Mercyhealth to Stop Providing Surgical Services to Inpatients at Rockton Hospital

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Mercyhealth will stop providing medical and surgical services to inpatients at its Rockton Avenue hospital, by January 12, 2022.

The hospital will begin the transition in December.

In August 2020, Mercyhealth announcement it would only provide ambulatory and clinical services at the west side location at 2400 N. Rockton Avenue.

“Mercyhealth is not aware of any other city the size of Rockford, Illinois that has three trauma centers,” the hospital said in a press release Wednesday. “Mercyhealth plans to consolidate its outpatient services primarily at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockton and inpatient services at Javon Bea Hospital in Riverside.”

“Given the severe nursing and health care shortages right now, it doesn’t make sense to continue on our current path. The realignment of services on our single hospital license, located between two campuses, allows us to provide a more robust ambulatory care facility in Rockton and to expand our inpatient campus in Riverside, ”said President and Chief Executive Officer. management Javon Bea.

“On December 15, Mercyhealth will integrate its medical / surgical inpatient beds on the Rockton Avenue campus at its Riverside location, and transition to a standby emergency department on the Rockton Avenue campus on December 20. A reserve emergency service consists of nurses on site with a doctor on call, ”the statement continued.

Mercyhealth said the move was needed after a decrease in volume in its emergency departments, an increase in telemedicine and a decrease in surgery volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outpatient services located on Mercyhealth’s Rockton Avenue campus include:

  • Outpatient surgeries
  • Cancer services, including outpatient chemotherapy infusion therapy
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Family medicine
  • Laboratory
  • Pain center
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Pulmonology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac / pulmonology rehabilitation
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • General pediatrics
  • Prehospital and emergency services center
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Adult and pediatric orthopedics
  • Ambulatory EEG / EMG
  • Physical therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Rheumatology
  • Wound center

The healthcare provider has applied for an exemption certificate from the Illinois Health and Services Review Board to discontinue inpatient services by January 2022.

In September, the board approved Mercyhealth’s petition to interrupt mental health services to the hospital.

In 2015, with planning for Riverside Hospital underway, Mercyhealth President and CEO Javon Bea said Rockton Hospital would retain its services.

In September 2020, it has changed when Bea announced the company was removing services from the Rockton campus, saying the location was adding services including refurbished nursing units, a pharmacy and a new cancer center.

In response, a group of Mercyhealth emergency service workers wrote a letter encourage Bea to sell the health care system.

Bea engaged in a public battle with the city after the Rockton campus flooded in a storm on June 18, 2018. Bea filed a lawsuit for $ 24.2 million in damages.

“The only thing that can threaten this hospital is nothing with Mercyhealth. The only thing is if the mayor continues to refuse to spend a few hundred thousand dollars, to get a bond to install the box culvert,” said Bea at the time.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara responded by saying: “Instead of working with the city to find solutions, Mercyhealth has filed a frivolous lawsuit against the taxpayers of Rockford. I am disappointed that Javon Bea continues his practice of cutting services to our residents and then blaming others for these decisions. Let’s be clear: the only person making decisions for Mercyhealth is Javon Bea. “

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