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FHN Welcomes Surgeon Spyridon Theodorakis, MD

Board-certified surgeon Spyridon Theodorakis MD, FACS, has joined the surgery team at FHN. He will see patients at FHN Specialty Care – Stephenson Street in Freeport and at FHN Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Theodorakis is fellowship-trained at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. in surgical oncology (the surgical treatment of cancer) and at Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY in head and neck cancer.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Athens Medical School in Athens, Greece and completed general surgery residencies at Athens University (Cancer Hospital of Piraeus) in Athens, Greece and at Rush Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago.

Contact the FHN Surgery department at 815-599-7770 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Theodorakis.


FHN Offering BLS Course for All Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals interested in becoming BLS (Basic Life Support) certified are invited to attend a course at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport July 20.

The course will cover high-quality CPR individually and as part of a team and will enable participants to recognize and deal with several life-threatening emergencies. It will be held from 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, July 20 at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport.

The class is open to all healthcare professionals; employment at FHN is not a requirement. The $40 registration fee includes the BLS Provider Manual and reference card and a BLS certification card which is valid for 2 years.

This course is for healthcare professionals only. For more information, or to register, visit


FHN Family Counseling Center Anti-Drinking Program Receives Grant

The Jo Daviess Juvenile Justice Council has received a grant from Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities to sponsor efforts by the FHN Family Counseling Center and the Juvenile Justice Council to combat underage drinking.

The grant, in the amount of $2,000, will help to cover the costs of the curriculum to continue a county-wide multi-session youth prevention education program, All Stars. The program was launched at all six Jo Daviess County middle schools in 2018 as part of the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success grant funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

All Stars is a nationally recognized program that encourages youth to resist negative peer pressure and make healthy decisions to achieve a bright future through skill-building activities. More than 400 seventh- and eighth-grade students in Jo Daviess County completed the program this past school year.

Every two years, middle and high school students in all six of the county's school districts participate in the Illinois Youth Survey. Data from the survey is used to identify trends related to substance misuse so communities can identify relevant prevention strategies. The data also helps communities in securing state and federal funding for prevention programs. The survey measures attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to substance use and other related health topics.

Visit for the Jo Daviess County State of Our Youth Report or view the complete IYS surveys for Stephenson County, Jo Daviess County, and all other counties in Illinois at


Forbes Names FHN Among Best Employers in Illinois

FHN has been named one of the state's best midsize employers by Forbes magazine.

The business magazine partnered with market research firm Statista to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in this, their first-ever ranking of America's best employers by state.

“This is a great honor and it makes me very proud to work at FHN,” said FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. “Of the 100 winning companies in Illinois, just seven were healthcare providers and only one other operates in northwest Illinois.”

The companies were nominated by someone employed there (who remains anonymous) and the winners were chosen based on interviews of 80,000 U.S. employees who were consulted through several online panels. The evaluation was based on several criteria:

Direct recommendation: Employees were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. The responses were on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means “I wouldn't recommend my employer under any circumstances” and 10 means “I would definitely recommend my employer.”

Indirect recommendation: Participants were also prompted to evaluate other employers in their region and respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively.

Work-related conditions: Employees were asked their opinions about their employer in 35 questions about work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development, and company image.

The ranking is divided into two lists: One for the top large companies with more than 5,000 U.S. employees, and another for the top midsize companies with 1,000 to 5,000 employees; FHN is in the latter group.

Companies were categorized by state, with Illinois having 100 winning companies. (The numbers were different state-to-state, with Texas having the most at 200 and Rhode Island the fewest at four.)

Learn more about FHN's workforce culture and current opportunities available online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346).


FHN Healthy Heart Hustle Set for July 20

FHN's Healthy Heart Hustle is back, offering a 5K run and an 0.8-mile Victory Lap for families helped by the FHN Cardiology team.

The fun begins Saturday, July 20 at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Day-of-race registration will be held from 6:45 – 7:30 a.m. and the timed 5K run begins at 8 a.m. The Victory Lap will be held immediately following the 5K start.

Proceeds from the race will benefit heart patients in northwest Illinois through the FHN Cardiology Department. Advance online registration is $25/adults $10/ages 17 and under through July 12. (Register by July 5 to guarantee a t-shirt.) After July 12, registration is $35/adults and $12/ages 17 and under.

For more details or to sign up, visit


FHN Summer Movie Series Begins June 15

FHN and Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre are proud to offer families some cool fun this summer with the FHN Summer Movie Series. Each movie begins at 10 a.m., with limited first-come, first-seated seating. Admission is just $4, compliments of FHN, except for a FREE movie July 6.

Each child attending will receive a small surprise after the movie, and there's plenty of other cool fun in store!

For more information on FHN's Summer Movie Series, visit


Sports Physicals Give Back to Your School

FHN healthcare providers are offering fast and hassle-free sports physicals at an affordable price for all area athletes. All proceeds will be donated back to the schools affiliated with their local FHN clinics.

For just $20, each athlete will receive an exam that meets Illinois and Wisconsin eligibility requirements for all sports. Sport physical forms must be completed and signed by a parent before the exam. If a parent does not accompany student, he or she must bring a Consent for Medical Care form signed by a parent or guardian.

All forms are available at area schools. You can find the full schedule and downloadable forms on our Sports Physicals page.


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