chi-mercyhealth-rendering (2) Mercyhealth will have 192 beds and the region’s only Level 1 trauma center.

ROCKFORD, IL—The $505 million Mercyhealth project, the largest in Rockford’s history, reached a milestone last week. The highest steel beam was signed by employees, physicians, administrators and community leaders and placed on the tallest point of the structure in this city about 90 miles northwest of Chicago.  

“Today marks a very special moment, as we move one step closer to opening our Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Campus,” said Javon R. Bea, president and chief executive officer of Mercyhealth, at Wednesday’s event presentation. “This tradition of topping out means more than raising the last beam. This tradition is about setting and achieving increasingly difficult goals, honoring the milestones along the way and saluting continued success.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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