SwedishAmerican was pleased to hold a toy drive in March to benefit Rock House Kids, a local not-for-profit organization that helps children in need by offering them a safe, warm and nurturing environment.

The toy drive was part of the SwedishAmerican nursing division’s Year of Giving and organized by the operating room team at the hospital. The department held a competition, dividing in four teams to see who could bring in the most items. Several dozen items were collected, including boxes of Easter candy, scooters, bicycles, coloring books, chalk, basketballs, soccer balls, hula hoops and other toys. Staff members made the delivery to Rock House Kids on March 29.

“It really shows how we’re living out our mission of caring for our community,” said Latisha Washington, manager of surgery. “It also gives us joy just knowing that there’s a child out there that we’ll help make their Easter a little bit better when they receive these gifts.”


For more information on the Rock House Kids organization, visit rockhousekids.org.



Emily Tropp

SwedishAmerican Public Relations/Community Engagement Specialist



About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.