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SwedishAmerican Works With Aunt Martha's To Open New Rockford Clinic

SwedishAmerican Hospital says it’s partnering with Aunt Martha's, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to open a new clinic in Rockford.  

The Rockford Register Star reports the 4,000 square foot clinic will be based in the hospital tower on East State Street.  Aunt Martha’s aims to offer primary care, mental health, and women’s health services.  They hope addressing problems with primary care physicians can lower the amount of patients diverted to the emergency room (SwedishAmerican has around 74,000 emergency room visits each year).  

Aunt Martha's has a history of healthcare work in Chicago.  It opened a drop-in center at Park Forest in 1972, where young people could talk with someone about issues or challenges they were facing.  

The new clinic will open between  late April and early May.  It comes in the wake of SwedishAmerican ending an obstetrics partnership with Crusader Community Health.  That operation has since moved to MercyHealth.