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Improving Community Health

SwedishAmerican has sought to improve the community's health by taking effective lifestyle modification programs — including the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) — to the people who need them most. Although this applies to the community at large, we have taken special efforts to bring these strategies to the city's elderly and underserved residents. This is demonstrated by our successful wellness program to improve the health of residents at Longwood Plaza, a senior housing facility located two blocks from our hospital's campus. With the assistance of a generous donation from the Walter D. Williams estate, SwedishAmerican and ZION Development Corp. created a program that achieved remarkable results through better nutrition and exercise:

  • Healthy total cholesterol improved from 35 percent of participants to 100 percent of participants

  • Healthy systolic blood pressure improved from 71 percent of participants to 100 percent of participants

  • Healthy diastolic blood pressure improved from 82 percent of participants to 100 percent of participants

  • Healthy total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio levels improved from 47 percent to 100 percent for participants

  • Eighty percent of participants reported a healthier outlook on life as compared to an initial 59 percent of participants

  • Seventy-two percent of participants reported the ability to handle daily stress as compared to an initial 35 percent of participants

Based on staff observation of participant involvement and enthusiasm, continued health improvements are expected.

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1401 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
(779) 696-4400


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