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There's a Ride for Everyone in 2019 Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer

Enjoy a bike ride and help raise funds for local cancer care at this year's Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer. There's a challenge to suit everyone – a Family Fun Ride along the Jane Addams Trail to 30- (trail or road), 50-, and 75-mile options on some of the most beautiful roads in northwest Illinois.

The Family Fun Ride is a scenic out-and-back trip along the Jane Addams Trail at your family's desired length, and all Tour rides begin and end at Tutty's Crossing Trailhead, 250 E. Stephenson Street in Freeport. All rides start at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 29.

In lieu of a registration fee, organizers welcome a donation to the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Participants will be asked to register and sign a waiver form, which can be downloaded at

A route guide and safety card is provided and roads are marked. There will be a staffed rest stop available in Orangeville for all riders and another at Red Oak Road along the Jane Addams Trail for 30- and 50- mile routes.

Dave Fonda, the founder of and inspiration for this event, loved cycling and his community. He started this fund-raising activity in 2007, dedicated to parlaying his passion into a cause that could help those fighting cancer. Though Dave lost his own battle in 2018, we keep him a part of this event by renaming it in his honor. We hope the Gran Fonda Tour Against Cancer will inspire others to ride for a greater purpose.

For more information or to register, visit a href="gran-fonda-tour-against-cancer.asp"> or call Tonya at 815-599-6900.


FHN to Offer Exploring Healthcare Program

FHN is establishing the nationally recognized Exploring™ program for students interested in examining a career in healthcare. Interested individuals can learn more at an upcoming open house.

The free open house event will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. No registration is necessary.

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. For more information regarding the Exploring program, visit To find out more about the FHN Exploring Healthcare open house, call 815-599-6890.


FHN Offering Safe Sitter Class for Teens

Students in grades 6 – 8 can learn the babysitting basics – including first aid and rescue skills – at an upcoming FHN class.

Safe Sitter® Essentials teaches child care skills, safety skills, and first aid and rescue skills as well as life and business skills. The instructor-led class features games and role-playing exercises, and students will use manikins to practice rescue skills. Registration is open for the next class, set for 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

The full-day course is $45, which includes a Safe Sitter Essentials Student Handbook and completion card. Financial assistance is available for eligible students; call 815-599-6707 for more information and to determine eligibility. Students may bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch at Cafe FHN.

Another Safe Sitter class will be offered June 29. For more information or to register for either of the Safe Sitter Essentials classes, visit


Community Forum: Stress and Your Health May 14

The May Community Health Forum from the Stephenson County Health Department and FHN will focus on stress.

Stress may be related to a range of conditions, from sleep disturbances to obesity and even some types of diabetes. Dr. Jack Herrmann will present the latest research on how stress affects your health and will discuss ways to mitigate its effects.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport. It is free to attend; refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary. The audience is encouraged to take part in the discussion and there will be time for questions.

The series will continue through November with the following programs:
June 11: Get Moving I: Exercise and Cancer
July 9: Get Moving II: Exercise and Your Brain
August 13: Get Moving III: Everyday Exercise
Sept. 10: Chemicals' Effects on Your Health
Oct. 8: Addicted to Our Devices: Is Addiction Affecting You?
Nov. 12: The Pot Puzzle: Medical & Recreational Cannabis

For more information on any of the Community Health Forums, visit our Community Health Forum section.


Generation Rx Program Available for Teen Groups

The FHN Family Counseling Center has received funding through the Illinois Department of Human Services to implement Generation Rx, a national educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. The local team is scheduling free educational programs through the end of June.

The Generation Rx program is offered through a partnership between the Cardinal Health Foundation and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. The curriculum includes engaging, hands-on activities that focus on teaching teens safe medication practices, as well as techniques for turning down the invitation to misuse.

Studies show that the average age a young adult begins to mishandle prescription drugs - through overuse, sharing prescriptions or using prescription drugs to "manage" life - is in his or her early 20s, so this program aims to reach teens with good information and prevent misuse.

The FHN Family Counseling Center is offering this program free of charge to groups in Stephenson and JoDaviess counties, including the Boys and Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County, church youth groups and more. For more information or to schedule a presentation for a group, contact FHN Family Counseling Center Prevention and Education Supervisor Beth Johnson at 815-599-7310 or the FHN Family Counseling Center at 815-599-7300.


UW-Oshkosh Partner to Offer Accelerated Online BSN Program

FHN is partnering with University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh to offer its Accelerated Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to area Illinois residents. This innovative option allows individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another field and have met rigorous admission criteria to earn a BSN in 12 months.

Theory courses are offered online while clinical rotations are completed at FHN, mentored one-on-one by nurse preceptors and secured by clinical coordinators.

Courses in the accelerated program are completed at a rate of one credit hour per week with few days off throughout the year. The program's National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) first-attempt pass rates consistently exceed the national average, and graduates of the program are well-prepared to assume the role of a professional nurse.

For general information about the UW Oshkosh Accelerated Online BSN program, visit or contact an FHN representative at the Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) at or 815-599-6707 or 815-599-6890.


FHN FastCare to Close

With the planned closure of Shopko in Freeport, FHN is announcing that FHN FastCare®, located at Shopko, will be closing permanently at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Until then, business hours at FastCare will continue as always:

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All FHN FastCare staff have been offered positions elsewhere within FHN.

Community members who have no primary healthcare provider can be scheduled with one before they hang up the phone by calling 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346), ext. 965; the lines are staffed Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. – noon.

Another option for immediate care is FHN/Physicians Immediate Care Urgent Care at 1009 Fairway Drive in Freeport (across the parking lot from FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills). This walk-in facility can be reached at 815-986-4200 and service hours are:

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"We are sorry to see Shopko go", said James Kolka, DO, FHN's Chief Physician Executive. "We have been honored to be able to provide excellent walk-in healthcare for our communities at FastCare since 2009."


Free Community Health Forums Begin April 9

The Stephenson County Health Department and FHN are collaborating again this year to present a series of free Community Health Forums.

The series will begin Tuesday, April 9 at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.

The program, What's Safe to Eat These Days? will begin at 5 p.m. It is free to attend; refreshments will be served and no registration is necessary. Dr. Jack Herrmann will talk about organic vs. conventionally produced foods, GMOs, raw food diets and more. The audience is encouraged to take part in the discussion and there will be time for questions.

The series will continue through November with the following programs:

    May 8: Stress and Your Health
    June 11: Get Moving I: Exercise and Cancer
    July 9: Get Moving II: Exercise and Your Brain
    August 13: Get Moving III: Everyday Exercise
    Sept. 10: Chemicals' Effects on Your Health
    Oct. 8: Addicted to Our Devices: Is Addiction Affecting You?
    Nov. 12: The Pot Puzzle: Medical & Recreational Cannabis


FHN Offers Online Quiz, Free Screenings for Venous Disease

Painful legs can be a sign of venous disease, which can lead to varicose veins, leg sores and even serious circulation problems like blood clots. The experts at the FHN Vein Center can help.

"The veins in your legs have a big job – getting blood back up to your heart for re-oxygenation," said FHN surgeon Rafael Castro, MD, FACS, WCC. "When those veins don't work correctly, the swelling and pain that result can keep you from enjoying many of the daily activities of life, and may cause serious health problems."

FHN has an online tool designed to help identify the signs of venous issues. To take the quiz and learn more about vein health, visit

The FHN Vein Center offers free screenings for leg vein issues each month at FHN Memorial Hospital. The next screening date is Monday, March 4; appointments are available by calling 815-599-VEIN (8346).

The FHN Vein Center offers two approaches to venous disease treatment. The first line of treatment, for mild or early cases, involves fitting the patient with compression hose to help the leg veins do their work.

For more advanced cases, outpatient surgical treatment can relieve pain and provide a long-term solution to venous disease. The FHN Vein Center offers a number of outpatient procedures featuring rapid recovery. Non-cosmetic treatment options are covered by most commercial health insurance carriers, including Medicare.

For more information on venous disease and the FHN Vein Center, visit Vein Center section or call 815-599-VEIN (8346).


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.