Monthly Archives: August 2014

Rockford Health System ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

challengeRockford Health System answered the Ice Bucket Challenge to support the ALS Foundation. On Friday, August 29, the ice water soaked President & CEO Gary Kaatz and other senior leaders and physicians. Employees donated to ALS and Rockford Health System doubled the donation. We now challenge our colleagues at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and SwedishAmerican Health System to support the ALS Foundation. Good luck!

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NASCAR Visits the Pediatrics Unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital

nascarNASCAR’s James Buescher stopped by the pediatrics unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 28 to meet our young patients. Joining him was Dash, the mascot from the Chicagoland Speedway. The fans received autographs and bags, which contained coloring books. Thank you for visiting, James!

Active Aging Series: Breast Cancer Update

robinsonRockford 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 September 4 at 4 p.m. with “Breast Cancer Update.” As medical treatments improve, the way we treat our patients changes and allows them to get back to an active life sooner. Join Breast Surgeon Elisha Robinson, M.D., as she discusses new changes in the treatment of breast cancer; who should get mammograms and who should get MRIs; genetic testing; at what age should a woman stop having mammograms; and new surgical treatments including nipple-preserving mastectomies and breast conserving procedures.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to (815) 971-1999.
To learn more about the Active Aging Series and future events, please visit our website


Auxiliary Thrift Shop Celebrates 25 Years of Giving

RMHauxthriftshopanniv_3The Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop kicked off a week-long celebration today in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Since it opened in 1989, the thrift shop has donated nearly $2 million to Rockford Memorial Hospital.

The funds raised by the thrift shop touch every department. The donations help support the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which offers free dental and medical care to uninsured and underinsured children in our community. The thrift shop raises funds for medical equipment in many hospital units and renovation projects like those in Women & Infant Services, the Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric Outpatient Unit. It also helps provide educational assistance for employees through the employee education assistance fund, scholarship programs and grants.

To learn more about our 25 years and this week’s celebration events, please visit our website.

Jessica Herren is RHS August 2014 Employee of the Month

jessicaJessica Herren, RHPH-Alpine Patient Service Representative, has been named RHS August 2014 Employee of the Month. Jessica’s nomination cites her as an exceptional employee who is positive, creative, kind, courteous, and always willing to help in any way. The patients’ experience is very important to Jessica who is an active participant on the RHPH Respectful Care Committee and was first to recommend the visual for patients’ on their expected wait time that has received many positive comments. Jessica is frequently recognized by her patients as helpful and consistently goes above and beyond to meet their needs each and every time.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Jessica Herren as our August 2014 Employee of the Month.

Rockford Health System is RHS Proud

RHS Proud LinkedInRockford Health System senior leaders greeted employees early this morning at all locations across the region, celebrating recent accomplishments for the organization. Employees received RHS Proud t-shirts and buttons to thank them for their dedication and hard work. RHS has earned numerous awards recently for quality, patient care excellence, employee wellness and community engagement from Healthgrades, U.S. News and World Report, United Way, Hospital & Health Networks Magazine and the American Heart Association.

To learn more, visit our website.