Rockford Health System and ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Partner to Transform ALS Patient Health Care

A partnership between the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter and Rockford Health System will change the way local Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients receive health care. Together, the two organizations have created a monthly ALS clinic right here in our community. This is the first ALS clinic of its kind in the Rockford area.

There is good evidence that people with ALS who receive treatment at an ALS multidisciplinary clinic get the best possible care for their condition, live longer and have a higher quality of life. The ALS Multi-Disciplinary Clinic model provides a central location bringing together all the necessary medical providers all in one day. The team works to provide comprehensive care and education tailored to the individualized needs of each patient. Under the direction of Neurologist Shawn Wallery, M.D., the clinic takes place the first Friday of every month at Rockford Health System’s Brain and Spine Center. Click here to learn more about the new clinic.

Rockford Health Physicians – Belvidere Opens

B_BelvAfter serving the community since 2007, Rockford Health Physicians – Belvidere opens our new clinic today. We are proud to offer expanded services at the new facility at 1747 Henry Luckow Lane. The new clinic has 30 percent more square footage than our previous facility and includes additional exam rooms and office space, along with room for added expansion in the future. Services offered on-site include Family Practice, serving adults and children; lab and x-ray; and Convenient Care.

Learn more about the clinic on our website.

Lorri Lenoir Named RHS April 2015 Employee of the Month

Lenoir_LorriLorri Lenoir, a Radiology Tech at Rockford Memorial Hospital, has been named RHS April 2015 Employee of the Month. Lorri’s nomination relayed the staff enjoy working with her. She is always willing to help others and keeps the department fun. Lorri leads by example and embraces changes. She is always looking for ways to improve the department and shares her knowledge with others. Most importantly, Lorri treats her patients as family members – always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the patient gets what they need.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Lorri Lenoir  as our April 2015 Employee of the Month.

Active Aging Series: Common Spinal Disorders – The Latest Treatment Options

fishingRockford 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 May 7 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled, “Common Spinal Disorders: The Latest Treatment Options.” When you have spine issues, your whole body is affected. Movement is challenging and pain is difficult to relieve. Join Fred Sweet, M.D., from Rockford Spine Center, as he discusses common spine problems and the latest treatment options to help you resume your active life.

Northern Illinois Perinatal, Neonatal and Pediatric Nursing Conference on May 18 and 19

ConferenceButtonRockford Memorial Hospital is proud to bring you the Northern Illinois Perinatal, Neonatal, & Pediatric Nursing Conference on May 18 & 19. We invite all of our Women & Children’s colleagues to enjoy reviewing current trends, best practices, and the latest evidence in our field. Who should plan to attend? Perinatal nurses, pediatric nurses, neonatal intensive care nurses, clinical nurse specialists, educators, nurse practitioners and social workers!

This will be an exciting opportunity to network with other organizations and update your knowledge base with the most recent research findings and information which can be shared with your home institutions. Sign up for both days and receive up to 11 nursing contact hours for only $150. Please join us for this energizing 2-day event.

Visit our website to sign up today!

“Consider the Conversation” Returns to Rockford on April 16

considerConsider the Conversation is a powerful and inspiring 60-minute documentary examining multiple perspectives on end-of-life conversations and care. This thought provoking film includes intimate accounts from patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts. OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System and SwedishAmerican are partnering to bring this important event to our community.

Learn more about the importance of advance care planning for all ages; emotional, physical and social burdens of dying; and talking with others about end-of-life wishes.

Join us for this free event on Thursday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, which is located at 1280 South Alpine Road. Refreshments available at 6 p.m. with the film and discussion to follow from 6:30 – 8 p.m. There is no pre-registration needed and resources for Advance Care Planning will be available. If you have questions, please call (779) 696-3898.

March of Dimes 2015 National Ambassador Returns to the Rockford Memorial Hospital NICU

elijah1_smallElijah Jackson weighed one pound, one ounce when he was born four months early in 2002; he spent the first months of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital. On Thursday,he returned to RMH as the March of Dimes 2015 National Ambassador. He and his parents, Todd and Elise, visited the unit and spoke to nurses who cared for him and staff members who helped them during his stay.

elijah2_small“Rockford Health System is thrilled to welcome back Elijah Jackson,” said Rockford Health System President and CEO Gary Kaatz. “Our NICU team works tirelessly to give premature newborns a fighting chance. It is rewarding for us to have children, like Elijah, return and see just how far they have come.”