SwedishAmerican Hospital employees went for a wild ride on Tuesday, as eight teams participated in the Wheelchair Race outside the heart hospital.
Employees didn’t just compete for speed. The purpose of the race was to give back to those who provide the hospital with wheelchairs.
“We get the wheelchairs [loaned] to us by the Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Department,” said Katryna Kirby of Swedes. “So, we invite them out every year and we give them a $1,000 check, to thank them and also give back to them and their program.”
This is the third year SwedishAmerican has held the race during its Founders’ Week. This year marks the hospital’s 105th anniversary.