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FHN Memorial Hospital Awarded ‘A' Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog

November 16, 2022 – FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport has received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction is recognition and celebration of the hospital's achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.

“I am very proud and excited for the FHN team to have received this accolade - but not surprised, because I see the work that each member of our team does every day to continually enhance the quality of care,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE.

FHN Clinical Quality Director Doreen Timm, MSN, RN, APN/CNS-BC agrees: “This is an excellent grade for everyone at FHN Memorial Hospital. Our Quality team works with every expert across FHN - the person who uses a process every day is the real ‘expert' in that process - to continually and proactively improve those processes.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital's ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A' Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see FHN Memorial Hospital's full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

FHN Offering Free Program for Diabetes Awareness Month

November 9, 2022 – FHN is observing Diabetes Awareness Month with a special FREE program for those diagnosed with diabetes or at risk of prediabetes.

"If you have been told you have pre-diabetes or fit any of the following:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Over 45 and overweight
• Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
• Fairly inactive; exercise fewer than three times a week
You may be at risk for prediabetes," said FHN Diabetes Education Coordinator Megan Christensen MSN, RN, CNL. "We will talk about how you can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes with some lifestyle changes."

Members of FHN's Diabetes Support and Education team will be on hand to discuss programs tailored to those diagnosed with diabetes. FHN Podiatrist Richard Bell, DPM will offer free foot screenings to interested participants, as well.

A limited number of seats are available for the diabetes course - register online and learn more about the program at www.fhn.org/diabetesed.

FHN Casino VINO Celebrates Good Friends, Good Wine and a Great Cause

October 24, 2022 – Tickets are now available for the FHN Festival of Trees Casino VINO, back in-person at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Grand River Hall in Freeport.

Casino VINO attendees will sample a variety of wines from local vineyards and hors d'oeuvres and charcuterie while they enjoy casino-style gaming, contests, silent auction shopping, and more. (A full bar, as well as an array of non-alcoholic beverages, will be available.)

"We are so excited to be planning an in-person Gala this year," said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE. "All proceeds from this year's event will be designated to the year-end campaign to purchase new hospital beds for FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport." FHN Foundation Director Al Evon has announced a special matching gift: "A very generous donor has pledged a $250,000 matching gift, so every dollar spent on tickets, drinks, gifts, and fun at Casino VINO will, like all gifts to the year-end campaign, be doubled." A generous group of local sponsors (see the list at www.fhn.org/eventsponsors.asp) has made it possible for all funds raised at this year's FHN events to go directly toward the beneficiary of each event. They are helping FHN provide healthcare excellence in our communities and making a difference for patients and their loved ones. Casino VINO tickets are $75, available now at www.fhn.org/gala2022.

FHN Offering Free Post-Pandemic Healing Workshop

October 18, 2022 – FHN will hold an in-depth Post-Pandemic Healing Workshop Saturday, Nov. 12 at Highland Community College in Freeport.

The event begins with registration from 8 - 9 a.m. and will wrap up with closing remarks at 3:30 p.m. FHN Spiritual Care Coordinator Sean Huguenin and FHN Family Counseling Center team members will address subjects from the holistic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to getting through the holidays to mental health looking forward.

Guest speaker author / thanatologist (a person who examines death from many perspectives, including physical, ethical, spiritual, medical, sociological, and psychological) / bereavement coordinator and spiritual counselor Andrew J. Vitale, CT, will lead a session on self-care, mindfulness, grief, and resilience.

A lunch will be provided compliments of Jimmy John's.

The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Visit www.fhn.org/postpandemic for a full schedule, more details, and to register.

October 10, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Immanuel Lutheran School in Freeport won third place in the Sweepstakes category, netting the school a $300 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles “ that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

Lena Wins $400 in FHN Miles and Minutes Program

October 10, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Lena won second place in the Sweepstakes category, garnering the district a $400 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles “ that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

Stockton Wins $500 in FHN Miles and Minutes Program

October 7, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Stockton won first place in the Sweepstakes category, netting the district a $500 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles - that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

River Ridge Wins $1,000 in FHN Miles and Minutes Competition

October 6, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

River Ridge's exercisers won second place in the Average Miles per Participant category, garnering the district a $1,000 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles - that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

Pearl City Wins $1,000 in FHN Miles and Minutes Competition

October 6, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Pearl City's exercisers won third place in both the Average Miles per Participant category and the Miles per School System category, netting the district a $1,000 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles - that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

Tri-County Wins $2,000 in FHN Miles and Minutes Competition

October 5, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Tri-County Christian School's exercisers won first place in the Miles per School System category, garnering the district a $2,000 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles “ that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

Orangeville Wins $3,000 in FHN Miles and Minutes Competition

October 5, 2022 – Seven area schools will receive 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.

Orangeville's exercisers won first place in the Average Miles per Participant category and second place in the Miles per School System category, netting the district a $3,000 donation from FHN.

Together, Miles and Minutes exercisers logged enough activity (for the contest, miles were normalized to help ensure a more level playing field for schools of all sizes) to equate to 251,018 miles “ that's the equivalent of more than 10 times around the Equator!

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:
Tri-County Christian - 112,732 miles ($2,000)
Orangeville - 26,913 miles ($1,000)
Pearl City - 22,016 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Orangeville - 227.3 ($2,000)
River Ridge - 200.5 ($1,000)
Pearl City - 196.87 ($500)

Schools that did not win a prize in the two main categories were eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. This year's winners are:
Stockton School District - $500
Lena School District - $400
Immanuel Lutheran - $300

The free program had 330 participants who logged all types of exercise from May 30 through August 28.

FHN Sports Physicals Return $775 to Chadwick-Milledgeville

October 4, 2022 – FHN's series of pandemic-safe sports physical clinics, held throughout the spring and summer, helped save time and hassle for many area parents, and raised more than $16,000 for area schools. All proceeds from the $25 physicals are donated back to the schools by FHN.

A total of 14 sports physical clinics were held at FHN offices across northwest Illinois this summer, providing 663 physicals and raising $16,575 to donate back to 11 area schools.

A total of 31 students got their sports physicals at a clinic held at Milledgeville High School, raising $775 for the Chadwick-Milledgeville School District.

Participating schools will receive their checks this fall. For information about sports medicine and other services available at FHN, visit www.fhn.org.

FHN Memorial Hospital Discontinuing Inpatient Pediatric Services

September 23, 2022 – Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, FHN Memorial Hospital will partner with a number of regional hospitals to provide inpatient pediatric hospital care.

FHN Memorial Hospital will continue to provide pediatric services 24/7/365 in the Emergency Department. “Please don't hesitate to bring any member of your family to our ER for care,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley MBA, FACHE. “If your child requires immediate medical attention, our specially trained Emergency Room staff and providers are here to provide expert emergent care.” FHN also will continue to offer pediatric office visits and outpatient surgical services such as, but not limited to, tonsillectomy, orthopaedic repair, and laparoscopic appendectomy.

“This decision was not made lightly. As we have been able to offer advanced outpatient care in the office setting, the number of hospitalized pediatric patients at FHN has decreased by 54 percent over the past three years,” said FHN Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Kathryn Martinez DHA, MSN, RN FACHE. “When there is a low volume of inpatient pediatric patients, it is difficult to maintain the expertise and skill required to meet the clinical and developmental needs of our pediatric patients.”

Throughout the state, many rural and community hospitals already transfer more complex pediatric cases to regional children's hospitals, Martinez said. “Our collaboration with organizations who specialize in caring for pediatric patients such as UW Madison, UW Swedes, OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois Peoria, and other accepting facilities is in the best interest of our smallest and most vulnerable patients, and is in alignment with FHN's vision of delivering healthcare excellence to our community.”

Pediatric healthcare services elsewhere throughout FHN are not affected. FHN specialists and primary care providers will continue to care for patients of all ages, and FHN Pediatricians Adam Angelilli, MD, and Sarah Beaves, MD continue to care for patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills in Freeport.

A FAQ on this subject is available at fhn.org/pedsFAQ.asp.

FHN Offering Online, Phone Scheduling for COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccinations

September 23, 2022 – FHN is now offering adult COVID-19 Bivalent booster vaccinations which contain both original and Omicron subvariants coverage.

Individuals must have completed the initial two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines - or one dose of Johnson & Johnson - at least two months prior to receiving the Bivalent booster. FHN recommends a two-week waiting period between the annual flu vaccine and the Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccination.

Individuals ages 18 and older can schedule their booster (or their initial Moderna vaccinations) at FHN Family Healthcare Centers in Lanark, Forreston, and in Freeport at the Burchard Hills location with a call to FHN Central Scheduling at 815-599-7060.

Adults can also register online for a Bivalent booster during one of five upcoming clinic events at FHN's location at 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport. The same conditions as above apply, and appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on each of the following dates:
Monday, Oct. 3
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Monday, Oct. 10
Thursday, Oct 13
Monday, Oct. 17


Visit www.fhn.org/vaccinations for more information or to sign up for an appointment.

For those under the age of 18, PFIZER pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations are given at FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills Pediatric Office. Please call the office at 815-599-7755 to schedule an appointment.

For all immunization appointments, 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 Offering Free Healthcare Career & College Fair Oct. 5

September 22, 2022 – High school and college students as well as any individuals interested in pursuing a healthcare career are invited to a free informational fair in Freeport.

The FHN Healthcare Career and College Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in the lower level of FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport.

Representatives from area colleges and universities will be available to discuss their programs and curriculum, and FHN practitioners will be on hand to discuss the following areas: • Nursing
• Physical and Occupational Therapy
• Imaging
• Laboratory
• Pharmacy
• Behavioral Health
• Respiratory
• Healthcare Information Technology
• Medical Assisting
• Speech Language Pathology
• Surgical Technology/Sterile Processing

No registration is necessary for this free event. For more information, call 815-599-6706 or visit www.fhn.org.