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Letter to the Community from FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley

December 1, 2021 – Dear friends and neighbors,

As we enter our second holiday season affected by COVID-19, I'd like to take a moment to express our gratitude for your support.

From the early days of the pandemic, people in our communities have reached out to help each other in many ways. You have sewn and donated masks, volunteered to deliver meals, supported area charities and churches, and even donated previously used walkers and crutches to make up for supply chain shortages.

Last year at this time, the only protection we had against the spread of COVID-19 was to stay distanced and apart. Community events and traditions were canceled and families weren't able to gather for the holidays, all in hopes of keeping everyone safe and healthy.

This holiday season, we have safe and effective vaccines available for free to everyone over the age of five. Our community events are modified a bit, and family celebrations might be different from past years, but we are able to gather, cautiously, with friends and loved ones.

But our communities are not “out of the woods” yet. In fact, our team at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport is caring for more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before. More than 30 people daily spent their Thanksgiving holiday weekend as an inpatient in the hospital being treated for COVID-19.

All hospitals in our region, including FHN Memorial Hospital, are operating at or near peak census, which means our caregiving teams are working beyond what we are able to staff for due to the national healthcare workforce shortage. According to the latest Illinois Department of Public Health data, the state of Illinois is seeing more new COVID-19 cases per day than it has in nearly 10 months, with an average of 4,618 new cases per day over the past seven days - a 122 percent increase in daily cases.

FHN's talented, dedicated, and caring team members have been working tirelessly for more than 21 months to care for and keep our patients and community members safe from COVID-19. Many are working extra hours and taking on additional shifts. All of them are working hard, wearing personal protective equipment, and implementing enhanced cleaning measures to help keep patients, visitors, and staff safe.

Now, we are asking for your help. Please get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Science has clearly proven that the available vaccines are effective at mitigating the effects of the disease, and widespread vaccination can stop the spread of and mutation of the COVID-19 virus.

As we celebrate this season of gratitude, we ask that everyone please do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Get vaccinated! Talk to your healthcare provider or visit www.vaccines.gov to find a convenient place where you and your children over the age of five can get vaccinated. Remember, COVID-19 vaccines are FREE.
• If you have been vaccinated, get your booster shot. Appointments are available for the Moderna booster on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in December. Make your appointment at www.fhn.org/booster-registration.
• Even if you are fully vaccinated, take some very simple precautions to help stop the spread of germs:
o Wear a mask if you're indoors with people other than close family and friends.
o It's still safest to avoid big gatherings. Be mindful of social distancing when you're out and about, and respect people's decision to be “on the safe side.”
o Keep washing and sanitizing your hands often, and don't touch your face. This will help stop the spread not only of COVID-19 but of seasonal colds and flu.
o Get your flu shot. A healthy body is better able to fight off germs, so don't take any chances this year. Influenza is circulating in our communities, and while many COVID-19 precautions help to stop the spread of influenza, it's best to be safe. You can get your shot at your healthcare provider's office or pharmacy near you.

Aside from COVID-19 concerns, it is also important to continue to tend to your regular and preventative healthcare needs. If you or a loved one is living with a chronic illness or condition, please continue to see your primary healthcare provider or specialist. All of our Family Healthcare Centers and Specialty Care offices remain open and are safe to visit.

And finally, please thank healthcare workers when you can - they are doing everything possible to care for you, your friends, and your family. Let's work together to have a happy, HEALTHY holiday season and 2022.

Best regards & health,
Mark S. Gridley, MBA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer

FHN Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots to All Adults

November 19, 2021 – After today's U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to expand the availability of COVID-19 booster shots to all persons over 18, FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a number of December Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

“With the rising number of COVID-19 cases, we were glad to see the FDA's decision, and we encourage everyone who was fully vaccinated before July 2021 to get their booster shot,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. “Whether you received the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, getting a booster shot now will help protect you and your loved ones from the most serious effects of COVID-19.”

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. “ 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; Monday, Dec. 6; Tuesday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 10; Monday, Dec. 13; Tuesday, Dec. 14; and Friday, Dec. 17 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments also are available for a number of November clinics: Monday, Nov. 29; and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments for these vaccination clinics are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration_ModernaPfizer.asp. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Family Fun at Festival of Trees Events

November 18, 2021 – FHN will offer a full slate of family-friendly, pandemic-safe events for this year's FHN Festival of Trees.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, join us as we light the newly planted Community Holiday Tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. We'll have a sing-along and some special visitors to “flip the switch” and officially start the season.

Throughout the season, FHN invites children to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in the Freeport Public Library Youth Services Department or in the red bins in the lobby at FHN Memorial Hospital, FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills or FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Highland View Drive in Freeport. Parents can download a decorated letter template at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees - we ask that parents fill in the requested information so Santa can write back. (Parents outside Freeport can take a photo or scan their child's letter and return it to wecare@fhn.org.) Please drop off children's letters by Dec. 13 to make sure Santa has time to write back!

The FHN Holiday Movie Series is back at the Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue in Freeport. Families are invited to enjoy a fun movie at the special price of $4 compliments of FHN. All children attending will receive a holiday gift. Pandemic precautions will be taken, and masks must be worn in the theater. Showtime each Saturday is 10 a.m., and doors open at 9:30. Seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales. This year's movies are:

Nov. 27 “ King Richard (PG-13)
Dec. 4 “ Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13)
Dec. 11 - Encanto (PG)
Dec. 18 “ Spiderman: No Way Home (PG-13)

This year's Classic Movie Series bonus movie is the holiday classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (PG-13) at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Admission is a free-will offering and/or a food drive donation. Ed Finch and Alan Wenzel will be offering fun trivia and information about the movie prior to the start of the film. Designed to offer movie-goers the experience of viewing time-honored American film classics on the big screen, the Classic Movie Series is hosted every spring and fall by the Lindo Theatre in Freeport in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College.

Join us for some Virtual BINGO “ and prizes! “ at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Families are invited to register online at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees to get a virtual bingo card and a link to the Zoom activity. There is no cost to participate, but registration ends Sunday, Nov. 28.

The Community Festival of Trees at the Freeport Public Library, 100 W. Douglas Street in Freeport, kicks off Monday, Nov. 29. Tour the library and see all the Community Festival of Trees entrants! This popular free event brings non-profit organizations together to decorate trees and compete for cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes in a number of categories, and you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice competition through Saturday, Dec. 11. The trees will be on display through Thursday, Dec. 23.

And finally, FHN Memorial Hospital is proud to join our neighbors on Freeport's Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard for this year's Freeport Community Luminaria Night. Enjoy the soft light of luminaries beginning at dusk Sunday, Dec. 19.

You can find details on all of our Festival of Trees events online at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

FHN Offering Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccinations

November 9, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer COVID-19 immunization clinics for children aged 5 - 11.

The free vaccinations will be available at two separate clinics to be held in the Pediatrics Department at FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Registration is required, and a parent or legal guardian must stay with the patient for the vaccine to be administered.

Appointments are available:
• 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 13 (patients will be scheduled for a second shot Dec. 4)
•3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 (patients will be scheduled for a second shot Dec. 9)

More information is available and appointments can be scheduled at www.fhn.org/vaccination-children-signup.asp. Patients must 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 shot.

FHN Offering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

November 2, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

At this time, persons over age 65 and those aged 16 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 along with healthcare workers, first responders, employees and residents at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission are eligible for boosters.

Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8; Tuesday, Nov. 9; Friday, Nov. 12; Monday, Nov. 15; Tuesday, Nov. 16; Friday, Nov. 19; Monday, Nov. 29; and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments for these vaccination clinics are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration_ModernaPfizer.asp. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 28, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport on Friday, October 29 and the morning of Monday, November 1.

The Moderna vaccine will be available at the same location the afternoon of Monday, November 1 and from 8-4 on Tuesday, November 2 and Friday, November 5.

A drive-through event offering both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be held from 8 - 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport.

At this time, healthcare workers, first responders, persons over age 65 and persons aged 18 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 are eligible for boosters. Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Registration is required for all of these events. Appointments are available at www.fhn.org. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Offering Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 20, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

At this time, persons over age 65 and those aged 16 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 along with healthcare workers, first responders, employees and residents at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission are eligible for boosters.

Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second Pfizer vaccine.

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. on multiple dates (below) at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Thursday, Oct. 21
Friday, Oct. 22
Monday, Oct. 25
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Friday, Oct. 29
Monday, Nov. 1
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Friday, Nov. 5


Appointments for this vaccination clinic are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (Phone assistance is available on the days that clinics are held. If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

Quota Club of Freeport, FHN Offer Special Gift for Hearing Aid Users

October 18, 2021 – The “Small, but Mighty!” Quota Club of Freeport has donated 200 key chains with hearing aid battery storage to the FHN Audiology team. FHN Audiologist Anneliese Hartman, AuD, will distribute them to patients while supplies last.

Originally chartered as a local club of Quota Club International, the Freeport club has been serving the area since 1955. When the International Club dissolved in 2020 (after 100 years of existence), the Freeport Quota Club continued as an independent entity. It is a 501c3 not-for-profit club and continues to raise funds to support local service projects.

The Quota Club worked with Dr. Hartman to identify a need that many of her patients with hearing aids have: Hearing aid batteries can drain anytime or anywhere, and patients don't always have spare batteries handy.

“Just about any time someone leaves their house, they have keys,” Hartman said. “These handy key chains will likely be with them, so they'll have spare batteries with them.”

“We have maintained our mission of serving women, children, and persons who have hearing or speech disabilities,” club member Carol Johnson said. “We have helped hundreds of individuals purchase hearing aids or other assistive listening devices when they were not able to afford the devices on their own, and we're proud to be able to donate these handy, useful key chains to FHN Audiology patients.”

The Freeport Quota Club meets once a month and continues to raise funds to assist with local and area service projects. Members will sell WFRL airtime for Radio Days, the Club's largest fundraiser, in October and November, and the Club sells Teri Lynn nuts and candles online. For more information on the Quota Club, find us on Facebook or email us at quotacluboffreeport@gmail.com.

FHN Gala Galactic Promises Out-of-this-World Fun Nov. 19

October 15, 2021 – This year's FHN Gala Galactic will again be virtual, with an evening full of out-of-this-world entertainment from the comfort (and safety) of home.

FHN's Gala Galactic will kick off the organization's slate of Festival of Trees events from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 with delicious food, treats, silent auction shopping, and other surprises. This year's Gala is raising funds to help FHN refurbish infrastructure at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

Tickets are $75 per person, which include a link to the live celebration along with a refreshment box filled with delicious appetizers, treats, and other surprises ready for pickup before the Gala begins. In keeping with this year's theme, attendees will enjoy great space-themed beer and champagne or non-alcoholic beverages.

Ticketholders who purchase their tickets by Friday, Oct. 29 will get an extra chance to win the drawing for the Gala Galactic Grand Prize!

Ticketholders also will have early access to silent auction packages, beginning Saturday, Nov. 13. The auction will be opened to the public on Saturday, Nov. 20 for any packages that did not receive the minimum bid during the Gala.

Registration is open through Wednesday, Nov. 10 at www.fhn.org/Gala2021.

Information about FHN's other Festival of Trees events, including the Community Festival of Trees and FHN Letters to Santa, is available at https://www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

FHN Offering Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 8, 2021 – FHN has opened online self-scheduling for a limited number of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot clinics.

At this time, healthcare workers, first responders, persons over age 65 and persons aged 16 - 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 are eligible for boosters. Only persons who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for this booster vaccination. It is recommended that the booster be administered at least 6 months after receiving the second Pfizer vaccine.

Registration is required for these clinics, which will be held from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22 at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Appointments for this vaccination clinic are available at www.fhn.org/booster-registration.asp. Recipients must bring their COVID-19 immunization card with them to their appointment and 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). There is no cost for a COVID-19 booster shot.

Those unable to use the online scheduling page can call 815-599-7183 or 815-599-7184 for assistance. (Phone assistance is available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Monday October 18, Thursday October 21 and Friday October 22. If someone does not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call.)

FHN Removing Community Holiday Tree Oct. 11

October 8, 2021 – FHN Facilities team members will remove the tall blue spruce on the north side of FHN Memorial Hospital on Monday, Oct. 11. The tree, planted in 1976, has served as the community's holiday tree since 2003.

The tree has been infected by a fatal fungal disease that has no cure. “It's basically a type of untreatable ‘tree cancer,'” said FHN Director of Facilities Mike Kuropas. “Take a look around town next time you're out and about and you'll see that many other blue spruces have been similarly infected.”

FHN Physician and former President and CEO Dr. Michael Perry and his wife, Sue, have funded the purchase of another large tree to take the blue spruce's place. The Perrys are longtime supporters of FHN and the FHN Festival of Trees. The new tree will be in place in time to serve as this year's community holiday tree.

“We look forward to continuing to host holiday tree lightings long into the future,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. “Of all the Festival of Trees activities, the annual tree lighting is my favorite. It signals the beginning of the holiday season, and the opportunity to celebrate a sense of community in sharing songs and treats and then counting down in unison to the lighting of the tree is a special part of FHN's history that I really love.”

This year's FHN Festival of Trees Holiday Tree Lighting is scheduled for dusk Sunday, Nov. 21. Plans are in place to hold the event in-person, depending on current COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Updates will be shared on fhn.org and through traditional and social media. More information and photos of the tree over the years can be found at www.fhn.org/communitytree.

Family Medicine Physician Drew Johnson, MD Joins FHN

September 29, 2021 – FHN is pleased to welcome board-certified Family Medicine physician Drew Johnson, MD to our Family Medicine team. He is welcoming new patients of all ages at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills in Freeport.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. As part of the school's Family Medicine Accelerated Track, he completed his degree in three years.

He served his residency at Texas Tech Physicians in Lubbock, where he was named Chief Resident and “Resident of the Year” in his final year of the program.

Before medical school, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. Dr. Johnson grew up in Winnebago, and is excited to be back home in northwest Illinois.

As a family medicine physician, Dr. Johnson can care for patients of any age, from infancy to old age. To make an appointment with Dr. Johnson, call the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills at 815-599-7170.

FHN Welcomes Sarah Beaves, MD

September 28, 2021 – Board-certified pediatrician Sarah Beaves, MD has joined the healthcare team at the FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills in Freeport. She is welcoming new patients.

Dr. Beaves holds a medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. She served her pediatric residency there at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

She has been caring for children as a pediatrician with Rockford Health System/Mercyhealth in Rockford since 1999. Dr. Beaves also has served as a board member of the Spectrum Progressive School of Rockford and the Charles N. Gorham Memorial Fund, and as a Cub Scout leader.

After graduating cum laude from Loras College in Dubuque with a bachelor's degree in biology, she spent a year as a nanny in France before beginning medical school. While in medical school, she volunteered as a cuddler in the hospital's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

Dr. Beaves cares for patients from infancy to age 18. To make an appointment with Dr. Beaves, call the FHN Family Healthcare Center “ Burchard Hills at 815-599-7755.

Learn more about Dr. Beaves and FHN's healthcare services at www.fhn.org.

FHN Offering Exploring™ Healthcare Program

September 27, 2021 – FHN is part of the nationally recognized Exploring™ program for students interested in examining a career in healthcare. Interested individuals can learn more at an upcoming meeting.

The free event will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson in Freeport. Each meeting is held in a different location, depending on what the group is shadowing. Contact the Center of Innovative Learning at coil@fhn.org for more information and the location of the meeting. No registration is necessary. Masks must be worn and social distancing measures will be in place.

Exploring is a unique worksite-based career exploration program for young men and women ages 14 - 20. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields in healthcare and network with professionals already working in those professions. Explorers get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career is right for them. Explorers develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in a variety of fields, and get to know other youth with the same interests and aspirations. Exploring is the first step in identifying healthcare career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.

Explorers benefit from unique real-world career experiences, leadership skills training, networking, and adding Exploring to college, job, and scholarship applications. There is no charge to attend this introductory meeting, but there is a $33 annual fee to become an Explorer Post member.

For more information regarding the Exploring program, visit www.exploring.org. To find out more about the FHN Exploring Healthcare meeting, call FHN's Center of Innovative Learning office at 815-599-6707 or email coil@fhn.org.

FHN Celebrates IRHA Lifetime Service Honoree Shokry Tawfik, MD

September 22, 2021 – FHN honored its first Rural Physician Lifetime of Service Award recipient, retired family medicine physician Shokry Tawfik MD, with a special celebration Sept. 21. The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) recognizes physicians who exhibit an extraordinary commitment to providing healthcare to Illinois' rural residents.

"One of the biggest healthcare challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize those who have accepted this calling and gone out of their way to make an impact, particularly those who devoted their entire careers to rural practice," said IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn.

Dr. Tawfik provided care for FHN patients since 1984 before retiring in August. He had been the primary care provider at the Lena office since 1985, becoming well-known in the community for his care and compassion.

Dr. Tawfik garnered statewide recognition when he was named a Rural Physician of Excellence by the IRHA in 2006. He received his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt and completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. He is a Fellow and member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associates, and member of the American Medical Association. In January of 2017, he received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Lena Lions Club.

Dr. Tawfik's efforts were recognized with an Illinois House of Representatives resolution, introduced at the celebration by Rep. Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport), and with an Illinois State Senate congratulatory certificate presented by Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport).

"We're extremely proud of Dr. Tawfik and his dedication to the health of the people in our communities in northwest Illinois," said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. "He is one of the finest physicians I have ever known. He has worked to improve FHN and his patients' health over the years, and he richly deserves this recognition."

For more information on FHN's other Family Medicine providers, visit www.fhn.org.