OSF HealthCare announces Collaboration with University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. – OSF HealthCare and The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are pleased to announce that as part of a collaborative effort, the University F.W. Shappert Primary Care Clinic in Belvidere, and providers from the University Primary Care Clinic at Rockton, will become part of OSF Medical Group effective July 19, 2015.

Dr. Pocock, Dr. Sapying and nurse practitioner Gail Brick will continue to provide patient care at the Belvidere location, which will be renamed, OSF Medical Group – Shappert. Dr. Shrestha will join the University L.P. Johnson Family Health Center in Rockford.

In Rockton, Dr. Sajjadi will transition to OSF Medical Group – Rockton/Roscoe and nurse practitioner Carole Eatock will relocate to OSF Medical Group – Rock Cut Primary Care. The University Primary Care Clinic in Rockton will close. Dr. Dean will join the University L.P. Johnson Family Health Center in Rockford. Dr. Sharkey will leave the practice. Michelle Brady, nurse practitioner, will devote her time to the South Beloit School Based Health Center.

OSF Medical Group – Shappert will continue to serve as a teaching site for the College of Medicine. OSF is committed to keeping the clinic a teaching site for the College of Medicine. As a teaching site, OSF Medical Group – Shappert, and other OSF Medical Group offices, will continue to provide second, third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in a real-world clinic setting.

“OSF Medical Group is committed to providing quality health care services to our communities. Our team is looking forward to our welcoming our new Mission Partners to the OSF family and what it means for our patients. We believe that together we are better positioned to provide for the needs of our patients far into the future,” said Sue Fernandez, RN, Administrator, OSF Medical Group.

“The clinics have been a valuable part of our medical education program for over 40 years,” said Mitchell King, MD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, “We have a strong partnership with OSF HealthCare and we’re confident this collaboration will be a success for the community and our students.”

OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, based in Peoria, Illinois. It includes OSF Healthcare System, consisting of eleven acute care facilities and two colleges of nursing, and a physician organization, OSF Medical Group. To more closely align the care delivery system with physicians, clinical service lines in cardiovascular services, neurosciences and pediatrics were developed. OSF Healthcare System employs 900 physicians and 300+ mid-level providers operating in more than 100 office sites. OSF HealthCare operates an extensive network of home health services known as OSF Home Care Services; owns OSF Saint Francis, Inc., comprised of healthcare-related businesses; and OSF Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for the organization.