Annual Healthcare Guide

Regional Health Systems

Discover some of the region’s leading health systems and what they have to offer.


Mercyhealth (Formerly Rockford Health System)

Mission Statement: “Exceptional health care services with a passion for making lives better.”

Mercyhealth (formerly MercyRockford Health System) was formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System. Today, Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, not-for-profit, multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, a wholly owned insurance company, more than 8,000 partner employees, 600 W2 partner physicians and more than 85 primary and specialty care medical centers and clinics across more than 50 communities in 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties. Mercyhealth provides more than 75 physician specialties, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery (brain and spine), heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, orthopedics and much more.

Mercyhealth Hospital – Rockton Avenue (formerly Rockford Memorial Hospital) has been committed to serving the healthcare needs of the Rockford community since it first opened its doors as Rockford Hospital in 1885. Since then, the hospital has grown and expanded, providing a level of care unmatched in the region. The doctors, nurses and other professionals are committed to working together in partnership with you and your family to meet your health care needs.

Residents will soon have access to a new 188-bed hospital specially designed to serve women and children across the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. The new, $505 million state-of-the-art facility, which opens in January 2019, will feature a state-designated regional perinatal center, a level III (the highest level) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric and pediatric intensive care (PICU) units, high-risk maternity care and pediatric emergency services. It will also include a Level I (highest level) trauma center and an adult sub-specialty hospital, with plastic and reconstructive surgery, brain and spine care, endocrinology, orthopedics, pulmonology and heart services, and more.

Its technologically advanced operating suites and surgical services will support a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, image-guided surgery and robotic surgery. The facility will also include a comprehensive diagnostic center with lab and imaging, multi-disciplinary physician care clinics, serving adult and pediatric patients, and a comprehensive cardiac, peripheral, and neurovascular interventional laboratory. This new facility will help ensure patients in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin have access to the care they need, close to home.

Mercyhealth has committed to investing $50 million in the Rockton Avenue campus over 10 years. Already, $10 million has been invested in the following projects:
• $5 million: Building the new Orthopedic Specialist department
• $2.5 million: Expanding the Emergency Medical Services Center to train area emergency medical technicians and paramedics
• $1 million: Adding chemotherapy treatment areas at the Cancer Center
• $660,000: Upgrading to a state-of-the-art helipad
• $1 million: Investing in state-of-the-art diagnostic robotic laboratory technology for faster test results

Additionally, the 200,000-square-foot building (building 1) will be converted into space for community organizations and not-for-profits.

Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue
2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford
(815) 971-5000


OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Mission Statement: “In the spirit of Christ and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Mission of OSF HealthCare is to serve persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the Gift of Life.”

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a 254-bed tertiary care facility on a 100-acre campus in Rockford. We serve patients from a 10-county area in our Level I Trauma Center; Cardiovascular Services, including Rockford Cardiovascular Associates; Illinois Neurological Institute at OSF; OSF Medical Group, with 13 convenient regional locations; Endocrinology; Center for Sports Medicine & Health Fitness; and leading-edge orthopedic services.

OSF Surgical Group-Rockford is the largest multi-specialty surgical group in the region. Oncology services at the Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer Care, meeting increased patient needs and their comfort, are certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

A Level I Trauma Center for more than 45 years, OSF Saint Anthony is also an American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center, the only one in Illinois.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. This means every OSF physician has direct access to Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers for advice and consultation on patient treatment and care – essentially a second opinion at your doctor’s fingertips.

OSF Saint Anthony has been a Magnet-designated hospital since 2005. Magnet is the highest recognition for nursing excellence in the U.S., awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

Our cardiology program has earned a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Truven Health lists us as a “50 Top” cardiac hospital. We are also the only medical center in the region performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery for patients with aortic stenosis who are at high or intermediate risk with a standard valve replacement procedure.

A 144,000-square-foot expansion of the medical center is nearing completion. The new North Tower will include 78 private patient rooms, a PromptCare and room for a retail pharmacy. Semi-private rooms in the existing hospital are being renovated, allowing for a total of 190 private rooms when the project is completed.

With the opening of the Center for Health – Parkview, OSF Medical Group now has 15 locations across Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and McHenry counties.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a member of OSF HealthCare, owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, with medical centers and health facilities in Alton, Kewanee, Peoria, Bloomington, Pontiac, Galesburg, Monmouth, Mendota, Streator and Ottawa, Ill., and Escanaba, Mich.

Everyone who is part of the OSF Saint Anthony family is dedicated to providing healthcare with love, compassion and respect. They are the best healthcare professionals in the region because of their commitment to those we serve.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 E. State St.
(815) 226-2000


SwedishAmerican, A Division of UW Health

Mission Statement: “Through excellence in healthcare, and compassionate service, we care for our community.”

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community.

The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a freestanding outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.
Following their merger in 2015, SwedishAmerican and UW Health began improving patient care through $255 million in capital investments in Rockford. This is supporting growth in areas such as information technology, hospital infrastructure and new clinical care locations.

SwedishAmerican achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The SwedishAmerican Foundation has completed substantial neighborhood revitalization projects surrounding the hospital campus, resulting in a Strong Neighbor Award from the United Way of Rock River Valley.

SwedishAmerican Hospital
1401 E. State St., Rockford
(779) 696-4400



mission statement: “We’re here, for you.”

FHN is a regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We have services nearby for all ages, so every member of your family can receive caring, personal, professional healthcare.

An average of 1,500 people visit FHN each day for their healthcare needs. We offer a wide range of services, including:

  • State-of-the-art cancer care at the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center
  • Advanced wound treatment including hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Complete cardiac care including angioplasties, stents and pacemaker placement
  • Digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI at the FHN Women’s Diagnostic Center
  • Advanced critical care in our eICU, enabling patients to stay close to home and family
  • 100 percent private patient rooms at FHN Memorial Hospital, the first in the region
  • In-room labor, delivery and recovery in the FHN Family Birthing Center; midwife care
  • FHN partnership with one of the nation’s top hospitals to offer rapid, state-of-the-art stroke care procedures
  • FHN is the only healthcare provider in our service area that offers affiliations with all three major hospitals in Rockford, as well as the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

We see each patient interaction as a serious responsibility that requires clinical expertise, access to the latest in medical technology and a level of trust and commitment that is earned by our people, our products and our processes.

FHN Memorial Hospital
1045 W. Stephenson St.
(877) 6000-FHN, (1-877-600-0346)


University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Mission Statement: “Education, research and service for health: An academic medical center committed to developing an optimal learning environment for training healthcare professionals, conducting innovative research, and dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our society.”

Founded in 1971 to address the healthcare needs of the people of Illinois, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford has trained more than 1,700 physicians. Nearly 50 percent of our graduates practice in Illinois, and 250 remain in the Rockford region.

Beginning in fall 2017, the college will transition to a four-year school. Traditionally, the first year of medical school was completed at the Urbana campus. This change will bring 50-60 new students to campus each year, offering greater opportunities for mentorship, research and community engagement. This transformation includes recruiting new basic sciences faculty and staff; renovating campus spaces to accommodate a new gross anatomy lab and state-of-the-art, team-based learning classroom; and the implementation of a comprehensive and innovative medical school curriculum.

In addition to its educational mission, the College of Medicine Rockford plays an active role in providing service to a broad spectrum of patients at a number of clinical sites, including the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center (FHC) and healthcare initiatives focused on the underserved and underinsured members of the community. FHC, our residency program, boasts more than 20,000 patient visits a year.

The College of Medicine Rockford serves as home to the National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program, which trains medical students to meet the specific needs of rural communities. In addition, important research in the fields of cancer, immunology and health policy is being done.

Community service is an important component of learning at University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford. Students are encouraged to volunteer in the community and develop new projects such as the Active Community Engagement (ACE) program. Funded by generous donors, ACE promotes healthy lifestyles by bringing together Rockford Housing Authority families with University of Illinois Rockford Medical and Pharmacy students.

Over the years, the Rockford site has grown into a Health Sciences Campus, which includes the:

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Master’s in Medical Biotechnology

Students from various health professions and scientists in a number of disciplines learn and work together in an exciting multi-professional environment.

University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford
(815) 395-0600