Beloit Health System Volunteers Announce Scholarship Winners

Beloit Health System’s Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) recently announced the winners of eight $1,500 scholarships awarded to high school graduates who are entering the field of medicine.

 

The following are the scholarship winners, their high school, intended college or university, and career goal:

 

  • Nicole Lisek, from Boylan High School, is planning to attend Marian University, Indianapolis, IN and major in Biology
  • Hannah Gurholt, from Beloit Memorial High School, is planning to attend Lake Forest College and major in Biology.
  • Breanna Hoppe, from S. Beloit High School, is planning to attend Western IL University, and major in Nursing/PreMed
  • Bailey Cronin, from Beloit Memorial High School, is planning to attend Oakland University, and major in Biology and PreMed.
  • Jinan Sous, from FJ Turner High School, is planning to attend UW Madison, and major in Biochemistry.
  • Mary Freedlund, from Hononegah High School, is planning to attend University of Notre Dame, and major in Biology and Neuroscience.
  • Meghan McCarthy, from FJ Turner High School, is planning to attend Ripon College, and major in Biochemistry and PreMed.
  • Travis Dao, from Beloit Memorial High School, is planning to attend UW Madison, and major in Biomedical Science.

 

Increased gratuities in the volunteer-staffed snack shop supported the scholarship funds. This is the 22nd year the scholarships have been awarded. Beloit Health System’s volunteers include over 300 volunteers, who work in 24 different areas of the hospital, clinic and its outreach centers.

From left to right: Hannah Gurholt, Bailey Cronin, Jinan Sous, Mary Freedlund, Meghan McCarthy. Here are five of the eight students who recently received a $1500.00 college scholarship from Beloit Health System’s VIP Volunteers in Partnership.

Beloit Health System Welcomes Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Beloit Health System Welcomes Board Certified Gastroenterologist

 

BELOIT – Beloit Health System recently welcomed Board Certified Gastoenterologist Dr. David Yoon.

 

Dr. Yoon will see patients at NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus in Roscoe, IL and the Beloit Clinic in Beloit, WI.

 

Dr. Yoon joins Beloit Health System from Park Ridge, Illinois. He is board-certified in gastroenterology. Dr. Yoon earned his medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Brooklyn. He completed his residency in internal medicine at George Washington University and his gastroenterology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His clinical interests include general gastroenterology as well as therapeutic endoscopy including ERCP.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoon: (608) 364-1460 or (815) 525-4500

SwedishAmerican Introduces New Pulmonary Specialist Tabassum Nafsi, MD

SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome our new Pulmonary Specialist Tabassum Nafsi, MD.

Dr. Nafsi received her medical degree from Baqai Medical and Dental College in Pakistan and completed internal medicine residency at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She continued training with a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Nafsi has been practicing for nine years and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. She practices all facets of pulmonology, with a special interest in bronchoscopy, interventional pulmonology, pulmonary hypertension, asthma, COPD and lung cancer.

Dr. Nafsi is now accepting new patients at SwedishAmerican Medical Group/Pulmonology, 1401 East State Street, Rockford. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nafsi, please call (779) 696-6102.

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican BetterLife Wellness & Rockford Chamber of Commerce to Host FREE Health Presentation, June 13

If you’re interested in learning more about the health risks of our community, you won’t want to miss this free presentation. Dr. Thomas Schiller, chief integration officer and long-time SwedishAmerican family medicine physician and hospital administrator, will walk you through the major population health risks affecting the Stateline area.

Dr. Schiller will discuss:

  • Why the prevalence of chronic illness is of extreme importance today.
  • How employers can be proactive in helping their employees make positive health improvements.
  • How this can lead to major improvements in the work environment.
  • How SwedishAmerican’s corporate wellness program has impacted their overall health plan costs.
  • Solutions SwedishAmerican has created to address the population health crisis for employers.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 13 from 7:30 – 9 AM at Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford. A complimentary hot breakfast will be served and one lucky participant will win a 60-minute full body massage. To register for this free presentation, please contact SwedishAmerican Business Development Specialist Kelly Dinsmore at (779) 696-2084 or kdinsmore@swedishamerican.org.

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Heart Institute to Open on June 1

After a 15-year relationship with Midwest Heart Specialists, SwedishAmerican is charting a new course that will provide improved service and enhanced treatments in cardiac care. Today, June 1, The SwedishAmerican Heart Institute will open and feature an expanded team of highly-skilled cardiologists including familiar faces, Dr. Andrew Kotis and Dr. Mukesh Singh, as well as nurse practitioners Kim Christenson, Lisa Larson, Laura Padron and Elissa Russell. And we’ll soon be introducing new top providers including:

  • Ian Goldberg, Invasive Cardiology
  • Rehmat Sheikh, Interventional Cardiology
  • Mazen Hadid, Interventional Cardiology
  • Kelly Rasmussen, APN

The SwedishAmerican Heart Institute will be housed in the same space, Renaissance Pavilion, 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300, Rockford. The new clinic will be renovated and expanded to provide a more spacious and comfortable experience for everyone.

“As the preferred leader in cardiology services in the region, SwedishAmerican values our patient’s trust and looks forward to providing the community with an even higher level of care at The SwedishAmerican Heart Institute,” says SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at The SwedishAmerican Heart Institute, please call (779) 696-5888.

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New General Surgeons

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New General Surgeons,

Jason Klovning, MD and Paul, Batty, MD, FACS

 

UW Health Surgery at SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome its newest General Surgeons, Jason Klovning, MD and Paul Batty, MD, FACS.

Dr. Klovning comes to SwedishAmerican with more than nine years of surgical experience and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and colon resection, as well as hernias. Dr. Klovning also is a senior Aeronautical Medical Examiner for the FAA.

Dr. Klovning received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Batty has more than 26 years of surgical experience and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, along with DaVinci Robotic surgery. Dr. Batty is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and received the Vitas Peoples Physician Choice Award.

Dr. Batty received his medical degree from Universidad Central in Dominican Republic. He completed general surgery residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and Fellowship training in advanced general surgery at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Both Dr. Klovning and Dr. Batty are now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call UW Health Surgery at SwedishAmerican at (779) 696-8700.

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Paul Batty, MD, FACS and Jason Klovning, MD

SwedishAmerican & UW Health Telestroke Network Pass Milestone

SwedishAmerican & UW Health Telestroke Network Pass Milestone of Treating 1,000th Patient

 

            SwedishAmerican and UW Health are marking Stroke Awareness Month by passing the milestone of treating its 1,000th patient through the Wisconsin Telestroke Network. About 700,000 people have ischemic strokes in the United States, those who aren’t treated quickly can die or have permanent brain damage.

Patients who have stroke symptoms and are brought to SwedishAmerican Hospital or SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere are able to have immediate access to the stroke neurologists at the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center. Through SwedishAmerican’s affiliation with UW Health, this allows for quick assessment and response to the medical emergency of stroke. Time is of the essence with stroke because brain cells are lost at the rate of 1.9 million neurons per minute when a stroke cuts off blow flow. The clot-busting drug, tPA can only be administered three hours of the stroke’s onset and in rare cases, four and a half hours.

Through a video system, Telestroke enables a UW stroke neurologist to directly interview patients and family members when a stroke is suspected. Computed Tomography (CT) scans are also viewable and a treatment plan recommendation is directly communicated to emergency room physicians and nurses so that care can begin immediately. Everyone in the room can see and hear the stroke neurologist during the Telestroke process.

“SwedishAmerican has a very seamless process down with our stroke neurologists at UW Health. By providing immediate assistance to suspected stroke patients, emergency room personnel are supported in a situation when time is critical. This extra level of stroke-specific knowledge enhances patient safety and facilitates treatments that lead to better outcomes,” says SwedishAmerican Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Daniel Hutchens. “Our team works quickly with UW Health’s team to ensure the patient receives the best treatment plan possible based on his/her case. We are proud to work with UW Health and thrilled to have hit the milestone of treating our 1,000th telestroke patient.”

UW Hospital is one of the first certified comprehensive stroke centers in the country. The Joint Commission, which provides the certification, maintains strict standards for every step of a stroke patient’s care, from first radio contact with the ambulance crew through the emergency department, imaging, neurology, neurosurgery, hospital care, and rehabilitation. To meet the “comprehensive” standard, the hospital proved it was ready 24/7 to treat multiple complex stroke cases at the same time.

“We are so pleased to be able to extend the care of the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center to people in northern Illinois,’’ says Dr. Natalie Wheeler, incoming medical director of the UW telestroke program. “This is truly the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ in action. We work with our community-hospital colleagues to ensure that every patient gets the right care in the right place at the right time.”

SwedishAmerican is ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. In addition, SwedishAmerican is a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center and UW Health is a Joint Commission Comprehensive Center,  meeting the highest standards in quality and safety for recognizing and treating strokes.

 

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

13 News Today Meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer to join WGN in Chicago

13 News Today Meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer to join WGN in Chicago

 

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WREX) – 13 News Today meteorologist Morgan Kolkmeyer will be joining “WGN Morning News” in Chicago at the end of May.

 

Kolkmeyer, a Rockford-native, has served as the morning show meteorologist at 13 WREX since August 2014. She was a part of two Emmy Award-winning morning newscasts in 2015 and 2016.

 

Kolkmeyer will join WGN as a weekday meteorologist for the 4 a.m.-6 a.m.portion of WGN Morning News.

 

“Making the jump from Rockford to Chicago is a dream come true for many young journalists,” said Josh Morgan, News Director at 13 WREX. “Morgan has the talent and the drive to make this jump a success.”

 

She is a 2009 graduate of Harlem High School and a 2013 graduate of Northern Illinois University. Before joining WREX in 2014, Kolkmeyer worked for KQDS in Duluth, Minnesota. She was also an intern at 13 WREX before starting her professional career.

 

Kolkmeyer’s last day at 13 WREX will be Friday, May 26. She will start the following week at WGN.

 

 

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SwedishAmerican to Hold Caring Canines Therapy Dog Summer Auditions

Are you certified as a therapy dog team? If not, are you willing to pursue it? Would you enjoy visiting patients and staff at SwedishAmerican facilities? If you responded “yes” to these questions, you should consider having your dog become a SwedishAmerican Caring Canine.

SwedishAmerican will be holding auditions for membership on the Caring Canines therapy dog team on Thursday, June 1; Thursday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 20 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM in the conference rooms at SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State Street (enter through the Charles Street entrance). Pre-registration is mandatory.

In addition to registration with a national therapy dog organization, SwedishAmerican has additional requirements that must be successfully completed before joining the Caring Canines team. Please contact Claudia Aschbrenner at caschbrenner@swedishamerican.org or (779) 696-2166 to learn more and to register.

 

About SwedishAmerican

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 free-standing 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. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.