Winnebago County, City of Rockford and OSF respond to Mercyhealt - – Rockford’s News Leader

Winnebago County, City of Rockford and OSF respond to Mercyhealth's donation proposal for Rosecrance


The City of Rockford is responding to Mercyhealth's announcement Wednesday evening. The city says it wants to first meet with state lawmakers, Rosecrance and area hospitals to come up with a solution.

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen says the county is considering donating money if all other entities donate as well.

OSF Saint Anthony tells 13 News the issue is under consideration but nothing is decided.

13 News has reached out to the City of Rockford and SwedishAmerican and is waiting for a response from them.

Mercyhealth is responding to the news that Rosecrance may soon close its doors to the triage center program.

The hospital is willing to contribute $50,000 to Rosecrance, according to President and CEO Javon Bea. Bea said that's if OSF Saint Anthony and SwedishAmerican can donate the same amount and if the City of Rockford and Winnebago County can contribute $100,000 each.

Rosecrance's Board of Directors voted last week that it would end its mental health program in a month if funding could not be secured.

Rosecrance found out on Aug. 19 that it would receive $500,000 for the triage program from the state for fiscal year 2016, but Rosecrance said that's only a third of the money it's owed.

Rosecrance has asked the Illinois Department of Human Services for $750,000 for fiscal year 2017, but Rosecrance said it has not receive a commitment from the state for that money.

While offering the contribution, Mercyhealth says Rosecrance cannot expect taxpayers, health systems, the city and county to do this long-term.

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