Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System Finalize Merger

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board today approved the merger between Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System to create a combined multi-regional health system that will provide care in more than 40 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Having now completed all necessary regulatory and legal processes, the two systems have finalized the merger and the new combined health system begins operations on January 1.

Read the news release on our website.

Santa Visits Rockford Memorial Hospital, Delivers Presents to Pediatrics Unit

toydrive_3_webSanta visited Rockford Memorial Hospital this morning to attend the annual RHS Ambassadors Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation. Toys can make a tremendous difference to a child facing illness or injury. They help distract, soothe, and entertain young patients and help to occupy siblings who are visiting the hospital or outpatient clinics. Toys are distributed year-round to playrooms, therapy departments, and waiting areas throughout RHS where children receive care, and are also given as gifts to hospitalized children, especially during the holidays. After the annual breakfast, Santa visited patients in the pediatric unit and delivered presents to our young patients. Thanks for stopping by, Santa!

Active Aging Series – Brain Attack: Time is Ticking

WWDecember2014Rockford Health System and Wesley Willows are proud to present the Active Aging series of educational topics for your healthy life. Active Aging presentations will be offered the first Thursday of every month. The events, held at 4142 Johns Farm Road in the Town Center of Wesley Willows, are free and the public is welcome to attend.

The series continues on December 4 at 4 p.m. with a discussion on “Brain Attack: Time is Ticking.” When stroke hits, seconds count. The sooner you receive medical care the better your long-term prospects. Join stroke specialists Maureen Cain, A.P.N., and Eileen Davidson, R.N., as
they discuss the prevention, recognition, and treatment of stroke. Understanding these three things helps decrease the severity of long-term effects so you can live a healthy, active life.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to (815) 971-1999.

To learn more about the Active Aging Series and future events, please visit our website.

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.