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Northwest Illinois Administrative Perinatal Center

The Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center is designated and recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as one of 10 Administrative Perinatal Centers (APC) in Illinois. Illinois has a strong, notable perinatal regionalization system that has helped provide quality care to perinatal patients in Illinois since the perinatal regionalization system inception in 1976.

The Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center serves as a resource in providing quality maternal-fetal and neonatal care for 11 counties in the northwestern region of Illinois. The primary goal of the APC is encompassed in our mission statement: Administer and implement IDPH perinatal programs to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity through outreach education and quality initiatives to health care providers in Northwest Illinois. Quality improvement activities and education specific to the needs of the network hospitals and health departments in the region are provided to implement the programs of IDPH with the goal of improving the outcomes for the maternal and newborn population.

Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside in Rockford serves as the Level III institution for the Administrative Perinatal Center. As the Level III perinatal center, Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside provides the resource of highly qualified staff of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neonatology and neonatal subspecialist physicians who provide care to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies, and for the newborns with high-risk special care needs.

The Level III Center and APC offers a range of services including:

  • Administration and implementation of IDPH perinatal health care programs
  • Accepts referrals and transports of mothers and/or newborns requiring high-risk, Level III care
  • Consultation services for professional colleagues in the region
  • Professional outreach education offerings for health care providers, nurses and perinatal staff
  • Act as a liaison between IDPH and the network hospitals and health departments in the region

Network hospitals and levels of care

Level II Hospitals

  • In addition to providing care for healthy pregnant women and newborns, Level II hospitals have the resources to care for obstetric patients with some complications that arise after 32 weeks gestation.
  • Provides services for infants greater than or equal to 32 weeks gestation, whose birth weight is greater than or equal to 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces) and who have mild health issues that may include mild to moderate breathing problems, suspected infection, and low blood sugar.
  • Hospitals with a Level II with extended neonatal capabilities may care for neonates with a birth weight > 1250 grams and/or 30 or more weeks gestation and infants on assisted ventilation.

Source: Guidelines for Perinatal Care, fifth edition; Illinois Department of Public Health Administration Code 640.42

Level II Hospitals

Level II with Extended Capabilities Hospitals

Level III Hospitals

  • Provide comprehensive perinatal services for both admitted and transferred women and neonates of all risk categories, including basic and specialty, and sub-specialty care services.

Source: Guidelines for Perinatal Care, fifth edition; Illinois Department of Public Health Administration Code 640.43

Level III and Perinatal Center

Level 0 Hospitals

  • Provide emergency perinatal services through the emergency department
  • Do not have maternity/delivery services available

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health Administration Code 640.40

Non-maternity hospitals


Northwest Illinois Administrative Perinatal Center APC Symposium

Details TBA

AWHONN fetal monitoring courses

Advanced Fetal Monitoring

Details and registration

The Advanced Fetal Monitoring Course is a one-day, standardized workshop (8 contact hours) designed for the experienced clinician. It focuses on applying advanced concepts and knowledge as they apply to complex maternal-fetal case scenarios. Workshop content is based on contemporary issues, professional standards and research findings. Content includes fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment as a component of individualized, comprehensive care and focuses on antepartum and intrapartum FHR monitoring. Course methodology includes lecture, analysis of case studies and group discussion.

Dates: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Intermediate Fetal Monitoring

Details and registration

The Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course is a two-day course focused on applying essential fetal heart monitoring knowledge and skills in intrapartum nursing practice. The course consists of two distinct sessions: didactic and skill stations.

Dates: TBA

Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Instructor Course

Details and registration

This one-day course provides basics and expectations of becoming an AWHONN fetal monitoring instructor. Date: TBA

Spinning Babies

Details TBA

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program®

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program® is the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. Based on a mnemonic to optimize learning, retention and recall of information, S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for the six assessments and care modules in the program: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support. A seventh module, Quality Improvement, stresses the professional responsibility of improving and evaluating care provided to sick infants.

Dates: Details and registration

STORK—Emergency Department Focused Perinatal Education

This course contains information on caring for the pregnant patient, or a patient that has just delivered and the newborn that arrives in the emergency department of hospital without OB services

Sample agenda

  • Lecture: Maternal care
  • Lecture: Newborn care
  • Simulations on the delivering and delivered mother and the newborn.


  • Summarize potential complications that can occur during an emergency delivery and the appropriate treatment to be implemented.
  • Discuss the potential complications and the necessary management of the newborn after an emergency delivery.
  • Demonstrate the care and management of the maternal patient during an emergency delivery.
  • Demonstrate basic resuscitation and stabilization measures in the management of the newborn after delivery.

3.75 CMEs will be awarded.

Place, date and time to be determined and will be based on the needs of the requesting hospital.

To schedule a class or answer any questions please contact Tina Stupek at 815.971.6711 or email at

Regional meetings

Regional Quality Collaborative (RQC)

  • Dates
  • Agenda and PowerPoints
  • Minutes
  • Phone and online connection information

Non-delivering hospital ED Regional Quality Collaborative meetings

  • Dates
  • Agenda and PowerPoints
  • Minutes
  • Phone and online connection information

Helpful links

Contact us

Contact information

Mercyhealth Mulford (Lower level)
5970 Churchview Dr.
Rockford, IL 61107
Switchboard: 815.971.2000

Jodi Hoskins, DNP, MSN-Ed., RNC
Perinatal Network Administrator
Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center
Direct: 815.971.5065
Fax: 815.971.9359

Christina Stupek, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Perinatal Outreach Education Coordinator
Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center
Direct: 815.971.6711
Fax: 815.971.9359

Adrienne Hurless, BSN, RNC-NIC
Perinatal Neonatal Instructor
Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center
Direct: 815.971.5072
Fax: 815.971.9359

Heidi McMullen
Perinatal Secretary
Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center
Direct: 815.971.6359
Fax: 815.971.9359

Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside
8201 E. Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61114
Hospital switchboard: 815.971.7000
Labor and delivery: 815.971.5344
NICU: 815.971.6500

Administrative Perinatal Center Co-directors

Dennie Rogers, MD, FACOG
Co-Director, Perinatal Center
Director, Maternal-Fetal medicine
Fax: 815.971.9590

Kimberly Remedios-Smith, MD, FAAP
Co-Director, Perinatal Center
Director, Neonatology
Fax: 815.971.9172

Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside Department Managers

Jenni Wolf, RN, MSN
System Director, Women and Children’s Programs and Services
Manager, L&D, HRP, and WIS
Direct: 815.971.5995
Fax: 815.971.4720

Pam Allen, RNC, BSN
Manager, NICU
Direct: 815.971.6565
Fax: 815.971.9537