Mercy Rockford Health System issued the following announcement on Nov. 11.
Mercyhealth announced big plans for its Rockton Avenue Campus at the Rockford Area Economic Development Council Annual Meeting on November 5. Javon R. Bea, President/CEO of Mercyhealth, said in a speech to hundreds of attendees. Mercyhealth plans to spend millions of dollars more in the next few years, on top of the millions already spent over the last four years, to complete its state approved work and modernize its Javon Bea Hospital -Rockton Avenue campus.
New renovations include water remediation work, a modernized surgical prep and recovery area, a makeover of its ICU and Medical/Surgical units, and a newer, modernized look to the majority of the hospitals’ private rooms, nurses stations, hallways and more.
“We are proud of the impact we have made over the last four years in the Rockford region,” said Bea in his presentation. “Our One Hospital, Two Campuses plan has shown our commitment to all sides of town with our steadfast commitment to improving our Rockton Avenue campus as we continue to provide exceptional health care services there, and the opening of our $500 million dollar state-of-the-art Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside campus on I-90.”
Improvements to protect the Hospital on its campus include water remediation efforts incorporating re-grading, creating more green space, and constructing a second, larger retention pond which will be located along Lawndale Avenue where the majority of the structures will be leveled. Over the last few months, Mercyhealth worked with the tenants, to make this process as smooth as possible, helping with relocation, one-month free rent and financial assistance with moving expenses.
The phased renovation plan will not disrupt patient care and is planned to begin immediately.
Mercyhealth will have invested over $70 million in renovations on the Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton Avenue campus including dozens of service areas such as the Orthopedic Institute, EMS training center, the pharmacy and lab, the cancer and infusion centers, dialysis, the helipad, clinical education, medical affairs, respiratory therapy, sterile processing, management services and the data center, central supply and medical records. In addition, Mercyhealth, in partnership with Crusader Community Health, helped formulate a plan to meet the region’s need for the highest level neonatal intensive care with its state-of-the-art 52-bed NICU and services for high risk moms.
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