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Chase Cavanaugh

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited SwedishAmerican hospital in Rockford Tuesday to highlight the importance of reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

He discussed three bills that take aim at this problem. The first is known as the Remedy Act, and Durbin says it would limit the abuse of patents to prevent generic drugs from threatening a drug company’s monopoly.

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SwedishAmerican Hospital won approval Tuesday from a state agency for a multimillion dollar expansion in Rockford that includes a new women and children’s facility.

The modernization and expansion of the main hospital features a four-story tower that will become the home of its neonatal intensive care unit.  

Dr. Michael Born, president and CEO of SwedishAmerican, said the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board agreed that the plan for the aging hospital facility was needed.

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Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Hospital will not be affected by cuts announced by its parent network. 

Madison-based UW Health announced Thursday that it will try to improve its balance sheet by $80 million over the next 18 months through cuts or added revenue. 

SwedishAmerican Health System will invest $36 million to build two new Rockford facilities.

A $24 million clinic will be built near the system's regional cancer center on Bell School Road in northeast Rockford, and an $11.5 million clinic on North Main Street, somewhere north of Auburn Street.

Hospital officials say this provides an opportunity to replace aging facilities while providing greater access to doctors. To that end, several of SwedishAmerican’s 30 clinics will close and relocate to the new facilities. However, officials says this won’t occur immediately.

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).  

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SwedishAmerican announced a $70,000 donation for Rosecrance's behavioral health program.

Rosecrance recently threatened to close its mental health triage center because of the Illinois' budget impasse. 

Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican, says the stopgap budget isn't enough to keep those services afloat. 

"We know that the long term sustainable answer though, is going to have to come most likely from the legislature," Gorski said.

Gorski says the Rockford-area health facility is supporting the program because it meets a community need.