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Boone County is fortunate to have quality health care facilities for patients and medical professionals alike.

Just ask SwedishAmerican podiatrist Dr. Mike Corcoran. The Rockford native received his residency training in Milwaukee, before returning to northern Illinois to work. He has been with SwedishAmerican since 2012.

Corcoran specializes in everything from surgery to sports injuries to flat foot reconstruction. His services are in great demand – he sees patients in Belvidere four days a week.

“Belvidere is a great small town,” he says. “It is an excellent place to practice medicine; I have really gotten to know my patients well. SwedishAmerican has brought so many services here; before, patients would have gone to Rockford, Madison or Chicago for that type of care. Relative to the size of town, care in Belvidere is far above the average of other similar-sized towns.”

SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere is proud to celebrate five years of service to the community. Since bringing hospital-based care back to Boone County in 2009, the center has continued to introduce new services. In addition to 24-hour emergency care, surgery and an inpatient unit, Medical Center/Belvidere offers a full range of outpatient services, including physical therapy, sleep medicine and laboratory.

SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere’s medical imaging services have been especially popular with area residents. In addition to offering digital X-ray, DEXA scans (osteoporosis), ultrasound and digital mammography, the facility introduced mobile MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in September of 2013 and replaced its CT scanner with a cutting-edge, 128-slice unit in early 2014, giving patients access to the same advanced technologies in Belvidere that are offered at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford.

However, SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere offers area families more than technology. The facility’s Outpatient Specialty Clinic is utilized by specialty physicians from Rockford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The clinic provides patients with local access to orthopedic surgeons, pulmonologists, non-invasive cardiologists and a bariatric surgeon from UW-Madison. Other outpatient offerings available at Medical Center/Belvidere include infusion services, echocardiograms, an inpatient pharmacy, an anticoagulation clinic and pulmonary function testing.

In addition to Medical Center/Belvidere, SwedishAmerican 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 network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home health care agency. On January 1 SwedishAmerican became a division of UW Health, an academic health center associated

with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By merging, SwedishAmerican and UW will take patient care to an entirely new level. One way this will occur is through $255 million in capital investments in Rockford over the next five years. This will support growth in areas such as information technology, hospital infrastructure and new clinical care locations.

After serving the community since 2007, Rockford Health Physicians – Belvidere moved into a brand new facility in May 2015. The new clinic at 1747 Henry Luckow Lane on the northwest side of town provides 30 percent more square footage than the previous facility and includes additional exam rooms and office space, along with room for added expansion in the future. Family practice, Convenient Care Walk-In Service, lab and X-ray are just a few of the services at the new facility.

RHPH-Belvidere is part of Rockford Health System, the most comprehensive health system in the Rock River Valley, which has served the region since its founding in 1883. The organization includes Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Health Physicians, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation. Rockford Health System has 450 physicians on its medical staff, nearly 3,400 employees and more than 300 volunteers. Among its advanced services are a Level I Trauma Center/Emergency Department with REACT air medical transport; Brain & Spine Center; Heart & Vascular Center; Regional Perinatal Center with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a 254-bed tertiary care facility located along East State Street in Rockford. In 2013, OSF HealthCare became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. OSF Medical Group primary care physicians can be found at several locations, including Belvidere, 1954 Gateway Center Dr. The clinic offers PromptCare, 3D mammography, bone density testing, CT scan, labs, MRI, physical therapy, ultrasound and X-ray, along with three family practice physicians. OSF is a regional medical center with Level I Trauma Center with a privately owned helicopter. OSF provides Cardiovascular Services, including Rockford Cardiovascular Associates and is the only Rockford hospital providing Transaortic Valve Replacement. There also is a Center for Cancer Care, Illinois Neurological Institute, Women’s Center, OSF Specialty Clinic, OSF Wound Healing Center and OSF Diabetes Center.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford provides the finest community-based medical training, and offers educational development of health professionals through health services to the Northern Illinois region. It is internationally recognized as a leader in medical education. As a collaborating center to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year, our competitive academic curriculum and acclaimed research opportunities attract top students and faculty worldwide to our scenic 20-acre campus in Rockford, Illinois. It offers quality medical education, provide exceptional health care to the community, and impact the future of medicine through advanced research.

Since 1955, the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) has been providing blood products and services to Boone County. Highland and Saint Joseph hospitals were among the first in this area to seek out a partnership with RRVBC, who subscribes to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in the community first to help patients that are family members, friends and neighbors.

Working together with the blood center allowed for better patient care and access in Boone County. Despite the eventual closing of both hospitals, RRVBC remained ingrained in the community supporting numerous organizations through financial, human and community resources and support. In 2008, RRVBC opened the Belvidere Donor Center, further substantiating the blood center’s desire to remain a fully committed partner to the people of Boone County. RRVBC continues to be the only supplier of blood products and services to all of the medical facilities in Boone and Winnebago counties.

DaVita Kidney Care, a leading provider of dialysis services in the country, opened a new facility in Belvidere in 2015. The new center is available six days a week and provides multiple shifts per day. The center has 12 stations and the capacity to treat approximately 72 patients. The center employs 10 positions and is 6,000 square feet.

Patients have the opportunity to continue to work and go in to dialysis either before or after treatment three times a week, for three to four hours a shift. Having that flexibility in treatment for patients helps them to live the active life that they want and continue to work.

The center expects to receive Medicare certification within the first three months of opening. DaVita Kidney Care has more than 2,100 centers nationwide and has 15 centers in the neighboring counties with 29 centers in the state of Illinois.

Boone County offers multiple locations for walk-in care, including the Boone County Health Department of Health, Crusader Community Health and Physicians Immediate Care. No appointments are required at Physicians Immediate Care and most clinics are open seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day, to treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.

Heritage Woods, assisted living community in Boone County, is designed to serve adults 65 and older of all incomes that need some help to maintain their independence, is located on the north side of Squaw Prairie Road, east of Illinois Highway 76, in Belvidere.

Heritage Woods serves as a wonderful alternative to a nursing home or those struggling alone at home and will especially benefit seniors who cannot afford private pay assisted living.

The community opened in April 2011 and is managed by BMA Management, Ltd., the largest provider of affordable assisted living in Illinois and one of the 25 largest providers of assisted living in the nation.

Northwoods Care Centre is a member of the Symphony Post Acute Network, one of the country’s most innovative leaders in the delivery of post acute care and management services. As a family-oriented operation, Northwoods takes a uniquely personal approach to delivering the highest quality outcomes possible for the guests. Northwoods is among the first in the region to attain Joint Commission Certification for the new Post Acute Care Programming, a validation of their commitment to improving patient care.

Northwoods Care Centre, and the other facilities that make up the Symphony Post Acute Network, collaborate with physicians, nurses and discharge specialists to provide the best possible outcomes for its guests. The staff at Northwoods Care Centre is dedicated to the goal of consistently improving its level of care. Both short stays as well as long-term care are available.

Maple Crest Care Centre is a member of Symphony Post Acute Network, one of the country’s leading innovators in the delivery post acute care and management services. Maple Crest is a family-oriented operation that takes a more personal approach to delivering the highest quality outcomes possible for the guests in our care.

The staff at Maple Crest Care Centre is dedicated to the goal of consistently improving the level of care. Through innovative solutions like our Stabilize, Treat, Assess and Transition (S.T.A.T.) Program, Maple Crest has made great strides in improving patient care, reducing length of stays and preventing 30-day rehospitalization.

Maple Crest Care Centre offers a complete range of rehabilitation treatment combining the disciplines of physical, speech, respiratory and occupational therapy. Maple Crest Care Centre offers these therapies seven days a week and up to three times a day. •

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