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A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff; a major acute care hospital; a medical center in Belvidere; a free-standing outpatient cancer center; a large network of primary care and multi-specialty clinics; the region's largest home healthcare agency; a full spectrum of outpatient, wellness and education programs; and the charitable endeavors of the SwedishAmerican Foundation. Recognized nationally for quality and excellence, SwedishAmerican has won many national awards, including designation as a 100 Top Hospital, a MagnetŪ-designated hospital and a J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital.HistoryAs the population of Rockford, Illinois, grew in the early 20th century, so did the need for quality healthcare. In response to this need, Rockford's growing Swedish community decided to build a new hospital. A single, one-dollar donation led to the formation of the SwedishAmerican Hospital Association on June 6, 1911. A three-acre site on Charles Street was purchased in 1912, and the 55-bed SwedishAmerican Hospital was completed on July 17, 1918. The SwedishAmerican School of Nursing opened its doors the following year, and the hospital expanded several times in the coming decades. In response to a national push toward healthcare reform, many healthcare systems purchased or pursued partnerships with physician groups in the early 1990s. SwedishAmerican responded by creating SwedishAmerican Medical Group, which eventually became the largest primary care group in northern Illinois. In 2002 SwedishAmerican completed a $32 million campus expansion and renovation project, featuring a new emergency department and main entrance on East State Street, which was a catalyst for the renewal of Rockford's Midtown District. In 2006 SwedishAmerican opened its new, $50 million heart hospital. Over the past decade, SwedishAmerican has become the busiest hospital in northern Illinois, with more than 17,000 discharges, 70,000 emergency department visits and the delivery of 2,400 babies annually.Another major milestone was reached in April of 2009 when SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere opened its doors, following the renovation of the former Highland Hospital. In March of 2010 SwedishAmerican and Madison, Wisconsin-based UW Health announced a new affiliation agreement, with a goal of providing access to highly sophisticated sub-specialty healthcare for local patients and the opportunity to create more specialized services in Rockford. This affiliation resulted in construction of a 63,000-square-foot Regional Cancer Center, which opened in 2013 on 30 acres along Interstate 90 in Rockford.SwedishAmerican merged with UW Health and became a legal division of this nationally recognized academic medical and research center on January 1, 2015. Physician subspecialists from UW see patients in Rockford, perform procedures in SwedishAmerican facilities and work with SwedishAmerican colleagues to improve the health of patients in the Rockford region. Caring for the CommunitySwedishAmerican Hospital and the SwedishAmerican Foundation have a shared mission of caring for the community. Since 2000, the foundation has invested more than $6 million to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding the hospital, making it a better place to live, work and raise families. This has occurred in partnership with numerous groups. In March of 2015 the foundation's efforts were recognized by The United Way of Rock River Valley with the inaugural Strong Neighbor Award.One component of the foundation's local redevelopment efforts is a 50/50 rehabilitation grant program, which assists homeowners within the boundaries of the Jackson TIF neighborhood to make exterior home improvements. Nearly 200 home sites have been impacted through this program. In 2015 the foundation helped open the first-ever Strong Neighborhood House, after purchasing and renovating a home at 1233 Revell Street and licensing it to the Rockford Police Department at no cost. The house serves as a place for officers to build a closer relationship with neighbors, and is a space where officers help facilitate problem solving and ultimately reduce neighborhood crime. In 2016 the foundation also provided a grant for case workers to travel with Rockford Fire Department and EMS personnel to address community needs.Moving forward, the foundation remains focused on supporting the healing and caring mission of SwedishAmerican Hospital and providing programs that improve medical health and economic strength of the Rockford region.

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