New Year Marks One Year Since SwedishAmerican, UW Health Merger
New Year’s Day marks the one-year anniversary of SwedishAmerican becoming a division of UW Health, a merger that has brought many positive changes to health care in the Rockford area.
The common goal of the two health systems is to share a commitment to enhancing the health of the communities they serve and provide greater and more convenient access to medical specialties, research and physicians. SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health has done just that. Fifty doctors from UW Health have joined SwedishAmerican’s medical staff, representing more than 15 different specialties. Specialties include colon & rectal surgery; neurology; pediatric cardiology and surgery; plastic surgery; vascular neurology and more. These specialists have helped more than 1,200 oncology and hematology patients at the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center and thousands of patients with heart disease at the Heart Hospital. Specialists are performing complex robotic surgeries and helping children beat the odds.
The merger included $255 million in capital investments in Rockford over the next five years for things like information technology, hospital infrastructure and new clinical care locations. One clinic that has recently benefited is the new Byron medical clinic. Set to open on January 11, the new 10,000 square feet state-of-the-art building will replace the existing clinic, and will allow for expanded services and added physician practices.
SwedishAmerican’s Rockford Vascular Surgery and UW General Surgery have also expanded at the Renaissance Pavilion. The expansion brings exam rooms from five to ten, two new nurse’s stations, an expanded reception desk and a larger vascular lab, expanding from one procedure rooms to two. UW General Surgery also will add additional UW surgeons to care for more patients in the Rockford community and to offer more services to surgical patients.
Lastly, UW Health recently made a major investment in the Rockford community and is the naming rights partner for the Rockford Park District’s downtown sports facility, now called the UW Health Sports Factory. The name symbolizes the history of the site, as it was once the former Ingersoll factory located in the heart of a major manufacturing hub in Rockford. The facility, set to open in summer 2016, is 108,000 square feet and will offer 14 volleyball courts, 7 basketball courts, 5 meeting rooms, a riverfront restaurant, and more.
“2015 was a great year for SwedishAmerican and we are very pleased to be a division of UW Health. We have truly enhanced our clinical strength and have continued to create remarkable patient experiences of the highest quality in northern Illinois,” says Dr. Bill Gorski, president and CEO of SwedishAmerican. “We look forward to the years to come and know we will continue to do great things for our patients and the community.”
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