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Learn About State-of-the Art Cancer Care at Free Program

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, the whole world changes. Learn about the university-level cancer care available at FHN, and our three-day guarantee, at a special FHN Speaker Series presentation July 11.

Board-certified radiation oncologist Bobby Koneru, MD, the founder and president of Paramount Oncology Group who sees patients at FHN, will talk about the state-of-the-art treatments available at the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, including extremely precise targeting of tumors with the Center's recently upgraded external beam radiation machine (linear accelerator).

Dr. Koneru and other Cancer Center representatives will talk about other treatments available at the Center, and FHN's 3-Day Guarantee: Patients receiving a cancer diagnosis will have a follow-up appointment within three business days after a patient receives the report that he or she has cancer.

This free program will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Refreshments will be served; registration is requested.

Register online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901. Learn more about cancer care at FHN at


FHN Family Counseling Center Anti-Drinking Program Receives Grant

The Jo Daviess Juvenile Justice Council has received a grant from Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities to sponsor efforts by the FHN Family Counseling Center and the Juvenile Justice Council to combat underage drinking.

The grant, in the amount of $2,000, will help to cover the costs of the curriculum to continue a county-wide multi-session youth prevention education program, All Stars. The program was launched at all six Jo Daviess County middle schools in 2018 as part of the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success grant funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

All Stars is a nationally recognized program that encourages youth to resist negative peer pressure and make healthy decisions to achieve a bright future through skill-building activities. More than 400 seventh- and eighth-grade students in Jo Daviess County completed the program this past school year.

Every two years, middle and high school students in all six of the county's school districts participate in the Illinois Youth Survey. Data from the survey is used to identify trends related to substance misuse so communities can identify relevant prevention strategies. The data also helps communities in securing state and federal funding for prevention programs. The survey measures attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to substance use and other related health topics.

Visit for the Jo Daviess County State of Our Youth Report or view the complete IYS surveys for Stephenson County, Jo Daviess County, and all other counties in Illinois at


Learn How Exercise Impacts Your Brain at July 9 Program

The July Community Health Forum from the Stephenson County Health Department and FHN is the second of three programs focusing on the importance of exercise to your health.

Dr. Jack Herrmann will present research on how excess weight and lack of exercise can impact mental abilities from childhood through the golden years at Get Moving II: Exercise and Your Brain Tuesday, July 9.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport. It is free to attend; light refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary. The audience is encouraged to take part in the discussion and there will be time for questions.

For more information on upcoming Community Health Forums, visit


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).


FHN Healthy Heart Hustle Set for July 20

FHN's Healthy Heart Hustle is back, offering a 5K run and an 0.8-mile Victory Lap for families helped by the FHN Cardiology team.

The fun begins Saturday, July 20 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Day-of-race registration will be held from 6:45 – 7:30 a.m. and the timed 5K run begins at 8 a.m. The Victory Lap will be held immediately following the 5K start.

Proceeds from the race will benefit heart patients in northwest Illinois through the FHN Cardiology Department. Advance online registration is $25/adults $10/ages 17 and under through July 12. (Register by July 5 to guarantee a t-shirt.) After July 12, registration is $35/adults and $12/ages 17 and under.

For more details or to sign up, visit


FHN Summer Movie Series Begins June 15

FHN and Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre are proud to offer families some cool fun this summer with the FHN Summer Movie Series. Each movie begins at 10 a.m., with limited first-come, first-seated seating. Admission is just $4, compliments of FHN, except for a FREE movie July 6.

Each child attending will receive a small surprise after the movie, and there's plenty of other cool fun in store!

For more information on FHN's Summer Movie Series, visit


Sports Physicals Give Back to Your School

FHN healthcare providers are offering fast and hassle-free sports physicals at an affordable price for all area athletes. All proceeds will be donated back to the schools affiliated with their local FHN clinics.

For just $20, each athlete will receive an exam that meets Illinois and Wisconsin eligibility requirements for all sports. Sport physical forms must be completed and signed by a parent before the exam. If a parent does not accompany student, he or she must bring a Consent for Medical Care form signed by a parent or guardian.

All forms are available at area schools. You can find the full schedule and downloadable forms on our Sports Physicals page.


Make Your Summer Fun Pay Off with FHN Miles And Minutes

FHN's Miles And Minutes program is back for its sixth fun year! Summer softball and volleyball leagues, other summer exercise, and even everyday physical activity like gardening can pay off in prizes for area schools with FHN's Miles And Minutes program.

Miles And Minutes begins Monday, June 3 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 8. The program encourages participants to be active and log various types of physical activity to win prize money for the school of their choice.

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.

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 October.

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.

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.


There's a Ride for Everyone in 2019 Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer

Enjoy a bike ride and help raise funds for local cancer care at this year's Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer. There's a challenge to suit everyone – a Family Fun Ride along the Jane Addams Trail to 30- (trail or road), 50-, and 75-mile options on some of the most beautiful roads in northwest Illinois.

The Family Fun Ride is a scenic out-and-back trip along the Jane Addams Trail at your family's desired length, and all Tour rides begin and end at Tutty's Crossing Trailhead, 250 E. Stephenson Street in Freeport. All rides start at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 29.

In lieu of a registration fee, organizers welcome a donation to the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Participants will be asked to register and sign a waiver form, which can be downloaded at

A route guide and safety card is provided and roads are marked. There will be a staffed rest stop available in Orangeville for all riders and another at Red Oak Road along the Jane Addams Trail for 30- and 50- mile routes.

Dave Fonda, the founder of and inspiration for this event, loved cycling and his community. He started this fund-raising activity in 2007, dedicated to parlaying his passion into a cause that could help those fighting cancer. Though Dave lost his own battle in 2018, we keep him a part of this event by renaming it in his honor. We hope the Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer will inspire others to ride for a greater purpose.

For more information or to register, visit a href="gran-fonda-tour-against-cancer.asp"> or call Tonya at 815-599-6900.


Generation Rx Program Available for Teen Groups

The FHN Family Counseling Center has received funding through the Illinois Department of Human Services to implement Generation Rx, a national educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. The local team is scheduling free educational programs through the end of June.

The Generation Rx program is offered through a partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. The curriculum includes engaging, hands-on activities that focus on teaching teens safe medication practices, as well as techniques for turning down the invitation to misuse.

Studies show that the average age a young adult begins to mishandle prescription drugs - through overuse, sharing prescriptions or using prescription drugs to "manage" life - is in his or her early 20s, so this program aims to reach teens with good information and prevent misuse.

The FHN Family Counseling Center is offering this program free of charge to groups in Stephenson and JoDaviess counties, including the Boys and Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County, church youth groups and more. For more information or to schedule a presentation for a group, contact FHN Family Counseling Center Prevention and Education Supervisor Beth Johnson at 815-599-7310 or the FHN Family Counseling Center at 815-599-7300.


UW-Oshkosh Partner to Offer Accelerated Online BSN Program

FHN is partnering with University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh to offer its Accelerated Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to area Illinois residents. This innovative option allows individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another field and have met rigorous admission criteria to earn a BSN in 12 months.

Theory courses are offered online while clinical rotations are completed at FHN, mentored one-on-one by nurse preceptors and secured by clinical coordinators.

Courses in the accelerated program are completed at a rate of one credit hour per week with few days off throughout the year. The program's National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) first-attempt pass rates consistently exceed the national average, and graduates of the program are well-prepared to assume the role of a professional nurse.

For general information about the UW Oshkosh Accelerated Online BSN program, visit or contact an FHN representative at the Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) at or 815-599-6707 or 815-599-6890.