SwedishAmerican to Expand on Rockford’s West Side

SwedishAmerican announced plans today to expand its healthcare services with the construction of a new medical office building on Rockford’s west side.

At a news conference this afternoon, Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican, shared that contracts have been signed to purchase properties for a clinic to be built at 815 Marchesano Drive to improve healthcare access for southwest Rockford area residents.

The clinic will sit on approximately 1.25 acres at a cost of $4.1 million and will feature primary care, obstetrics, lab and imaging services. The site, near Providence Baptist Church and the new Rockford Fire Department Station 3, will include up to six medical practices.

“This new medical clinic is a vital addition to the neighborhood and the community,” said Venita Hervey, fifth ward alderman. “I am excited that SwedishAmerican decided to invest here to help meet a critical need for better access to quality healthcare in a historically under-served area of our city. I believe the clinic will reach all of Southwest Rockford.”

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey says he applauds SwedishAmerican for this outstanding investment in Rockford’s Southwest side, saying this facility will help meet primary care and obstetrics needs in our community.

“This also is another great example of high quality public infrastructure providing the physical foundation for private sector investment,” said Morrissey, noting the City’s recent investments with the State of Illinois to rebuild South Main Street and Marchesano Drive and rebuild Fire Station 3.

It is expected that it will take approximately 90 days to close on the real estate transaction. Construction of the clinic is expected to start this summer with expanded patient services beginning in 2018.

“We’re excited that our strategic plan is centered on continued growth of our SwedishAmerican Medical Group and this investment will help meet the needs of our patients, families, and residents in this area,” said Dr. Gorski.

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Katryna Kirby