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SwedishAmerican Hospital says it’s partnering with Aunt Martha's, a Chicago-based nonprofit, to open a new clinic in Rockford.  

The Rockford Register Star reports the 4,000 square foot clinic will be based in the hospital tower on East State Street.  Aunt Martha’s aims to offer primary care, mental health, and women’s health services.  They hope addressing problems with primary care physicians can lower the amount of patients diverted to the emergency room (SwedishAmerican has around 74,000 emergency room visits each year).  

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Community health centers across Illinois are receiving federal grants totaling more than $12 million.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "will help community health centers across our state continue to improve health outcomes and reduce patient costs."

Community health centers deliver comprehensive primary health care in areas where there are geographic or economic barriers to affordable care. They also integrate pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and oral health services.

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Thursday was World AIDS Day. An organization that provides health care for low-income residents in Boone and Winnebago Counties marked the day by launching a campaign to overcome the stigma that prevents some people with HIV from getting the care they need.

The Winnebago County Health Department and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago joined Crusader Community Health to announce the effort.

A man is in police custody after he fired shots inside Crusader Community Health's facility on Broadway in Rockford.

The armed suspect, 36-year-old Steven Dummer of Rochelle, threatened suicide on the second floor of the clinic Monday afternoon.

Police were able to peacefully negotiate with the suspect after a standoff lasting nearly four hours. The facility was secured and all occupants were able to evacuate safely.

One person can make a difference!

If you know someone who exhibits exceptional kindness and care for the Rockford-area community, WNIJ encourages you to nominate this deserving person or group for the Crusader Community Health "Spirit of Caring" award.

And new this year is the Sprit of the Future Award, honoring persons who are under 40 years old - a future-focused leader who demonstrates the Spirit of Caring today.