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Mercyhealth Vice President Awarded ‘Women in Construction’

ROCKFORD, Illinois—Mercyhealth is pleased to announce Joanna Benning, Vice President of Facilities and Construction, is named one this year’s recipients of the 2018 Women in Construction awards by Construtech magazine. Benning was honored at a reception and dinner at Carlucci Restaurant in Rosemont, Ill., August 22. The awards Gala included a special panel discussion with women in the construction space, talking about challenges in the industry today, such as the skilled labor shortage, and how they can come together to solve them.

Benning is overseeing construction of the new Mercyhealth Riverside campus, scheduled to open in January 2019. The $505 million construction project is the largest in Rockford history. It will be a state-designated referral center, receiving patients from a 15-county region for high-risk maternity, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, adult critical care, and trauma. With its location on the I-90 interstate at the Riverside exit, the new campus enhances regional access to these critical tertiary level services and ensure a robust volume and variety of patients for the residents’ clinical training.

“I am grateful to have the chance to lead such a complex yet incredibly meaningful type of a project,” said Joanna Benning. “The success of this project has truly been the team work of our amazing employee/partners and outside designers and contractors. Our project’s team looks forward to serving patients in this beautiful facility come January 2019.”

Now in its fourth year, Constructech magazine’s 2018 Women in Construction awards recognizes the most successful women working within the construction community and are constantly proving that they have the passion, tenacity, and steadfastness to lead the largest and most successful projects in the world, all while leveraging innovative technology.

For more information about the award, visit constructech.com. For more information about Mercyhealth, visit Mercyhealthsystem.org.

About Mercyhealth:

Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, multi-regional health system with more than seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations throughout 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities Mercyhealth provides over 125 specialty and subspecialty services, including neonatal intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery (brain and spine), heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, emergency trauma services, orthopedics and much more. Its 750 employed physician partners and 8,000 employee/partners continuously work with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities it serves.