WREX TV: Mercyhealth is One Year Away from Opening its Riverside Hospital Campus

WREX TV, ROCKFORD, IL — January 5th, 2019. That’s when the new Mercyhealth hospital on Riverside Boulevard is set to open.

And that means we’re now one year away from that. The $505 million dollar hospital will be home to a state-of-the-art women’s and children’s hospital. That includes a neonatal intensive care unit.

More than 100 patients will move to the new campus from the Rockton Avenue campus. And that’s no easy task for Mercyhealth’s tiniest patients.

“There’s always a chance that a baby’s condition will change but that’s part of their training. They know how to handle all of those things. So the risks are minimized because they’re experts to start with and all this practicing minimizes those risks even more so.” said Pam Allen, the NICU manager for Mercyhealth.

Mercyhealth staff held a timed drill on a mock patient today to practice for the big move next year.

To watch the original segment on WREX, CLICK HERE.

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