December 2014

Gala raises more than $735,000 for Women’s Health


Nearly 800 attendees were transported to the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s 59th Annual Gala, On the Bayou. The event, held Oct. 18 at Sheraton Chicago, raised more than $735,000 for the Access and Education program within the Women’s Health Initiative. Dr. Christine Patte and Eric Schmitt chaired the event.

“We are deeply appreciative of all who supported this year’s gala – sponors, attendees, and donors. We are honored to have had an opportunity to raise funds for the Women’s Health Initiative at Swedish Covenant Hospital because it’s an important cause that many can relate to,” Dr. Patte said.

The gala featured an elegant dinner, silent auction, live appeal, and entertainment by Final Say and Lowdown Brass Band. Ana Belaval, reporter for WGN Morning News emceed the evening’s program.

Both Project IMPACT and Swedish Covenant Hospital employees were honored with the Spirit of Compassion Award. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have had a tremendous impact on the lives of many over the years. Project IMPACT, a program of Lutheran Social Services Illinois, was honored for its partnership with Swedish Covenant Hospital to stabilize adults who present in the emergency department in acute psychiatric crisis. The employees of Swedish Covenant Hospital were honored for their commitment to the hospital and its mission, as well as providing the community with the care and services it needs to thrive.

Proceeds from the event will directly benefit women on Chicago’s north side through Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Access and Education program. The program is led by a Women’s Health Navigator who helps patients navigate the complex health care system.

Special thanks to elite sponsors Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, Swedish Emergency Associates, Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff, MedEx, Continental Electrical Construction Company, Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Hawkinson and PNC for your partnership. Also, thank you to all of our supporters – Chairs Dr. Christine Patte and Eric Schmitt, Co-Chairs Dr. Jeffrey Cilley and Carrie Reznicek, the gala committee, Event Host Ana Belaval, gala sponsors, guests, and volunteers – for making the 2014 gala a huge success.

View photos from the 2014 Gala.

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SCH opens Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center


Swedish Covenant Hospital celebrated the opening of the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center at an Oct. 2 dedication ceremony with donors, friends, community partners and local elected officials.

“This Women’s Health Center is state-of-the-art; it’s going to be an example to the rest of the hospitals in this area. As I stand here this morning, I’m very proud of my affiliation and support of this hospital. It’s rare that as an Alderman I get to say this, but this is just a home run.” said Alderman Patrick O’Connor who helped secure $2.4 million in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding for the center.

Also in attendance were Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, Alderman Margaret Laurino and State Representative Greg Harris.

This was a particularly special day for Jack Rosenberg and his family. The center is named after Jack’s late wife Mayora Rosenberg, a woman who dedicated herself to improving countless lives throughout her career as a social worker. Mayora was a longtime patient of Swedish Covenant Hospital and an avid user of the Galter LifeCenter.

“For us, this is a moment frozen in time. Bless you, Mayora.” Jack Rosenberg said.

The Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center, a comprehensive diagnostic health center, is the cornerstone of the Women’s Health Initiative. It offers a full range of services and resources in one convenient location. The initiative also features an Access and Education Program, led by a nurse navigator who provides education and connects women to additional resources, and a Resource Center offering group classes and an electronic library with easy to understand health information.

“The Women’s Health Initiative began with a vision of providing every woman in this community with the ability to have high quality health care. The vision has been brought to life.” Audrey Silver, co-chair of the Women’s Health Initiative Campaign said.

The Women’s Health Initiative is made possible through philanthropic support from friends of Swedish Covenant Hospital including physicians, employees, patients, and the community. More than $3 million has been raised to support the construction of the center, as well as the Access and Education program and Resource Center.

“I decided to donate towards the Women’s Health Initiative because I have been a part of the center since the beginning stages,” said Kelli Olson, RT-R, radiology manager at Swedish Covenant Hospital. “I have worked with many other individuals to help design this beautiful, state of the art center. I wanted to know I was part of helping this center succeed. My close friend died of breast cancer last year and was also doing this for her and her family.” Kelli is one of 145 Swedish Covenant Hospital employees who contributed a total of $236,000 to the initiative.

View photos from the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony.

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Associates’ Board to hold holiday toy drive


The Associates’ Board will be holding its third annual toy drive to make the emergency department a little warmer for children this holiday season. Whether a child enters the emergency room as a patient or with a family member who is a patient, a simple toy or book can change the hospital experience.

“Medical emergencies are a major disruptor in the lives of patients and their families. Whatever consolation we can provide during these disruptive events are so appreciated by patients and their families,” Andrew Giger, president of the Swedish Covenant Hospital Associates’ Board said. “The Associates Board of the Swedish Covenant Hospital is committed to doing our part by providing toys for children who will be visiting the emergency department this winter.”

The toys serve multiple purposes. They are a tool to keep children occupied, to provide comfort in a scary situation, and to build trust between the hospital staff and children. According to Kimberly Leslie, clinical director of the emergency department, when given a toy, the child thinks of the emergency room staff as being on their side and not as the enemy. The toys also serve as a distraction. When family comes to visit the family member in the emergency department, one of the first things the child does is show the visitor his or her new toy, rather than panicking about the hospitalized family member.

“The staff appreciates it because it allows them to gain trust with the child,” Kim said.

Kim recalls one time last holiday season in which a toy made a difference in a patient’s care. After suffering a seizure, a mother arrived in the emergency room in an ambulance, along with her two young daughters. Her daughters walked in hand-in-hand, and at only 5 years old, Kim could tell that the older sibling, was trying to be brave for her 3-year-old sister. The older sister did her best to hold back her tears and when given a book by the emergency room staff, she kept her little sister busy by reading to her while their mom received care.

Last year, 9,800 children were treated in the emergency department at Swedish Covenant Hospital, which accounts for 20 percent of all emergency room patients. Toys collected during the holiday toy drive last through the holiday season and are given to children only when appropriate.

“As disrupted as their lives may be, our hope is that even something as small as a stuffed animal can bring some needed calm. I encourage you all to join us as we collect toys for those children who need it most,” Andrew said.

The toy drive is led by the Swedish Covenant Hospital Associates’ Board, a group of young professionals that raises funds, increases public awareness and performs community service on behalf of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

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