Mercyhealth realigns patient services for better and more efficient care


In order to provide more efficient and improved patient care, Mercyhealth is announcing a plan to realign patient services at its two Rockford hospitals. Mercyhealth plans to consolidate its outpatient services primarily at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockton and inpatient services at Javon Bea Hospital in Riverside. The system will take several steps over the next year to comply with state regulations necessary for this to happen.

On December 15, Mercyhealth will integrate its medical / surgical inpatient beds on the Rockton Avenue campus at its Riverside location and transition to a standby emergency department on the Rockton Avenue campus on December 20. A reserve emergency service consists of on-site nurses with a physician. on call.

The move comes after a thorough assessment of the needs and use of the Rockton Avenue campus. The review showed that the majority of patients accessing the emergency department did not need to be treated in an emergency department and could be treated in an emergency care facility. People requiring emergency care will be treated at the Riverside location. Mercyhealth is not aware of any other city the size of Rockford, Illinois that has three trauma centers. Additionally, while the Rockton Avenue campus is licensed for 74 medical / surgical beds, it accommodates an average of two inpatients per day.

“Given the severe nursing and health care shortages right now, it doesn’t make sense to continue on our current path. The realignment of services on our single hospital license, located between two campuses, allows us to provide a more robust ambulatory care facility in Rockton and to expand our inpatient campus in Riverside. We will still be able to care for the same number of people, and no jobs will be lost as a result of these changes, allowing us to better use our staff to better meet the needs of our patients, ”said Javon Bea, President and CEO , Mercyhealth.

Outpatient services located on Mercyhealth’s Rockton Avenue campus include:

  • Outpatient surgeries
  • Cancer services, including outpatient chemotherapy infusion therapy
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Family medicine
  • Laboratory
  • Pain center
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Pulmonology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac / pulmonology rehabilitation
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • General pediatrics
  • Prehospital and emergency services center
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Adult and pediatric orthopedics
  • Ambulatory EEG / EMG
  • Physical therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Rheumatology
  • Wound center

Mercyhealth intends to expand its current MD-1 program serving the Rockford area. The MD-1 program works with EMS to bring trained emergency room doctors to the scene, as well as supplies and drugs that are not routinely carried or even allowed in ambulances.

Mercyhealth does its best to keep these plans transparent. The system is committed to ensuring that the right level of care is available throughout the Rockford community and will work internally and with external organizations to support this process.


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