News Releases

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System Merger Finalized
Illinois Regulatory Approval Granted Today

RHS President and CEO to be Panelist for Crain's Hospital CEO Breakfast
Event to focus on "Navigating a Transforming Industry"

Help Fill Playrooms with Toys this Holiday Season
Donations to benefit pediatric patients at Rockford Health System

12th Annual Ceremony Inspires Grieving Families
Angel Statue of Hope Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony held in Rockford

Rockford Health Physicians Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
RHPH - Perryville Convenient Care Open with limited hours

RHS Ambassadors Host Halloween Party for Hospitalized Children
Annual event brings cheer to the pediatric and pediatric intensive care units at RMH

Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System Announce Agreement to Create a New, Multi-Region Integrated Health System
Boards of Directors approved the new health system on October 23

RHS Announces Winners of Annual Packard Quality Awards
Focus shifted to teamwork in 2014

RMH Named Among 100 Best for Spine Surgery; Top Five Percent for Pulmonary
Healthgrades recognizes Rockford Memorial Hospital

Community Sees Increase in Children with Rhinovirus
Hospitals urge parents to be aware of their child's symptom

Rockford Health Physicians Labor Day Hours
RHPH - Perryville Convenient Care Open

Auxiliary Thrift Shop Celebrates 25 Years of Giving
Since 1989, the Thrift Shop has donated nearly $2 million to Rockford Memorial Hospital

RHS CEO Surprises Employees with 'Thank You' Celebration

Numerous awards and recognitions for Health System Makes Us RHS Proud

Patients with Congestive Heart Failure to Benefit from $30K Grant
Funding provides monitoring equipment to reduce hospital readmissions

RMH Recognized Among the Best in the U.S.
Fourth year in a row RMH has received this award

Rockford Health Physicians Holiday Hours
Perryville Convenient Care Open Friday

Rockford Health System Announces 12 Minority Scholarship Recipients
African-American and Spanish-speaking Hispanic nurses receive $2000 each

Construction Begins on New RHPH Belvidere Clinic

Committed to maintaining and growing services in the region

Rockford Memorial Hospital Opens Newly Remodeled Step-Down Intensive Care Unit
20 bed, 6,950 square-foot unit features latest in patient care technology

Rockford Health Gala 15 to Raise Funds for The Cancer Center at Rockford Health System
More than 500 people expected to attend 

Rockford Health Physicians to Hold Free Blood Pressure Screenings Event to Recognize National Day of Action
Designed to raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure

Rockford Health System Hosting Healthy Woman Event Monday at Giovanni's
Over 450 guests expected to attend

Rockford Memorial Hospital Continues to Excel in Patient Safety
Awarded an "A" in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Rockford Memorial Development Foundation Honors Major Donors
Curtis "Curt" Worden receives 2013-2014 Honorary Triumvirate Award

Kids to Move and Groove at the Children's Learning Center
Dance-A-Thon to Raise Money for March of Dimes

Local Providers Discuss Smart Living at RHS Healthy Woman 2014 Event

Tickets on sale now

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Receives National Recognition for Patient Care
Ranks in top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2006-2013

RHS Recognized in IHA Annual Quality Awards Compendium
Two program received 2013 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards

RHS Wins Four ADDY Awards
Recognition for television commercials, digital, and print

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Distinguished Clinical Award

Ranks 11th out of 103 rehabilitation hospitals

Rockford Health System and Cadence Health Discontinue Discussions
Mutally agree to discontinue talks about affiliation

RHS Salutes Jan Asprooth: Our 2013 Employee of the Year
Selected from 12 outstanding candidates who earned Employee of the Month awards

Rockford Health System Expands Minority Scholarship Program
Applications being accepted through April 15, 2014

Rockford Health Physicians Holiday Hours
Schedule for Rockford Health Physicians offices, Convenient Care

Rockford Health System Will Observe One Year Since REACT Accident
Private recognition activities planned and coordinated with the famlies and REACT crew

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony

Construction to begin on 10-bed addition and modernization project

RHS Thanksgiving Hours
Rockford Health Physician - Perryville will have Convenient Care hours

Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Pediatric Patients at Rockford Health System
Hundreds of toys will be distributed to children in the hospital throughout the year

11th Annual Ceremony Inspires Grieving Families
Candlelight vigil and remembrance ceremony provides comfort, helps families heal

Cadence Health and Rockford Health System Announce Intent to Combine
Enhanced Cadence system would create a leading multi-regional health system

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hopsital Awarded Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilityation Certification from the Joint Commission
Earned certification for Disease-Specific Care in spinal cord injury rehabilitation

RHS Recognizes Champions of Quality with Annual Packard Award
Deb Esparza and Connie Vitali, M.D. win quality awards

Rockford Memorial Hospital: The Clear Choice for Quality
Receives 10 awards for clinical quality in the most recent report from Healthgrades

RHS Introduces Newest Members of Breast Cancer Fighting Team
Encourages mammograms beginning at age 40; Promotes free mammograms pre-screening day

Study by RHS Cardiologist Aids in Determining Risks of Surgery

Connection between patient's pre-operative stress test and surgical outcomes

NICU to Host 29th Annual  Reunion
Graduates and their families reunite with medical staff

Rockford Health System Nurse Practitioner has Research Published

Studied the relationship between adherence to treatment program and caregiver's beliefs

Rockford Health System Expands Pediatric Gastroenterology Services

Three new physicians join Rockford Health Physicians

Rockford Health System Care Mobile Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Ronald McDonald on hand to celebrate

Rockford Memorial Hospital Named Among the Best in the U.S., Again, and Again
Third year in a row RMH has received this award

Celebrating New Beginnings
Rockford Health System unveils new helicopter

Rockford Health System Announces Six Minority Scholarship Recipients

Students receive $2,000 each toward their 2013-2014 educational expenses

Rockford Health System Performs Region's First Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery
Robotic technology allows for virtually scarless procedure

Family Centered Caesarean Offers Immediate Bonding for Mom and Baby
Baby is placed skin-to-skin on the mother's chest while surgery is finished

Rockford Health System to Host Regional Perinatal Conference
Health care professionals come from all over the midwest

Rockford Health System Hosting Healthy Woman Event Monday at Giovanni's
Annual women's health expo draws over 525

Kids to Move and Groove at the Children's Learning Center
Dance-a-Thon raises money for March of Dimes

Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery Joins Heart & Vascular Center
Dr. Bryan Lee is committed to high-quality patient care

Rockford Memorial Hospital Consistently Outperforms in Patient Safety
Receives award sixth time in seven years

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Recognized as a Stroke Center of Excellence
One of nine hospitals out of 100 to be recognized

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Names Newest Member to Physician Team
Dr. Ricardo A. Knight focuses on spinal cord injuries

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Celebrates National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Highlighting the importance of preventing head injuries

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Receives National Recognition for Patient Care
Top recognition for the seventh consecutive year

Rockford Health System Celebrates National Doctors' Day

Is there a physician who has touched your life in a special way?

RMH Launches Pet Therapy Program
Volunteer therapy dogs visit patients

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Receives Distinguished Clinical Award
Ranked third of all HealthSouth hospitals in 2012

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