FHN Leaders: ‘We’re Open, We’re Safe and Ready to Care for You’

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — FHN has created and made available the latest weekly video update from FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley, MBA, FACHE on the organization’s COVID-19 preparations. Videos have been released every week since mid-March to update the community on how FHN has prepared for the pandemic – and continues to do so – while welcoming patients back for non-COVID-19 treatments and procedures.

Gridley and FHN Chief Physician Executive James Kolka, DO, discuss the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) ruling allowing Illinois healthcare organizations to “open up” for elective procedures and routine appointments.

Dr. Kolka, an emergency medicine physician, points out that Emergency Department visits are down, but the patients coming in have been sicker. “We’ve had more cardiac patients coming in via ambulance, in more serious condition, than the previous three months,” Kolka said. “We want to stress that our hospital and clinics are open, and it is safe to come in for routine visits to monitor and manage chronic conditions like diabetes, COPD, and heart disease.”

The video, along with all of the previous weeks’ videos, is available on FHN’s COVID-19 information site, www.fhn.org/coronavirus.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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