Monthly Archives: November 2013

Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Pediatric Patients at Rockford Health System

Toy Drive45A group of area professionals will collect hundreds of toys for pediatric patients at Rockford Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The RHS Ambassadors, a volunteer organization of the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, is holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Café 2400 at Rockford Memorial Hospital, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, Illinois.

The public is encouraged to help build piles of toys and raise funds for the Toy Drive by:

  • bringing new toys to drop off sites including the East State Street location of Mary’s Market and the N. Alpine and N. Perryville Road locations of Meg’s Daily Grind; or the Foundation office located in the Ingersoll Building at 2400 N. Rockton Ave.; and/or
  • making a monetary donation as an individual or corporate sponsor by visiting or by calling the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation at 815-971-4141. Continue reading

Angel Statue of Hope Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony on December 6

shutterstock_41446399Area families are invited to attend the Angel Statue of Hope Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m., at the Angel Statue of Hope located in Waterside Park at the corner of East State and Water Streets in downtown Rockford. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the ceremony, held annually to help heal and comfort those who have lost a child. The inspirational program features vocalist Kris Fritz, testimonials, and a time for reflection. Families are encouraged to bring a single white flower to place at the base of the statue. Continue reading

RMH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient Celebrates 99th Birthday

Chellis French visits Rockford Memorial Hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation clinic three times a week to exercise and improve his lung function. When he turned 99 years old on October 23, he brought a cake to celebrate and thank the staff and Dr. Zaher Qassem. He recently talked to the Rockford Register Star about his experiences at RMH. Click here to read his story.

Exploring Winter Produce

The winter months can be a hard time to find good quality produce.  Buying produce that is in season will provide the best flavor and value.  But what produce are considered in season during the winter?  Winter produce includes, but is not limited to: Cabbage, collard greens, kale, carrots, citrus fruits, leeks, onions, pears, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, turnips, and winter squash.  It is important to continue to get your daily 5 fruits and vegetables during the winter.  Remember that citrus fruit, pears, sweet potatoes, and winter squash will contain more carbohydrate.  Don’t forget to count the carbohydrates in your fruits and vegetables when planning a meal.  Here are some recipes for tasty side dishes using winter produce: Continue reading

RHS Celebrates Thanks-For-Giving

The Employee Appreciation & Activities Committee at Rockford Health System hosted their annual Thanks-for-Giving event this week, providing a free, full traditional Thanksgiving lunch for every employee and volunteer. In conjunction with the event, the EAAC also sponsored the annual employee food drive to benefit the less fortunate in our community. Employees brought canned goods or made financial contributions to help families throughout northern Illinois during this holiday season.

Cadence Health and Rockford Health System Announce Intent to Combine

PrintCadence Health and Rockford Health System (RHS) announced today the intent to combine systems to form an enhanced Cadence Health that would offer access to care in more than 40 locations including Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, Rockford Memorial Hospital and Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. RHS and Cadence Health’s desire to partner together is based on a variety of factors, including a mutual commitment to increase the depth and breadth of clinical capabilities in all service areas, maintain strong relationships with physicians, improve each organization’s efficiencies in delivery of care, as well as an opportunity to formulate an inclusive governance structure responsive to the needs of each region served by the health system. Continue reading