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FHN Offering Free PAD, Blood Pressure Screenings Sept. 7

FHN invites the public to some free health screenings as they shop for healthy, fresh foods at the Saturday, Sept. 7 farmers market in downtown Freeport.

FHN Cardiac Services nurses from the Preventative Cardiology Nurses Association (PCNA) will offer free blood pressure and peripheral artery disease (PAD) screenings from 8 a.m. to noon at the Freeport farmers market on Exchange Street.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries serving the legs, stomach, arms and head, most commonly affecting the legs. People with peripheral arterial disease have a higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke.

No preparation is required for either screening; participants will fill out a questionnaire to determine if they are at risk of developing PAD to determine if they are a candidate for that screening. Information about cardiac rehabilitation services available for PAD and heart health will be available as well.


Pediatric First Aid, CPR Class Set for Sept. 14

Learn first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use specific to infants and children at a special Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid course at FHN.

The course is open to the public and will cover first aid basics including controlling bleeding and bandaging, burns, heat- or cold-related injuries, poison emergencies, and fractures and sprains, as well as CPR and AED use, and what to do in case of choking.

The course will be offered from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. The cost is $60, which includes the Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook and a CPR certification card that is valid for 2 years.

To register online or learn more, visit or contact the FHN Center of Innovative Learning at


FHN, NIFB Partner for Mobile Rx Program

A new program from FHN and the Northern Illinois Food Bank will distribute healthy produce, milk, eggs, and frozen and canned meats to those in need.

The free Mobile Rx Pantry Program is part of the community's Connect the D.O.T.S. (Doors of Team Support) initiative to promote well-being – and being well – by helping individuals in the community meet their basic physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

After a screening to qualify for their voucher, participants will be able to receive the free nutrition package when the program comes to town. Participants must participate in a new screening before each pick-up event, so screenings are available for an hour before each program pickup time at the pickup location and at every FHN Top 50 Blood Pressure Screening – a complete list is available on our calendar. For more information, call 815-599-6402.

Find out more about upcoming events.


Nurse Practitioner Joins FHN Family Counseling Center Team

Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner Misty DeHaven, FNP-BC, has joined the staff of the FHN Family Counseling Center in Freeport.

Misty earned her master's degree from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford and holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She began her education with an LPN certification and applied associate's and associate's degrees from Highland Community College in Freeport.

She is not new to FHN: she has been caring for FHN patients since 1997, first as a registrar and scheduler, and as an LPN and RN at FHN Family Healthcare Center - Highland View Drive in Freeport.


FHN Welcomes Surgeon Spyridon Theodorakis, MD

Board-certified surgeon Spyridon Theodorakis MD, FACS, has joined the surgery team at FHN. He will see patients at FHN Specialty Care – Stephenson Street in Freeport and at FHN Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Theodorakis is fellowship-trained at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. in surgical oncology (the surgical treatment of cancer) and at Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY in head and neck cancer.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece and completed general surgery residencies at Athens University (Cancer Hospital of Piraeus) in Athens, Greece and at Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago.

Contact the FHN Surgery department at 815-599-7770 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Theodorakis.


Forbes Names FHN Among Best Employers in Illinois

FHN has been named one of the state's best midsize employers by Forbes magazine.

The business magazine partnered with market research firm Statista to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in this, their first-ever ranking of America's best employers by state.

“This is a great honor and it makes me very proud to work at FHN,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. “Of the 100 winning companies in Illinois, just seven were healthcare providers and only one other operates in northwest Illinois.”

The companies were nominated by someone employed there (who remains anonymous) and the winners were chosen based on interviews of 80,000 U.S. employees who were consulted through several online panels. The evaluation was based on several criteria:

Direct recommendation: Employees were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. The responses were on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means “I wouldn't recommend my employer under any circumstances” and 10 means “I would definitely recommend my employer.”

Indirect recommendation: Participants were also prompted to evaluate other employers in their region and respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively.

Work-related conditions: Employees were asked their opinions about their employer in 35 questions about work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development, and company image.

The ranking is divided into two lists: One for the top large companies with more than 5,000 U.S. employees, and another for the top midsize companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees; FHN is in the latter group.

Companies were categorized by state, with Illinois having 100 winning companies. (The numbers were different state-to-state, with Texas having the most at 200 and Rhode Island the fewest at four.)

Learn more about FHN's workforce culture and current opportunities available online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346).