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A new treatment for varicose veins


Vein Foot webIf you have varicose veins, you have a health problem called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Millions suffer with CVI, some without the visible signs of bulging varicose veins. With or without these telltale veins, CVI can cause aching, throbbing and swelling of the legs. CVI can become worse, causing permanent skin changes and leg ulcers that are not always recognized as related to vein disease. Leg ulcers don’t often resolve without treating the underlying cause, CVI.

For years, surgical vein stripping was the treatment of choice. Vein stripping has been largely replaced in the last 16 years by a minimally invasive procedure using either radiofrequency or laser energy. But, like anything else, even good solutions to problems aren’t perfect for everyone.

Today, Tracy Brito, MD, RVT, ABVLM, vein specialist at the InnovaMed Vein Clinic at Mercyhealth Perryville, located at 3401 N. Perryville Rd. in Rockford, now offers the FDA-approved VenaSeal Closure System to treat select patients. Dr. Brito uses VenaSeal, a medical-grade, well-tested glue, to close the affected veins. Venaseal patients can immediately resume their usual activity and compression stockings are rarely needed.

With the addition of VenaSeal, Dr. Brito now has several procedures, all less expensive and with better outcomes than vein stripping surgery, to treat patients with CVI, its serious complications, and varicose veins.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brito, call Mercyhealth Perryville at (815) 971-2840.



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.

MercyRockford MD1 Program Accepts Award from Amboy Fire Protection District

Amboy fire photoMercyRockford Health System recently received an award at the Amboy Fire Protection District’s appreciation awards celebration for its MD-1 program and Casualty Care in the Classroom initiative in the Winnebago County community. The MD-1 program is recognized specifically for EMS training and exceptional response service.

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Char DeMolli Named RHS 2015 Employee of the Year

Demolli_Char_EOM_Oct2015We are pleased to announce that Char DeMolli, Patient Service Representative for Pediatric Surgery, has been named the Rockford Health System 2015 Employee of the Year. Char was selected from 12 outstanding candidates who earned Employee of the Month awards throughout the year.

Char began her career at Rockford Health system nearly 40 years ago. She started part-time in the coffee shop before moving to the Emergency Department, then Peds Surgery. Astonishingly, Char has had perfect attendance during her entire career at the health system. Coworkers say Char consistently goes above and beyond. She’s always there to lend a hand and frequently helps out other departments when needed. She recognized for showing remarkable compassion when working with patients and their families.

Congratulations, Char, and thank you to all the nominees who have earned our respect and praise!

Kim Mooney, R.N., Named RHS December 2015 Employee of the Month

Mooney_Kim_EOMdec2015Kim Mooney, R.N., Perryville Convenient Care, has been named RHS December 2015 Employee of the Month. Kim’s nomination notes her compassion, positive attitude, knowledge and willingness to help everyone. Most importantly she leaves her patients feeling cared for and valued.  They often say how wonderful she is. Kim is currently going back to school to become a nurse practitioner.

Rockford Health System is pleased to recognize Kim Mooney, R.N., as our December 2015 Employee of the Month.

Convenient Care Holiday Hours


Christmas Eve will be observed on Thursday, December 24. All RHPH offices will be open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. RHPH-Perryville Convenient Care will be open 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Christmas Day will be observed on Friday, December 25. All RHPH offices will be closed except RHPH – Perryville Convenient Care, which will be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note the changes in hours of operation. Regular office hours resume at all RHPH locations on Saturday, December 26.



Last Safe Sitter Class of 2015 Scheduled

safesitterRockford Health System offers the Safe Sitter program, a nationwide program designed to train young people age 11 to 13 how to be safe baby sitters. The program teaches proper childcare skills and how to handle major and minor medical emergencies. It’s not too late to sign up for the last session of 2015.

The final class will be held on December 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. We offer this 14-hour course in the Ingersoll Building, located on our North Rockton Campus. Classes are $60. For more information about this class, or to register, call (815) 971-1999.

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