Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Active Aging Series: Modern Treatment Options for Artery and Vein Problems

WWaug2014Rockford 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 August 7 at 4 p.m. with “Modern Treatment Options for Artery and Vein Problems.” Every year, technological advances improve the quality of health care and expand treatment options. As a result, the patient experiences faster recovery times, returning them to their favorite activities sooner.

Join Dr. Kendall Boone as he discusses common issues with blood vessels and new techniques that promise better results.

Learn more by visiting the Active Aging Series page on our website. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to (815) 971-1999.


Rockford Health System Welcomes Sangita Deveshwar, M.D.

Deveshwar_Sangita_MD_WEBRockford Health System welcomes Sangita Deveshwar, M.D., who specializes in Cardiology.

After graduating from the Guru Nanak Dev University in Amistar, India, she completed an internship in general medicine at Sector 16 in Chandigarh, India and an internal medicine internship at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Dr. Deveshwar also completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma. She completed research fellowships in rheumatology at Oklahoma Research Foundation in Oklahoma City and in hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Deveshwar also completed a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

To make an appointment with Dr. Deveshwar, please call (815) 971-2200.

John Lundstrom Named RHS July 2014 Employee of the Month

EOM_July2014_Lundstrom_John_WEBJohn Lundstrom, Environmental Service Tech, has been named RHS July 2014 Employee of the Month.

John’s nominations speak to the friendly way he engages visitors & staff with a smile and kind words.  He seems to know everyone by name.  John was also recognized by his nominators as hard-working, always being willing to help others, and an employee who consistently fulfills his responsibilities in a timely manner with pride, care & concern.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize John Lundstrom as our July 2014 Employee of the Month.

Rockford Health System Welcomes Benjamin Mathew, M.D., FRCS (C)

Mathew_Benjamin_MD_webRockford Health System welcomes Benjamin Mathew, M.D., FRCS (C), who specializes in General & Pediatric Ophthalmology.

After graduating from the University of Manitoba in Winnepeg, he completed residencies in ophthalmology at LSU Eye Center/Alton Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans and the University of Ottawa Eye Institute in Ontario, where he was the senior resident. Dr. Mathew also completed fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. He is board certified in ophthalmology.

To make an appointment with Dr. Mathew, please call (815) 971-2000.


Patients with Congestive Heart Failure to Benefit from $30K Grant

VNAgrant_1_WEBA program which aims to keep congestive heart failure patients out of the hospital is able to help more patients thanks to a $30,000 donation from the Blazer Foundation. The donation to the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation is designated for the Visiting Nurses Association’s telehealth monitoring program.

The program, which began in 2008, allows high-risk patients to remain at home and avoid hospitalization by remotely monitoring their medical condition. Thanks to the generous grant from the Blazer foundation, VNA purchased 20 additional monitors, making a total of 82 monitoring devices.

In November 2012, Rockford Health System’s Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) and its Heart and Vascular Center recognized that a significant number of congestive heart failure patients could benefit from the program even though they were not eligible under Medicare. They worked collaboratively to establish a pilot program to monitor these patients.

The telehealth nurse uses the monitors to observe the patient’s vitals while the patient remains at home. If necessary, video calls allow the nurse to visibly see the patient. If the vitals are out-of-range or the nurse has other concerns, he alerts the patient’s cardiology staff, which then contacts the patient to address any health issues or schedule an appointment.

Since the pilot began, overall readmissions at Rockford Memorial Hospital have dropped from 25 percent to 15 percent. Readmission rates for those patients in the Heart and Vascular program have dropped to seven percent.

Rockford Memorial Hospital Named to U.S. News & World Report’s List of “Best Regional Hospitals”

NW Illinois_5specFor the fourth straight year, Rockford Memorial Hospital has made the prestigious U.S. News & World Report list of “2014-2015 Best Regional Hospitals.” RMH is the only local hospital to repeatedly receive this designation.

RMH ranked 24th out of more than 200 hospitals in Illinois. That’s up from 28th last year. The hospital was recognized as “high-performing” in the following five specialties:

  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

To learn more, visit our website.