Information about Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside

Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside
8201 East Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114
(815) 971-7000

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Open in January 2019, Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside is a six-story, 194-bed regional tertiary referral hospital and a state-designated Regional Perinatal Center for an 11-county region in northern Illinois and a four-county region in southern Wisconsin. The facility includes a host of services for moms and babies, including 55+ pediatric specialists in 29+ different specialties, a 52-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Small Baby Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Unit, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services and Birthing Center. The adult inpatient services include Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care and Step-Down Intensive Care units, a Level I Emergency/Trauma Center, a host of hybrid technology and outpatient surgery services for both children and adults. The building also features a four-story specialty physician clinic.

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Campus square footage

  • Campus: 563,000 SF
  • Hospital:  481,245 SF
  • Clinic: 81,755 SF
  • Rooftop play area and garden: 44,019 SF (just over an acre)


  • $505 million


  • Hospital: 6
  • Clinic: 4


  • 194


  • Level I Emergency Trauma Center
  • State of Illinois-designated Regional Perinatal Center
  • Level II Pediatric Trauma Center (1 of 6 in Illinois)
  • State-designated Children’s Hospital (only one in northern Illinois)
  • Pediatric Critical Care Center (1 of 10 in Illinois)
  • Level III (highest level) 52-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Small Baby Unit (only one of a handful in the nation)

Unique features

  • Hybrid Operating Room—Our state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Suites combines the features of a traditional operating room with advanced imaging technology. Typically, this technology is only found in the Imaging Department of a hospital. The Hybrid Operating Suites allow our physicians to make real-time assessments and provides greater interactive surgical and radiographic flexibility than ever before.
  • Placards—Outside all inpatient rooms are tablets called placards. The placards contain easy to read icons, which inform the care team about isolation precautions, potential fall risks, dietary restrictions and condition updates without compromising patient confidentiality.
  • Interactive Waiting Room—Technology and fun converge in the Interactive Waiting Room, located inside the State of Illinois Designated Children’s Hospital on the third floor, which allows patients and families an opportunity to be distracted from their concerns; changeable theme-based games are projected onto the floor to promote laughter and exercise among children.
  • Inpatient Suite Amenities—Inpatient suites—both pediatric and adult—were designed to bring the comforts of home to the hospital setting, including private refrigerators, patient safes, comfortable sleeping coaches for visitors, TVs streaming a variety of educational offerings movies and games, free WiFi, charging stations, electronic communication boards in place of whiteboards of old, and much more.
  • Nurse Server Stations–Nurse server stations provide access to supplies from both outside and inside the patient’s room. The cabinets are more convenient and provide convenient service for patients because there is less running for supplies, and helps maintain a quiet atmosphere for patients and families.
  • Rooftop Healing Garden—The 45,000-square-foot rooftop garden (which is just over an acre) features a meditation zone and children’s playground and welcomes one and all, offering a place of respite and a breath of much appreciated fresh air when times are challenging.
  • Pediatric Playroom–Illness and hospitalization can lead to stress and uncertainty, and being away from home and family can create fear and confusion which interferes with a child’s physical and emotional recovery. Providing an area for play is an important aspect of recovery. The pediatric playroom provides a place where children can retreat from the stresses of being in the hospital.
  • Infant Resuscitation Room—This room allows the care team to provide immediate care for pre-term infants and those in distress. It is located between the two C-Section Operating Suites for fast access.
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Lab–This lab allows multi-specialty physicians, such as cardiologists, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, and neuro-interventionists to work collaboratively to perform a multitude of procedures.
  • Water Birth Suite—This room is designed to create a more natural labor and birth experience, with a Jacuzzi to accommodate water birth deliveries.
  • Clean Core Design—All Operating Rooms surround the Clean Core, a sterile room that houses supplies and medications used during surgical procedures. Only staff dressed in appropriate surgical attire are allowed in the Clean Core.

Fun facts

  • 650,700 pounds (825 tons) of stone was installed on the campus, which is equivalent to 2,640,000 cans of soup.
  • The mosaic wall is made up of 181,366 1-inch tiles. If laid end to end, they would stretch 2.8 miles.
  • Workers laid over 14 miles of irrigation pipe.
  • 51,900,000-square-feet was painted, which is approximately 45 acres.
  • 1,114 trees, 4,282 shrubs and 9,850 perennials were planted.
  • The campus is encircled by 2.3 miles of walking paths.
  • 12,000 LED light fixtures were installed.
  • The campus boasts 1,274 parking spaces.
  • Over 4,200 tons of structural steel was used. This is equivalent to over 7.62 billion paper clips.
  • 20,938 cubic yards of concrete was used for foundations, building slabs, and site paving.
  • Over 2,000 employee/partners have spent 34,000 hours in training and education on the processes, procedures and new equipment at this facility.
  • 200 employee/partners have each spent over 200 hours on mock tabletop and live drills on how to safely and smoothly move patients between facilities.

Quotes from Javon R. Bea, Mercyhealth President/CEO

“The $505 million, 563,000-square-foot Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside features advanced technology and thoughtful patient-centric touches, coupled with the unparalleled skills of the multi-disciplinary specialists, highly trained nurses and other providers.”

“With nearly $1 billion in investment in the Rockford area, Mercyhealth is providing the best hospital care no matter where you live.”

“The future of health care is here in Rockford. Merychealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside will serve as a ‘pillar of the earth’ for this region over time with new and large growth developing all around it.”

“The opening and smooth transfer of patients between our Riverside and Rockton hospital campuses is a direct result of the amazing team of partners who have spent over 34,000 hours on planning, education, and mock tabletop and live drills on how to safely move patients, as well as the processes, procedures and new equipment at the Riverside campus.”

“Having one hospital on two Rockford campuses increases regional accessibility and supports strong economic development and job growth, creating a powerful regional health system to drive health care to the Rockford area.”

Quotes from Joanna Benning, Mercyhealth Vice President of Facilities and Construction

“The 6-story specialty hospital and 4-story physician clinic was built in 2 years and 10 months, which was ahead of schedule, and includes 263 acres of land for further development.”

“This was the largest construction project in Rockford’s history. Over 1,500 craft workers provided over 1.3 million total hours. With the completion of Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside, we successfully expanded existing services, created jobs, and is bringing economic growth to the greater Rockford region.”

“I am grateful to have the chance to lead such a complex yet incredibly meaningful type of a project. The success of this project has truly been the teamwork of our amazing employee/partners and outside designers and contractors.”

The approval and building of Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside was a unique project in respect to the fact that Mercyhealth had an existing hospital campus across town—the Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Rockton. It was the first project in history to receive Illinois Health Facilities and Planning Review Board Certificate of Need approval for one hospital license to be divided between two locations. Both hospitals are certified trauma centers.

On January 5, 2019, Mercyhealth successfully safely moved 123 patients from its Rockton campus to the Riverside campus over a period of 10 hours. After the move, 89 adult patients continued to be cared for at the Rockton campus. We are greatly exceeding anticipated patient volumes.

Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton has 94 private inpatient rooms and house adult patients, certified emergency/trauma center, a family medicine residency program beginning in the summer of 2019, and a wide variety of adult specialty services.

Since 2015, Mercyhealth has invested heavily in the future of the Rockton campus. Investments and improvements include:

  • New $5 million Orthopedic Center of Excellence
  • $1 million expansion to the Mercyhealth Cancer Center–Rockton
  • $1 investment is state-of-the-art robotic laboratory equipment
  • $660,000 state-of-the-art helipad
  • New 16,500-square-foot EMS training facility
  • And much more


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