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Rockford boasts some of the best healthcare in the region. There are 3 major medical centers with over 1081 beds, walk-in immediate care clinics throughout the city, Centers for Cancer Care, Regional Heart Institute, Children’s Medical and Women’s Care Centers. Their affiliations with major national universities and teaching colleges such as University of Illinois and UW-Madison keep them at the forefront of medical excellence.

Two of Rockford’s hospitals, Mercy Health System-Rockford, formerly Rockford Memorial, (1885), and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (1899) are classified as the highest Level 1 Trauma Centers. They are prepared to handle life-threatening injuries and the critically ill on a 24/7 schedule with trauma surgeons and neurosurgeons available. SwedishAmerican Hospital (1911) is a Level 2 Trauma Center equipped to handle non- life-threatening injuries and illnesses on a 24/7 schedule. SwedishAmerican’s association with University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine links it to the 7th largest organ transplant program in the nation.

In 2005, the Saint Anthony College of Nursing was awarded “Magnet” status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This is the highest national recognition of nursing excellence a hospital can receive. Mercy Hospital-Rockford is known for its use of da Vinci® Surgery. The Van Matre Health South Rehabilitation Hospital is affiliated with Mercy Health and is the only facility of its kind in the region.

Rockford offers first class healthcare with many specialty clinics served by Board-certified physicians and other health care providers. Specialty areas such as: dermatology, natural and alternative therapies, nutrition, weight-loss clinics, advanced illness management, neonatal intensive care, pediatric specialties, robotic surgery, and many others. The healthcare community is comprised of professionals from Rockford, the United States and around the world. Community outreach programs and language translation services are available at most healthcare facilities. Rockford takes great pride as a gateway to healthy living.

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