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FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship Winners Announced

Six area students have been awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of healthcare education. More than 41 outstanding students applied for the 2018 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship.

Students applying for the scholarship write an essay about their career path along with their strengths and personal goals to support the healthcare needs of FHN's service area. The scholarship committee invited the top candidates for in-person interviews.

After the interviews, five winners were chosen to receive a $1,000 Healthcare Scholarship and one winner was chosen to receive a $1,000 Diversity Scholarship to help cover education expenses for the winter 2019 term. The 2018 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship winners are:

Rachel Harn of Freeport, who is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Rebecca Kuhlmeier of Davis, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Highland and plans to continue her education at a four year university

Hanna Metzger of Forreston, who is pursuing an occupational therapy degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa

Tyler Munson of Freeport, who is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois

Emily Offenheiser of Elizabeth, who is pursuing a speech pathology degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri

The 2018 Diversity Scholarship winner is:

Marshae Bowen of Freeport, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois


Learn How to Stay on Good Footing at Free FHN Event

FHN podiatrists Roland Tolliver, DPM, and Richard Bell, DPM, will talk about keeping your feet in top condition and avoiding slips and falls for the January FHN Speaker Series event, set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport.

Drs. Tolliver and Bell will talk about when – and where – to seek professional help for problems with your feet, or if you do happen to fall, and what types of treatments FHN offers to help the healing process.

The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested: Register online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.


FHN 2019 Get FiTeam Challenge Postponed

FHN is postponing its Get FiTeam Challenge for 2019 in order to explore several opportunities for potentially integrating this popular initiative with other FHN health and wellness activities such as Miles And Minutes over the summertime. Seamless transitioning or integration between such initiatives could help behavior changes such as regular cardiovascular exercise and proper diet become more universally embraced and routine on an ongoing basis with participants, which of course is crucial to long-term health.

Individuals who have been anticipating the Challenge will be contacted and kept in the loop as other health and wellness plans develop for the year. Please look to the media and FHN's Facebook page for more opportunities coming soon!


FHN Relocating Counseling Services

In order to provide counseling services closer to the majority of patients utilizing those services while expanding counseling offerings overall, FHN is announcing the closure of its counseling office in Galena and the new availability of services in Stockton and Savanna. The Galena office located at 300 Summit St will be closed effective January 1, 2019. Counseling services will then be available beginning in January at these locations:

FHN Family Healthcare Center – Stockton
725 N Pearl Street
Stockton, IL 61085

FHN Family Healthcare Center – Savanna
2107 Chicago Avenue
Savanna, IL 61074

Patients will be able to connect via telemedicine with their psychiatrist or a therapist at these locations, making psychiatric services more readily available, more days of the week, with easy access. Primary medical care will also be available, and relocating counseling services within these regional FHN Family Healthcare Centers will continue FHN's initiative toward the integration of medical and behavioral health services; co-location of services will improve providers' ability to collaborate and deliver more holistic care.

Current FHN Family Counseling Center - Galena appointments after January 1 can be handled at either of these two healthcare centers or at FHN Family Counseling in Freeport. FHN Patient Service Representatives will contact patients to verify appointments after the first of the year. For appointments at any FHN Family Counseling location, please call 815-599-7300.

FHN is also in discussion with Midwest Medical Center in Galena regarding offering counseling at that location in the future.


FHN Offering One-Call Mammogram Scheduling

FHN, the first healthcare organization in the area to offer no-appointment walk-in mammograms, is improving women's ability to schedule a mammogram that fits their schedule.

FHN's walk-in mammograms had gained so much popularity that patients sometimes encountered wait times, which defeated the idea of getting in and out quickly. Women can now schedule a mammogram at their preferred time with one call to 815-599-6860 – even if they need to come in within the next day or two. No-appointment walk-in mammograms still will be available from 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information on mammograms and other women's health services available at FHN, visit our Women's Health Services section.


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.