Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Active Aging Series: Brain Games – The Art and Science Behind Keeping Your Brain Healthy

BrainGamesRockford 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 June 5 at 4 p.m. with “Brain Games: The Art & Science Behind Keeping Your Brain Healthy.” As you age, it’s important to keep your brain engaged and functioning at a high level. Fortunately, there are many ways to challenge your brain and keep it sharp.

Join Neurologist Shawn Wallery, M.D., as he discusses brain games and other techniques to keep your problem-solving skills at a high level and shares some recommendations for games that yield the best results.

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

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Rockford Health System Presents A Matter of Balance

balanceDo you have concerns about falling?

Many older adults experience a fear of falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is a nationally-recognized and evidence-based program to help prevent falls and increase activity levels.

During the program, you will learn to:
* View falls as controllable
* Set realistic goals for increasing activity
* Make changes in the home environment
* Exercise to increase strength and balance

Who should attend?
* Anyone concerned about falls
* Anyone who has fallen in the past
* Anyone who has restricted activities because of a fear of falling
* Anyone interested in improving strength and balance

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. The 16-hour program includes two-hour classes twice a week for four weeks. The program is free but registration is required. Select the month and location that are most convenient for you and register today.

June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 26 and 28
October 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30

The June, August, and October classes will be held in the 2nd floor conference room at Rockford Health Physicians – Perryville, located at 3401 N. Perryville Road.

July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31
September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25

The July and September classes will be held in the Volunteer Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the North Office Building which is on the Rockford Memorial Hospital Campus, located at 2400 N. Rockton Avenue

To learn more or to register for this FREE program, call the Rockford Health System Information Line at (815) 971-1999. Class size is limited to 12 people.

Mary Eertmoed Named RHS May 2014 Employee of the Month

MaryEertmoed EOM May 2014Mary Eertmoed has been named RHS May 2014 Employee of the Month. Mary’s nomination describes her passionate care for her patients and coworkers. Mary is an employee who always goes out of her way to help everyone. Her coworkers are recipients of her caring ways through coordination of birthday celebrations, special treats and multiple thoughtful actions. Mary also works collaboratively with various departments to ensure patients have a great experience.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Mary as our May 2014 Employee of the Month.

RHS Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1

NCSDAre you a cancer survivor? Join us for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 1, from 1-3 p.m. at Rockford Memorial Hospital’s Café 2400. Enjoy complimentary massage therapy, therapy dogs, food, games, door prizes and more! RSVP to the Rockford Health System Information Line at (815) 971-1999. Registration is encouraged but not required for this free event!

RMH Cuts the Ribbon on Newly Remodelled Step-Down Intensive Care Unit

SDICURockford Memorial Hospital today hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its newly remodelled Step-Down Intensive Care Unit (SDICU). The 20 bed, 6,950 square-foot unit features the latest in patient care technology and is designed to improve the quality of care and enhance the patient experience. SDICU specializes in treating patients whose medical conditions do not warrant Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission, but are too complex for a general hospital floor.

“This isn’t just new wall paper, fresh paint and new flooring. This is a well-researched project that involved analyzing data, investigating best practices and utilizing design concepts aimed at efficiencies and sound reduction. Our architectural department worked closely with the floor nurses and the contractors to design and build a unit that makes a difference,” said Dan Parod, Senior Vice President of Hospital and Administrative Affairs.

Safe Sitter Program Available at Rockford Health System

Do 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 June 9 & 10, 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.

Nurses Week 2014: Thank You for Your Commitment!

Each day, more than 1,000 nurses come to work at Rockford Health System. They put their advanced training, years of experience and compassion for people to work in dozens of settings throughout our organization. Whether it’s comforting a sick child in a physician’s office, assisting in the most advanced surgeries, delivering nursing care to a patient in their home or providing critical care transport in the REACT helicopter, our nurses touch thousands of lives every day.

As we celebrate Nurses Week 2014, we thank our nurses for their commitment to their patients and the community and for helping fulfill our mission of “Superior care. Every day. For all our patients.”