Monthly Archives: October 2014

RHS Ambassadors Visit Pediatric Patients at Rockford Memorial Hospital

halloween2014_6The RHS Ambassadors visited the pediatric and pediatric intensive care units at Rockford Memorial Hospital today to celebrate Halloween with our young patients. The Ambassadors helped with such activities as face painting, cookie decorating, bean bag toss, pumpkin decorating, and more Halloween-themed games and crafts. Additionally, the young patients were invited to dress in costume and trick-or treat on the unit. “The goal is to bring smiles to the faces of children who find themselves in the hospital on this holiday, and to give them a sense of fun and normalcy,” according to Rockford Memorial Development Foundation Director Michelle Gorham.
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Visiting Nurses Association Home Medicial Equipment Moves

mulford_853The Visiting Nurses Association Home Medical Equipment Division has moved to a new location. They are now located in the lower level of Rockford Health Physicians—Mulford, 5970 Churchview Drive, located at the corner of Spring Creek and Mulford Roads in Rockford. Enter through the doors on the west side of the building. The space offers VNA HME a bigger showroom and increased space for more of the latest in home medical equipment. Their contact numbers remain the same. The phone number is (815) 971-3330; the fax number is (815) 971-1862.

The Active Aging Series – Nutrigenomics: Nutrition and Brain

WW_NovemberRockford 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 November 6 at 4 p.m. with a discussion on “Nutrigenomics: Nutrition and Brain.” We have always heard you are what you eat. Recent research is showing this is true: foods you eat now can help prevent future disease and can influence your gene function. Join Malgorzata Bach, M.D., a neurologist and the director of the Memory Clinic at Rockford Health System’s Brain and Spine Center, as she discusses what you need to eat now to ensure you have a healthy brain so you can remain active in the coming years.

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

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System Announce Agreement to Create a New, Multi-Region Integrated Health System

RHSMHSMercy Health System and Rockford Health System announced today that they are merging to create a multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, more than 550 physicians, and 80 outpatient clinics and other service sites that provide care to residents in more than 40 communities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The Boards of Directors of the two organizations approved the creation of the new, as yet unnamed health system on October 23. It is not anticipated that there will be any regulatory barriers to the creation of the new system. The new system will continue to operate as a not-for-profit organization with a charitable mission to provide excellent medical care close to home. To learn more, visit our website.

RHS Announces Winners of Annual Packard Quality Awards

packardawards_1532Rockford Health System celebrated a commitment to quality and continuous improvement by recognizing the winners of the 2014 Jack W. Packard Quality Champion Awards. This RHS shifted the focus of the Jack Packard Quality Awards to emphasize the importance of team work.

Instead of recognizing individuals, the awards recognized teams for the quality improvement efforts. Two awards were presented – one for “Excellence in Clinical Quality Improvement” and another for “Excellence in Process Improvement” – both of which are critical in providing the highest quality, most effective and efficient care.

The award is named in honor of long-time member of the Rockford Health System Board of Directors, Jack W. Packard, a well-known area business leader who has helped guide performance improvement efforts at Rockford Health System for decades. Continue reading

Jan Marks Named October 2014 Employee of the Month

Marks_Jen_4x6Jen Marks, Cardiology Electrophysiology Tech, has been named RHS October 2014 Employee of the Month. Jen has worked in the health system since 1983.  Her nomination states she makes her patients feel at ease with her warm sense of humor and the patients look forward to seeing her.  She is also cited as a hard working team player who has an infectious laugh and is a wonderful patient advocate.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Jen Marks as our October 2014 Employee of the Month.

Rockford Memorial Hospital Named Among 100 Best for Spine Surgery; Top Five Percent for Pulmonary

healthgrades_2Rockford Memorial Hospital continues to receive national recognition from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

Rockford Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the first year RHS has received this distinction. RMH also received the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for the third year in a row. That award is given to hospitals that rank among the top 10 percent in the nation for spine surgery. For nine years in a row, RMH has received a five-star rating for spinal fusion surgery. A five-star rating means the hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when conducting this procedure. Continue reading