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 is a vertically integrated, not-for-profit, multi-regional health system with five hospitals, a wholly owned insurance company, more than 8,000 employee partners, 700 employed physician partners and more than 85 primary and specialty care clinics throughout 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties. Mercyhealth provides more than 75 physician specialties, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma care, orthopedics and much more.

Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue (formerly Rockford Memorial Hospital) has served the healthcare needs of the Rockford community since it opened its doors as Rockford Hospital in 1885. Since then, the hospital has grown and expanded. From the most basic care to the most complex, Mercyhealth has a passion for bringing healthcare close to home to those it serves.

In January 2019, Mercyhealth will open a state-of-the-art hospital and medical center campus on I-90 and Riverside Boulevard in Rockford. Designed with abundant natural light, inviting surroundings, and the most advanced technology available, this $505 million campus will serve as the regional hub for highly specialized care for children and adults of all ages. This campus will include:

• 194 private inpatient rooms
• Level III (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
• Adult Intensive Care Unit
• Level I (highest level) emergency/trauma center
• Advanced operating suites and surgical services to support a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery
• State-of-the-art comprehensive diagnostic center
• Outpatient pediatric infusion
• Outpatient primary and specialty physician care clinics, serving adults and children
• Comprehensive cardiac, vascular, peripheral, and neurovascular interventional laboratory
• And so much more

This new Riverside medical campus will complement the current Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue campus, which will continue to provide exceptional primary, specialty and emergency care. Over the past two years, Mercyhealth has made a significant investment in the Rockton Avenue campus:

• $5 million to create a new Orthopedic Center of Excellence. Adult and pediatric orthopedic surgeons specialize in a variety of treatments and surgeries, including sports medicine, joint replacement, hand surgery and trauma surgery.
• $2.5 million for a 16,500-square-foot Prehospital and Emergency Services Center that offers a variety of training and other services, including:
o Paramedic and EMT training
o Casualty care training
o MD-1 Emergency Response Program
o Mercyhealth REACT
• $1 million renovation to the Cancer Center for a more private patient experience and decreased wait times
• $1 million investment for state-of-the-art diagnostic robotic laboratory technology for faster test results
• The addition of the region’s only Small Baby Unit to care for fragile infants born at less than 26 weeks’ gestation or weighing less than 2.2 pounds.

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.”

With the new North Tower open at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, much of the conversation centers on the 78 private rooms that were designed with nursing staff, patient and family zones. Work is beginning on existing hospital rooms to give them a fresh look and feel, too, so we can provide a mirror experience for our patients, families and Mission Partners no matter where on the campus they are.

And, while the expansive rooms are a big plus, there are plenty of other aspects of the North Tower that enhance the patient experience, including spacious consultation rooms for patients and families to discuss care options with their physicians, a private waiting room for patients visiting the Women’s Center and a convenient coffee shop. There is also a demonstration kitchen for teaching healthy cooking options and a reflection room on the fourth floor for patients, visitors and Mission Partners who need a peaceful place to go and reflect, pray or just find solitude.

One exciting amenity already proving a hit with our patients is the retail pharmacy, located on the first floor of the North Tower. This new service allows us to educate patients about their medications and to hand them filled prescriptions upon discharge, saving patients the hassles of stopping by a pharmacy before going home.

Privacy, warmth, confidentiality – combined with sophisticated and technologically advanced medical equipment – can all be found in the Women’s Center on the first floor of the North Tower. Mammography, automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), bone densitometry, breast tomosynthesis (3D), Hereditary Risk Assessment, ultrasound, needle localization and stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsy are all offered. Last year, nearly 14,000 mammograms were performed at the Women’s Center.

The Women’s Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy, along with an ultrasound department that is accredited in female gynecological, ultrasound-guided interventions in breast biopsies as well as for general use. The center is also a Pink ribbon facility and a Breast Center of Excellence.

Only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Rockford
OSF Saint Anthony has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This designation is the first and only in the Rockford region and means OSF Saint Anthony cares for all types of stroke patients – blood vessel blockage, including bleeding strokes, such as those caused by brain aneurysms.

It also means patients have 24/7 access to minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat strokes. A year ago, OSF Saint Anthony invested $4 million in a state-of-the-art neuro intervention suite, team and stroke treatment protocols. The surgical suite provides surgeons a 3-D image of the brain so they can accurately see the blood clot(s) causing the stroke. They then enter the brain with a catheter and remove the clot(s). If performed soon after the symptoms occur, the procedure can often prevent the more serious effects of stroke and greatly improve recovery.

Additionally, the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates OSF Saint Anthony has a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for stroke patients, has on-site neurosurgical availability 24/7 with the ability to perform complex neurovascular procedures and receives patients from primary stroke centers.

We Have Your Heart, Too
As the No. 1 choice in cardiovascular surgery, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center was named a 100 Top Hospital with Great Heart Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review as well as a 50 Top cardiac hospital by Truven. 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. We were also the first and only Rockford hospital to perform the Watchman procedure for cardiac patients who can’t tolerate blood thinners.

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 service 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.

In February, SwedishAmerican received approval to expand and modernize its main campus in downtown Rockford and also construct a new four-story women’s and children’s tower. Additionally, the health system announced plans to expand its healthcare services with the construction of new state-of-the-art clinics on Marchesano Drive, North Bell School Road and North Main Street, all in Rockford.

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. FHN has 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. A wide range of services is available, including:

  • State-of-the-art cancer care at the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, paired with a guarantee that patients with a new cancer diagnosis will see a specialist within three business days
  • The region’s only orthopedic team offering highly personalized TruMatch® knee replacement
  • 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 the 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
  • An Acute Stroke Team with a 24/7/365 teleneurology link to national experts and Gold Plus rated stroke care (by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association)
  • Easy scheduling for patients in search of a primary healthcare provider; call FHN’s hotline and you’ll have an appointment before you hang up.

FHN offers affiliations with all three major hospitals in Rockford, as well as the University of Wisconsin Hospital and clinics in Madison.

The staff at FHN values 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 FHN people, products and processes.

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


Beloit Health System

Mission Statement: “The mission of Beloit Health System Inc. is to be the leader in regional health and wellness services that delivers high-quality value and satisfaction to our patients and communities we serve.”

Our goal is to provide you and your family with the best patient experience possible. Through comprehensive services, we offer residents the care of a big-city health system with the convenience of being right in the neighborhood.

We’re grateful for our employees, physicians, volunteers, leadership boards, corporate members and community residents, whose ongoing support helps to set us apart. We look forward to providing exceptional care for many years to come.

Beloit Health System
1969 W. Hart Road
Beloit, Wis.
(608) 364-5011• (800) 637-2641