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FHN Offering Meningitis B Vaccination Clinics for Young Adults

July 14, 2022 – Meningitis B is an easily transmissible disease that can strike teenagers and young adults quickly, killing as many as 1 in 10 of those affected in just 24 hours.

FHN is offering two meningitis B vaccine clinics for high school seniors, recent graduates, upcoming and continuing college students at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport:
July 21 and August 18
July 28 and August 25

The meningitis B vaccine is a two-dose regimen, with the second dose to be administered four weeks after the first. Appointments for both doses (available from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each clinic day) can be scheduled by calling 815-599-7755. Cost of the vaccination is dependent upon the patient's health insurance; inquire when scheduling.

FHN First in the Region to Offer VELYS Total Knee Replacement

July 14, 2022 – FHN is proud to announce that its Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Team is the first in the region to use the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution for total knee replacement procedures.

FHN orthopaedic surgeon Greg Dammann, MD, is already using this new technology to the benefit of his patients. "Every knee is different, as is every patient requiring a knee replacement," he said. "The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution helps me customize for each person's unique anatomy. I use data collected during the procedure to provide insights for real-time decision making, which enhances accuracy and precision. I am excited to offer my patients this sophisticated option."

Lanark resident Kimball Sturtevant was the first FHN patient to receive a knee replacement using the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution. "My knee gave me trouble every day. It hurt driving my truck, and I could not get comfortable just sitting in my chair. I feel better already, and I just had the surgery a short time ago. I am all for this modern technology improving our lives!"

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution helps surgeons perform a knee replacement with the use of data that is tailored to each patient's anatomy. The technology is designed to help ensure predictable results to improve outcomes, increase mobility, and help patients recover faster.

The VELYS system works in tandem with the ATTUNE Knee System, a knee implant designed to work more closely with each individual patient's anatomy. The ATTUNE knee can help increase stability and reduce pain, providing better range of motion and preventing the unstable feeling some patients experience during everyday activities such as bending and walking up and down stairs.

For more information on the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution and total knee replacement at FHN, visit www.fhn.org/velys.

American Heart Association Recognizes FHN for Heart Attack Care

July 13, 2022 – FHN has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline STEMI Referring Center Silver recognition for its commitment to quality care for patients experiencing ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks.

Each year, more than 280,000 people in the U.S. experience this type of heart attack, caused by a complete blockage in a coronary artery. Nearly 40 percent of people who go to the emergency room with acute coronary syndrome are diagnosed with a STEMI. Like all heart attacks, this requires timely treatment to restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

Mission: Lifeline is a national, community-based initiative improving systems of care for patients with STEMI, non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), stroke and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The program focuses on streamlining processes to speed the delivery of proper treatment for time sensitive, neuro-cardiovascular disease states.

"Care coordination is very important when someone experiences a STEMI heart attack," said FHN Director of Clinical Quality Doreen Timm, MSN, RN, APN/PCNS-BC. "This award recognizes the FHN cardiac team for working with emergency medical services to ensure patients receive guideline-directed care to give them the best opportunity for recovery."

The Mission: Lifeline Referring Center award is earned by hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to getting patients the most up-to-date research-based care for STEMI as outlined by the American Heart Association.

"FHN is dedicated to improving the quality of heart care, and the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program helps us achieve that goal," said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. "The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival."

FHN Offering COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Clinics for Ages 6 Months and Up

July 8, 2022 – FHN will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as first and second COVID-19 booster vaccinations at a number of clinics scheduled at its locations throughout the area.

A Pfizer pediatric initial vaccination and booster clinic for patients ages 6 months - 18 years will be held from 2 - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Call the office at 815-599-7755 to schedule an appointment.

Beginning August 22, these Pfizer pediatric clinics will be held on the fourth Monday of each month at the Burchard Hills Pediatric Office from 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinics for patients 18 and over will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2 - 5 p.m. in the Burchard Hills Family Practice office. Call the office at 815-599-7170 to schedule an appointment.

Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinics for patients 18 and over will be held the first Wednesday of each month from 7 - 10 a.m. at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Forreston, 803 First Avenue in Forreston. Call the office at 815-938-3130 to schedule an appointment.

Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinics for patients 18 years and over will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 1 - 4 p.m. at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Lanark, 602 W. Olympic Drive in Lanark. Call the office at 815-493-2831 to schedule an appointment.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at https://tinyurl.com/FHNCDCboosters.

FHN Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations and Boosters at Clinics

June 10, 2022 – FHN will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as first and second COVID-19 booster vaccinations at a number of clinics scheduled at its locations throughout the area.

A Pfizer pediatric initial vaccination and booster clinic for patients ages 5 to 18 will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Call the office at 815-599-7755 to schedule an appointment. For initial vaccinations, a second dose appointment will be made for the same time of day for 21 days after the first dose (July 13) at the patient's first appointment.

A Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinic for patients 18 and over will be held at the same time as the pediatric clinic above in the Burchard Hills Family Practice office. Call the office at 815-599-7170 to schedule an appointment. For initial vaccinations, an appointment to receive the second dose 28 days after the first dose (July 20) will be made for the same time of day at the patient's first appointment.

A Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinic for patients 18 and over will be held from 7 - 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Forreston, 803 First Avenue in Forreston. Call the office at 815-938-3130 to schedule an appointment. For initial vaccinations, an appointment to receive the second dose 28 days after the first dose (August 3) will be made for the same time of day at the patient's first appointment.

A Moderna initial vaccination and booster clinic for patients 18 and over will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Lanark, 602 W. Olympic Drive in Lanark. Call the office at 815-493-2831 to schedule an appointment. For initial vaccinations, an appointment to receive the second dose 28 days after the first dose (August 11) will be made for the same time of day at the patient's first appointment.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at https://tinyurl.com/FHNCDCboosters.

For all of the clinic events, patients receiving a first or second booster should bring a photo ID and their COVID-19 immunization card, and all patients and persons accompanying them must wear a mask while in the facility. 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).

FHN Pediatrician Beaves Offers Appointments in Pecatonica

June 8, 2022 – Board-certified pediatrician Sarah Beaves MD, FAAP will begin seeing patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Pecatonica in July.

Dr. Beaves earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, and completed her residency there at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Before joining FHN, she cared for children as a pediatrician for Rockford Health System/Mercyhealth. She spent a year as a nanny in France and served as a volunteer NICU cuddler in medical school. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Beaves will continue to see patients in Freeport, and will begin seeing patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Pecatonica, 1301 S. Main Street in Pecatonica, beginning July 6. To make an appointment with Dr. Beaves in Pecatonica, call 815-239-1400.

To make an appointment with Dr. Beaves in Freeport, call FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills at 815-599-7755.

Learn more about Dr. Beaves and pediatric care at FHN at www.fhn.org.

Center For Wound Healing at FHN Receives Clinical Distinction Award

May 26, 2022 – FHN is pleased to announce that The Center For Wound Healing at FHN Memorial Hospital has received a Clinical Distinction award from RestorixHealth. Recipients of this award meet or exceed national quality benchmarks over a set period of time.

“We are very proud of this achievement, as it reaffirms the quality of care we provide our patients every day,” said Wound Center Director Nurse Practitioner Carrie Wright, FNP-BC, WCC. “Despite a daunting pandemic, we have been able to maintain clinical excellence, and we're excited to receive an award recognizing our team's hard work and dedication.”

The Center for Wound Healing, located in the FHN Specialty Care - Stephenson Street clinic at 1036 W. Stephenson Street 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.

RestorixHealth launched its Clinical Distinction recognition program to recognize those centers that have demonstrated success by meeting or exceeding patient safety goals, meeting a 32-day median benchmark for days to heal and achieving a 90 percent healing rate.

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

FHN Offering Two COVID-19 Booster Clinics in Early June

May 25, 2022 – FHN will offer two COVID-19 booster vaccination options in early June. First or second booster shots will be available at these events for those eligible individuals having received their first booster at least 4 months ago.

A drive-through Moderna vaccination clinic will run from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. First and second Moderna boosters will be available at this event. No registration is required, but masks must be worn during treatment and for face-to-face contact.

A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at FHN's 1763 S. Dirck Drive, Freeport location. Masks must be worn in the facility. Registration is necessary for this event; visit www.fhn.org/vaccination-booster-signup-june.asp for more information and to register.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html.

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).

FHN Offering Two COVID-19 Booster Clinics in Early June

May 25, 2022 – FHN will offer two COVID-19 booster vaccination options in early June. First or second booster shots will be available at these events for those eligible individuals having received their first booster at least 4 months ago.

A drive-through Moderna vaccination clinic will run from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. First and second Moderna boosters will be available at this event. No registration is required, but masks must be worn during treatment and for face-to-face contact.

A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at FHN's 1763 S. Dirck Drive, Freeport location. Masks must be worn in the facility. Registration is necessary for this event; visit www.fhn.org/vaccination-booster-signup-june.asp for more information and to register.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html.

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).

Four Area Counties Rated High or Medium Risk for COVID-19 Spread

May 23, 2022 – Stephenson and Winnebago counties in northwest Illinois have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as areas of high risk for the spread of COVID-19, and Jo Daviess and Ogle counties have been reported as medium risk.

“At the high community level, I would ask that people who are not feeling well avoid community gatherings and get tested prior to attending crowded or indoor events,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. “If you are at high risk for severe complications, you should consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public places.”

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available to every home in the U.S. - visit www.covid.gov/tests to order.

Boone and Lee counties in northwest Illinois also are listed at high community level.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health and FHN are still encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, and those who are eligible to get their first or second booster shot,” Gridley said. “If you do test positive, contact your healthcare provider promptly to discuss which treatment is best for you.”

At the medium community level, the CDC recommends that persons who are elderly or immunocompromised wear a mask in indoor public places.

In its most recent report, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 40,193 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week (May 13 - 20), as well as 56 deaths due to the virus.

For more information on COVID-19, vaccinations and boosters, visit www.fhn.org/coronavirus.

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 www.fhn.org for more information and to register.

FHN is following CDC guidelines regarding eligibility, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

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 www.fhn.org/milesandminutes.

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
Chadwick-Milledgeville
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 www.fhn.org/MilesandMinutes or call FHN Marketing toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.