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SWEDISHAMERICAN TEAMS UP WITH GOODWILL FOR SPRING DONATION DRIVE

SwedishAmerican is proud to announce its annual Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois Donation Drive will run March 25 through April 8. SwedishAmerican employees are encouraged to bring gently-used items to work and donate them in bin collection areas located at 18 locations throughout the system.

 

SWEDISHAMERICAN PARTNERS WITH RRVBC FOR “THANK THE DONOR” PROGRAM

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce a new partnership project with the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) entitled “Thank the Donor.” “Thank the Donor” allows recipients of blood transfusions the opportunity to send anonymous messages to the person who donated the blood they received.

Healthcare Systems Enhance Control Measures As Influenza Numbers Rise

Due to the high number of influenza (flu) cases in the Rock River Region, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, Mercyhealth, SwedishAmerican, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, and Crusader Community Health in cooperation with the Winnebago County Health Department, are restricting visitors to their facilities and are requiring healthcare staff wear masks if they have not been vaccinated for influenza this season.

SWEDISHAMERICAN PARTNERS WITH ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES IN FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION

SwedishAmerican has been recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) as one of only 14 Illinois hospitals that will participate in its Warm Hand-off Program to combat opioid addiction.

The IDHS Hospital Warm Hand-off Program connects recovery support specialists directly to patients with opioid use disorder while they are in the hospital recovering from an overdose or receiving other hospital treatment.

SWEDISHAMERICAN TO HOLD PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON HEART HEALTH

SwedishAmerican is pleased to offer a free community presentation on heart health. The public presentation “Your Heart Health” will be held at the KeenAge Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, in Belvidere on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m. This event is one way SwedishAmerican is celebrating Heart Month in February.

NEW SWEDISHAMERICAN EMPLOYER-BASED CLINIC OPENS ON NORTH MAIN STREET

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce that its new employer-sponsored Partners Health Center is now open. Located in the same building as our North Main Clinic at 2601 N. Main Street, Partners Health Center offers participating health plan members primary care needs from a single location.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Endocrine Surgeon, Dr. Maria Bates

SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome our new endocrine surgeon, Maria Bates, MD. Dr. Bates received her medical degree from Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary and completed general surgery residency at Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed her Endocrine Surgery Fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

SwedishAmerican Announces New Board Members

SwedishAmerican welcomes three new members to its board to serve a five-year term; Dr. Tiffanie Ferry, Anqunette Parham and Elizabeth Bolt (UW Health member). Officers of the board, who will serve a two-year term, include Bill Roop, chair; Rev.

City-Wide Trunk-or-Treat Scheduled for October 29

SwedishAmerican, the Rockford Police Department and the Rockford Fire Department are teaming up to host a free Trunk-or-Treat event on Monday, October 29 from 6 – 8 PM in the Rockford Public School District 205 Headquarters parking lot, 501 7th Street. Children and families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes early and trick-or-treat from the trunk of a police car, ambulance and fire truck.

SwedishAmerican Licensed Massage Therapist Completes Specialized Oncology Certification

Tammy Walker, SwedishAmerican Licensed Massage Therapist recently completed the highest and most rigorous course of study set forth by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Oncology Massage Specialty Certificate Program.

Walker completed 275 hours of hands-on training with oncology patients through the program. The program taught her how to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to work safely and effectively with cancer patients.

SwedishAmerican VP of Operations Earns Top Award From American College of Healthcare Executives

Jedediah Cantrell, VP of Operations at SwedishAmerican a Division of UW Health in Rockford Illinois, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the chapter’s fall conference in Normal Illinois.
 
The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.
 

SwedishAmerican Foundation to Co-Sponsor A Walk to Remember, Oct. 7

The SwedishAmerican Foundation and Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory is pleased to co-sponsor A Walk to Remember, a memorial walk to remember children lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant and childhood death. The walk will take place on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the YMCA Log Lodge Sinnissippi Bike Path, 200 Y Blvd. This is the 29th year the Foundation and Fitzgerald have partnered together on the event.

Mary Kay Delivers 200 Care Packages to SwedishAmerican Oncology Patients

A shiny Mary Kay Pink Cadillac driven by Tandy Fischer, Mary Kay Senior Cadillac Sales Director, arrived at SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center on Wednesday, September 26 to deliver over 200 care packages to oncology patients.
 
Tandy Fischer began her partnership with SwedishAmerican in June 2018 after she was contacted by a friend asking for a product that would help soothe and comfort the burns on her skin following a radiation treatment. She called for donations via her personal Facebook page, leading to an overwhelming response from the community.