SwedishAmerican Awards 15 Scholarships to Associates’ Children

SwedishAmerican Awards 15 Scholarships to Associates’ Children

 

As college tuition costs continue to rise, the good news is that SwedishAmerican is here to ease some of the burden through our Associates’ Children Scholarship Program, which recently provided 15 one-year $1,000 scholarships to children of SwedishAmerican associates. To be considered for the scholarship, each applicant submitted an application, written essay, ACT scores, class rank, official school transcript, completed applicant appraisal, a personal letter of recommendation and a copy of his or her letter of acceptance.

Local winners are: Elyssa Marie Cornejo, daughter of Marissa (10th floor); Elizabeth Dudeck, daughter of Amber (Mother/Baby); Kelsey Edwards, daughter of Rachele (OB/GYN); Jake Elmer, son of Lisa (Professional Practice); Max Farson, son of Becky (CardioPulmonary Rehab); Annika Gummerus, daughter of Jennifer (Cath Lab); Erin Hosto, daughter of Robert (Radiation Oncology); Haylee Lerch, daughter of Amber (Respiratory Therapy); Paulline Manguerra, daughter of Jennifer (PCU); Matison Markhardt, daughter of Vicki (Quality Department); Marissa Sanchez, daughter of Jennifer (Strathmoor Pediatrics); Abigail Schoonover, daughter of Elizabeth (Case Management); Lauren Severson, daughter of Kim (Information Systems); Andrea Strohmaier, daughter of Jeanette (Food Services); Shannin Walter, daughter of Christina (Rochelle Clinic).

“Our Associates’ Children Scholarship Program is just one more example of how SwedishAmerican is working to positively impact our associates and community,” says SwedishAmerican Vice President of Human Resources Jerry Guinane. “As it is every year, this year’s selection process was extremely difficult, and we express our gratitude over the interest these young men and women have shown in the program.”

 

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.

SM&SF Club Events to Raise Money for SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center

This weekend, the SM&SF Club Park (7625 Kishwaukee Road) is hosting a Steak Fry and Kick-In for Cancer event to raise money for local area hospitals and hospice centers, including the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center. This family-friendly event, supported by the SwedishAmerican Foundation, will take place over two days, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. Event details are listed below:

Saturday, July 15 – Steak Fry

  • Steak Fry and Luminaries at the Park: 5 – 8 PM
  • Prime Time Band: 6 – 10 PM

Sunday, July 16 – Kick-In for Cancer

  • Lunch (hamburgers, cheese burgers, brats and hot dogs): 12 – 4 PM
  • DJ Music Inc.: 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Pablo & the Rhythmix Band: 2 – 5 PM
  • Fun & Games (police dogs, helicopter and more): 11 AM – 5 PM
  • Raffles & Prizes drawn at 5 PM

SM&SF Club is located three miles south of UPS on Kishwaukee Road. For more information, please call the SM&SF Club at (815) 399-9471.

 

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.

 

About the SwedishAmerican Foundation

Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises and distributes funds to advance SwedishAmerican and its mission to care for our community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital. The Foundation also supports local community healthcare organizations that further the mission of SwedishAmerican. An appointed board of directors oversees the assets and activities of this nonprofit, tax-exempt Illinois corporation

SwedishAmerican Installs Pharmaceutical Waste Management System to Reduce Groundwater Contamination & Drug Diversion

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce it is one of the first hospitals in Illinois to install the CsRx Full Service by Stericycle, a waste stream management system to help keep controlled substance pharmaceutical waste from entering public water supplies and from getting into the wrong hands by properly segregating and disposing it. SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford to install the CsRx Full Service system.

A big challenge for many healthcare facilities is staying updated on regulations related to wasting drugs and pharmacy formulary changes. SwedishAmerican’s recently implemented standardized process and prudent disposal solution further reinforces to the community its commitment to air and water quality and environmental leadership.

SwedishAmerican manages a pharmaceutical formulary made-up of almost 1,300 characterized drugs. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Additionally, a vast array of pharmaceuticals has been found in drinking water and water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to the Associated Press.

The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle aims to:

  • Improve employee and patient safety. The system recognizes that patients care about healthcare providers doing the right thing for proper controlled substance waste disposal. It is the responsibility of individual facility leaders to ensure that each waste stream is managed well by healthcare workers who segregate waste into its proper streams.
  • Prevent diversion of drugs. Several factors led SwedishAmerican to seek a standardized controlled substance specific solution: meeting the EPA state regulations that hospital staff cannot waste narcotics by flushing or dumping them down the drain in Illinois; and having a simple process to help avoid what can become a complex situation: diversion of drugs fueled by the national epidemic of opioid abuse.
  • Do right by the environment. The Rock River Water Reclamation District along with the U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA changed the law to reflect that medications can no longer be wasted through the waste water system. SwedishAmerican is helping decrease the medications wasted into the public water system and helping our communities by keeping the drinking water safer.
  • Prioritizing safety. The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle: deactivates pills, tablets, patches or liquids within hours; deters diversion by solidifying agents; includes containers with lockable wall mount brackets and inner lids designed to prevent hands, sharps, vials or ampules from entering the container. Additionally, staff is trained by Stericycle’s team of healthcare compliance specialists regarding EPA and Department of Transportation regulations, as well as the Joint Commission standards that focus on hazardous and pharmaceutical waste.

“The CsRx Full Service by Stericycle helps increase safety and

security and helps keep SwedishAmerican ahead of regulatory compliance, while reducing unintended costs,” says SwedishAmerican pharmacy distribution manager, Beth Schar. “SwedishAmerican cares about our community and cares about what goes into our public water supply. This system allows us to ‘be green’ while also helping to reduce drug diversions. It’s a win-win.”

 

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 Holds Trauma Disaster Drill to Train Employees

SwedishAmerican Holds Trauma Disaster Drill to Train Employees

 

SwedishAmerican Hospital conducted a construction site collapse trauma disaster drill exercise in the Emergency Department on Friday, July 7. The scenario was based on a large 6-story old factory that collapsed during a construction restoration project in downtown Rockford. Multiple workers were struck by debris, fell from a significant height or trapped under fallen rubble and several patients were brought to SwedishAmerican’s Emergency Department.

The purpose of the exercise was to test SwedishAmerican’s Response Plan and identify weaknesses in need of improvement. It’s a test of logistics (e.g. equipment, process, casualty tracking, casualty movement and communications) as it is a test of casualty care. During the exercise, SwedishAmerican employees acted as patients with particular injuries and issues. Staff who participated in the drill was unaware of the exercise as the drill was intended to catch them off guard and strain the system.

“SwedishAmerican is a major resource for our community and in order to better our staff and our hospital, it is important to hold disaster drills so that we can be prepared for any type of emergency situation that comes through our doors,” says SwedishAmerican Trauma Services Manager Jennifer Pirrello. “I was very impressed with our staff. They did a great job and everyone bettered themselves today.”

SwedishAmerican patients and visitors were not affected by the drill. Hospital personnel were available to assist and reroute guests to appropriate entrances when needed.

 

 

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.

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