Recent News from Swedes

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Regional Cancer Center Director

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce Natalie Wilson, MBA, BSN, RN has been named director of the Regional Cancer Center. Effective February 12, Natalie previously served as an operations manager at SwedishAmerican Stateline Clinic in Roscoe.

Natalie brings 15 years of nursing experience, ten of which was in pediatric oncology at UW Health, and six years working in management. A Rockford native, Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Rockford University.

SwedishAmerican Foundation to Celebrate 100 Years of Philanthropy with Annual Fundraising Gala on March 3

The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it is hosting its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 3 at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Swedes’ Night (formerly known as Cruise) is now the party to attend with several exciting changes – a new look, a new feel and lots of fun.

Newly Renovated SwedishAmerican Heart Institute to Host FREE Open House, February 15

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health invites you to attend a FREE open house at its newly renovated Heart Institute on February 15 from 11 AM – 1 PM, located at 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300, Rockford.

SwedishAmerican to Host Interactive Trauma Simulation Conference, March 1

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health will host an Interactive Trauma Simulation Conference on Thursday, March 1 at SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State Street, 1st floor conference rooms. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM and the conference will take place from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Speakers and topics include:

• Welcome by SwedishAmerican Trauma Medical Director Dr. James Cole, JR., DO, FACS.

• Bill Light, MNSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN of Solheim Enterprizes will lead the seminar. Topics include:

Newborn Babies at SwedishAmerican Celebrate American Heart Month With Red Knit Hats

Volunteers from the American Heart Association and SwedishAmerican Hospital are celebrating American Heart Month by giving away free red knit hats to all babies born at SwedishAmerican in February. The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project is an initiative to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country and the leading killer of infants with birth defects.

SwedishAmerican to Host FREE Talk on Prevention and Control of Heart Disease in the Community

SwedishAmerican will host a free talk on Prevention and Control of Heart Disease in the Community on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 AM.

SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere Adopts New State-Of-The-Art MRI Machine

SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere is pleased to announce it has incorporated one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging tools available to improve patient access and help physicians provide the best medical outcomes possible. The new Signa Voyager 1.5T Wide Bore MRI system from GE Healthcare offers shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, while providing higher diagnostic confidence for doctors.

Pediatrician Dr. Manika Bhateja Relocates to Stateline Clinic

SwedishAmerican Pediatrician Dr. Manika Bhateja recently relocated to SwedishAmerican Stateline Clinic, located at 4282 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe. Previously, Dr. Bhateja was located at Rock Valley Clinic in Rockford.

Dr. Bhateja graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Michigan State University and is board certified in pediatrics. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a special interest in disease prevention, childhood obesity and childhood ADD/ADHD.

SwedishAmerican to Host FREE Heart Care Ask the Experts Program and Open House

On Monday, February 5 at 5 PM, SwedishAmerican will host Heart Care Ask the Experts, a FREE event about keeping your heart healthy, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. On Thursday, February 15 from 11 AM - 1 PM, the SwedishAmerican Heart Institute will host a FREE open house.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host FREE Educational Talks

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is hosting two free educational talks during the month of January; Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy Causes and Care and Drumming for Wellness: Relax and Rejuvenate.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes Three New Advanced Practice Nurses

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to welcome three new advanced practice nurses (APNs) to its team, Sarah Bowen, Renatta Palmore and Tonya Tidwell.

Strong Neighborhood House to Host Christmas Open House for Neighborhood Children

The Strong Neighborhood House, located at 1233 Revell Avenue in Rockford, is celebrating the holiday season and hosting a free Christmas Open House on Tuesday, December 19 from 5 – 7 PM.

SwedishAmerican Woodward Health Center Named Rockford Chamber of Commerce Confluence Honoree

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce its Woodward Health Center, in partnership with SwedishAmerican BetterLife Wellness, was named one of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Confluence Honorees.

SwedishAmerican Pharmacy First in Country to Implement Medication Workflow Compounding Solution

SwedishAmerican’s Pharmacy Department is proud to announce that it recently implemented a new IV workflow system called BD-Cato, a device that standardizes compounding processes to reduce risk of error and improve workflow efficiency.

SwedishAmerican’s Puttin’ on the Glitz Fashion Show Raises Nearly $50,000 for Oncology Patient & Family Support Services

The 20th annual Puttin’ on the Glitz fashion show was a sell-out once again this year. More than 500 supporters attended this year’s event on November 10 at Giovanni’s, raising nearly $50,000. Proceeds of the event benefit SwedishAmerican’s oncology patients and will directly go towards patient and family support services and resources.  

SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere Administrator Dawna Menke Receives Outstanding Philanthropist Award

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce Dawna Menke, administrator at SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, was recently awarded with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Rockford Chapter during its luncheon on November 15. The award honored one individual or family for contributions to one or more organizations in Northern Illinois. The individual must also have a proven record of demonstrating outstanding civic and charitable responsibility.

New Bell School Road Clinic Approved for SwedishAmerican by State Regulators

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, won approval this morning from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to expand its excellence in healthcare with the construction of a new 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic on Bell School Road, near the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center campus.

SwedishAmerican Turns its Campus Blue in Honor of Fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is turning its campus blue in honor of fallen Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host FREE Support Group for Young Women

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is now hosting a FREE support group specifically geared towards young women with cancer who receive care at SwedishAmerican. Women in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who are attempting to balance work, life with children and relationships with friends and family are encouraged to attend.

The support group will take place on Tuesday evenings in November, starting November 7, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at Katy’s Place located inside the Regional Cancer Center, 3535 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

SwedishAmerican Adopts New Ultrasound Technology to Detect Lung Cancer at an Earlier Stage

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce it now offers a new piece of technology to help in the fight against lung cancer, a disease that kills more men and women than any other disease.

SwedishAmerican to Host FREE Diabetes and Heart Disease Lecture & Community Diabetes Support Group

More than 30 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, SwedishAmerican is hosting a FREE community lecture on diabetes and heart disease and a FREE community diabetes support group.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host Lighting Ceremony to Raise Awareness about Lung Cancer

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center will host Shine a Light on Lung Cancer on Thursday, November 9 at 5:30 PM.

SwedishAmerican OB/GYN Dr. William Cunningham Receives Award from UIC Rockford Medical Student Council

SwedishAmerican OB/GYN Dr. William Cunningham has been awarded the Faculty and Staff Aureus Award for the month of September from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Medical Student Council.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes Three New Physicians

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to welcome three new physicians to its team, Dr. John H. Braxton, Dr. John Kaminski and Dr. Murtaza Rizvi.

Dr. John H. Braxton is SwedishAmerican’s new cardiothoracic surgeon. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and has over 20 years of experience. He joins Dr. Srinivas Kolla in the SwedishAmerican Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic, located within the SwedishAmerican Heart Institute, and will practice exclusively at SwedishAmerican.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes Two New Advanced Practice Nurses

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to welcome two new advanced practice nurses (APNs) to its team, Anne Cunningham and Lorri Mostad.

Anne Cunningham is an APN who will partner with Dr. Andrea Giamalva and Dr. Stephanie Gorham at SwedishAmerican Belvidere Clinic.  Together, they will expand their practice and provide extended patient care and enhanced chronic disease management to their patients.