Mercyhealth’s New Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside Welcomes First Baby

Healthy baby girl born Saturday as part of Crusader Community Health partnership

ROCKFORD, Illinois—Mercyhealth is pleased to announce it welcomed its first baby born at Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside. Beautiful, healthy baby girl, Adeline, was born just after 7 pm to Janet and Randy, on January 5, 2019, the same day of the grand opening of the new specialty hospital and physician clinic located at 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. This is the couple’s first child.

“We were surprised,” said Janet. “My due date wasn’t until January 10, so I didn’t think she’d be the first baby born at the new hospital.”

Adeline and her parents were the first to deliver their baby in the Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside’s Mom/Baby Unit, which is part of Mercyhealth’s State of Illinois Designated Regional Perinatal Center for 11 counties, one of only 10 in Illinois and the only one in the Rockford region. Baby Adeline was delivered by Crusader Community Health’s Care Team consisting of physician Verneé Edwards, MD, and Victoria Osborne, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

“As you can imagine we have a lot of firsts happening at the new hospital right now,” said Javon R. Bea, President and CEO at Mercyhealth. “We cannot be more excited to have been a part of little Adeline’s beginning—as she is now part of ours, too.”

In early 2016, Mercyhealth teamed up with Crusader Community Health, a community-based health care organization that serves people in the Rock River Valley area. Mercyhealth’s parternship gave Crusader’s OB/GYNs and nurse midwives full access to hospital and operating room services. Now, all pregnant women who seek care at Crusader have their babies at Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside, also home of the only State Designated Children’s Hospital in the northern Illinois region.

“Crusader Community Health is very happy for and congratulates the proud parents of our first baby born at the state-of-the-art Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside,” said Gordon Eggers, President and CEO of Crusader Community Health. “We thank the outstanding Mercyhealth staff for their skilled and caring collaboration.”

In addition to the most advanced maternal care at the Regional Perinatal Center, the Mercyhealth/Crusader partnership provides families access to the Level III (highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and one of only two Small Baby Units in Illinois.

“Many of the expectant mothers from Crusader Community Health are considered high risk,” said Bea. “Our partnership with Crusader is a win-win for the community, as its team of physicians and nurse midwives join forces with our 55 physicians in 29 different pediatric subspecialties on a daily basis. It’s why now more than ever, Mercyhealth is able to provide the highest quality health care to all children throughout Rockford and the surrounding region.”

Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside’s Mom/Baby Unit provides 24/7 in-house OB hospitalists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, dedicated OB anesthesiologists, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, experienced maternal-fetal transport nurses, experienced labor and delivery and mom/baby nurses, lactation consultants, operation room technicians, certified nursing assistants and inpatient service representatives.

“We share a mutual excitement to provide Crusader mothers and babies with the highest level of perinatal care in the region with tender loving care in a beautiful and family-friendly setting,” said Eggers.

Families needing to get to an appointment at the new hospital, but live closer to Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Rockton, can access a shuttle service established between the Rockton and Riverside Campuses free of charge every 1.5 hours, Monday-Friday, 6 am–7 pm.

“With hospitals on each side of Rockford and 89 area clinics, you have access day or night for critical or convenient care needs,” said Bea. “Our team of caring pediatric specialists will provide the best care for your little one wherever you live.”

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