Approval for New Women and Children’s Tower at SwedishAmerican Delayed as Regulators Seek More Information

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health will return to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to seek approval for a new, state-of-the-art women’s and children’s tower on its main hospital campus in downtown Rockford. Today's vote of 4-2 in favor of the project fell one short of the needed 5 votes. SwedishAmerican has been given the opportunity to submit a modified application to the board for this project that has received widespread support from community leaders and elected officials.

“We appreciate the opportunity to fully demonstrate the diligent preparations we have undertaken on this project so the board completely understands our long-term plan. Approval is critical for us and our patient population, because the new facility will impact nearly 2,000 babies born every year at Swedes and their families,” says Dr. Michael Born, president and CEO of SwedishAmerican. “Plus, the proposed expansion will provide enough room for a larger new emergency department, surgical areas, catheterization labs, mental health beds, and exclusively private rooms for inpatients.”

Including the cost of the proposed project, SwedishAmerican will have invested more than $630 million since 2001 in renovating and rebuilding its flagship downtown Rockford campus. For more information, visit