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Fr. Jim Swarthout featured in the Daily Herald

Rosecrance’s Father Jim Swarthout, Clergy and Community Coordinator, talks with the Daily Herald about addiction, recovery and spirituality. Read the article here.

Rosecrance's Dr. Raymond Garcia featured in Behavioral Healthcare

Rosecrance’s Dr. Raymond Garcia, medical director at Rosecrance Harrison Campus, was featured in an article on Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s website.

Behavioral health clinicians increasingly are using treatments that combine evidence-based medicine—which incorporates clinical pathways, scientific studies and electronic medical records—with more traditional patient-centered, shared decision-making approaches. But the question that remains is how to balance the two so that protocol is neither a rigid “cookbook” nor dubious “gut instinct.”


Compared to a decade ago, there is more opportunity for incorporating evidence-based medicine because the body of evidence has increased in recent years.


“As the scientific knowledge base in behavioral science establishes firmer ground, there is a wider acceptance among clinicians to use evidence-based practices,” says Raymond Garcia, MD, medical director for Rosecrance’s Harrison campus, in Rockford, Ill. “Using new tools to enhance diagnostic accuracy and determine more specific etiologies for behavioral health conditions, we will be better able to individualize care.”


For example, there are genetic assays that show promise in guiding treatment options based on the individual’s ability to metabolize certain medications. And, he says, clinicians are starting to use the tests to choose specific medications, especially in individuals who have had poor outcomes previously. New technologies can help at the initial diagnosis stage as well.


“Enhanced/functional brain imaging studies can be used in aiding diagnosis, especially as costs come down,” says Garcia.


Click here to continue reading the article on Behavioral Healthcare magazine’s website.

Fire Engineering Magazine features Rosecrance Florian Program

Fire Engineering Magazine featured the Rosecrance Florian Program on their website December 20, 2014.

Those of us in the fire service encounter traumatic events in the line of duty every day. Days become years, and those years become a career that spans decades.

To deal with the stress of the job and sometimes injuries from the job, some of us turn to alcohol and other drugs to cope. Our mental health suffers, harming job performance and family life.

Ask yourself – what’s the toll on your body, your mind and your emotions after 30 years on the job?

As firefighters and EMTs, we’re very pragmatic. We see a problem and we correct it. But we’re never really taught or trained how to feel about it.

The reality is, we’re human, and we do feel. What we find out many times is that we don’t like those thoughts and feelings, so we anesthetize them.

We need to overcome the macho image of how we’re supposed to be and realize we’re human beings who are affected by years of trauma, whether we have personal trauma from losing a brother or sister in the fire service or we have secondary/vicarious trauma from the injuries and bad things we see every day.


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Rosecrance Florian Program featured in Chicago Tribune

The Rosecrance Florian Program for firefighters & paramedics was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune Monday, December 1, 2014.

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To learn more about the Rosecrance Florian Program, click here.

Rosecrance's Dr. Thomas Wright and recovering addict Shannon featured on ABC-7 Chicago

Rosecrance’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Wright and recovering addict Shannon were featured on ABC-7 Chicago in a report on “Triple C,” cold medicine being abused by teens. Click here to read the story and watch the video.

Rosecrance Ware Center relocation featured in Rockford Register Star, WIFR and WREX

Rosecrance has transformed a long-vacant grocery store along the North Main Street corridor into a modern new home for the Ware Center, where staff provides and adult clients receive outpatient mental health services. The new Ware Center was featured in several media outlets:

Rockford Register Star: “New Rosecrance Ware Center in Rockford a bright spot for the mentally ill”

WIFR: “Rosecrance breathes new life into old building”

WREX: “Rosecrance opens new Ware Center for outpatient mental health services”

Rosecrance Florian Program featured on WREX

The Rosecrance Florian Program was featured October 14, 2014 on WREX in Rockford.

A new health program, reportedly the only of its kind in the nation, comes to Rockford. It treats first responders who constantly face high-stress situations.

The Florian program is named after the patron saint of firefighters. It’s now offered at Rosecrance, right in the Forest City.

“We came on the job to help other people, but what we fail to do is help ourselves sometimes,” says Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Daniel DeGryse.

When your career centers around emergencies, you tend to see a lot of the negative. Sometimes those images stay with you. Experts say 20% of all firefighters and paramedics deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

“A child burned up, somebody who’s in a car trying to get out, we see this this each and everyday and what are we supposed to do with that?” says DeGryse.

DeGryse has been a first responder for 25 years. In his time serving, he says he’s seen a lot of situations where firefighters could use professional mental health services, but not as many options for actual treatment. There are choices out there, through what’s called employee assistance programs. Chicago has them, so does Rockford, but DeGryse says the issue lies in specialization.

“Some of the organizations out there, when I ask them about trauma, I don’t think they understand what kind of trauma we go through.”

So, DeGryse reached out to the health organization Rosecrance in Rockford. He and administrators created the Florian Program, what they call a specialized initiative.

“This program is going to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just for fire personnel.”

Florian has been up and running since this summer at Rosecrance’s facility at 3815 Harrison Avenue. Doctors there, like medical director Dr. Raymond Garcia, have worked with first responders in the past. They say treatment varies with each situation, but all cases will be monitored at Floria, to see iFlorianents are making progress.

“If they have anxiety disorders, PTSD, certainly we can track that to see how well they’re doing symptomatically as they’re leaving the program compared to when they first come in,” Dr. Garcia explains.

Florian’s already treated five firefighters from various departments around northern Illinois. Rockford fire is still looking at payment options, figuring out if its health benefits cover the Florian program, or if personnel would have to pay out of pocket.

Click here to read the article and view the video, or watch the video below: – Rockford’s News Leader

Rosecrance uses $1.5 million Illinois DCEO grant to create unique crisis intervention center

Rosecrance Mulberry Center to serve individuals in psychiatric crisis

ROCKFORD – Rosecrance has received a $1.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to fund a groundbreaking program to meet the needs of area residents who need emergency services and short-term housing in response to psychiatric crises.

Rosecrance Mulberry Center, located at 605 Mulberry Street in downtown Rockford.

Rosecrance Mulberry Center, located at 605 Mulberry Street in downtown Rockford.

The Rosecrance Mulberry Center, located in a renovated and expanded building at 605 Mulberry Street in downtown Rockford, opens Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The center brings under one roof crisis services that Rosecrance already offers at separate locations in the city.

“The Rosecrance Mulberry Center allows us to serve people in crisis in a comfortable, non-threatening environment and move them to the appropriate level of care very quickly, and the best level of care might be just down the hallway in the same building,” said Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton.

“This program is both clinically sound and fiscally efficient, and it is one of a kind in Illinois.


Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton speaks about the services the Rosecrance Mulberry Center will provide.

“We are grateful that the Illinois DCEO agreed to fund the program because they recognized how it will improve the continuum of care for mental health in our community.”

The new center contains the Triage Program for seven clients in psychiatric emergency, the Crisis Residential Program for 12 clients needing short-term care and the new Detoxification Program for four clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The three programs are closely linked and logically offered at the same location.

Triage, located in the east section of the building, is designed to provide immediate evaluation for individuals in psychiatric crisis. Clients might come to the center from area emergency rooms or they might be brought in by family members or law enforcement. The individual is given an evaluation to determine the appropriate level of care, and staff members assist with that transition, which takes place within 23 hours. The area follows the “living room model” for patient comfort. Outcomes range from the client returning home with follow-up care to hospitalization.

mulberry_bedsAn in-between level of short-term care is offered through the Crisis Residential Program, also located at the Rosecrance Mulberry Center. The 12-bed program serves clients who don’t need hospitalization but who need ongoing monitoring  and intensive services after triage. The average length of stay is 3-5 days, but clients may be in the program for up to 14 days.

Four other residential beds will be used for the Detoxification Program for individuals who need that level of medical care along with monitoring for psychiatric crises. That program is new and it will open in early November.

mulberry_couchesThe Rosecrance Mulberry Center reclaimed a downtown building that had been vacant for several years. Beyond renovation of the existing structure, the project called for new construction to expand the building by about one-third. Larson & Darby Group did the architectural work, and Ringland-Johnson Construction was the contractor.

“This project clearly demonstrates our commitment to serve this population,” Eaton said. “We know and believe that people who struggle in our community deserve to have intentionally developed infrastructure to respond to their needs when they’re in crisis. I’m grateful to the state and very proud of our board of directors for their commitment to invest. This is a significant long-term investment in our commitment to providing behavioral health services to people in our community.”

You can read more about the Rosecrance Mulberry Center or watch video online from the following media outlets:

Rockford Register Star – Rosecrance in Rockford unveils a better system of care for mental health crisis

WIFR – Rosecrance Mulberry Center ready to open

WREX – New type of mental illness clinic to join Rockford

Treatment Magazine – Illinois’ Rosecrance Opens Highly Innovative New Dual Diagnosis Center

The WGN Morning Show Meets Wes, Rosecrance alumnus

WGN Morning Show host Steve Cochran and morning news anchor Andrea Darlas interviewed Wes, a former Rosecrance patient, on Wednesday, September 10. Wes spoke about his recovery from heroin addiction and the help he received from Rosecrance. His father, Tom, also spoke about the struggles of being a father of an addict.

Listen to the interview here.

Rosecrance's Rev. Jim Swarthout featured in the National Catholic Reporter

jimswarthoutRosecrance’s Rev. Jim Swarthout was recently featured in the National Catholic Reporter. His idea for a Diaper Bank has grown into The National Diaper Bank Network, a system of nonprofit groups that helps to provide about 98 million diapers annually to needy families who can’t afford them.

“I have never seen something, in all my years of priestly ministry, break barriers between service agencies and churches,” Swarthout said in a phone interview. “Catholic, Episcopalians, Lutherans, they all came together at the table when we really didn’t have a clergy association.”

In 2009, these diaper banks caught the attention of Huggies, an international diaper and wipes company. Huggies brought together Goldblum, Swarthout and eight others, representing 10 of the nation’s first — and potentially only — diaper banks, to brainstorm about the need. After several meetings, they decided to start a national entity that could spread awareness. Huggies, Swarthout, Goldblum and the other diaper bank founders created the National Diaper Bank Network, which was incorporated in 2011 and has grown from a founding membership of 40 diaper banks to 195 today.


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