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Javon R. Bea Bronze Bust, President and CEO Mercyhealth

Hi Paula,

It was great meeting you, Chris and the foundry team. It was great to see and learn all that went into our sculptures !! Amazing !

I am so glad I was able to see first hand the patina process. I expressed to Barb that the high level and years of talent and experience each of you bring to your part in the process is truly humbling. I never realized it was such a team process.

Barb is working with John Keith on the granite pedestals. Thank you again for our beautiful bronze sculptures !!!

~ Javon R. Bea
President and CEO of Mercyheath
WOW! Javon is very impressed!!! Hair, eyes, skin....all great. It's perfect! I have Javon's approval so you can move forward!
~ Barb Bortner
Vice President of Mercyhealth
Location: Rockford, Illinois
Size: Life Size
Year Completed: 2018

Slater greatly enjoyed sculpting the life size bronze portrait bust of Javon Bea and Bea greatly enjoyed being present for the patina and thrilled with his two bronze portrait busts. There are two entrances to the new hospital being built which will bear the name of Javon Bea, President and CEO of Mercy health. Each of the busts will be installed upon a solid granite pedestal at each of the two  entrances to the hospital lobby.

The hospital will open January 5th, 2019 in Rockford, Illinois. Bea, is a Rockford native whom board members credit with making “sweeping changes” in the health system.  In addition, the hospital within the Mercy health Rockton Avenue Campus will also be called Javon Bea Hospital.

“The sweeping changes he has made since 1989 have resulted in unprecedented growth, enhanced patient care, improved access and long-term stability,” said Rowland J. McClellan, chairman of Mercyhealth’s board of directors. “He has done a tremendous job.”

Bea said he was “more than shocked” that the board would name the hospitals after him. He said it was an “unbelievable honor.” Bea rose from a humble upbringing as the youngest of 12 children on the city’s west side to leading a health care organization that treats more than 2.4 million patients a year at seven hospitals and 89 primary and specialty care facilities.