Gazette: Mercyhealth to Name New Rockford Hospital After CEO

Mercyhealth will name its two Rockford, Illinois, hospitals after CEO Javon Bea, the health system’s board of directors announced Monday.

Both Rockford hospitals, one on Rockton Avenue and one slated to open in January 2019 near Riverside Boulevard and Interstate 90/39, will be named Javon Bea Hospital.

Mercyhealth has one hospital license for both locations, according to a news release.

Bea, a Rockford native, joined Mercyhealth in 1989 when it was a single hospital in Janesville, according to the release. The health system now has seven hospitals and 89 primary and specialty-care facilities across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Mercyhealth announced a merger with the former Rockford Health System in 2014. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board gave final approval in 2015, according to previous Gazette stories.

Mercyhealth is a tax-exempt, nonprofit agency.

Under Bea’s first year of leadership, the former Rockford Health System reported a net income of $27 million a year after losing an average of $10 million per year previously, according to the release.

“We could have chosen any Mercyhealth facility to dedicate in the name of Javon Bea, but since he was born and raised in Rockford, it is truly a testament to Javon’s life that we chose the Mercy Rockford Hospital for this dedication. This is his home,” Rowland McClellan, chairman of the Mercyhealth Board of Directors, said in the news release.

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