Riverside Campus Opening: Frequently Asked Questions

In January 2019, Mercyhealth will open the region’s only women’s and children’s hospital, adult hospital, and medical center — a facility that will provide top-level services for babies, children and adults.

What is the One Hospital, Two Campuses plan?

Mercyhealth has a passion for making lives better. It’s this passion that drives us to grow for the health and well-being of the region. We are currently building a new adult and children’s hospital and medical center campus on I-90 at Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, the largest construction project in Rockford history. It was the first project in history to receive Certificate of Need approval for one hospital license to be divided between two different locations. Learn more about our One Hospital, Two Campuses plan , which includes both the Rockton Avenue campus and the new campus on Riverside.

What services will be available on the Rockton and Riverside campuses?
With nearly $1 billion in investment in the Rockford area, it can be hard to keep up on Mercyhealth’s many service offerings. Click here to see the services offered on the Rockton Avenue and Riverside Boulevard campuses, as of January 2019.

Will there be patient transportation between the Rockton Avenue and Riverside campuses?
Once the new hospital is open, shuttle service between the campuses will be available free of charge for patients.

What Women’s and Children’s Services will be moving to the Riverside campus?
On January 5, 2019, all Women’s and Children’s Services are moving to the Riverside campus, including:

  • Labor and Delivery
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Mother and Baby
  • Neonatology specialties
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pediatric specialties

Where will babies be delivered? 

Beginning at 7 am on January 5, 2019:

  • All babies will be delivered at the new Riverside hospital.
  • Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue, formerly Rockford Memorial Hospital, will no longer be a delivering hospital (babies will no longer be born there).
  • If a patient in labor arrives at Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue, they will be transported to the new Riverside hospital.
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