Rose Rainer is RHS November 2014 Employee of the Month

Rainer_Rose_EOM_WEBRose Rainer, R.N., from VNA Hospice has been named RHS November 2014 Employee of the Month. Rose is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse.  Her nomination cites her as helpful, caring, the epitome of nurse excellence and an incredible patient advocate with a heart of gold. She is also cited for her teamwork, willingness to pick up extra work days or on call shifts when needed and adjusting her schedule to accommodate her patient’s needs. Rose provides exemplary care and compassion to her patients, families and co-workers often receiving star awards and thank you notes.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Rose Rainer as our November 2014 Employee of the Month.

Rockford Health System Teams Up with Rockford Public Schools for Community “Art”nership

artRockford Health System is working in partnership with West Middle School to showcase student artwork. The artwork will be on display in RMH’s main hallway, between the lobby and cafeteria, through November 30.

RHS works closely with several schools near the hospital, including West Middle School, Conklin Elementary and Welsh Elementary. Through the partnerships, the health system strives to increase awareness of career opportunities for students; provide opportunities to connect classroom learning with real-world experiences; and support the students with volunteers and tutoring.

Thanks for Giving at Rockford Health System

thanksforgiving_7_webThis is a great week to be an employee at Rockford Health System! The Employee Appreciation and Activities Committee hosted a free Thanks for Giving luncheon at each of our locations for all of our employees and volunteers. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more! During the lunch, they also collected food and money to benefit food pantries in the Rockford area. Thank you to everyone who worked hard on this terrific annual event.

Get Covered at Rockford Health System

B_GetCoveredRockford Health System has Certified Application Counselors (CAC) available to help you sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. From November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015, counselors will be available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment, contact the ACA Office at (815) 971-7070 or

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Throwback Thursday: Our Original Hospital Building

FitchHouseOn October 2, 1883, a young boy, Freddie Griffen, sustained injuries while playing on railroad tracks near South Main Street in Rockford. Friends rushed him home and went to find medical help and bring it to him. Attempting to save Freddie’s life in squalid conditions, several physicians worked in a dirty, cramped room which was unfit for surgery. Freddie died five hours after the accident. The “terrible and fatal” accident led the local newspaper, The Rockford Daily, to challenge the local physicians and clergy to lead the charge on starting a community hospital. The citizens of Rockford responded to the challenge. In December of 1883, a committee of the Winnebago County Medical Society incorporated the Rockford Hospital Association and Rockford Hospital was opened in Dr. Fitch’s house. The health care program that eventually became Rockford Health System was born. This is a picture of Dr. Fitch’s house, our original hospital building, which was located on Court Street.

Rockford Memorial Hospital Hosts Two Photographs by Nels Akerlund in City-Wide Photo Exhibit

ingoodcompany_nelsTwo larger-than-life photographs by acclaimed photographer Nels Akerlund are now on display in the lobby of Rockford Memorial Hospital as part of a city-wide photo exhibit “In Good Company,” sponsored by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Through the exhibit, 40 Akerlund photographs are on display at businesses and community locations throughout the area.  The photographs at Rockford Memorial Hospital are of two of our area’s most amazing young people: pianist and composer Emily Bear and competitive athlete Jack O’Neil.  Their fathers also happen to be physicians on the Rockford Memorial Hospital Medical staff.  Emily is the daughter of Dr. Brian and Andrea Bear.  Jack is the son of Dr. Jon and Heidi O’Neil. Read more about the exhibit on the RACVB website.