RHS Ambassadors Visit Pediatric Patients at Rockford Memorial Hospital

halloween2014_6The RHS Ambassadors visited the pediatric and pediatric intensive care units at Rockford Memorial Hospital today to celebrate Halloween with our young patients. The Ambassadors helped with such activities as face painting, cookie decorating, bean bag toss, pumpkin decorating, and more Halloween-themed games and crafts. Additionally, the young patients were invited to dress in costume and trick-or treat on the unit. “The goal is to bring smiles to the faces of children who find themselves in the hospital on this holiday, and to give them a sense of fun and normalcy,” according to Rockford Memorial Development Foundation Director Michelle Gorham.
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Visiting Nurses Association Home Medicial Equipment Moves

mulford_853The Visiting Nurses Association Home Medical Equipment Division has moved to a new location. They are now located in the lower level of Rockford Health Physicians—Mulford, 5970 Churchview Drive, located at the corner of Spring Creek and Mulford Roads in Rockford. Enter through the doors on the west side of the building. The space offers VNA HME a bigger showroom and increased space for more of the latest in home medical equipment. Their contact numbers remain the same. The phone number is (815) 971-3330; the fax number is (815) 971-1862.

The Active Aging Series – Nutrigenomics: Nutrition and Brain

WW_NovemberRockford 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 November 6 at 4 p.m. with a discussion on “Nutrigenomics: Nutrition and Brain.” We have always heard you are what you eat. Recent research is showing this is true: foods you eat now can help prevent future disease and can influence your gene function. Join Malgorzata Bach, M.D., a neurologist and the director of the Memory Clinic at Rockford Health System’s Brain and Spine Center, as she discusses what you need to eat now to ensure you have a healthy brain so you can remain active in the coming years.

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

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System Announce Agreement to Create a New, Multi-Region Integrated Health System

RHSMHSMercy Health System and Rockford Health System announced today that they are merging to create a multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, more than 550 physicians, and 80 outpatient clinics and other service sites that provide care to residents in more than 40 communities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The Boards of Directors of the two organizations approved the creation of the new, as yet unnamed health system on October 23. It is not anticipated that there will be any regulatory barriers to the creation of the new system. The new system will continue to operate as a not-for-profit organization with a charitable mission to provide excellent medical care close to home. To learn more, visit our website.

RHS Announces Winners of Annual Packard Quality Awards

packardawards_1532Rockford Health System celebrated a commitment to quality and continuous improvement by recognizing the winners of the 2014 Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Awards. This RHS shifted the focus of the Jack Packard Quality Awards to emphasize the importance of team work.

Instead of recognizing individuals, the awards recognized teams for the quality improvement efforts. Two awards were presented – one for “Excellence in Clinical Quality Improvement” and another for “Excellence in Process Improvement” – both of which are critical in providing the highest quality, most effective and efficient care.

The award is named in honor of long-time member of the Rockford Health System Board of Directors, Jack W. Packard, a well-known area business leader who has helped guide performance improvement efforts at Rockford Health System for decades.

The first Jack Packard Quality Award in Excellence in Process Improvement was presented to Six Sigma Scheduling Team with the project “Six Sigma 48 Hour Scheduling Project MRI/CT Orders.” This award recognizes the team that had the greatest impact or outcome in an operational process improvement. The Six Sigma Scheduling Team was a multi-disciplinary group that worked to improve scheduling process for CTs and MRIs so more patients are scheduled in less time.

The Jack Packard Quality Award for Clinical Quality Improvement was presented to Rockford Health Physicians for their project “Patient Centered Medical Home: Transforming Primary Care”. This award goes to the team that demonstrates the greatest impact or outcome in improving patient care, patient safety, patient satisfaction or clinical outcomes. This team implemented a new approach to primary care at all nine RHPH primary care facilities and earned national Patient Centered Medical Home status. This approach to care is a comprehensive approach that creates a partnership between the primary care team and patients. It facilitates a process that helps patients better manage chronic conditions and manage patient health. Statistics already show improved outcomes when it comes to controlling patients with hypertension, and the team plans to expand this to other chronic conditions.

Rockford Memorial Hospital Named Among 100 Best for Spine Surgery; Top Five Percent for Pulmonary

healthgrades_2Rockford Memorial Hospital continues to receive national recognition from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

Rockford Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the first year RHS has received this distinction. RMH also received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for the third year in a row. That award is given to hospitals that rank among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery. For nine years in a row, RMH has received a five-star rating for spinal fusion surgery. A five-star rating means the hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when conducting this procedure.

Healthgrades also named RMH among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services. That’s up from 10 percent last year. The hospital also received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the second year. RMH also received five-star recognition for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for nine consecutive years and for the treatment of pneumonia for 13 consecutive years.

Three years in a row, RMH received a five-star rating for the treatment of stroke in the area of neurosciences. In critical care, RMH received five stars for the treatment of sepsis for three consecutive years and for the first time, received five stars for the treatment of respiratory failure. RMH is also a first time five-star recipient in G.I. for gastro-intestinal bleed, and in cardiac services for treatment of heart attack and treatment of heart failure.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Listen. Talk. Act. Communicating across Diverse Cultures

Rockford Health System and Rockford Health Council team up to present this informative seminar by Jodi Pfarr, a nationally-known speaker who has worked with and specializes in low-in­come housing for people with mental illness and chemical dependency.

Discover how diversity in culture impacts us and those we serve. Gender, age, ethnicity, and economic status, all play a role in how we perceive and respond to others. At this workshop, Jodi will discuss new ways of thinking about these differences and how to use that knowledge to improve communication with those we interact with on a daily basis.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Rockford. The cost is $50. To register: contact Gary Jahnke at (815) 395-5702 or visit www.rockfordhealth.org. CEU’s are available. Learn more here.