Category Archives: Awards & Recognition

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.


RMH Adult Critical Care Unit Receives Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

b logo-edit yr 09-10 1fRockford Memorial Hospital was recognized by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) with a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. The award represents a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments. The Beacon Award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.  The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. Learn more on our website.



RMH Receives Two Five-Star Rankings in Women’s Care

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Rockford Memorial Hospital received two five-star ratings from the Healthgrades 2015 Women’s Care study. The hospital received five-stars for both the quality of its vaginal deliveries and its C-section deliveries.

A five-star rating means the hospital’s actual performance was better than predicted and the difference was statistically significant. For its analysis, Healthgrades analyzed patient data from 13 states that make their all-payer data available.

This recognition form Healthgrades comes on top of the hospital’s recently announced prestigious Baby Friendly Designation. The designation certifies the hospital has implemented ten steps to help mothers of newborns successfully breastfeed. The process changed the way new moms and babies are cared for and allows for providing an optimum level of care and support for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care.

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

Rockford Memorial Hospital Named to U.S. News & World Report’s List of “Best Regional Hospitals”

NW Illinois_5specFor the fourth straight year, Rockford Memorial Hospital has made the prestigious U.S. News & World Report list of “2014-2015 Best Regional Hospitals.” RMH is the only local hospital to repeatedly receive this designation.

RMH ranked 24th out of more than 200 hospitals in Illinois. That’s up from 28th last year. The hospital was recognized as “high-performing” in the following five specialties:

  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

To learn more, visit our website.

RMH Auxiliary Hosts 90th Annual Meeting, Recognizes 30-Year Volunteer

auxiliary2The Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary hosted its 90th Annual Meeting on November 6, 2013, where they presented the Rockford Memorial Hospital Foundation with a check for $170,000 to be designated for future special projects. In its 90 years of service, the Auxiliary has donated $7.5 Million to Rockford Health System. Funds are raised primarily from profits from the Auxiliary Gift Shop and Auxiliary Thrift Shop.

Each year the Auxiliary recognizes one of its auxilians with the prestigious Alma Fringer Award for exemplary dedication to Rockford Memorial Hospital and the community. Carol Bennehoff was this year’s recipient. She has been a volunteer at Rockford Memorial Hospital for 30 years and has served on the Auxiliary board as past vice president, remembrance chair and currently serves as projects chair. She has also been involved with our community, serving on numerous committees and boards.