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March 5, 2021

SwedishAmerican celebrates completion of new Women and Children’s Hospital with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Rockford, Ill. SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, celebrated the completion of its new Women and Children’s Hospital with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

Leadership from SwedishAmerican, UW Health, the City of Rockford, Ringland Johnson and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce were present for the ceremonial event, which was limited in size of attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions. The $55 million facility at 1350 Charles St. will open its doors to its first patients later this month.

Located next to the Heart Hospital on the south side of the main SwedishAmerican hospital campus, the Women and Children’s Hospital is a four-story building that has been under construction since July 2018. The new hospital is 120,000-square feet and will be home to an expanded 24-bed Level III NICU, Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, Maternal Fetal Medicine and pediatric specialists from UW Health.

“SwedishAmerican is proud to open this state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to provide an improved experience for our patients,” said SwedishAmerican President and CEO Tom O’Connor. “Not only will the Women and Children’s Hospital better serve our mothers and babies, but this location will offer UW Health pediatric specialties that our patients previously had to drive to Madison or Chicago to receive.”

UW Health pediatric specialties offered include pediatric otolaryngology, cardiology, general surgery, hematology, oncology, plastic surgery, pulmonology, rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, audiology, fetal cardiology and urology.

“This is a very exciting time for both UW Health and SwedishAmerican as we open this remarkable new Women and Children’s Hospital,” said Ric Ransom, Regional VP/President, UW Hospitals Madison Region. “UW Health has long provided pediatric specialty care for children in the Rockford area. This new hospital builds on our commitment to making the highest level of care available for children and families in Rockford and Northern Illinois.”

Additional facts and features of the new hospital include:

  • Project partners include Ringland Johnson and Cannon Design

  • Created approximately 400 union labor construction jobs and dozens of new permanent healthcare jobs inside SwedishAmerican

  • Level III NICU with 24 private rooms

  • Offering UW Health pediatric specialty services including pediatric otolaryngology, cardiology, general surgery, hematology, oncology, plastic surgery, pulmonology, rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, audiology, fetal cardiology and urology

  • Home to Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Two large state-of-the-art operating rooms and recovery rooms in Labor and Delivery

  • 14 private labor and delivery rooms that include beds for support person

  • 20 mother/baby suites

  • Family lounge and two family overnight rooms for families who live an extreme distance away or have a critically ill baby

  • Monitors in each labor and delivery room that allow for moms to see the live birth

  • Lactation consultants available seven days a week, including outpatient appointments

  • Uplifting views, soft lighting and healing art with themes drawing from the surrounding Forest City environment to reflect river, meadow, forest and sky

“We are all very excited to begin delivering and caring for our tiniest patients in the new building,” said Dr. William Cunningham, President of SwedishAmerican Medical Staff. “It’s a great honor to be there when families welcome their little ones into this world. To be a part of one of the most important and memorable days of people’s lives is a feeling I can’t describe. And now, with the transition to this new Women and Children’s Hospital, those moments will be that much more memorable for our families.”