Message from Javon R. Bea, President/CEO

The region’s leader in care for children

Children have many unique health care needs and challenges that require the special skills of board certified pediatricians who often are your child’s first health care advocates. Our 40 pediatricians at clinics throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois offer comprehensive health care for children of all ages, from birth to early adulthood. They can make referrals to specialists when necessary, and can counsel parents on their children’s physical, behavioral, and emotional health.

Mercyhealth is also designated by the State of Illinois as a Level III Regional Perinatal Center. This designation is the highest in the state, reflecting our specialized expertise and comprehensive resources to treat the smallest and sickest babies. Our Perinatal Center serves 11 counties in northern Illinois, and also provides services for four counties in southern Wisconsin.

Mercyhealth’s 52-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside in Rockford, Illinois, provides the most experienced care for premature newborns that are critically ill or require surgical intervention. It includes a 12-bed Small Baby Unit, one of the first in Illinois, caring for the smallest preemies, those babies born less than 30 weeks’ gestation. The Small Baby Unit provides a developmentally supportive environment with subtle lighting and limited sound.

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside also boasts a wealth of designations and features that make it the region’s leader in care for children:

  • Only State-Designated Children’s Hospital in northern Illinois offering the highest level of pediatric services in the region.
  • Region’s only Pediatric Trauma Center committed to providing specialized critical and emergency care for children.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health as a Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU), this distinction makes us one of only 10 hospitals in Illinois recognized for providing the highest level of specialized critical care services to children.
  • Pediatric inpatient suites designed to offer the play, care and comfort that are all part of the healing process. Interactive patient care boards help provide patients and families with the critical information they need about their care and caregivers in a high-tech and effective way.
  • Child Life Specialists, working to make sure that life remains as normal as possible for children in health care settings by helping them cope with illnesses or injuries by providing support, age-appropriate medical education and preparation, and opportunities for play and creative expression.
  • Child Development and Behavior Specialists, to support children with diagnosed or suspected developmental delays; behavioral challenges; specific conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism; and families in need of intensive support.
  • Pediatric Therapy that includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, a developmental therapist, and speech and language pathologists, providing services to children from birth to 14 years of age.
  • A rooftop healing garden provides color and natural beauty to help with the healing process. Interactive play equipment and rest and relaxation benches allow children and parents to take in the beautiful scenic views.
  • More than 50 pediatric and perinatal specialists including a comprehensive partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for very specialized services.

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