Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rosecrance, SwedishAmerican form mental health partnership

Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Philip W. Eaton (left) and Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System, announce the partnership involving mental health care Wednesday, Jan. 30, at SwedishAmerican.

Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Philip W. Eaton (left) and Dr. Bill Gorski, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System, announce the partnership involving mental health care Wednesday, Jan. 30, at SwedishAmerican.

ROCKFORD — Rosecrance Health Network and SwedishAmerican Health System have announced a new partnership to improve the continuum of mental  health care services in northern Illinois. The partnership involves improvements in the delivery of both inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient behavioral health services.

Under an agreement approved by both organizations’ boards of directors, Rosecrance will manage SwedishAmerican Hospital’s mental health unit. In this new model, SwedishAmerican continues its long-standing focus on inpatient psychiatric services. Nurses providing direct patient care will continue to be employed by the hospital, while the unit’s psychiatrists and therapists will become Rosecrance employees. Management of the unit will be provided by a director who is employed by Rosecrance, but reports to SwedishAmerican’s vice president of nursing.

In addition, Rosecrance has purchased SwedishAmerican’s outpatient behavioral health clinic, now located in Camelot Tower. On March 1, the clinic will close and its services will be integrated with existing Rosecrance operations through its affiliate, Aspen Counseling & Consulting.

Outpatient appointments will continue seamlessly; no interruption of service is expected. To accommodate the growth at Aspen, Rosecrance will announce a new location for outpatient services in the near future.

Patients will benefit from the SwedishAmerican-Rosecrance partnership through an expanded and more specialized base of providers, more comprehensive coverage for SwedishAmerican Hospital’s Emergency Department, additional case management alternatives and a tiered system that provides stronger alignment between mental health service options and patients’ specific needs.

“Our partnership with Rosecrance will help us to more effectively bridge gaps in the current mental health care system, and ensure that patients receive the best possible care in the most appropriate setting, and in a timely fashion,” said SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “This is an excellent example of how two respected organizations are coming together to advance the continuity of mental health care in northern Illinois with creative solutions.”

Rosecrance President and CEO Philip W. Eaton said the organization’s Board of Directors believes the partnership with SwedishAmerican  will benefit the community and improve access to care by creating a more user-friendly system.

“The goal is to connect the dots between the acute care system and community-based services, creating a seamless transition between levels of care within the same network,” Eaton said. “Every step of the way patients will be interacting with a unified team of clinical professionals who coordinate care under the same management system.”

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Rosecrance, a private not-for-profit headquartered in Rockford, is one of the most comprehensive behavioral health networks in the state of Illinois. Rosecrance provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance has facilities in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, along with six offices in Chicagoland.

Remarks from Philip W. Eaton, President and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network, made at the Jan. 30 announcement at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford:

I am delighted to be here today for this announcement, which I sincerely believe is a significant step forward for our community in terms of mental health services.

The Rosecrance Health Network Board of Directors is excited to enter into this partnership with SwedishAmerican Health System. We believe it will improve access to care and create a more user-friendly system for patients.

Dr. Bill Gorski and I, along with our respective administrative teams, have spent many hours talking about the goals and details of this partnership. At every step of the way, the focus stayed on improving the continuity of care to people who come to us with behavioral health needs. We believe this agreement does just that. This partnership allows Rosecrance and SwedishAmerican to continue working side by side, even as each of us focuses on our strengths.

The goal is to connect the dots between the acute care system and community-based services, creating a seamless transition between levels of care within the same network.

As for the big picture, health care is changing in the United States — both in how it will be delivered and in how we engage patients. Rosecrance is working with primary healthcare providers to address behavioral health needs among patients. We already are delivering this kind of integrated care at several locations through a partnership with Crusader Community Health. And we are exploring possibilities with other healthcare providers for how integration and collaboration may improve overall patient care.

We are thrilled to move forward with SwedishAmerican through this partnership to integrate behavioral health and primary health services, improve access for patients and provide a better continuum of care.

Thank you.


Rosecrance hosting Feb. 26 open house at new Northbrook Office

NorthbrookRosecrance Northbrook will host an open house on Feb. 26, 2014 for behavioral health professionals, educators and others who work with teens and families that may need services offered in the Northbrook office.

The open house is 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 1200 Shermer Road, Suite 109, Northbrook, IL.

Attend the open house from 2-6 pm on February 26 to:

  • Meet our expert staff
  • Learn more about our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Prevention and Intervention Services
  • Receive an overview of our basic services
  • Learn how to refer clients and the best ways to access services

Rosecrance Northbrook Office
1200 Shermer Road, Suite 109
Northbrook, IL
Map and Directions

J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey to perform at 2013 Foundation Benefit

J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey
J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey

Tenor J. Mark McVey, who performed at the 2006 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit with Marvin Hamlisch, returns to headline the 2013 Benefit with his wife, Christy Tarr-McVey.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

To buy a ticket for the Foundation Benefit, click here.

Mark and Christy will perform Broadway tunes, songs from movies and music by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Mark made his Broadway debut in “Les Miserables,” and he has won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. He also has appeared in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including “Tommy,” “Chess,” “South Pacific” and “Show Boat.” Christy made her Broadway debut in “Tommy.” Her other credits include “Jekyll & Hyde,” “South Pacific” and “Annie.”

For more information about the Rosecrance Foundation and the benefit, please contact Lynne D. Vass, CFRE, Senior VP/Development, at 815.387.5602.

For information about the Rosecrance Foundation Benefactor Society and the levels of giving, click here.

Rosecrance's Waukesha County Office now open

Rosecrance Waukesha Office

The Rosecrance Waukesha Office is located in this office building in Pewaukee.

Rosecrance began offering services for teens at a new office that opened Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Pewaukee, Wis. Rosecrance Waukesha County is located at N27 W23957 Paul Road, Suite 101, Pewaukee. Rosecrance has long served residents of Waukesha County through residential services at adolescent and adult treatment campuses in Rockford, IL.

The local office in Pewaukee will provide a full continuum of outpatient services — from prevention and early intervention to treatment — to address the needs of families with adolescents. Services to be offered in Waukesha County include:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Continuing Care Group
  • Confidential drug and alcohol evaluations
  • Early intervention services
  • Assistance to families who need help finding resources
  • Prevention resources and presentations for parents and students
  • Student Assistance Program for local schools
  • Substance abuse awareness training and education for professionals, community organizations and parents
  • Urine drug screens

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton said the organization has received an increasing number of calls for service from Wisconsin families in recent years. The new office will allow families to access services for their children close to home.

“We are excited to be able to offer an array of programs to help families deal with a critical issue – the health and safety of their children,” Eaton said. “We’re familiar to residents of Waukesha County, and we’re familiar with this area.

“This new office improves our ability to serve families at the very time they need help.”

For more a map of and directions to the Rosecrance Waukesha County Office, click here.


Jane Armitage joins Rosecrance as Director of Development

Jane Armitage

Longtime area fundraising professional Jane Armitage has joined The Rosecrance Foundation team as Director of Development.

Armitage will help with the Foundation’s signature local events, the Annual Benefit and Flower Day, as well as other projects to raise money for charity care and programs to serve individuals in treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.

“We are pleased to welcome Jane to Rosecrance because she has a passion for our work and she knows the needs that exist in this area,” said Sr. VP of Development Lynne Vass. “The energy and expertise she brings to our organization will translate into treatment for people who come to us in need of life-changing and live-saving services.”

Armitage, a Rockford native, previously has worked in development at the United Way of Rock River Valley and Beloit College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College of DePere, WI.

“I am honored to join the Rosecrance team in their pursuit of providing excellent treatment, care and support for individuals and families living with addiction and mental health issues,” Armitage said. “Working alongside such talented and passionate professionals in fulfillment of our mission of providing Help, Hope and Recovery is inspiring.”

Rosecrance expands Wisconsin presence with Waukesha County Office, new venture in Madison

Rosecrance Waukesha Office

The Rosecrance Waukesha Office is located in this office building in Pewaukee.

Rosecrance Waukesha County: Rosecrance is now offering adolescent substance abuse treatment services through its new Waukesha County Office, located at N27 W23957 Paul Road, Suite 101, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.Services offered at Rosecrance Waukesha County include an intensive outpatient program, a continuing care group, confidential drug and alcohol evaluations, early intervention services, assistance to families who need help finding services, substance abuse awareness training and education for professionals and urine drug screens. For information or to make a referral, call 262-278-4462 or 888-928-5278. For a map and directions, click here.

TMS Center of Madison: Rosecrance Health Network of Rockford, IL, and Connections Counseling of Madison have joined forces to create the TMS Center of Madison, which will be Madison’s only provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS is a non-invasive, non-systemic medical treatment for individuals suffering from depression who have not benefited from anti-depressants or who cannot take medication for some reason. Rosecrance has successfully treated patients in Rockford using TMS for more than three years.

The TMS Center of Madison opened Jan. 7 at Connections Counseling, 5005 University Ave. Suite 100. For more information about the TMS Center of Madison and Connections Counseling, visit the website or call 608-231-2200.

Read the latest issue of Reach magazine online

If you want to know what’s going on at Rosecrance, check out the Winter 2012 issue of our publication, Reach. The 16-page issue features articles on:

  • The Rosecrance School and how its teachers make education a vital part of substance abuse treatment
  • Students of the Rosecrance School winning national recognition for recovery-themed artwork they created
  • The opening of the Triage Center in Rosecrance’s Ware Center
  • Expanded services in McHenry County and Wisconsin
  • Photo packages focusing on our “Spirit of the Garden” party and “Cooking Up Hope” fundraiser
  • A sneak peek at what’s coming up for the April 2013 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit
  • And much, much more.

Click here to go to the Publications Page of our website, and click on the Winter 2013 issue of Reach to open a PDF version. (You can also read other issues.)

Register Star reports on plans to add beds to Ware Center

Ware Center

In the Monday, Jan. 7 edition of the Rockford Register Star, reporter Melissa Westphal reports on Rosecrance’s plans to renovate the fourth floor of its downtown Ware Center to accommodate mental health patients:

“The space would have the capacity for 16 beds under the designation of community-based housing. It would house a voluntary, short-term residential program for people experiencing behavioral health crises who don’t need inpatient hospitalization but do need stabilization and 24-hour supervision.”

You can read the whole story here.

Wisconsin State Journal reports on Rosecrance's TMS therapy

Gayle Laszewski, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation coordinator at Connections Counseling in Madison, demonstrates a TMS machine on Dr. Thomas Wright, chief medical officer for Rosecrance Health Network.

A story in the Wisconsin State Journal spotlights the arrival on Monday, Jan 7, of transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS) therapy in Madison, courtesy of a joint venture by Rosecrance and Connections Counseling.

A new brain stimulation therapy for depression is coming to Madison this  week. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, uses a magnetic coil positioned on  the head to activate targeted brain cells…. Connections Counseling will open the TMS Center of Madison on Monday at its  clinic on Madison’s West Side through a joint venture with Rosecrance Health  Network of Rockford, Ill.”

Read the whole story here.

Northern Illinois NAMI chapter hosts 'In Our Own Voice' Jan. 8

The Northern Illinois Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present “In Our Own Voice” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Stepping Stones, 706 N. Main St., Rockford.

“In Our Own Voice” is a unique public education program developed by NAMI in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental health issues and achieving recovery.

During the presentation, audience members are encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions. Such participation is an important part of “In Our Own Voice” because it increases the understanding of what living with a mental illness and remaining in recovery is actually like.

The “In Our Own Voice” program will begin at 7 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Parking will be available in the rear lot off Church Street.

For more information about NAMI, go to