Monthly Archives: October 2013

RHS Ambassadors Visit the Pediatric Unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital on Halloween

halloweenMembers of the RHS Ambassadors visited the Pediatric Unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital this morning to help the kids celebrate Halloween. The kids were able to decorate cookies, make bracelets, and have their faces painted. There were plenty of smiles!


Health Update: Breast Cancer Screenings

screeningsChanging recommendations regarding breast cancer screenings have caused confusion for many women. On this Health Update, Elisha Robinson, M.D., from The Women’s Center at Rockford Health System, talks about the importance of talking with your doctor to determine what is best for you. View the update here.

Get Covered at RHS: An Informational Open House

openhouseJoin us on Saturday afternoon, November 2, for “Get Covered at RHS: An Informational Open House,” which will be held in the Funderburg Auditorium at Rockford Memorial Hospital from 1-3 p.m. Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at our presentation with certified In-Person Counselors. After the presentation, there will be a Question & Answer time. If you need additional assistance signing up, you will be able to make an appointment to receive individual help. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, call (815) 971-7070 or email
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Rockford Memorial Hospital Receives National Recognition from Healthgrades

clearchoiceBased on the quality of care we provide to the Rock River Valley, Rockford Memorial Hospital received national recognition from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. We received 10 awards for clinical quality in their most recent report, which is found here: The hospital again received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award, which places RMH in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for its excellent performance in spine surgery. Read the news release for the complete list of awards.


Rockford Health System Announces 2013 Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Awards

2013PackardAward10-23-13 - 161-2Rockford Health System announces the winners of the 2013 Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Award. The Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Award recognizes both a physician and an employee who exemplify an outstanding commitment to quality and safety in patient care. Congratulations to this year’s winners Deb Esparza and Connie Vitali, M.D. See the story from WREX here.

A Local Family Deals with Kawasaki Disease at Rockford Memorial Hospital

nillson“A parent’s worst nightmare becomes reality last week after 13 News Anchor Katie Nilsson and her husband rush their son Kamden to the emergency room. The two year old little boy was sick… At times Kam’s fever rose above 104, then he broke out in a rash, had swollen feet and hands as well as lymph nodes. Katie and her husband Kyle couldn’t get Kam’s fever to break, so they went to the emergency room. It was there a doctor told them Kam had Kawasaki Disease. It’s a very rare illness that causes inflammation in your eyes, mouth and small and medium arteries. They were transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital, so Kam could start treatment…” Here is their story.