When It Matters
When It Matters
When It Matters

Why Choosing OSF Saint Anthony Matters

At OSF HealthCare, we’re always preparing for your critical heart and brain care needs even when you aren’t. At the first signs of heart or brain issues, insist on OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center.

It begins with 9-1-1. Whether that’s an OSF Lifeline ambulance (air or land) or one of our excellent regional EMS partners, your recovery care starts before you ever hit our doors. You’ll feel the impact of our coordinated care from the moment you meet our highly-trained EMS field staff through the OSF HealthCare Emergency Department doors right to our heart and stroke teams, who will go to work to halt the damage of an emergency heart or brain event and, when time is on our side, even reverse damage already done.

Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Northern Illinois. When you insist on OSF HealthCare, you ensure your best possible outcomes. Whatever you face, our heart and stroke teams are ready for you and your family.

Insist on the leader in heart and brain care

Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Northern Illinois. Insist on the medical center which treats more heart and brain emergencies than ANY other hospital in the area - OSF Saint Anthony.

  • The largest cardiovascular team in the Rockford area, which means more doctors and more specialized expertise all working together to provide you the best possible heart care. learn more
  • The leader for heart and vascular surgeries in the Rockford region.
  • Average door to balloon time 28 MINUTES FASTER than the national target. When every minute matters, accelerating the average time it takes to start this procedure can be the difference between life and death.
  • Ongoing education and peer consultation, which keeps our team at the leading edge of cardiovascular medicine to improve patient care, including technologies and procedures such as TAVR, a heart valve replacement surgery done with a small catheter; Micra, the world’s smallest pacemaker for slow or irregular heart rate (bradycardia); the Impella heart pump, the world’s smallest heart pump for maintaining blood flow during high-risk interventions; and WATCHMAN, a procedure that can eliminate the need for blood thinners for patients with specific types of atrial fibrillation.
  • The ONLY designated Comprehensive Stroke and Aneurysm Center in Rockford, the highest level of stroke certification available. learn more
  • Treats more stroke patients than any other medical center in the Rockford area.
  • Neurology team ready day and night — 24/7 — including neurointerventionalists, neuroradiologist, neurologist and neurosurgeon.
  • Complete aneurysm treatment means care close to home for a variety of complex, life-threatening issues.
  • Invested $3 million in a new stroke surgical intervention procedure room in which to perform procedures like thrombectomies, which can improve patients’ chance of recovery and ability to live independently after 90 days to 49% (compared to 13% for traditional standard methods).

We’re Ready When You Need US

At OSF HealthCare, we have some of the most expert and experienced heart and brain professionals in Northern Illinois. Meet just a few of them below.


Start Heart Health Risk Assessment

  • Compare your actual age to your heart's biological age
  • Calculate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Prioritize your most harmful cardiovascular risk factors


Start Stroke Assessment

  • Learn about stroke and its effect on your body.
  • Estimate your personal risk of having a stroke
  • Identify your stroke risk factors and how to improve them