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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 Offering First Aid, CPR Certification Class Nov. 9

Learn how to be prepared for an emergency with FHN's hands-on Heartsaver® First Aid, CPR & AED class.

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrive. Skills to be covered include first aid, adult CPR, choking relief, opioid-related life-threatening emergencies, and proper Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use for adults, children, and infants based on the American Heart Association guidelines.

The course will be held from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. The cost is $60, which includes a student workbook and a CPR certification card that is valid for 2 years. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit or call FHN's Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) at 815-599-6707.


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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Eight Schools Win FHN Miles And Minutes Cash

Eight area schools will get checks from FHN this fall, thanks to their dedicated fans who counted their exercise minutes through the summer with FHN's Miles And Minutes program. Together, exercisers logged enough activity to equate to 312,268 miles!

FHN's Miles And Minutes encouraged participants to be active and log various types of physical activity to win prize money for the school of their choice.

Miles And Minutes winners were chosen in two main categories – miles per school system (normalized based on the number of students in each school system to help ensure that all schools had an equal chance to win, no matter their size or how many participants they enlist) and average miles per participant. The winners are:

Miles per School System:
Eastland – 98,611 miles ($2,000)
Tri-County Christian – 80,839 miles ($1,000)
Aquin Catholic Schools – 52,502 miles ($500)

Average Miles per Participant:
Eastland – 260.97 ($2,000)
Dakota – 233.41 ($1,000)
Chadwick-Milledgeville – 202.60 ($500)

Schools that do not win a prize in the two main categories are eligible for Sweepstakes prizes. In the Sweepstakes category, drawn at random, this year's winners are:
Warren – $500
West Carroll – $400
Immanuel Lutheran – $300

The free program had 623 participants who logged a total of 1,451,512 minutes of exercise from June 3 through September 8. (That's 2.76 straight years of exercise!)


Drive-Through, Walk-In - It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Healthcare officials are preparing for a tough 2019-2020 flu season, and FHN is getting ready, too, with a full schedule of flu shot clinics this fall.

FHN's popular Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinics are back this year, giving adults a chance to get their immunization without leaving their car at the FHN Family Healthcare Center - Burchard Hills, 1010 W. Fairway Drive in Freeport. Clinics are scheduled for:

3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25
7:30 – 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12

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). Immunizations at the drive-through flu shot clinics may be paid for by cash, credit card, or check payable to FHN.

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 at the flu shot clinics listed below may be paid for by cash or check payable to FHN. No credit cards can be accepted.

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.

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