Saleh Hatoum, MD ~ Radiation Oncologist

Medical School               University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine - Damascus,

                                            Syrian Arab Republic

Residency                       Almowasat University Hospital, Damascus

Clinical Fellowship     Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Medical group memberships

  • Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology

  • American Board of Radiology

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Radiological Society of North America

  • American Medical Association

  • European Arab School of Oncology

Our Physician

Our Team



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Jon Berens


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More than two decades of quality care.

In the fall of 1989, after 18 months of planning and fundraising, the Northern Illinois Treatment Center (NICTC) opened its doors.

The center is located on Illinois Route 2 (just east of the Sinnissippi Mental Health Center, which donated half of the land). NICTC was a joint venture between KSB Hospital of Dixon, Illinois and CGH Medical Center of Sterling, Illinois.


When plans for the center were announced in February of 1988, funding came from the initial pledges of each hospital. More than one million dollars was raised through donations from individuals, clubs and organizations in the surrounding area.


The biggest benefit of the center has been that patients who are diagnosed with cancer and are prescribed radiation treatment do not have to travel to Rockford or the Quad Cities for their treatment. (Both locations are typically over an hour away.) This close location has helped reduce patient stress that surfaces as a result of frequent travel.


In 1989, treatment was carried out with the use of a six-megavolt linear accelerator and treatment planning computer. The accelerator allowed a greater range of treatment; the oncologist had more flexibility in treating various types of cancer; and in many cases, the “typical sunburn effect” of cobalt treatments was avoided.


Other forms of treatment for cancer at the time were chemotherapy and surgery, offered at both hospitals. The opening of the center offered area cancer patients the opportunity to receive their treatment close to home, and has continued to provide quality care for 'more than two decades.


Board of Directors

Dirk Meminger

Dirk Meminger


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Young Song, DO

CGH Medical Center Representative

Cindy Zander, Treasurer

Cindy Zander


Andy Moore

Andy Moore

CGH Medical Center Representative

Colleen Henkel

Colleen T. Henkel

KSB Board Representative

Julie Mann, Secretary

Julie Mann


Matthew Hefty, MD

KSB Hospital Representative

Board of Directors
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Our Donors

In honor of those whose compassion and compelling generosity makes Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center a wellspring of local support, hope and healing. You have made a difference to the citizens of the Sauk Valley area.

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