Hospital groundbreaking

ROCKFORD—Mercyhealth hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new hospital and medical center campus on I-90/Riverside Blvd last week.

The $485 million regional hospital and medical center campus will be hometo a state-of-the-art women’s and children’s hospital, including a Level III (highest level) perinatal center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, Level I (highest level) trauma center, cutting-edge operating suites and specialty physician medical center, serving adult and pediatric patients.

“We are excited to bring exceptional medical care and significant economic growth to the greater Rockford area,” said Javon R. Bea, President and CEO of Mercyhealth.

“This project is the largest construction project in Rockford history, and it will enhance not only patient care but also economic growth to the greater Rockford region in many ways.”

In addition to Mercyhealth executive staff, local, state and national government officials shared in the excitement by speaking at Mercyhealth’s groundbreaking including Sean McCarthy, Acting Director Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger, 16th District of Illinois and Lawrence J. Morrissey, Mayor of Rockford.

The three wings of the hospital will feature:

188 inpatient beds, expanded patient services and will incorporate advanced technology designed to the standards of today and the future.

A state-of-the art women’s and children’s hospital

State-designated regional perinatal center

The highest level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Pediatric and pediatric intensive care (PICU) units

High-risk maternity care

Pediatric emergency services

Level I (highest level) trauma center

An adult sub-specialty hospital, including plastic and reconstructive surgery, brain and spine, endocrinology, orthopedics, pulmonology and heart services, and more

Cutting-edge operating suites and surgical services to support a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and image-guided surgery

Comprehensive diagnostic center with lab and imaging

Multi-disciplinary physician care clinics, serving adult and pediatric patients

Beyond expanding the breadth and depth of medical services available through the 400 new permanent health care jobs, the project is a catalyst for other economic growth, creating 1,100 additional construction jobs and featuring 263 acres of land for further development for hotels, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail outlets.

“This is indeed an exciting time for us. We are continuing the legacy that both Rockford Health System and Mercy Health System began 133 years ago,” Bea continues. “We truly are passionate about finding the best possible ways to improve the health and well-being of our communities.”

Land surveying and site preparation began in early May 2016 and construction is estimated to be complete by January 2019.

About Mercyhealth ( (formerly MercyRockford Health System) was formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System.

Today, Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, not-for-profit multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, a wholly-owned insurance company, more than 750 employed physicians and over 85 primary and specialty care medical centers and clinics across more than 60 communities in 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties.

Mercyhealth provides over 75 specialty and sub-specialty specialty services, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery (brain and spine), heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, da Vinci robotic surgery and much more.

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