Health Services

Health Services in Sterling


Sterling, having developed into the largest city in the area, has become the hub of medical care for the area as well. CGH Medical Center is a comprehensive hospital, providing 24 hour trauma care, diagnostic imaging, labs, pharmacy, as well as a staff of over 100 physicians in more than 25 departments ranging from Anesthesiology to Vascular Surgery. The hospital also maintains co-ownership in the Northern Illinois Cancer Treatment Center which serves patients living within a 60 mile radius. CGH also owns their own medical clinic on Lynn Boulevard.

The Main Clinic (formerly the Sterling Rock Falls Clinic) has been providing health care to area residents since 1953. Today it is one of the largest physician groups in northwest Illinois, providing a broad range of medical services to its patients.  They provide over 20 specialty areas and many additional services ranging from speech therapy to full optical services. You can learn more about the Main Clinic via their website.

Additionally, services are available locally through hospitals and clinics in both Dixon and Morrison that provide the area with many services.


CGH Medical Center is a progressive acute care facility located in the Rock River Valley region of Northern Illinois. Since opening in 1909, CGH has earned a strong reputation throughout the region and consistently receives high ratings for positive public awareness and patient satisfaction. CGH Medical Center is committed to meeting expanding patient needs and to providing leadership in the field of healthcare. This includes broad scale public education and free to low-cost early detection activities.

A major expansion was completed in spring of 2008, which produced important advancements. A new suite of surgical rooms accommodates more advanced procedures. A new Obstetrics Department and Birthing Center offers innovative technology, advanced security and private rooms. These additions, along with a new Critical Care Unit, expanded space for Diagnostic Imaging and physician services, and a new helicopter pad, enhance the level and quality of our patient care.

CGH Medical Center benefits from a long history of well-managed growth and currently employs over 1300 caring people. The medical staff consists of 140 physicians specializing in 35 areas of medicine. In a recent survey, CGH employee satisfaction was rated as one of the highest in the country.

Inpatient services include a 36-bed medical unit, a 29-bed surgical unit, 10 birthing center suites, 6 pediatric beds, and an 18 CCU/ICU/Biotelemetry beds. Outpatient services include a state-of-the-art Cath Lab and a CAP accredited laboratory. Diagnostic imaging services include a 64-ring CT scanner, nuclear medicine with SPECT scanning, ultrasound, dedicated mammography including digital mammography, and an in-house, high field MRI. Other departments and services include: a neurology laboratory, a GI laboratory and nutritional support, pain management, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy. In addition, CGH offers an ambulatory surgical center, a Digestive Disease Center, physical and occupational therapy, a diabetic education department, a wound care center, pre-hospital paramedic level EMS, and a 24-hour trauma ready emergency department. CGH operates its own Day Care Center adjacent to the campus.

CGH maintains an informative website detailing services, programs, physicians and more. Visit the CGH website to learn more about this fantastic community asset.

Sterling Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic

With a grand opening on Saturday December 17th 2011, the Community Based VA Outpatient Clinic in Sterling is now open!  It offers a technologically innovative way of providing care to area veterans.  The clinic is located at 406 Avenue C in downtown Sterling.

Construction of the Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic is complete.  The 10,000-square-foot clinic is located at 406 Avenue C, next to County Market, in a building that once housed the Medical Arts Clinic.  The final touches were finished in early December 2011 and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 16, 2011. The property will belong to the Veterans Administration with a 10-year lease. This project is the work of Sterling Today, Inc.

Dave Murray, Sterling Today Inc. President said the clinic fits perfectly with the mission of Sterling Today Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the welfare of downtown. “This would be a benefit to veterans who are traveling a long distance,” he said. “We thought it would be a wonderful thing for our tenants and businesses in downtown Sterling.”

To become a patient at the Sterling VA Clinic, veterans must enroll in the VA health care program. You may go to The Iowa City VA website and click on “Become a Patient.” Or you may sign up in person at the Clinic.

Click here to watch a video on the grand opening of the Sterling VA Clinic.