Monthly Archives: November 2015

Support the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation on Giving Tuesday, December 1

giftStart the holiday season off right this year!  After waiting in long lines on Black Friday, shopping locally on Small Business Saturday, and scouring the Internet for the best deals on Cyber Monday, consider making a charitable gift to the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation on Giving Tuesday, December 1.  The Rockford Memorial Development Foundation is participating in this day to celebrate generosity and inspire giving at the beginning of the holiday season.

Gifts to the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation support virtually every area of care at Rockford Health System. This includes the “tiny miracle” babies in our renowned Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, our oncology patients fighting cancer, trauma patients brought to us after an accident or injury, children of all ages being treated in pediatrics or pediatric intensive care, or fragile elderly patients who receive care in their homes thanks to our Visiting Nurses Association…. and many more.

To make your gift, visit our website or contact the Foundation at (815) 971-4141.



Lisa Brotan Named RHS November 2015 Employee of the Month

Broton_Lisa_EOM_Nov2015Lisa Brotan, L.P.N., on Labor & Delivery, has been named RHS November 2015 Employee of the Month. Lisa’s nomination describes her as an excellent, loyal, helpful and hard-working employee who is a patient advocate, caring for her patients with love and kindness.  Lisa precepts new orients to the department and is involved in the units QPCC and LEAN processes, always looking for ways to improve workflow and patient outcomes.  Her coworkers refer to her as the unit’s “busy bee” and say working with Lisa makes the twelve hour shift enjoyable.

 Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Lisa Brotan as our November 2015 Employee of the Month.

Active Aging Series: What Young Doctors Need to Know to Treat Seniors


WW_DecRockford 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 Thursday, December 3 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled, “What Young Doctors Need to Know to Treat Seniors.” Medical students learn a wide variety of topics from books. However, the best doctors learn what their patients need by listening to them. Different people need different treatment and seniors have a unique set of health challenges. Craig Rogers, M.D., who specializes in internal medicine at Rockford Health System, teaches students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford how to provide the best care for seniors. Join in the conversation with Dr. Rogers and Linda Chang, Pharm.D., a professor at UIC-Rockford and a Wesley Willows Board member, plus a panel of medical students, as they discuss the needs of the senior patient.

Click here to download the flyer.

MercyRockford Health System Employees Say “Thank You!”


thanksMercyRockford Health System employees want to say “thank you” to the community for its input and support of our “One Hospital, Two Campuses” projects. Click here to watch a video from our employees.

We are proud and grateful for the hundreds of individuals and organizations who wrote letters of support, spoke in favor of our project, and the 7,100 individuals who signed our petition.



Thanks-For-Giving Celebrated at RHS

thanks_2We have much for which to be thankful and our annual Thanks-For-Giving luncheon couldn’t have been scheduled for a better week. The Employee Appreciation and Activities Committee hosts this free luncheon at each of our locations for all of our employees and volunteers. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more! During the lunch, the committee collected money to benefit food pantries in the Rockford area. Thank you to everyone who worked hard on this terrific annual event.

Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board Unanimously Approves “One Hospital, Two Campuses”

RiversideCampusThankYou_imageMercyRockford Health System is delighted to announce the Illinois Health Facilities Planning and Review Board unanimously approved MercyRockford Health System’s Certificate of Need applications to create “one hospital on two campuses.” Eight of nine CON Board members were in attendance.

The eight members of the Board voted to grant MercyRockford the necessary state approvals to:

1) continue operating a vibrant hospital campus on N. Rockton Ave.;
2) to build a regional hospital campus for highly specialized and critical care services at E. Riverside Blvd. and I-90; and
3) to build a medical office building on the Riverside Blvd campus. Continue reading