Monthly Archives: March 2015

Healthy Woman 2015 Welcomes Lenore Skenazy to Rockford

RHS_HealthyWoman_Acceptiva_WebBannerJoin us for Healthy Woman 2015 on Monday, May 4, at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, located at 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford.

Rockford Health System Expo
Visit with 20+ RHS departments that provide services to women and children.
4:30 – 6 p.m.

Dinner and Keynote Speaker
6 – 7:45 p.m.

$25 per person
Register by April 17 and be entered into an early-bird drawing for an iPad Mini.

“How Did We Get So Afraid for Our Kids?”

Lenore Skenazy 1Lenore Skenazy is a New York City parent who first came to national prominence when she and her husband let their nine-year old son ride home alone on the subway. She launched a blog about that controversial decision and today is a nationally-syndicated columnist, speaker and author. She believes in arming parents with accurate information and teaching kids to be both safe and independent. She blogs at and hosts the show “World’s Worst Mom” on Discovery Life that teaches parents to let go of their fears and raise confident children.

Join us at Healthy Woman 2015 to hear from Lenore as she provides an entertaining evening that will help parents and grandparents understand the steps they can take to raise “Free Range Kids.”

Register Now!



Michelle Regan Named RHS March 2015 Employee of the Month

Regan_Michelle_5x7_webMichelle Regan, R.N., who works on the A3 General Surgical & Supportive Services unit, has been named RHS March 2015 Employee of the Month. Michelle was recognized for her outstanding leadership, positive attitude, flexibility and patient focus.  Michelle serves as a preceptor on the unit and recently initiated the development of a handbook of information for new nurses along with a patient welcome packet for the unit.  Her patients love her and she always strives to put herself in the patient’s shoes.  Michelle is truly a role model of the RHS values and also serves as a member of the hospital clinical informatics team.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Michelle Regan as our March 2015 Employee of the Month.

Active Aging Series: “Sweet Treats – Let’s Not Sugar Coat It. It’s Diabetes”

sweetRockford 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 April 2 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled, “Sweet Treats: Let’s Not Sugar Coat It. It’s Diabetes.” Diabetes is a disorder in the way the body uses food for energy. In the United States, there are 21 million people diagnosed with diabetes and many more who go undiagnosed. Join endocrinologist Shalini Paturi, M.D., as she discusses how to know the symptoms, plan your diet, and manage your treatment so you can live a healthy and active life.

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

Download the flyer.

New TV Ads Highlight Pediatrics

PlaceForKids__60Rockford Health System has been the region’s leader in pediatrics for decades. We’re proud to provide the highest level of care in the region to the most fragile premature babies all the way to growing teenagers. Our new pediatrics TV commercials highlight just a few of the many doctors and staff members who provide that care and make us truly The Place for Kids.

Click here to visit our website and view the three new commercials.

MercyRockford Health System Expands Reach

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System announced today the parent company of their newly-formed health system will be named MercyRockford Health System. The merger, which took effect in January of 2015, creates 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 new, combined system continues to operate as a private, not-for-profit organization that provides excellent medical care close to home. The only locally governed community health system in Rockford, the new system has established its headquarters at 3401 N. Perryville Road in Rockford.

“We are pleased that over the last ten weeks since our partnership formed, we have put into action many initiatives to expand the health care services offered to patients throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin,” said Javon R. Bea, president and CEO of MercyRockford Health System and Mercy Health System.

MercyRockford Health System initiatives underway include:
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Boylan High School Delivers Books for Babies

_books for babiesThank you to the students from Boylan High School for participating in our Books for Babies service project. The students raised money to purchase some of their favorite childhood books, which will be given to parents and babies in the Rockford Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When parents read aloud to their baby, their bond is strengthened and the baby is comforted by their voice. If you are interested in participating in the program, please call (815) 971-5257. WREX was here when the students delivered the books. Watch their coverage at this link.

New RHS Center of Excellence Takes on Cancer Killer Enemy Number One: Lung Cancer

lungprogram_pcRockford Health System today announced a comprehensive approach to take on the number one cancer killer in the nation and in our local area: lung cancer. A team of Rockford Health System physicians, nurses and therapists – backed by highly advanced new technology and nationally recognized expertise – has created the Rockford Health System Lung Center of Excellence. The program features: Continue reading