The Discovery Center celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly-renovated Body Shop exhibit and activity area on Thursday, June 26. The project was made possible by a substantial grant from the Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a long-time supporter of the Discovery Center. Auxiliary Board President Libby Clark, Hospital Senior Vice President Dan Parod and board members were on hand to celebrate the re-opening.
Rockford Health System, along with Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2014 Minority Scholarship Awards. Twelve minority nursing students received $2,000 each toward their 2014-2015 educational expenses. The recipients are African-American or Spanish-speaking Hispanic nursing students. Three of the Hispanic scholarships are funded by the Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The winners are:
- Dulce Kinser, of South Beloit, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rockford University.
- Elizabeth Lambert, of Rockford, will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Anthony College of Nursing.
- Erika Medrano Martinez, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rockford University.
- Gladys Serrano Martinez, of Rockford, is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Rock Valley College.
- Esdras Medeles, of Aurora, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rockford University.
- Jasmine Moore, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rockford University.
- Sidra Moses-Moore, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Anthony College of Nursing.
- Atiya Roby, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rockford University.
- Amia Scott, of Loves Park, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University School of Nursing.
- Shemica Taylor, of DeKalb, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
- Laquisha Thompson, of Machesney Park, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Anthony College of Nursing.
- Rosa Valdez, of Belvidere, is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Rock Valley College.
Rockford Health System recognizes the importance of diversity in the local health care work force. RHS worked with the hospital auxiliary to create the scholarship program in 2008 to encourage minority nursing students in their education. Since that time the program has given nearly $70,000 to African American and Hispanic nursing students.
While these scholarships do not require employment at Rockford Health System, we hope these future nurses will choose to work with our team.
To view the video shown at the ceremony, click here.
Renatta has been named RHS June 2014 Employee of the Month. Renatta’s nomination identifies her as a kind, compassionate nurse who is an excellent teacher and leader. She is cited as dedicated, patient-centered, a collaborative team player and someone who has an ever present smile. Renata is also labeled as the unit “decorator” and says she enjoys doing it because it makes others smile.
Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Renatta as our June 2014 Employee of the Month.
Rockford Health System, along with First Rockford Group, held a ground breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction for the new Rockford Health Physicians – Belvidere clinic location. Rockford Health Physicians opened the current clinic in 2007 and is committed to maintaining and growing services in the region. To learn more, read the news release posted on our website.
After graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, he completed a residency in general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is board certified in surgery.
To make an appointment with Dr. Zappia, please call (815) 971-2130.
Have you seen our latest commercial which spotlights the focus on quality at Rockford Health System? We know that patients have choices in who provides their healthcare. We also believe that they deserve the best, safest care possible for themselves and their families. That’s why we are committed to a culture of quality and patient safety—across every entity and every service. We have the track record to prove it, having been recognized for our high quality of care by Healthgrades, U.S. News and World Report, and The Leapfrog Group.
In support of all of these people and their families, Rockford Memorial Development Foundation held Rockford Health Gala 15: Radiance in May. They plan to dedicate 2014 fundraising to support the purchase of a new linear accelerator, an advanced piece of equipment central to the delivery of radiation treatment to people who have certain cancer diagnoses. This new piece of equipment will be capable of reducing treatment times and duration, while providing the most targeted treatment available — helping to reduce the impact of radiation on healthy tissue while destroying cancer cells.
With the help of Gala 15 donors, sponsors and attendees, the Cancer Center will continue to treat life by providing the most compassionate skilled care available. With two new oncologists, a veteran radiation oncologist, breast surgeons, nurse navigators and a team of other physicians and care givers, the Cancer Center at Rockford Health System is available to provide the best in care to those who have faced this life-changing diagnosis.
Click here to watch the video about the Cancer Center, which was shown at the gala.