C.A.R.E. for Kids – Community -based Asthma Resources & Education

ashtmaJoin us to learn more about asthma:

  • Triggers of an attack
    – What are the triggers?
    – How does my child avoid the triggers?
  • Symptoms of an attack &the appropriate response
    – What does an asthma attack look like?
    – Who do I call for help?
    – What medications are available?
  • Management of the disease
    – What resources are available in the community?
    – How can I help my child?

Saturday, September 20
10 a.m.
Rockford Memorial Hospital
Ingersoll Building– Classrooms 3 & 4
2400 North Rockton Avenue • Rockford

Saturday, October 18
10 a.m.
Rockford Health Physicians – Mulford
5970 Churchview Drive • Rockford

Free & open to the public.

Please call the Respiratory Care Practitioners at Rockford Memorial Hospital for more info: (815) 971-5173

Rockford Health System’s Own Piano Man

rolandoEmployees at Rockford Health System may know Rolando Maaba as the friendly guy they see emptying their office trash or cleaning bathrooms on the North Rockton Avenue campus. But many more are coming to know him as the talented piano player who often spends his afternoon break entertaining patients, guests and staff in the main hospital lobby.

A native of the Philippines, Rolando moved to Rockford in 1999 and has worked in environmental services at RHS since 2013. Click here to hear him tell his story in his own words, and hear him play the piano, in a new video series titled Inside Stories where we’ll occasionally feature RHS employees and their unique, untold stories.


Community Sees Increase in Children with Rhinovirus

NW Illinois_5specAn increase in pediatric asthma flare-ups and breathing difficulties related to the Rhinovirus has local hospitals urging parents to be aware of their child’s symptoms if they get sick. Rhinoviruses are among the most common causes of the common cold, but can cause more severe illnesses in people with underlying lung disorders. They can trigger asthma attacks and have also been linked to sinus and ear infections.

While asthma flare-ups typically increase during the fall, local hospitals are seeing a greater number of cases and more severe cases than usual. Testing of patients has linked these flare-ups to the Rhinovirus. Since Rhinovirus is not a reportable disease, no statistics are available.

Physicians say early treatment and prompt recognition are key to keeping asthma under control. Parents of asthmatic children are urged to be proactive should their child become sick and contact the physician if symptoms increase.

The virus is spread through the air and close personal contact. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. Most people recover in seven to 10 days. You should call your doctor if you or your child has one or more of these conditions: Continue reading

Rockford Health System ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

challengeRockford Health System answered the Ice Bucket Challenge to support the ALS Foundation. On Friday, August 29, the ice water soaked President & CEO Gary Kaatz and other senior leaders and physicians. Employees donated to ALS and Rockford Health System doubled the donation. We now challenge our colleagues at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and SwedishAmerican Health System to support the ALS Foundation. Good luck!

Click here to watch the video.


Active Aging Series: Breast Cancer Update

robinsonRockford 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 September 4 at 4 p.m. with “Breast Cancer Update.” As medical treatments improve, the way we treat our patients changes and allows them to get back to an active life sooner. Join Breast Surgeon Elisha Robinson, M.D., as she discusses new changes in the treatment of breast cancer; who should get mammograms and who should get MRIs; genetic testing; at what age should a woman stop having mammograms; and new surgical treatments including nipple-preserving mastectomies and breast conserving procedures.

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