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Company tests UV light treatment Trump was mocked for suggesting

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -  A pharmaceutical company is testing a coronavirus treatment that involves bringing ultraviolet light into the body. "Healight" was announced by Aytu BioScience April 20, four days before President Donald Trump inquired whether ultraviolet light could be used inside the body and was mocked for it. The treatment involves the use of a catheter in the trachea. Aytu BioScience has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Cedars-Sinai Medical…

SwedishAmerican names Rachel Galliano Nurse of the Year

Staff Report ROCKFORD - SwedishAmerican has named Rachel Galliano this year Daisy Foundation's Nurse of the Year. The Daisy Award is the highest honor given to a SwedishAmerican nurse each year. A pediatric registered nurse, Galliano was surprised with the award by her colleagues May 12 at a breakfast honoring National Nurses Week at SwedishAmerican Hospital. The Daisy Award was one of several honors handed out during the event. Co-workers nominated Galliano by submitting the…

Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital receives $12.9M in COVID-9 relief funds

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford's Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital will receive nearly $13 million in federal relief funds for treating COVID-19 patients during the coronavirus outbreak. The funds are part of Illinois' share of a $12 billion relief package from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 6,000 medical centers that provided inpatient care for 100 or more COVID-19 patients through April 10. Illinois will receive $694,340,792. Mercy's totals…

Rockford nursing home included in union strike over lack of PPE, safety protocol

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford nursing home is first on a list of 40 facilities that will be picketed by a health care union May 8. Representatives from SEIU Healthcare Illinois say they will strike at Alden Debes Manor, 550. S. Mulford Road, for what the organization says has been "weeks of putting their lives at risk on the coronavirus frontline." Union spokesmen say nursing home owners have refused to provide improved personal protective equipment (PPE), enhanced safety…

Officials: Reopening requires ‘thousands’ more US health care workers

By Carla K. Johnson and Mike Stobbe Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Before stay-at-home orders are lifted, the nation's public health agencies want to be ready to douse any new sparks of coronavirus infection — a task they say could require tens of thousands more investigators to call people who test positive, track down their contacts and get them into quarantine. Without the extra help, officials insist, states cannot possibly be ready to resume normal everyday activities, and some…

MercyHealth reserves Rockton Avenue hospital for COVID-19 patients

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - MercyHealth, on Thursday, announced a plan to use its hospital at 2400 N. Rockton Ave. for COVID-19 patients. The move will allow Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside to focus on non-COVID patients and other treatments such as radiology and elective proecures. “We feel we can safely begin to perform select procedures at our Riverside Hospital campus,” MercyHealth President & CEO Javon Bea said in a release. “We have had numerous requests from patients to open…

SwedishAmerican Anticoagulation Clinic honored

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The SwedishAmerican Anticoagulation Clinic received the designation of  “Anticoagulation Center of Excellence” by the Anticoagulation Forum, a multidisciplinary non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking blood thinning medication like Coumadin. The Anticoagulation Center of Excellence honor is given to healthcare organizations that are implementing up-to-date comprehensive standards, providing the highest level of care and…

COVID-19 hitting US nursing homes hard

By Bernard Condon and Randy Herschaft Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — More than 2,600 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks, according to the latest count by The Associated Press. Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, the AP has kept its own running tally based on media reports and state health departments. The latest count of at least…