Javon Bea Hospital Rockton Campus gets a makeover

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A multi-million dollar renovation plan is in the works at Javon Bea Hospital Rockton Campus.

State of the art equipment, brand new exam rooms, and a more modern look, it's all to improve the experience for patients and visitors at Mercyhealth's campus off Rockton Avenue.

"We are here to stay and we are putting our money behind that commitment.. 70 million to date and we just announced a major new phase with tens of millions of dollars more," said Javon Bea, Mercyhealth.

Renovations started at Javon Bea Hospital Rockton Avenue Campus four years ago.

"We have spent over $30 million renovating our complete area downstairs on our lower level which is most of our ancillary support departments that serve the patients upstairs in rooms," Bea said.

on Tuesday Bea announced the next phase of improvements. This time it's changes to the surgical preparation and recovery areas.

"If you look at some of the renderings. it is just gorgeous how the patient rooms will look, the nurse's stations, the hallways," Bea said.

Other funding will be diverted to flood mitigation plans. Floodwaters damaged the campus in June 2018. The health system's insurance company filed a lawsuit against the city, accusing Rockford of failing to properly install, clean or inspect the storm sewer system.

"We've already bricked up some windows and we are going to do some major regrading and building a large retention pond on the southwest corner of the property," Bea said.

I'm really excited to start seeing some of the work that's going to be done for the renovations of the units," said Martha Spataro, Mercyhealth.

Spataro oversees nursing services at the Rockton campus. She says these changes will only add to an already top-of-the-line facility.

"They need to have a space that's nice and quiet, that's really updated, fresh surrounds, beautiful pictures, and putting that together and having the great staff that comes in and takes care of them it makes them feel comfortable, it makes them feel safe," Spataro said.

The next phase of this renovation plan is set to start right away and it will not impact patient care. We asked the mayor's office for comment but it refused.