ROCKFORD (WIFR) – These days, it’s rare to turn on the news without hearing the word healthcare. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will add to the timely topic and its impact to the Rockford community during its annual Healthcare Industry Update Luncheon on November 14 at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Rd.
Featured speaker Philip Eaton, President and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network, will present “Potholes in the Behavioral Health Infrastructure,” a discussion on how having a healthy network of behavioral health services enhances quality of life and improves the overall wellbeing, safety and sense of shared humanity within any community.
Rosecrance Health Network is a not-for-profit, comprehensive behavioral health organization with more than 30 sites in Rockford, Chicagoland, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The organization employs more than 700 staff and offers a full continuum of counseling, case management, psychiatry, after-hours triage and other support services to more than 17,000 youth, adults and families annually.
The Rockford Chamber believes that understanding behavioral health issues and having the appropriate resources available for our residents will result in a stronger business community.
“Rosecrance is a model organization for addressing many of the challenges of behavioral disorders as well as special areas of needs for the clients throughout the region,” stated Einar Forsman, Rockford Chamber President. “Having such an expert organization in our local community serves as a strong resource to address many areas of need that may be connected to other community issues including incarceration, poverty and homelessness,” Forsman continues. “Addressing these needs contributes to the overall business and economic vitality of our region.”
Most recently, Rosecrance announced that it will be relocating its community mental health services currently offered at the Ware Center in downtown Rockford to the former Sun View Market on North Main Street. The move, bringing life to a significant west side property vacant since 2007, will provide a larger space for servicing clients, expanded on-site parking and potential employment growth.
The luncheon, presented by BMO Harris Bank, will be held November 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for individuals or $400 for a table of ten. To register, call 815-987-8100 or visit rockfordchamber.com.
Additional sponsors include Humana, Rockford Spine Center, Rosecrance, Employers’ Coalition of Health (ECOH) and SwedishAmerican Health System.