Volume 4, Winter 2008
p. 3 Cardiac CTAs
p. 4 Foundation News
p. 6 Growing Services
As 2008 Draws to a Close First Cataract Surgery Performed at RCH!
Thank you for your support in New Equipment & Doctors Available for Eye Surgeries
allowing us to serve you during the
past year! By choosing We’re pleased to announce the addition of eye surgery to our list of
Rochelle Community Hospital as same-day surgeries! In fact, the hospital’s very first cataract surgery
your provider, you have enabled us was performed here in September by Dr. Jason Friedrichs, an
to continue expanding our scope of Ophthalmologist from DeKalb Clinic. A new member of our medical
services with new equipment and staff, Dr. Friedrichs removed a cataract from Teresa Melvin’s right
eye. She was referred by her optometrist in DeKalb.
So far, we have:
• Introduced a new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program “After seeing Dr. Friedrichs, I was anxious to have the surgery
• Improved emergency room coverage by University of right away,” Teresa said. “He told me that RCH hoped to have
the necessary surgical equipment by October, and I was really
• Introduced Cardiac CTA scanning
pleased when I could get in sooner.”
• Performed the first cataract surgery here and added two
new Ophthalmologists providing eye care
• Added two new Gynecologists in our Multi-Specialty Center Teresa’s husband, Jim, who works in Rochelle, said he was impressed
• Renamed the Petro Clinic as “On the Go Healthcare Clinic” with the hospital’s facilities. “I haven’t been here in about 10 years,”
and expanded services to the traveling public by adding a
he said. “I also have an eye condition that may require surgery, and I
would be happy to have it performed here.”
• Purchased new equipment including:
• AutoPulse as a result of last year’s year-end appeal
(Emergency Department) A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that can impair vision. About
• Ophthalmology microscope to assist in eye surgery 50% of Americans age 65 and older have cataracts. In addition to
cataract surgery, other eye surgeries available include: plastic and
• New Stryker beds and side tables from annual golf
outing proceeds (Med/Surg floor)
reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, cornea surface reconstruction,
• Nintendo Wii (by Auxiliary) for use with physical therapy strabismus surgery (muscle alignment) and glaucoma filtration surgery.
patients (Rehab Services)
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• New stretcher chair as a result of Auxiliary’s annual
bazaar (Ophthalmology Surgery)
In addition, we hope to purchase new digital
mammography equipment in the near future. In the
meantime, we look forward to your continued support
as we improve the level of service we provide in the
coming year. We also appreciate your help with the
patient satisfaction surveys – they help us to measure
how well we’re doing and where we may need to
improve. We take our responsibility seriously and make
it our goal to exceed your expectations.
Bruce D. Peterson – CEO
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Our Surgical Department received its new Zeiss ophthalmology microscope in early September, followed by the
necessary instruments for cataract surgery. Three eye surgeries were then performed on September 17, with more
scheduled for the following week. So far, 39 surgeries have been performed.
“Considering I was the first person, I’d have to say I thought everything went very smoothly,” Teresa continued.
“Everyone was very helpful, nice and professional. As soon as the cataract was removed, I noticed the difference in light
and colors. My vision is now so clear.”
Dr. Jason Friedrichs is an ophthalmologist trained at the University of Iowa. He sees patients at DeKalb Clinic, but
performs surgery primarily in Rochelle. “I feel the equipment is state-of-the-art and unsurpassed in the geographic area,”
Dr. Friedrichs said. “The staff is genuine, enthusiastic and capable. They give a lot of personal attention to their patients.”
We now have two ophthalmologists available to perform eye surgeries. Along with Dr. Friedrichs, Dr. W. Steve Yoon,
who works with Rockford Eye and Laser Center, is seeing patients at the Multi-Specialty Center. This added outpatient
surgery helps introduce our patients to the Same Day Surgery unit, which was completed as part of the hospital’s
renovation/addition in 2006. For more information or an appointment, please call 815-562-2181, ext. 3002.
Enhancing Our Patient Care Services
Rochelle Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Betty Mortensen, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., as Vice
President of Patient Care Services. Betty joined our staff in August and is making it her goal to surpass
all your expectations for patient care. She has already reorganized the nursing management to help
improve patient care.
“I’ve redesigned the nursing leadership by adding a fourth manager to enable the nurses to focus more
on their specific area of care,” Betty said. “We now have managers for surgery, outpatient, emergency
and inpatient services so that each type of care becomes the very best it can be.”
R.N., B.S.N., M.S.
Betty says she is enjoying her new position and is excited about what she may be able to do at RCH.
“I know this is the right place for me, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this organization,” she said. “Everyone here has been so
friendly and welcoming. The staff is very caring, and this hospital is just a great place to work.”
Betty brings over 10 years of administrative experience in healthcare operations and 25 years’ experience in the oversight of patient
care in emergency services. Prior to joining our staff, she was employed as a nationwide consultant for healthcare operations. Previ-
ous positions included the Administration of Emergency Services at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Sherman Hospital in
Elgin, and SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso,
Indiana and later obtained her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management/Adult Education from National Louis University in
Wilmette, Illinois. Betty and her husband, Rich, currently reside in Crystal Lake with their three children, Ryan, Derek and Tyler. Please
stop by and let Betty know if there’s any way she can help you!
Cardiac & Vascular CTAs
Available at RCH
Ensuring a More Accurate Diagnosis
There are many reasons your physician may order a
Computed Tomographic Angiography (CTA) scan. But
no matter the stated reason, the most important one is
that your doctor will use the high resolution CT images
to make the most accurate diagnosis possible, which
means a treatment that helps to resolve your situation
CTAs are used to:
• Check the health of arteries to the liver
• Examine the condition of arteries to the lungs
• Identify unusual structures in major blood vessels
• Check the condition of arteries throughout the body
Types of CTAs
Cardiac Scans and Vascular (pertaining to the arteries or veins) Imaging
are performed with a 64-slice CT scanner at our hospital. The Cardiac
Scan views the overall structure of the heart, including the arteries,
valves and chambers, as well as the overall function. On the other hand,
Vascular Imaging helps the physician visualize the large arteries, such as
the ones that feed the lungs and kidneys. Your doctor will request the
test that is best suited for your condition.
What You Can Expect
A quick and painless procedure, a CTA exam will acquire images in just a few seconds while you lie down comfortably.
Exam times do vary, so you will need to ask your physician the duration of your particular scan.
Since your physician is interested in seeing specific blood vessels, a contrast media is used to make them appear more
visible. Some patients feel a slight warming sensation from the contrast medium as it is administered with a small
IV. This contrast does contain iodine so be sure to let your physician know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to
iodine prior to the CT exam.
During the exam, you may be asked to wear a gown for image clarity. After the exam table slowly moves into the
scanning position within the CT scanner’s doughnut-shaped opening, you will be asked to remain still and hold your
breath for a few seconds while the scanner captures the necessary images.
A physician referral is required for these tests. If you think you may be a candidate, discuss having the scan at
Rochelle Community Hospital and save yourself from having to travel. For more information,
please call 815-562-2181, ext. 1357.
Our hospital depends on continued philanthropy from the generous people
of the communities we serve. We thank you for all your support to date!
Since the holidays are a time of sharing and family tradition, we would like to offer you a unique opportunity to support
our mission of achieving healthcare excellence.
In our continued effort to move forward with technology; we will be purchasing a new digital mammography
machine. We feel that this is an important investment since one in eight women, or 12.6% of all women, will get
breast cancer in her lifetime. Digital mammography offers improved image management and storage. In addition, the
machine will allow for increased sensitivity over film screens in three specific subgroups: 1) women ages 40 to 50
2) pre- and peri-menopausal women, and 3) women with dense breast tissue.
In order to move into the digital arena, there are several expenses which must be incurred to meet
all FDA requirements:
• Base System, i.e., the new digital mammography machine ($240,000.00)
• Laser Imager, which prints mammography films ($30,000.00)
• Work Station, which allows radiologists to read the image ($65,000.00)
• CAD (Computer Aided Detection), which aids the radiologist in reviewing the images ($50,000.00)
• Digitizer, which improves workﬂow so that previous mammograms can be compared by the
radiologist in the same format ($59,000.00)
• Stereotactic Breast Biopsy attachment, which enables RCH to perform stereotactic breast
biopsies for patients sitting upright in a chair, this new equipment means our patients will not have to
travel elsewhere for stereotactic breast biopsies ($65,000.00)
All of these will allow our mammographers to continue providing each patient with the individual attention
they deserve while in our care. As you consider your gift list, please also consider a donation to Rochelle
M ay your holiday be ﬁlled with joy and family!
Carol M. Elliott Bruce Peterson
Hospital Foundation President Chief Executive Officer
NEW Stryker® Beds
Result of Annual Golf Outing & Fundraiser
Stryker® Secure II® Med/Surg Beds
In August, our Foundation held its 8th Annual Golf
Outing, which was a success with 112 people in
attendance and $20,500 raised! The proceeds went
toward the purchase of Stryker® Secure II® Med/
Surg Beds. These beds, which are the standard in
patient care today, utilize engineering that offers
the highest level of security, intuitive operation and
ﬂexible functionality. The beds are fully customizable
through a host of features designed for the patient
and caregiver. The beds feature the Silver3®
ex®, the only non-powered support surface
that provides pressure redistribution and shear/
friction management by reducing return force and
providing a cooler patient environment. The surface
is also anti-viral and antimicrobial with the Silver3
Dartex cover, which helps prevent infections.
Thanks to the new Stryker beds and pressure
redistribution surfaces, patients will experience
increased safety from falls and pressure ulcers.
These beds are just one more way in which the
Foundation is helping to meet our patients’ needs
for comfort and safety.
For more information on the Foundation - or to make a donation -
please call Emily Eyster at 815-562-2181, ext. 1226.
Growing Services & Specialists
This year, Rochelle Community Hospital has been fortunate in attracting three new physicians to our Multi-Specialty Center,
as well as an ophthalmologist for our medical staff.
We’re pleased to introduce:
DAVID SUI, M..D.
• Specializes in high-risk obstetrics & laparoscopic
gynecological surgery, including laparoscopic
hysterectomy and vaginal surgery
• Graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine
• Four-year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the
University of Illinois in Chicago
• Fellowship of the American College of Obstetrics and
KRISHNA UPPUTURI, M..D.
• Specializes in infertility workups and treatments,
medical and surgical treatment for female urinary
problems (urinary incontinence, interstitial cystitis
and prolapsed bladder), as well as minimally invasive
laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopic surgeries
• Graduate of Ross University School of Medicine,
Common Wealth of Dominica
• Completed Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at
Staten Island University Hospital (Staten Island, NY)
• Junior fellow of American College of Obstetrics and
Both Drs. Sui and Upputuri are:
• OB/GYN Specialists with the DeK
• Offering services at Multi-Spec
• Board certiﬁed
g, 8 a.m. to noon
• Available every Tuesday mornin
r an appointment
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2 Ophthalmologists -
Cataract Surgery Now Available at RCH!
W. STEVE YOON, M..D. JASON C. FRIEDRICHS, M..D., M.S.
• Specialist with Rockford Eye and Laser Center • Member, RCH Medical Staff
• Offering services at our Multi-Specialty Center • Performed RCH’s ﬁrst cataract surgery
• Graduate of the University of Illinois College of
• Board certiﬁed
Medicine at Rockford, IL
• Specializes in laser vision correction, no stitch, no • Internship at Resurrection Health Care West Suburban
shot-cataract surgery and corneal surgery Hospital (Oak Park, IL)
• Treats glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, infections and • Residency at University of Iowa Department of
inﬂammatory eye diseases Ophthalmology in Iowa City, IA
• Student lecturer on a variety of ophthalmology topics
• Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering
from Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Teaching assistant for Honors Chemistry at University
• Medical degree from New York Medical College • Well-rounded medical experience as primary care
• New York Medical College Trustee (awarded to top 15%) physician in training at clinic in Rockton, IL
• Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
• Ophthalmology residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital (NYC)
• Specializes in treating a variety of eye conditions, both
• Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Lions surgically and medically, including cataracts, diabetic
Eye Institute (Albany, NY) retinopathy, macular degeneration, refractive error and
• Expertise includes research on effects of various corneal dystrophies
medications on corneal sensation & design of diagnostic • Now accepting patients for appointments at the
machinery used in medical and engineering research DeKalb Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and
• Unique in-depth knowledge of lasers and technology
used in ophthalmology
Call the DeKalb Clinic at 815-758-8671,
Call 815-227-0077 for an appointment ext. 4550 for an appointment
Petro Clinic Expands Services to Travelers
The Occupational Health Clinic, located at the
Petro Travel Plaza, enhanced its services this
year to include more travelers and trucking
companies. In addition, the walk-in clinic
received a new name - On the Go Healthcare.
Rather than only offering physicals on certain
days as in the past, On the Go Healthcare
features a nurse practitioner, Teresa Webb,
who makes these checkups available daily. The expansion of
services also helps the many travelers who come through the area
and need assistance with minor healthcare issues.
“The newly designed logo helps us market the clinic in trucking
magazines throughout the Midwest,” Janet Stewart, Marketing
& Public Relations Coordinator, said. “In addition, On the Go
Healthcare will continue serving as a partner with local companies in
addressing their healthcare needs.”
An ideal clinic for those traveling and needing a quick checkup, On
On the Go Healthcare offers:
the Go Healthcare is affiliated with RCH and is especially designed • Diagnosis & Treatment of Minor Illnesses & Injuries
to take care of healthcare needs while on the road. • Drug & Alcohol Screenings
• Industrial Back Care & Audiology Services
• DOT & Bus Driver Physicals
The walk-in clinic is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and • Random Drug Testing
appointments are available by calling 815-562-2682. Only cash • Pre-Employment Physicals & Testing
and credit cards are accepted. • Flu Shots
New Cancer Support Group Coming to RCH in January
Rochelle Community Hospital will be offering a cancer support group to patients and their families beginning January 2009, with the
assistance of Centers for Cancer Wellness, Home of Hope located in Dixon and a new location in Oregon. The first kickoff meeting will
be held in the hospital’s Auxiliary Room on
Tuesday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m.
All our support groups are intended to offer
people a chance to connect with others who NONPROFIT ORG
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and educational programs can lead to better
understanding of cancer, treatment options,
nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Please check our website at
www.rcha.net for current programs or
call 815-562-2181, ext. 2474 for more
information. Home of Hope is a not-for-
proﬁ t organization that provides support
services to all those whose lives have been
affected by cancer.