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FHN Holiday Tree Lighting is Nov. 24

Join FHN after the Downtown Freeport Mistletoe Walk Sunday, Nov. 24 for some festive music, treats and the lighting of the Community Holiday Tree.

We'll gather 'round the big tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport at 5 p.m. for a performance by the Highland Youth Choir and holiday messages from Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley.

Children can visit with Santa, and cookies and hot cocoa will be served at this free event. No registration is necessary.


Pediatric First Aid, CPR Class Set for Dec. 7

Learn first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use specific to infants and children at a special Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid course at FHN.

The course is open to the public and will cover first aid basics including controlling bleeding and bandaging, burns, heat- or cold-related injuries, poison emergencies, and fractures and sprains, as well as CPR and AED use, and what to do in case of choking.

The course will be offered from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. The cost is $60, which includes the Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook and a CPR certification card that is valid for 2 years.

To register online or learn more, visit or contact the FHN Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) at


FHN Festival of Trees Holiday Family Movie Series Begins Nov. 23

The FHN Holiday Family Movie Series is one of the most popular Festival of Trees events each year, giving families an opportunity to see some of the newest movies at a reduced price thanks to FHN.

This year's Family Movie Series at the Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue in Freeport features a mix of hot new movies and family favorites. Each movie begins at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30) and tickets are $4. Seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales. Each child attending the movie will receive a small holiday gift from FHN. This year's lineup is:

Nov. 23 - Frozen 2 (PG)
Nov. 30 - Polar Express (G) – special FREE movie
Dec. 7 - Playmobil: The Movie (PG)
Dec. 14 - Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13)
Dec. 21 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13)

This year's Classic Movie Series bonus movie is the holiday classic White Christmas (G). Two special showings will be held, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Admission is a free-will offering and/or a food donation (there will be barrels available for food contributions, and monetary contributions also will go to the food drive).

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.

For more information on any of FHN's Festival of Trees events, visit


Find Your Holiday Spirit at This Year's FHN Festival of Trees Events

FHN's 2019 Festival of Trees kicks off Nov. 22 with a Gala for grown-ups and lasts through the end of the year, with fun activities for the whole family. All Festival of Trees activities are free of charge unless noted.

The theme of this year's Festival of Trees is a quote from spiritual author Michael Holbrook: If You Can't Find the Spirit of the Holidays in Your Heart, You'll Never Find it Under a Tree.

You can find details on all of our Festival of Trees events at


FHN Casino Royale Gala - Sumptuous Fun for a Good Cause

FHN's annual Festival of Trees Gala kicks off the holiday season the Friday before Thanksgiving, and this year's event promises an evening of spy-themed fun.

The FHN Casino Royale Gala is set for 7 – 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at the Grand River Hall, 101 S. Liberty Avenue in Freeport. Tickets are $75 for one and $130 for two, available online at and during business hours at M45 Marketing Services, 524 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. Tickets also will be available at the door the night of the event.

Guests will enjoy a delectable charcuterie station and a huge hors d'oeuvres buffet including Thunderball chimichurri and Mozzarella stuffed meatballs, SPECTRE antipasto salads, Casino Royale beef tenderloin bites and You Only Live Twice-baked potatoes. International spy desserts will include baklava bites, It's the Bomb caramel candy-stuffed brownies dipped in chocolate and To Russia With Love white Russian cheesecake bites.

A James Bond-quality casino will present guests a chance to try their luck at casino games from roulette to blackjack to win chances at the evening's grand prizes. A silent auction will give shoppers a chance to beat the holiday rush with a variety of ready-to-go gift packages.

A generous donor has offered to double match all donations if this year's Gala raises $50,000, which means each $1 generated from the sale of tickets, silent auction packages and cash donations could result in a $3 donation.

The evening will raise funds for a new Crisis Stabilization Center at the FHN Family Counseling Center, a special unit that will serve people facing a substance abuse or behavioral health crisis.

Currently, someone experiencing a mental health crisis may spend many hours, or even days, in the Emergency Department at FHN Memorial Hospital until they can be transferred to an inpatient unit or simply stabilized and released back into the community. The crisis stabilization unit will give them another option to receive coordinated care in a local, relaxing, living room-type environment until they can be transferred or until a care plan can be established and the patient is better prepared to go home.

FHN's Gala is open to the public; guests are invited to wear holiday party attire or spy-themed outfits to match the evening's theme. For more information or to donate to the Crisis Stabilization Center effort, visit


FHN Gala Donations Could Be Double-Matched

A generous donor has reached out to the FHN Foundation and offered to double match all donations to this year's FHN Casino Royale Gala if at least $50,000 is raised.

“This is a very exciting chance for us to really boost our fundraising for the new Crisis Stabilization Center at FHN Counseling Center in Freeport,” said FHN Foundation Executive Director Tonya Thayer Meyer. “From donations for tickets to auction packages to cash donations, we have the potential to make each dollar given worth three dollars.”

FHN has until Saturday, Nov. 30 to reach at least $50,000 from this year's Gala. Tickets for the event are $75/person or $130 for a pair (a $225 or $390 donation if FHN reaches $50,000), available online at Tickets will be available through Wednesday, Nov. 20, and at the door the night of the event.

Donations also can be made online at or by sending a check to the FHN Foundation at 1045 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport IL 61032. For more information, call the FHN Foundation at 815-599-6900.


FHN Celebrates Rural Physician of Excellence Terry Miller, MD

FHN honored its 2019 Rural Physician of Excellence Award recipient, family medicine physician Terry Miller MD, with a special celebration Nov. 7.

Each year, 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,” said Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.

Dr. Miller has been caring for FHN patients since 1992 and now practices at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Highland View Drive in Freeport.

Dr. Miller'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 proud of Dr. Miller and his dedication to the health of the people in our communities both big and small here in northwest Illinois,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. “He has worked to improve FHN and his patients' health over the years, and he richly deserves this recognition.”


FHN Parent Enrichment Program Receives $4,567 Grant

The FHN Parent Enrichment Program (PEP), a program of FHN Family Counseling Center, recently received a $4,567 grant from the Freeport Community Foundation to support program services.

The purpose of the Parent Enrichment Program is to partner with parents in giving their children the best possible start. The program supports parents in being their child's first and most important teacher and has been serving families in Stephenson County for more than 30 years.

Services include home visits focusing on parent-child interaction, family well-being, and developmental-centered parenting, as well as monthly group connections and developmental check-ups for children. PEP also has certified infant massage instructors and car seat technicians.

The organizers and beneficiaries of the Parent Enrichment Program are very grateful to the Freeport Community Foundation. The resources made possible with these funds will truly have a meaningful and lasting impact on the families in the PEP program.

For more information on the Parent Enrichment Program, call 815-599-7300


FHN Awarded Breast Cancer Awareness Grant

FHN Foundation is one of eight organizations nationwide to receive a Medline Foundation Community Impact Grant for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The $10,000 grant will enable FHN to help breast cancer patients find the correct prosthesis after mastectomy and enhance the cancer care services already available at the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

"This generous gift will allow us to have a certified breast prosthetic fitter available to help patients after they've had a mastectomy," said Tonya Meyer, FHN Foundation Executive Director. "We're grateful to have this help from Medline to allow us to better help our patients recover after breast cancer surgery. Our Cancer Center staff takes pride in helping their patients throughout their journey."

"We are very impressed by the overwhelming number and quality of applicants we've seen this year, and are proud to partner with organizations all across the country that are working tirelessly to eradicate breast cancer and improve the care of patients affected by it," said Karen Frey, senior philanthropy manager at Medline.

The goal of Medline's Community Impact Grant Program for Breast Cancer Awareness is to give grants to organizations actively working to address breast cancer-related challenges, including those related to prevention, early detection, improving patient care or enhancing the quality of life for breast cancer patients and survivors.


FHN Debuts Virtual Provider Visits with FHNow

FHN is pleased to offer 24/7 care, 365 days a year virtual healthcare provider (telemedicine) visits at $59 a visit through a new app, FHNow.

FHNow is designed to be a convenient way to consult a healthcare provider when offices are closed or when patients aren't able to schedule an appointment in person. It is not a replacement for in-person visits with your primary healthcare provider.

FHNow is available to anyone - you don't need to be an FHN patient to see a board-certified physician via smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. FHN patients can have the notes from their e-visits forwarded to their FHN primary care provider.

It is appropriate for non-emergency illnesses and injuries such as sinus and ear infections, colds, flu, sore throats, upper respiratory infections, ear problems, and pinkeye as well as dermatologic conditions like rashes, eczema, warts and cold sores.

Appointments are available immediately or can be scheduled in advance, and FHNow physicians can send prescriptions to area pharmacies. Lab work, x-rays and other services requiring in-person care are not available through FHNow, and children under 36 months with a fever must be referred for in-person care. Support for multiple languages is available through FHNow.

Virtual visits are $59, payable by credit or debit card. No insurance can be processed through the FHNow service; check with your insurance provider to see if the fee is reimbursable. The fee may qualify for reimbursement from HSA or FSA funds; check with your HSA/FSA provider for details.

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