Despite his own addiction to painkillers, Dr. Richard Barney used to think he was better than the addicts he treated in the emergency room. He has been sober for five years and believes he is a better person because of it.
Ben Odden, a 22-year-old Lake Geneva man, was the second of three patients to get a Micra leadless pacemaker implanted at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2016.
Both Rockford, Illinois, hospitals, one on Rockton Avenue and one slated to open in January 2019 near Riverside Boulevard and Interstate 90/39, will be named Javon Bea Hospital.
Patients visiting the pediatric waiting room at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville will be greeted by a peacock, a seahorse, an iguana, a dog on a motorcycle and a bucket for the next few months.
Months after its move to a permanent location on the city's northwest side, GIFTS Men's Shelter and the homeless men it serves are starting to hit a stride, a GIFTS official says.
In 2010, Fred Falk raised $20,000 for a veterans memorial during the Heritage Days Rotary Run. This year, his fundraising will help bring 3-D digital mammography to Edgerton Hospital and Health Services.
Six members of the Janesville Velo Club on Saturday learned how to pilot a trishaw, a cycling device that gives the elderly and disabled a chance to see the sights and feel the breeze of a bike ride again.
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville will begin using new technology later this month to accommodate a growing need for orthopedic services.
Before the start of the Rock County 4-H Fair, the Rock County Health Department dispatches environmental health specialists to ensure food vendors at the fair are following the Wisconsin Food Code.
The Walworth Village Board last week approved plans for an Agape House school and home for boys who struggle with depression, anxiety and truancy due to trauma.
The Walworth County Jail is transitioning to a new method for collecting inmate debt after the county this spring had to write off nearly $400,000 in unpaid expenses.
Funds from this year's Golf Classic and Black Dress Soiree, hosted by Women4Wellness, will go toward continuing women's health care at HealthNet of Rock County.
Fit 608 is a summer fitness challenge organized by the city of Janesville with help from the Rock County Public Health Department and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville.
E. coli bacteria levels in Rock County's lakes and rivers have dropped significantly over the past week, the Rock County Public Heath Department said Thursday.
The Rock County Sheriff's Office offers advice to deal with the upcoming heat wave, including locations of cooling centers.
In the last two years, half of the Mercyhealth's Family Residence program participants chose to continue working in the Mercyhealth system after graduation. That is up from previous years.
The Rock County Public Health Department found high levels of E. coli bacteria at 16 locations Tuesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids after two deaths were linked to the chemical compounds in Illinois.
A three-year average shows that infant mortality rates in Rock County are on an upward trend.
Using Nalaxone, police revived two young men who appeared lifeless from an opiate overdose Saturday night in East Troy, according to a town of East Troy police news release.
Janesville police and a Rock County social worker are learning how to work together to help people with mental illness experiencing crises.
Allergy experts say an unseasonably long winter is the cause of the current dreadful allergy season.
HealthNet of Rock County has earned the silver Seal of Excellence from the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.
The Rock County Human Services Department will continue its opioid treatment program with help from a one-year grant from the state.
A new dental program in the Janesville schools will provide fluoride and sealant treatments to students and will connect low income children to HealthNet's free dental clinic.
Siara and Derek Schwartzlow's baby was the third at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center—and the third in the state—to have his footprint preserved digitally.
The use of e-cigarettes and similar technologies is not just a nuisance but a health concern, particularly for young people, says Jason Knott, principal of Evansville High School.
Paul Miller's family is suing Rock County over a Feb. 26 accident that fatally injured Miller while he was riding in a Rock County Transit van.
Rock County Public Health Department officials advise buying legal fireworks only from reliable sellers.
Someone taken under an emergency detention in Walworth County is likely to spend hours in the emergency room waiting for an open bed at an out-of-county psychiatric facility. More time in the back of a squad car comes after that, all while the subject is handcuffed.
Walworth County is poised to begin construction on a two-story, 77,500-square-foot health and human services building this year.
For about 18 months, Stephanie Smiley participated in a master's program run through the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. She earned a Master of Arts degree in security studies.
Rock Haven Nursing Home is hosting an open house Monday to celebrate its fifth-year anniversary.
A Walworth County group is offering free Narcan training next week in Elkhorn to “fight against the opioid epidemic, which is destroying our communities,” according to a news release.
Pull downs, chest presses and rigid lateral pulls are all in a day's work for 82-year-old Dave Peters of Janesville.
At a panel discussion on the opioid crisis Thursday night, Brandon Cook said he tried to end his life with a heroin overdose six years ago.
The Rock County Aging and Disability Resource Center has partnered with various local agencies on the Purple Tube Project, an initiative that helps both the families of people with memory loss and first responders.
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville has received the highest safety rating for the third consecutive year from the Leapfrog Group, according to a news release.
Mercyhealth Evansville Clinic was honored Monday by the state Department of Health Services and the Rock County Public Health Department for vaccinating children.
The county saw 10 days categorized as "orange days" for high ozone-- the primary ingredient in smog-- between 2014 and 2016, according to the report. The weighted average between 2014 and 2016 was 3.3, the minimum average to receive an F.
A seven-person panel charged with offering insight into the opioid epidemic said every person risks becoming addicted, from teenagers to senior citizens, and the reasons for abusing drugs vary widely.
Jessica Sather is one of 830 nursing assistants in Rock County, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job is second in health care employment to registered nurses and will become even more important as the local population ages.