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Swedish American welcomes new providers

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – SwedishAmerican has welcomed new internal medicine physician, Dr. Shinta Jong to the Creekside Medical Center, 3505 N. Bell School Road.

Jong brings 10 years of experience to SwedishAmerican. Board certified in internal medicine, she received her medical degree at Indiana School of Medicine and completed her residency at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dr. Jong is a member of the American College of Physicians and has special medical interests in diabetes management, health and wellness and preventative medicine. 

“I pursued the medical field because I always had an interest in science and humanity,” Jong said. “My goal is to be a competent, caring and compassionate physician that my patients can rely on to achieve their best possible health.”

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican has also  added nurse practitioners Denise Kirsten and Susan Faber to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State St.

Kirsten and Faber are board certified neonatal nurse practitioners and bring a combined 72 years of experience to the Level III NICU.

Kirsten received her degree from Rush University and has been practicing for 39 years. She has received the SIG Leadership Award and the Rolling Meadows High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

My philosophy of care is based on empathy and understanding,” she said. “It is difficult having a loved one in the hospital, especially the NICU, and it is important to involve families in their infant’s care. It is also important to have a good working relationship with staff nurses, as this impacts patient care. Being involved in a multidisciplinary team involving nurses, physicians, advance practice nurses and other disciplines is important to improving patient care.”

Faber received her APN degree at Rush University and is a native of Marengo. She brings 33 years of experience to SwedishAmerican’s NICU.

“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” Faber said. “I strive for family-oriented care, which is especially important with neonates.”


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