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FHN Vein Center Open House April 10

The public is invited to an open house at FHN's Vein Center at its new location inside FHN Memorial Hospital.

Guests will tour the new, more private and updated Center, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments and education about the non-invasive testing and treatments for venous disease. The open house will be from 3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the new FHN Vein Center on the first floor of FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport.

It's estimated that 40 percent of people in the U.S. have chronic venous insufficiency, which can cause pain, swelling, tenderness and limited mobility. The FHN Vein Center offers innovative outpatient procedures that can alleviate those symptoms.

Visitors will be able to sign up for free, non-invasive vein screenings to be held at a later date. Wine and cheese will be served, and door prizes will be awarded. No registration is required for this free event. For more information or to book a free vein screening, call 815-599-VEIN (8346).


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. Monday, March 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.

For more information or to register for Safe Sitter Essentials, visit


Casino Royale FHN Gala Tickets Available Now

FHN is offering a special pre-sale on tickets for this year's Festival of Trees Gala – Casino Royale. It's the first "clue" in FHN's fun spy thriller leadup to this year's Gala.

The event, set for the evening of Friday, Nov. 22 at Freeport's Grand River Hall, will feature a huge hors d'oeuvres buffet, music, dancing, and a holiday silent auction as well as James Bond-quality casino games from roulette to blackjack.

Through March 29, tickets are $65/single or $120/pair. (After that date, the price goes up to $75/single and $130/pair.) Reserve your spot online at or come in to M45 Marketing Services, 524 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport.

The evening's proceeds will help provide funding for FHN Family Counseling Center's new behavioral health stabilization project. The wide-ranging project aims to continue and expand available therapies and programs to help people across the region through life's challenges.

Watch for other spy-worthy clues, ideas, and activities leading up to Casino Royale to keep the game afoot between now and November!


FHN Celebrating Doctors Throughout March

FHN is proud to celebrate our physicians throughout March, the month of Doctors' Day.

March 30 is National Doctors' Day, a chance to acknowledge all that physicians do for their communities. On March 30, 1842, in Jefferson, Georgia, Dr. Crawford Long used ether to anesthetize a patient, James Venable, and painlessly excised a tumor from his neck.

All month, FHN is offering the chance to send a message to your healthcare provider – simply submit a message on our "Happy Doctors' Day" page. Your message will be shared with your provider.


Podiatrist Syeda Roshan Joins FHN

Podiatrist Syeda Roshan, DPM, has joined FHN and is accepting new patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills in Freeport. She also sees patients at the FHN Family Healthcare Center – Pecatonica.

Dr. Roshan is a graduate of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago. She completed her residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital and Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, where she earned an added credential in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Roshan has experience in podiatric surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. She has a special interest in and has done research on the care of chronic and diabetic wound management.

To make an appointment with Dr. Roshan at either location, call the FHN Podiatry office at 815-599-7150 or toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 965.


Pediatric First Aid, CPR Class March 23

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, March 23 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 at


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).


Food Fight Against Cancer Set for April 5

Friends of the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital are bringing back their popular fundraiser, Food Fight Against Cancer, with a colorful twist for 2019.

The event will be held from 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Grand River Hall, 101 S. Liberty Avenue in Freeport. This year's theme is The Colors of Cancer, and guests are encouraged to wear the color or colors that represent a type of cancer that has touched their lives. (A chart is available at

Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts from local caterers, restaurants, and bakeries, and Rockford's own Harmony Road will perform music from the '70s to present-day. A cash bar will be available.

Thanks to Premier Sponsor McPherson Law Offices, all proceeds from the evening will benefit the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, which provides cutting-edge care close to home for northwest Illinois cancer patients.

Tickets for the evening are $35/single or $65 for a couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the FHN Foundation office at 815-599-6441. This event is presented by friends of the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital.


FHN Northern Illinois Physical Therapy Services Transitioning to New Location

FHN Northern Illinois Physical Therapy Services (NIPT) will be transitioning its staff and patients to the FHN Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation department at Burchard Hills beginning March 1, 2019. The current FHN NIPT location at 1763 S. Dirck Drive will be closed shortly thereafter.

All staff will be making this transition and patients will continue to receive the same high quality, patient-centered, physical therapy services from the NIPT therapists. In addition, patients will have increased appointment availability with therapists available from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, private treatment rooms, and a wider variety of exercise and therapy equipment in the Burchard location's large state-of-the-art, open gym.

Patients also will benefit from access to a multitude of specialty therapy services including aqua therapy, ASTYM, LSVT BIG therapy for Parkinson's disease, lymphedema therapy, McKenzie spine therapy, Myokinesthetic therapy (MYK), pelvic rehab, personal training services, and vestibular therapy.


FHN Hospice Offering Early Grief Group

This spring, FHN Hospice is offering a support group for people coping with the first nine months after a loss.

Managing Early Grief: The First Nine Months After a Loss is a nine-week group that will meet from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning March 20 at FHN Hospice, 773 W. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 403 in Freeport.

The group is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one in the past nine months. Participants will learn about and share their grief with others who have also recently lost a loved one. This supportive environment will help participants to better understand their grief experience.

Topics to be discussed include how grief affects us; the physical side of grief; moving through grief; coping skills; growing through grief; coping with holidays and special days; and looking ahead to the future.

There is no charge to participate in the Managing Early Grief group, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call FHN Hospice at 815-599-7240.

FHN also offers two ongoing grief support groups, open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one:

First Steps Grief Group, a bereavement group for anyone who has experienced a loss, meets from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group offers support as the first steps are taken in dealing with a loss.

Living Through Grief meets from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This group uses videos, books, speakers and discussions to help participants learn more about the grief process, share their stories of loss and regain hope for healing. This group provides a confidential place to talk about thoughts and feelings as well as to learn about grief.

Both of these ongoing groups are open-ended and new members are welcome at any time. Both groups meet at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. There is no charge to participate and registration is not necessary. For more information on either group, contact FHN Pastoral Care at 815-599-7240.