Monthly Archives: March 2016

Active Aging Series: Beating Heart Surgery

beatingRockford 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, April 7 at 4 p.m. with a discussion entitled “Beating Heart Surgery.” As medicine advances, new techniques that reduce the risk for complications are adopted. One such advancement is beating heart surgery. After surgery on a beating heart, there is generally a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stay and less chance for complications. Join Timothy Swain, MD, a cardiothoracic surgery at Rockford Health System, who will discuss how this procedure can help you get back to your healthy life.

Click here to see the event flyer.



Rockford Health System Welcomes Evelyn Oteng, MD

Oteng_Evelyn_MDwebRockford Health System welcomes Evelyn Oteng, MD, to Rockford Memorial Hospital where she specializes in pain management. Dr. Oteng earned her medical degree at University of Ghana Medical School in Accra. She completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana before completing a residency in anesthesiology at University of Louisville. Dr. Oteng completed a fellowship in pain management at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Denise Schrader Receives YWCA Women of Achievement Professional Award

Schrader_Denise_2015.jpgThe YWCA recognized Vice President of Care Continuum and Wellness Denise Schrader with its Women of Achievement Professional Award. The award is presented to women in the fields of medicine, law, education, science, engineering and others which require professional accreditation in order to perform work in that field.

Schrader’s nomination describes her as a leader in the home care/hospice industry, nationally and locally, with a reputation for producing results. She is called upon by national and state associations to advocate for legislative and policy changes improving access and quality of care for critically ill and elderly patients.

Schrader has implemented new technologically advanced program services. She led the Health Care Reform Steering Committee for Rockford Health System, successfully creating a clinically integrated network, Medicare ACO and bundled payments to better the patient experience, reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes. She also developed a robust post-acute care team focusing on care outside the hospital in nursing homes and physician home care services to improve care across the continuum.