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Food Fight Against Cancer Set for April 5

Friends of the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital are bringing back their popular fundraiser, Food Fight Against Cancer, with a colorful twist for 2019.

The event will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Grand River Hall, 101 S. Liberty Avenue in Freeport. This year's theme is The Colors of Cancer, and guests are encouraged to wear the color or colors that represent a type of cancer that has touched their lives. (A chart is available at

Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts from local caterers, restaurants, and bakeries, and Rockford's own Harmony Road will perform music from the '70s to present-day. A cash bar will be available.

Thanks to Premier Sponsor McPherson Law Offices, all proceeds from the evening will benefit the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, which provides cutting-edge care close to home for northwest Illinois cancer patients.

Tickets for the evening are $35/single or $65 for a couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the FHN Foundation office at 815-599-6441. This event is presented by friends of the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital.


FHN Northern Illinois Physical Therapy Services Transitioning to New Location

FHN Northern Illinois Physical Therapy Services (NIPT) will be transitioning its staff and patients to the FHN Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation department at Burchard Hills beginning March 1, 2019. The current FHN NIPT location at 1763 S. Dirck Drive will be closed shortly thereafter.

All staff will be making this transition and patients will continue to receive the same high quality, patient-centered, physical therapy services from the NIPT therapists. In addition, patients will have increased appointment availability with therapists available from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, private treatment rooms, and a wider variety of exercise and therapy equipment in the Burchard location's large state-of-the-art, open gym.

Patients also will benefit from access to a multitude of specialty therapy services including aqua therapy, ASTYM, LSVT BIG therapy for Parkinson's disease, lymphedema therapy, McKenzie spine therapy, Myokinesthetic therapy (MYK), pelvic rehab, personal training services, and vestibular therapy.


FHN Hospice Offering Early Grief Group

This spring, FHN Hospice is offering a support group for people coping with the first nine months after a loss.

Managing Early Grief: The First Nine Months After a Loss is a nine-week group that will meet from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 20 at FHN Hospice, 773 W. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 403 in Freeport.

The group is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one in the past nine months. Participants will learn about and share their grief with others who have also recently lost a loved one. This supportive environment will help participants to better understand their grief experience.

Topics to be discussed include how grief affects us; the physical side of grief; moving through grief; coping skills; growing through grief; coping with holidays and special days; and looking ahead to the future.

There is no charge to participate in the Managing Early Grief group, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call FHN Hospice at 815-599-7240.

FHN also offers two ongoing grief support groups, open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one:

First Steps Grief Group, a bereavement group for anyone who has experienced a loss, meets from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group offers support as the first steps are taken in dealing with a loss.

Living Through Grief meets from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This group uses videos, books, speakers and discussions to help participants learn more about the grief process, share their stories of loss and regain hope for healing. This group provides a confidential place to talk about thoughts and feelings as well as to learn about grief.

Both of these ongoing groups are open-ended and new members are welcome at any time. Both groups meet at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. There is no charge to participate and registration is not necessary. For more information on either group, contact FHN Pastoral Care at 815-599-7240.


Illinois Department of Public Health Temporary Visitor Restrictions for Hospitals

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States and has reached widespread activity levels in Illinois.

The response from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is to recommend that hospitals implement the CDC's Prevention Strategies for Seasonal Influenza in Health Care Settings. In addition to FHN's flu restrictions, these restrictions include the following:

  • Do not allow visitation by persons less than 18 years of age (This includes visits to our OB department as we need to protect our youngest patients).
  • Limit the number of visitors to two per patient at any one time,
  • Promote compliance with Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette,
  • Assess visitors for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat),
  • Request that visitors with acute respiratory illness symptoms not visit, but if they insist, require a mask be worn, and
  • Limit visits to patients in isolation for influenza to persons who are necessary for the patients' emotional well-being and care.
( Exemptions to these temporary visitor restrictions are permissible at the discretion of the hospital's Infection Prevention and Control departments for circumstances including, but not limited to, end-of-life situations).

FHN will have the IDPH signs posted today.


FHN Offering Special Pricing on Heart Tests for American Heart Month

Most heart attacks could be prevented with early diagnosis of risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). FHN is celebrating American Heart Month in February with special pricing on two heart health tests.

Call between Friday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 28 to schedule a Standard Walking Treadmill Stress Test or Calcium Scoring CT Heart Scan and pay just $139 for the test.

“The treadmill stress test is a screening test for determining a patient's heart health when they have no known history of heart trouble,” said FHN cardiologist Bhadresh Patel MD, FACC, FACP. “The patient walks on a treadmill while a specially trained registered nurse monitors how his or her heart is working with an electrocardiogram. This test helps determine your exercise capacity and the circulation to the heart, which is helpful in determining the cause of unexplained fatigue, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats during exercise or existing or borderline high blood pressure.”

“Another simple screening test that FHN offers is a CT scan to detect plaque in the arteries,” said Dr. Patel. “The test is non-invasive and is used to predict the probability of future heart problems. Like the treadmill test, it doesn't take long to complete.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 944. Tests must be scheduled between Feb. 1 – 28 and performed by Friday, May 31, 2019 to qualify for the special rate.

These tests should not replace consultations with your healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, FHN will work with you to determine how to handle your test results when they are communicated to you. Payment for the tests is due (cash, checks and credit cards accepted) at the time of service.


FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship Winners Announced

Six area students have been awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of healthcare education. More than 41 outstanding students applied for the 2018 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship.

Students applying for the scholarship write an essay about their career path along with their strengths and personal goals to support the healthcare needs of FHN's service area. The scholarship committee invited the top candidates for in-person interviews.

After the interviews, five winners were chosen to receive a $1,000 Healthcare Scholarship and one winner was chosen to receive a $1,000 Diversity Scholarship to help cover education expenses for the winter 2019 term. The 2018 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship winners are:

Rachel Harn of Freeport, who is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Rebecca Kuhlmeier of Davis, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Highland and plans to continue her education at a four year university

Hanna Metzger of Forreston, who is pursuing an occupational therapy degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa

Tyler Munson of Freeport, who is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois

Emily Offenheiser of Elizabeth, who is pursuing a speech pathology degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri

The 2018 Diversity Scholarship winner is:

Marshae Bowen of Freeport, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois


FHN Relocating Counseling Services

In order to provide counseling services closer to the majority of patients utilizing those services while expanding counseling offerings overall, FHN is announcing the closure of its counseling office in Galena and the new availability of services in Stockton and Savanna. The Galena office located at 300 Summit St will be closed effective January 1, 2019. Counseling services will then be available beginning in January at these locations:

FHN Family Healthcare Center – Stockton
725 N Pearl Street
Stockton, IL 61085

FHN Family Healthcare Center – Savanna
2107 Chicago Avenue
Savanna, IL 61074

Patients will be able to connect via telemedicine with their psychiatrist or a therapist at these locations, making psychiatric services more readily available, more days of the week, with easy access. Primary medical care will also be available, and relocating counseling services within these regional FHN Family Healthcare Centers will continue FHN's initiative toward the integration of medical and behavioral health services; co-location of services will improve providers' ability to collaborate and deliver more holistic care.

Current FHN Family Counseling Center - Galena appointments after January 1 can be handled at either of these two healthcare centers or at FHN Family Counseling in Freeport. FHN Patient Service Representatives will contact patients to verify appointments after the first of the year. For appointments at any FHN Family Counseling location, please call 815-599-7300.

FHN is also in discussion with Midwest Medical Center in Galena regarding offering counseling at that location in the future.