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Rockford Register Star: Mercyhealth’s West-Side Rockford Hospital Campus will get $5.3M Renovation

Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton to add sub-acute care unit

ROCKFORD — Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton will undergo a $5.3 million renovation this year to add a 17-bed sub-acute care unit. The renovations will result in the addition of at least 35 jobs, including a physician, nurses, therapists and support staff. The unit will offer care for patients who no longer require hospitalization but are not medically ready to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility or their own home. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved MercyHealth’s Certificate of Need application for the unit.

“The $5.3 million in planned renovations reflects Mercyhealth’s continued commitment to invest in the Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton Avenue campus and increase access to care for patients,” the health care provider said in a news release.

Examples of patients who would use the sub-acute care unit include those with kidney disease, severe infection, neurological issues, heart disease or congestive heart failure, respiratory concerns, stroke and orthopedic fractures.

“This approach is very successful at our hospital in Janesville, where we have operated a five-star sub-acute care unit since 2003,” Javon Bea, president and CEO of Mercyhealth said in the news release. “This type of unit results in better care coordination and achieves better outcomes for at-risk patients.”

The renovations are expected to be complete by the end of the year. The total value of renovations either planned for or completed at the Rockton campus tops $70 million, not including the sub-acute care unit, the hospital said. Those projects include the Orthopedic Institute, EMS training center, pharmacy and lab, cancer and infusion centers and other improvements.

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