Auxiliary grant funds Patient Health Information Resource Center
A grant from the Rockford Health System Auxiliary will help fund development of a Patient Health Information Resource Center in the Health Sciences Library at Rockford Memorial Hospital.
The new Center will be located inside the library on the first floor of the hospital near the main lobby and is expected to open in early December.
The Center will give patients and their families access to computers to use for health care research, as well as e-mail capability to communicate with family. Health information will also be available in Spanish. The Center will include:
Medical databases for individual research
Evaluated and bookmarked medical Web sites
Videos on health topics and VCRs for viewing
Books and newsletters written for the consumer
Library staff to assist with research
Rockford Health System patients will also be able to request information on diseases, medical procedures and tests from the Center by phone.
At Rockford Health System, we believe patients should have easy access to quality health care information. Patients and their families who better understand their illness and how to promote wellness become active partners in their own care, says Phyllis Nathan, manager of library services.
Rockford Health System includes: Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Clinic, Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, Rockford Health Plans and Visiting Nurses Association of the Rockford area.