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FHN Offering COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations in Freeport

May 16, 2022 – FHN will offer first and second Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccinations at a May 24 clinic in Freeport.

The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at FHN's 1763 S. Dirck Drive, Freeport location. First or second COVID-19 booster shots will be available at this event for those eligible individuals having received their first booster at least 4 months ago. Registration is necessary for this event; visit for more information and to register.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at

Booster shot recipients must bring a photo ID and their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment. All patients should plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination (30 minutes for persons who have had immediate reactions to vaccinations such as flu shots, or regularly need to carry an EpiPen).

Families, Students, Athletes Invited to Join FHN Miles and Minutes Program

May 16, 2022 – FHN's popular summer exercise program, Miles and Minutes, is back for 2022!

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to keep moving, so FHN is again inviting families across northwest Illinois to turn their warm-weather chores and fun into cash for their schools. Three prizes ($2,000, $1,000, and $500) will be awarded in three categories.

Summer exercise like golf, virtual and real-life 5K runs, hikes and walks, and even everyday physical activity like mowing the lawn and gardening can count as exercise - as well as summer workouts for student-athletes age 12 and over. (FHN encourages all exercisers to practice safe social distancing and observe proper safety precautions.)

The program begins Monday, May 30 and runs through Sunday, August 28. Exercisers can join at any time during the summer. The competition is online-only and there is no charge to participate. Anyone 12 years and older can participate, including student athletes.

Registration and the competition rules, as well as information about how miles will be calculated to determine the winning school systems, is available at

A calculator on the website will automatically convert minutes of almost any type of physical activity into miles. This will make it easy to follow the competition.

Prize categories are:
• School system with the most average “miles” logged per participant
• School system with the most “miles” total
• Schools not eligible for above prizes will be entered into a “sweepstakes” drawing to win one of three cash prizes.

The program normalizes miles based on the number of students in each school system to help ensure that all schools have an equal chance to win, no matter their size or how many participants they enlist. Prize money will be awarded in the fall.

Participants from any zip code can support any school system, so family members in Lena, for example, can designate their miles to the River Ridge school system if they wish. Running totals will be displayed on the website and reported throughout the summer, and you can keep up with what's happening on Miles and Minutes Facebook page.

School systems in FHN's service area include:
Aquin Schools
Dakota School District
Durand School District
East Dubuque School District
Eastland School District
Forrestville Valley School District
Galena School District
Immanuel Lutheran School District
Lena-Winslow School District
Orangeville School District
Pearl City School District
Pecatonica School District
River Ridge School District
Scales Mound School District
Stockton School District
Tri-County Christian School
Warren School District
West Carroll School District
Freeport School District (All Freeport Academy minutes will be combined with Freeport School District's score and will not be ranked individually in the Miles and Minutes challenge.)

Winners (to be drawn at random) in the Sweepstakes category will receive a prize of $500, $400, or $300. Read more about the Sweepstakes category at the Miles and Minutes site.

For more information about Miles and Minutes, visit or call FHN Marketing toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.

FHN Relocating SHIELD Testing Site

April 28, 2022 – Effective Monday, May 2, FHN is relocating the saliva-based SHIELD COVID-19 testing to its Acute Respiratory Clinic in Freeport. Testing will no longer be available at the Dirck Drive location.

SHIELD testing will continue to be offered from 7 - 11 a.m. each Thursday.

The Acute Respiratory Clinic is located on the east side of the lower level of the FHN Specialty Care - Harlem Avenue location, 25 N. Harlem Avenue in Freeport. Patients should enter the clinic at the Douglas Street entrance.

The move allows for increased efficiency as FHN continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinic events at the Dirck Drive location.

In order to get tested, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD Illinois portal located at and schedule their test appointment. Please use df5brbrj for the Agency Code. Individuals can also contact 217-265-6059 for help setting up an account, creating appointments, and accessing results.

Persons must present an ID and the QR code provided when the appointment was scheduled and should not eat, drink, or put anything in their mouth for an hour before taking the test. That includes smoking, drinking, chewing gum, and using mouthwash.

Results are available within 72 hours and will be posted in the SHIELD patient portal after the lab results are completed. FHN will not be made aware of nor have access to your results; please refer to the SHEILD portal for your results. By law, positive test results are reported to the relevant public health department(s) for contact tracing.

For more information about the SHIELD COVID-19 test, visit Visit for more information on vaccinations and local efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Refreshed FHN Community Garden Spaces Available for 2022

April 26, 2022 – This spring and summer, families are invited to get out in the garden for some exercise, fresh air, and - eventually - healthy, fresh produce this year by being a part of FHN's Community Garden.

Fence repairs and a rich sod refresh are on the schedule for this spring before planting time, and the boxed garden beds, 4 x 8 feet, are still $25 each. The Community Garden is located behind the FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport.

Applications for the 2022 growing season are due by Friday, May 27, and planting can begin as soon as the beds are prepared. This year's registration form is a PDF that can be filled out online “ visit to register and for more information.

Center for Wound Healing at FHN Names New Director, Provider

April 11, 2022 – FHN and RestorixHealth are pleased to announce a number of key staff changes at The Center for Wound Healing at FHN Memorial Hospital, located in the FHN Specialty Care “ Stephenson Street location at 1036 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport.

Nurse Practitioner Carrie Wright, FNP-BC, WCC, has been named director of the Wound Center. She has provided care for patients at the Wound Center since it opened in 2011, and served as the Wound Center's first director.

Physician Assistant Terri Groezinger, PA-C has moved her practice to the Wound Center. She has cared for FHN patients since 2015 at locations including FastCare, Same Day/Urgent Care, Occupational Health, and Internal Medicine. She most recently cared for patients of all ages as a family practice provider at the FHN Family Healthcare Centers in Warren and Stockton.

The Center for Wound Healing at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport offers state-of-the-art wound care treatments from advanced products and dressings to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOt) to help patients dealing with chronic wounds. The Wound Center's team of multidisciplinary specialists includes surgeons and podiatrists and achieves some of the best healing rates and fastest healing times in the nation.

For more information on The Center for Wound Healing at FHN Memorial Hospital, visit or call 815-599-7410.

FHN Consolidating Healthcare Services in Jo Daviess County

April 8, 2022 – FHN is consolidating its healthcare services in Jo Daviess County and will close its FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Warren effective April 29, 2022.

FHN opened the FHN Jo Daviess Family Healthcare Center in June 2021, offering expanded patient care space as well as access to services such as onsite digital imaging, educational programs, and access to select specialties in the future. The facility is located just off U.S. Route 20 at 600 N. Rush Street in Stockton. A video tour of the facility is available at

FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley is confident patients will be pleased with the new facility. “Due to workforce challenges and ongoing pandemic pressure, we are consolidating our care teams in a new office as a better option to allow for being open every weekday with additional services. We are pleased to offer these services and accessibility to Jo Daviess County families through an expert team led by Dr. Michael McFadden and Family Nurse Practitioner Amanda Veeder.”

“We believe our patients will readily adapt to the short drive to visit their trusted provider in their new, state-of-the-art offices,” Gridley said. “This move will allow our providers and their caring teams to focus care coordination at one location for all area patients, which is the foundation of primary care at FHN.”

Warren patients can call 815-947-3211 to make an appointment with a provider at the consolidated FHN Jo Daviess Family Healthcare Center. The providers are also welcoming new patients.

SSM Health Monroe, FHN Joint Statement on Masks in Their Facilities

March 2, 2022 – In response to recent changes regarding masking guidance shared by the CDC, FHN and SSM Health Monroe Hospital and Monroe Clinic Medical Group are issuing a joint statement in support of the continued use of masks/face coverings in their health care settings:

Dear Patients and Community Members,

At the beginning of the pandemic, both SSM Health Monroe Hospital & Monroe Clinic Medical Group and FHN implemented enhanced safety precautions, including universal masking for visitors, staff, and patients.

While we're seeing an improvement in numbers and cases in our communities, as health care providers, we still have a duty to prioritize the health and well-being of our patients, many of whom are immunocompromised and/or at high risk of severe reaction should they get COVID-19.

Therefore, at this time we will continue to require masks at our facilities. The science overwhelmingly shows that masking helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, both for those who wear a mask and those who spend time around those who are masked. The CDC continues to recommend universal masking in health care settings, and we will continue to evaluate and follow both science and regulatory guidelines at our facilities.

Current COVID policies and restrictions can be found here:
SSM Health Monroe Hospital & Monroe Clinic Medical Group:

We appreciate our patients and visitors adhering to our policies and respecting our staff members as we continue to provide care for our communities.

Jane Curran-Meuli, President SSM Health Monroe Hospital & Monroe Clinic Medical Group
Mark Gridley, President & CEO FHN