April 2012

Richard and Roxy Pepper provide generous support to community


Richard Pepper grew up visiting his grandparents who lived near Swedish Covenant Hospital on Leland Avenue in Lincoln Square. As a result, he has always felt a strong connection to the hospital, and today views it “as a little jewel right in our big city.”

This childhood connection has transitioned into a life-long relationship based on helping the community. “Swedish Covenant Hospital has done a lot for the community, and we want to be a part of it,” he said.

Richard and his wife, Roxy, have not only been generous donors to the hospital, they have helped make the physical facility what it is today. Richard is the CEO of Pepper Construction, a company which takes on many of the construction projects that have transformed the hospital since 1990.

“Donating to this hospital is just a very rewarding thing. It makes you feel good,” Roxy said. “My father was very big on giving money away. He didn’t have much money but everything he could give, he did, and I want to do the same.”

In 2008, Richard and Roxy’s gift resulted in the Aqua Garden/Fountain located in the center of the Healing Garden on the hospital campus.

“We look forward to helping patients feel better through the fountain. It’s nice to have green space in the city and in a hospital setting,” Richard said. “It’s such a great feeling to see all of the things we have contributed to and say ‘wow I can’t believe we were able to do it.’ We’re pleased to do this for SCH.

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Dr. Stephen Boghossian supports the community


Dr. Stephen Boghossian has practiced surgery at Swedish Covenant Hospital since August 2010, but points out that his relationship with SCH started long before this. During his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in the early 1990s, Dr. Boghossian served a rotation in Swedish Covenant’s surgery department, working with such experienced surgeons as Dr. Edward Paulissian and Dr. Spiros Giannoulias. Following his residency, Dr. Boghossian went into private practice at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he continues to split his time with Swedish Covenant Hospital.

For Dr. Boghossian, the question is not why would I support SCH, it is why would I NOT support it. “Swedish Covenant Hospital clearly cares for the community, and has also been good to me.” He explained, “this hospital has allowed me to share a novel approach to spine surgery and assist the Chicago Back Institute in becoming the leading center for spine care in the area.”

Dr. Boghossian currently lives in Glen Ellyn with his wife and two daughters. When he is not “on the job,” he enjoys playing golf and doing any activity with his children.

Like many other physicians and staff members, he provided a generous gift in response to the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation’s recent annual appeal. Dr. Boghossian stated, “I am happy to support Swedish Covenant and am honored to play a role in such a progressive institution.”

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