Rockford Health System

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A Rockford hospital system is expanding…and the project is being called one of the biggest capital projects in the city’s history. 

MercyRockford Health System has only existed since January...that’s when Rockford Health System and Janesville, Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System merged. Now the health care provider is moving forward with a massive project: a $400-million makeover. And that means building a new hospital on Rockford’s far northeast side, focusing on women and children. It will also be a high level trauma center.

Rockford Health System

Rockford Health System officials said Tuesday that the pilot of the medical helicopter that crashed near Rochelle Monday night was turning around because the aircraft encountered weather. Officials could not elaborate, but area residents reported sleet-like conditions at the time of the crash.

Plans by OSF St. Anthony Medical Center to acquire Rockford Health System have been called off, just days before officials from both sides were to testify at a Federal Trade Commission hearing in Washington, D.C.