May 2014

SCH Makes Way for New Women’s Health Center


Swedish Covenant Hospital began construction of a new Women’s Health Center that will provide women with a health care experience unlike any other in the city. The Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will offer a full-range of services and resources in one location. The new center is the cornerstone of the Women’s Health Initiative, which is designed to break down barriers to accessing health care and provide every woman in our community with high-quality, convenient health care.

A campaign to support the Women’s Health Initiative is underway, led by Co-Chairs Paul Hawkinson and Audrey Silver, and Honorary Chair Jack Rosenberg. Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation has raised $2.4 million of its $5 million fundraising goal for the project.

“We are humbled by the generous support of our donor community, which has contributed $2.4 million towards this project and others that will benefit the lives of women throughout our community,” said Jennifer Tscherney, executive director of the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation. “Thanks to their support, our ambitious goal of raising $5 million is well within reach.”

Construction is beginning to transform the fourth floor of Galter Medical Pavilion into a place that will provide every woman in our community with high-quality, convenient health care that addresses their unique needs. Campaign leadership dropped in to lend a hand with a ceremonial wall-breaking.

“As we break ground for the Women’s Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital, we ask that this be a hallowed ground, a place where women can come and trust that they will receive excellent care in a safe and secure environment,” Rev. José M. La Luz, director of pastoral care, said during the blessing of the space.

The Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center is a comprehensive facility created with guidance from physician and community advisory boards comprised of women of diverse backgrounds. The center will feature flexible appointment times, accommodations for children and private consultation rooms. The initiative also includes a Health Resource Center that aims to increase health literacy among women in our community and an Access and Education program that will provide care coordination and expand access to health care information and services. One of the emerging needs to be addressed through the Access and Education Program is the issue of violence against women. While Swedish Covenant Hospital is certified as a sexual assault treatment center, through additional staff training, the hospital will be better able to help identify and provide resources for victims of human trafficking.

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Morgan L. and Helen Fitch leave legacy


Mr. Morgan L. and Mrs. Helen Fitch were passionate about justice. This was exemplified through Mr. Fitch’s legal career, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Fitch’s commitment to the Medical Ethics program at Swedish Covenant Hospital. It was this passion that inspired them to become among Swedish Covenant Hospital’s strongest supporters and members of the Heritage Society. Through generous annual fund donations, their support allowed for the growth and expansion of the Medical Ethics program, furthering patient-centered care and policies. Their generosity will continue to make an impact on Swedish Covenant Hospital as a result of their charitable gift annuities, a planned giving vehicle that involves the transfer of assets to an organization and, in return, provides the donor fixed annual payouts for life.

Mr. Fitch grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Fitch began his lifelong affiliation with the Navy. Following his active service, he went to law school at the University of Michigan. In 1948, Mr. Fitch joined the Chicago firm, now Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP, where he spent is 58-year legal career as an intellectual property attorney and became a name partner in 1956.

Through his work in intellectual property law, Mr. Fitch was introduced to Swedish Covenant Hospital. He worked with Swedish Covenant Hospital physician Dr. James B. McCormick to help patent many medical innovations. Mr. Fitch became engaged in the Medical Ethics program, which he helped to fund for 25 years, supporting educational programs, policy development and consultations.

“We are grateful for the friendship and support of Mr. and Mrs. Fitch. It is because of their tremendous commitment that Swedish Covenant Hospital will continue to address the ethical issues of its diverse patient population,” said Dr. McCormick.

In addition to his support of Swedish Covenant Hospital, Mr. Fitch was actively involved with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), a nonprofit civilian youth training organization which he helped found. He also served on the board of a neighborhood bank, was a life trustee of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and served on the boards of the USO of Illinois, Tri-State (now Trine) University, and the John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Fitch, 90, and his wife of 68 years, Helen, both passed away in late 2013.

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Breast Health Program Receives Grant Funds


Swedish Covenant Hospital’s community breast health program was created to ensure that low-income women in the community receive much needed breast cancer screening and detection. Thanks to the generosity of foundations, corporate, and individual donors, what began in 2006 as a free mammography program at Swedish Covenant Hospital has grown to include a continuum of breast health services from screening through survivorship.

Today, the community breast health program provides education, breast cancer detection services, survivorship support and patient navigation to guide women through the sometimes confusing process. The survivorship program focuses on improving health and well-being following diagnosis through supplementary programs including exercise, massage, stress reduction therapy, and support groups.

Swedish Covenant Hospital partners with 10 community health and human service organizations to ensure that those women most in need are able to access services. Services are provided free-of-charge to low-income women who are uninsured or underinsured and who face numerous barriers to care due to financial hardship, culture and language, logistical challenges and documentation status.

The community breast health program is funded with generous grant support from the A Silver Lining Foundation, the Avon Foundation, the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Illinois Department of Human Services Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure Grant Program, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Washington Square Health Foundation.

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