Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rockford Health System Welcomes Kristine Thayer, M.D.

Kristine.ThayerRockford Health System welcomes Kristine Thayer, M.D.  She specializes in pediatric surgery. She is board certified in general surgery.

While at Miami Children’s Hospital in Fla., she completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery. Previous to that, she completed a residency and internship in general surgery at University of Medicine & Dentistry in Newark, N.J. She earned her medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.

Her special interests include neonatal surgery; minimally invasive pediatric surgery; and general pediatric surgery

To make an appointment with Dr. Thayer, please call (815) 971-7255.


Steve Kramer Named RHS April 2014 Employee of the Month

SteveKramer.EOMApril2014Steve Kramer has been named RHS April 2014 Employee of the Month. Employed here for 34 years, Steve’s nomination names him as the anchor of the pharmacy day shift and the go-to-person for problem solving. He is cited as knowledgeable, liked by all and a passionate patient advocate who uses his clinical skills to interact with clinicians to provide the highest level of patient care possible. Steve is also often the first to volunteer when help is needed, even taking phone calls and coming in to help in the middle of the night.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Steve as our April 2014 Employee of the Month.

The Active Aging Series: The Eyes Have It

WWMay2014Rockford 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 1 at 4 p.m. with “The Eyes Have It.” As you age, eye care becomes even more important. Proper treatment of conditions, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma, enable you to have a full and healthy life. Join Diane Boone, M.D., an opthalmologist at Rockford Health System, as she discusses common eye problems, available treatments, and other issues affecting our eyes later in life.

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

Healthy Living Series: Preventing and Treating Colorectal Cancer

11 HLSColorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Affecting both men and women, it kills more than 50,000 people a year. Donald McCanse, M.D., will share information about the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer and what you can do with lifestyle changes and testing to prevent it.

Join us for the latest in our Healthy Living Series on Wednesday, April 23, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center, which is located at 7180 Spring Brook Road. For more information, click here.

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

RHS MyChart Helps Manage Your Health Care

mychartRHS MyChart is a secure, web-based gateway that offers you personalized online access to portions of your medical records, so that you can manage and receive information about your health. With MyChart, you can view your medical information online; stay in touch with your provider; and manage appointments.

To access RHS MyChart, visit your Rockford Health Physicians primary care physician and request an access code. If you’re not a current patient, call the Rockford Health System Physician Referral Service at (815) 971-DRDR to find a doctor to meet your needs.

Learn more about RHS MyChart on our website.

Healthy Woman 2014

HealthyWoman2014Join us for Healthy Woman 2014 on Monday, May 5, at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, located at 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford [map].

Our keynote speakers for the evening are three outstanding providers from Rockford Health System. Laura Koch, women’s health N.P., discusses perimenopause and menopause; managing symptoms and maintaining good health; and causes and treatment of low libido. Elisha Robinson, M.D., speaks on cancer risk factors and prevention strategies, including eating well; exercising regularly; and getting regular mammograms. Melissa Stenstrom, M.D., addresses skin health, including recognizing the signs of skin cancer; minimizing your risks; and managing sun damage.

Free health screenings and an expo of the departments in Rockford Health System will be available 4:30-6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00.

Tickets are $20 each. To register, call (815) 971-1999. If you register by April 18, you will be entered into an early-bird drawing for an iPad Mini.

See the invitation here.