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FHN's Geller Receives Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

FHN Medical Staff President and Infectious Disease Specialist Robert Geller, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who, the worlds premier publisher of biographical profiles.

"This well-deserved honor was bestowed upon Dr. Geller in honor of his achievements, leadership qualities, and successes he has accrued in his field," said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. "We are honored to have him as a part of FHN."

In addition to his roles at FHN, Dr. Geller serves as a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois and is a member of the Stephenson County Board of Health. At the start of his career, he joined Cornell University as a clinical assistant professor of medicine. Subsequently, he worked in private practice in internal medicine and infectious disease. He has also been a clinical professor of medicine at UW-Madison.

A diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Geller holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from New York University and a medical degree from Cornell. Upon graduation from medical school, he pursued an internship and residency through Bellevue Hospital and a second residency through North Shore University Hospital. In order to keep abreast of changes in the field, he became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, and the American Society for Physician Leadership. For his professional accomplishments, he has been honored with inclusion into two editions of Who's Who in the Midwest and two editions of Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Robert Geller has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website,


FHN Nursing Hiring Event Oct. 16 in Rockford

Registered nurses with 2 or more years of experience are invited to join FHN nursing leadership and human resources professionals for information about FHN's new employment programs that emphasize work/life balance for nurses.

The event will be held from 3 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Peacock Room at Prairie Street Brewing Company, 200 Prairie Street in Rockford. Talent Acquisition Specialist Carol Boeke will give a brief presentation at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and nurses will be able to apply and interview at this event. Snacks and beverages will be served, and representatives from FHN's nursing leadership will be on hand to answer questions about FHN's new programs offering a choice of:

  • Weekends only – work 40 out of 52 weekends
  • 9 months on, 3 months off – weeks off do not have to be consecutive
  • Internal agency – work for 13 weeks with recurring options to renew
  • Ad lib – work a minimum of 2 shifts per month
  • Registry – work a minimum of 4 shifts per month
(Some options may be benefit-eligible.)

An RSVP is encouraged, but not mandatory – send RSVPs or questions to Carol at 815-599-6706 or


FHN's annual Walk to Remember

FHN Memorial Hospital Globe Room (Lower Level), 1045 W. Stephenson, Freeport

FHN's annual Walk to Remember is Sunday, Oct. 7. This event is a special ceremony for parents and families who have lost a baby (through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn loss) to share their grief and remember their loved one.

Families will gather at 1 p.m. for a brief program in the Globe and Deaconess rooms on the lower level of FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. The group will then go outside for a special tree planting on the hospital grounds, and will gather again inside for a light snack. Attendees are welcome to commemorate the lives of loved ones and bereaved families are invited to write a letter, message or special memory of their loved one on a piece of paper to be planted with the tree.

A Walk to Remember, named for a poem on the subject of losing a child by Kathie Mayo, is an annual event held both to honor those lost and comfort those left behind.

There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested by Oct. 1. To RSPV or for more information on the Walk to Remember, call 815-599-7626.


Nine Area Schools Win FHN Miles And Minutes Cash

Nine area schools will get checks from FHN this fall, thanks to their dedicated fans who counted their exercise minutes through the summer with FHN's Miles And Minutes program. FHN's Miles And Minutes encouraged participants to be active and log various types of physical activity to win prize money for the school of their choice.

Miles And Minutes winners were chosen in two main categories – miles per school system (normalized based on the number of students in each school system to help ensure that all schools had an equal chance to win, no matter their size or how many participants they enlist) and average miles per participant. The winners are:

Miles per School System:

Aquin Schools – 112,625.96 miles ($2,000)
Tri-County Christian – 105,199.52 miles ($1,000)
Orangeville – 75,654.73 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:

Eastland – 497.57 ($2,000)
Dakota – 415.49 ($1,000)
Orangeville – 277.6 ($500)

This year, we added a special prize for the school with the most Family Activity points. (Winners in the other categories were not eligible for this prize.) Freeport was this year's $500 Family Activity winner, with 10,533 points.

Schools that do not win a prize in the two main categories are eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. In the Sweepstakes category, drawn at random, this year's winners are:

Pearl City – ($500)
West Carroll – ($400)
Warren – ($300)

The free program had 452 participants who logged a total of 1,713,369 minutes of exercise from May 28 through September 2. (That'''s more than 28,500 hours of exercise!)


Freeport Dental Connections and FHN Family Dental to Combine Forces

Mark Gridley, FHN President and CEO, and Dr. Thomas McCoy, Freeport Dental Connections CEO, announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement to merge FHN's Family Dental practice into Freeport Dental Connections practice. Subject to final approvals, they expect the transaction to close on or about September 30, 2018.

As part of the agreement, Dr. Donald Doak, Dr. John Thompson, and Dr. Maria Boy will assume management of Dental Connections in Freeport on or about October 1, 2018. Over the next several weeks the FHN Family Dental staff will relocate to the Dental Connections location at 2661 W. Stephenson St. in Freeport. All existing FHN Family Dental patients and insurance plans will transition with Drs. Doak, Thompson, and Boy. Specific details will be communicated directly to existing patients of both practices.

According to Gridley and McCoy, the combination of these two well-established practices will better serve the Freeport area for the future. Gridley stated, "One of our goals was to partner with someone who shared our values and could dedicate more resources to the dental practice. With Dental Connections' sole focus on dentistry, we believe our dentists, dental staff, and most importantly our patients will be even better served for the future."

According to Dr. McCoy, "We wanted to increase our presence in the Freeport market and are excited to have the FHN Family Dental dentists and staff join our team. We appreciate the confidence FHN has placed in us and look forward to continue serving the Freeport community."


FHN Offering Drive-Through, Walk-Up, and Traditional Flu Shot Clinics

FHN has added three new, convenient flu shot clinics to its regular schedule of clinics throughout northwest Illinois.

This year, adults can choose to receive their flu shot at one of two drive-through clinics at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport:

Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 – 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

See the full 2018 Flu Shot Schedule

In addition, a special walk-up clinic will be held from 3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Highland Community College Farmers Market in south parking lot C.

Fees and restrictions for these special flu shot clinics are the same as for FHN's traditional clinics: If you are an adult under 65 years of age, you will get a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against 4 strains of influenza for $28.

If you're over 65, you will receive a high-dose version of the vaccine ($62). There will be no out-of-pocket expense if you are covered by Medicare Part B (please present Medicare card) or a Medicare HMO accepted by FHN (list available at each location – covered persons MUST present the Medicare HMO card instead of the Medicare card for the billing process).

Immunizations may be paid for by cash, credit card, or check payable to FHN. Please note that these prices are only available at these flu shot clinics; other rates may apply in FHN offices. No other insurance coverage can be accepted at these flu shot clinics, and per government regulations, no Medicaid cards can be accepted at these locations. Because of federal guidelines to prevent identity theft, everyone must present a photo ID to receive an immunization.

For their own safety, children should be immunized at their regular healthcare provider's office. Persons with allergy to eggs or the flu vaccine, those with an illness accompanied by a fever or depressed immune system should not receive the flu immunization at these locations. For more information, call FHN Community Services at 815-599-7437.


Free Program: Learn How Activity Helps Manage Appetite, Increase Fitness

The August Community Health Forum event, presented by the Stephenson County Health Department and FHN, will focus on the importance of activity in our everyday lives.

The forum is free and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport. Refreshments will be served, and no registration is necessary. Dr. Lynn Herrmann will talk about how you can integrate activity into your family's daily life to help manage appetite and weight while improving fitness.

The session will be moderated by Alan Wenzel, and participants are encouraged to participate in the discussion. For more information on the Community Health Forum series and the program presenters, visit


FHN Hosting CNA Job Fair August 3

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play an important role in healthcare, and FHN is looking for CNAs interested in being part of the largest healthcare organization in the area.

FHN is hosting a CNA open interview day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, August 3 at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. Interested CNAs will be able to apply, interview and be hired on the spot at this event.

FHN offers competitive compensation for CNAs, along with day-one benefits, flexible schedules, growth and developmental opportunities and education assistance. FHN offers a scholarship program that pays tuition for CNAs interested in pursuing their RN degree.


Learn About Highly Personalized Knee Replacement at Free FHN Program

FHN is the only healthcare organization in the area to offer TruMatch®, a fully customized knee replacement option providing quicker recovery and better overall results.

Learn more about TruMatch and FHN's other orthopaedic capabilities at a free FHN Speaker Series program beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills in Freeport.

FHN Orthopaedic Surgeon Greg Dammann, MD will talk about the keys to successful joint replacement surgery and other ways to alleviate knee pain at this free program. Refreshments will be served, and registration is requested. Visit or call toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901 to register.


Learn About 'Mismatch' Diseases and Modern Life at Free Program

The July Community Health Forum event, presented by the Stephenson County Health Department and FHN, will focus on how our evolution has set us up for a variety of “mismatch” diseases.

The forum is free and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport. Refreshments will be served, and no registration is necessary. Dr. Jack Herrmann will talk about how humans' evolutionary biology has set the modern human up for diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, and what we can do to prevent those diseases. The session will be moderated by Alan Wenzel, and participants are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

For more information on the Community Health Forum series and the program presenters, visit