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

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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 CEU’s are available. Learn more here.

Healthy Living Series – Facial Rejuvenation: Non-Surgical Options

HLS eventTaking care of your skin is a lifelong necessity. Modern advances allow you to get ahead of the curve on aging and ensure that you look your best in the years to come. Join Liza Kim, M.D., who is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as she discusses the latest techniques to maximize the appearance of your skin with minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox and facial fillers.

Join us for this next informative presentation in our Healthy Living Series at the Women’s Center, located at 7180 Spring Brook Road, on Wednesday, October 22 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Rockford Health System Information Line at (815) 971-1999.

Tom Carter Named September 2014 Employee of the Month

Carter_Tom_EOMTom Carter has been named RHS September 2014 Employee of the Month. Tom’s nomination references his commitment to continuously looking to improve the courier service department. Tom recently took the initiative to optimize and reconfigure routes to provide more efficient patient care with less resources. Tom is also cited as an extremely dependable, reliable employee who is flexible, has a positive outlook, works well with everyone and takes commitment to patient care to whole new level. His nomination states the lab department has a “gift” in Tom.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Tom Carter as our September 2014 Employee of the Month.

The Active Aging Series: How to Guard Against Infectious Diseases

UntitledRockford 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 October 2 at 4 p.m. with a panel discussion on “How to Guard Against Infectious Diseases.” Every day we are confronted by a variety of germs, viruses and bacteria that cause infectious diseases, such as influenza, shingles, MRSA or C-difficile. Join us for a panel discussion with Internist Craig Rogers, M.D., Family Practitioner Meredith Ulmer, M.D., and Pharmacist Curt Lesher as they share their recommendations to remain healthy and active.

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

Rockford Health System Welcomes Jane Taylor, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Taylor_Jane_MD_WEBRockford Health System welcomes Jane Taylor, M.D., F.A.A.P., who specializes in pediatrics. She practices at our Rockford Health Physicians – Roscoe location, as well as at Rockford Health Physicians – North Rockton Avenue.

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Dr. Taylor completed her residency in pediatrics at Southern Illinois University. She is board certified in pediatrics.

To make an appointment with Dr. Taylor, please call (815) 971-2000.