SwedishAmerican’s Growth and Evolution Celebrated in Newest Hospital Museum Exhibit

As SwedishAmerican continues to celebrate its modernization and campus expansion projects, area residents, hospital visitors and employees, today, took a peek at the past growth and evolution of SwedishAmerican’s services and facilities over the last century from inside The Dr. Henry C. and Dorothy Anderson Heritage Center Museum.

A ribbon-cutting and unveiling launched the new exhibit, “Growing with Rockford: The Evolution of SwedishAmerican Hospital,” which is a mix of large-format graphics, artifacts and interactive technology.

“It’s important to take a moment to reflect on the developments and people who made SwedishAmerican what it is today, and our new exhibit is an excellent opportunity for visitors to do just that,” said SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We want to thank all those who have made donations, large or small, to the Dr. Henry and Dorothy Anderson Heritage Center Museum. Everything has come together beautifully for this new and very significant exhibit.”

In celebration of the opening, visitors took self-guided tours and were treated with many new graphics, which tell a visual story. The title wall provides dramatic views of the original hospital in 1918 and current East State Street entrance. Captioned snapshots on the sides of the wall highlight a century of groundbreakings and grand openings. In addition, eight suspended panels are visible from inside and outside the museum that highlight major 20th century breakthroughs (i.e., introduction of modern lab services, full-time emergency care, open-heart surgery and radiation oncology), and highlights attributes (i.e., quality, innovation, compassion, and population health) that are important aspects of SwedishAmerican’s culture today. When viewed from outside the museum, visitors see a chronological evolution of the hospital building, including a rendering of the forthcoming Women and Children’s Tower.

“The Dr. Henry C. and Dorothy Anderson Heritage Center Museum is a hidden gem in Rockford,” said Independent Curator and Archivist Paul Greenland. “It’s not only unique locally, but also nationally. Visitors will enjoy this exciting new exhibit and also learn about SwedishAmerican’s history and connection to Sweden during the 20th century.”

Located on the first floor of the hospital near the Charles Street entrance, the Dr. Henry C. and Dorothy Anderson Heritage Center Museum celebrates and commemorates more than 100 years of medical service to the northern Illinois community. To learn more about the museum, contact the SwedishAmerican Foundation at (779) 696-2496.