Monthly Archives: March 2014

RHS Celebrates Colon Cancer Awareness Day April 5

Rockford Health System is teaming up with the Discovery Center and the American Cancer Society to present Colon Cancer Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at Discovery Center Museum. A variety of activities will be held for adults and children. Click here to learn more.


The Active Aging Series: How to Be Good to Your Feet

WesleyWillows_AprilFlyerRockford 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 April 3 at 4 p.m. with “How to Be Good to Your Feet.” Good foot care is essential for a healthy, active life. Preventing common foot ailments can impact your overall quality of life. Join Nathan Norem, D.P.M., as he discusses how to select the right shoes, care for the feet of diabetics, and treat neuropathy.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to (815) 971-1999.

Kristine Taylor Named RHS March 2014 Employee of the Month

Kristine Taylor_5x7_lowrezKristine Taylor, R.N., in the Cancer Center has been named RHS March 2014 Employee of the Month. Kristine’s nomination acknowledges her as a team player who always puts the patients first, is friendly, calm professional and a pleasure to work with. Kristine was a department super-user in the Epic go-live last year and recently became ONC certified. Kristine is also cited as someone who was born to be a caregiver and nurse.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Kristine as our March 2014 Employee of the Month.

Safe Sitter Class on March 28 & 29

classesDo you know young people interested in babysitting this summer? Rockford Health System offers the “Safe Sitter” program, a nationwide, not-for-profit, medically-oriented instructional program designed to train young persons aged 11 to 13 how to be safe baby sitters. The program teaches proper childcare skills and how to handle major and minor medical emergencies. The next class is on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Ingersoll Building on our N. Rockton Avenue campus. The class fee is $60. To register, call (815) 971-1999.

To learn about other classes offered through RHS, please visit our website.

The Healthy Living Series: How to Get the Most Out of Your Health Care System

eventThe deadline to sign up for health insurance in the new marketplace is March 31. Join Dorothy Reddic, Board President of the Black Healthcare Initiative Coalition, as she discusses why it is important to sign up for insurance and where you can get help locally. She will explain how the health care system works, including the types of providers that are available and how to choose one that works for your needs. Plus, she will share secrets on how to get the most out of the health care system.

Certified counselors from Rockford Health System will be available to answer your questions, too.  If you need help signing up, they can walk you through the process.

Join us for the first event in our Healthy Living Series at Booker T. Washington Center, 524 Kent Street, on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Receives National Recognition for Patient Care

Van-Matre-HLS-LogoVan Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) for the 8th consecutive year. The hospital ranked in the top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2006-2013.

UDSMR is a non-profit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. To determine the rankings, UDSMR uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital’s rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patient’s progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the eighth year that UDSMR has issued the awards.

In 2013, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to report that:

  • The average length of patient stay was 13 days.
  • 88% percent of Van Matre patients were able to go home at discharge.
  • 93% percent of patients surveyed said they would recommend Van Matre to family and friends.
  • It holds a disease-specific certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke rehabilitation and spinal cord injury program.

“Our UDSMR ranking allows us to benchmark our performance against national data and confirms our ability to help our patients achieve excellent outcomes,” said Kenneth Bowman,chief executive officer of Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. “The rehabilitation programs and services at Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital help patientsreach a higher functional level in a shorter period of time, which helps them to return to normal life more quickly.”

The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2013 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 774 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR database.

About UDSmr: Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1988, UDSmr administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. CMS has adopted UDSmr’s FIM™ instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSmr provides exclusive training and support to the agency.

About Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is a 55-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, the hospital is located at 950 South Mulford Road in Rockford and on the Web at or

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of revenues, number of hospitals, and patients treated and discharged. Operating in 27 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

About Rockford Health System
Rockford Health System is the largest health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Rockford Health System includes Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Health Physicians, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association, and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation.

The Women’s Center Presents: Secrets for an Enjoyable Pregnancy

pregnancyPregnancy is a time for celebration, but it also brings with it many challenges. In addition to  physical changes in your body, the emotional, hormonal and metabolic changes of pregnancy are significant, too. Learn more at this informative presentation by Alicia Huntley, Certified Nurse Midwife. Find out what you need to know for a healthy pregnancy at this event at the Women’s Center, 7180 Spring Brook Road, on Wednesday, March 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to the Rockford Health System Information Line at (815) 971-1999 if you plan to attend.