July 2015

Tennis players raise funds for cancer center


Curtis Wilcox knows Swedish Covenant Hospital’s impact on the community. He wanted to give back while doing something he enjoys – tennis. He partnered with Dr. Javed Imam, also an avid tennis player, to co-chair a tennis tournament.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to support cancer care at Swedish Covenant Hospital,” said Curtis. “Many people are affected by cancer, whether they experience it themselves, or support a loved one through treatment. It is a tough fight, and the funds raised will make a difference for patients and their families who receive care at Swedish Covenant Hospital.”

The Tennis Tournament held Saturday, June 6, raised $7,000 for The Center for Advanced Therapy in Cancer, Hematology, Infusion and Radiotherapy at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The center offers advanced medical treatments as well as a survivorship program to support patients from cancer diagnosis through treatment, and beyond.

Thank you to all of our supporters – Co-chairs Dr. Javed Imam and Curtis Wilcox, VALIC Financial Advisor, sponsors, and players – for making the tournament a success.

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President’s Society reception celebrates donors


Loyal donors of Swedish Covenant Hospital were honored at a President’s Society reception, held June 9 in the hospital’s Healing Garden.

During the evening’s program, President and CEO, Mark Newton thanked guests for their support of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

“Through your generosity, the Foundation has been able to fund key initiatives that further advance our mission, including a new Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center that is breaking down barriers to health care for women, a new program to address victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, and an integrated cancer survivorship program to support cancer patients through their diagnosis and treatment,” Mark said. “All this is made possible with your support.”

The event recognized members of the President’s Society, those who give $1,000 or more annually, and members of the Heritage Society, whose legacy gifts will provide for the hospital’s future.

“Members of these societies are remarkable individuals – physicians, grateful patients, neighbors, and business and community leaders – who believe in the future of Swedish Covenant Hospital and want to make a difference in the health of our community,” said Jennifer Tscherney, executive director of the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation.  “They provide the inspiration, leadership and financial support that maintains our position as a thriving, independent safety-net hospital.”

To learn more about becoming a member of the President’s Society or Heritage Society, contact the Foundation at Foundation@swedishcovenant.org or (773) 293-5121.

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Grateful patient gives back after emergency care


Just a few days before Christmas, Tom* was working at his downtown office when he began to feel ill. He decided to take a taxi home to his Lincoln Square home to rest. During the ride, the pain he was experiencing was too much to bear, so as the taxi was pulling up to his home, he asked the cab driver to take him directly to Swedish Covenant Hospital’s emergency room.

The on-call surgeon, Dr. Marc Adajar, recognized that Tom needed an emergency appendectomy and he was quickly taken into surgery.

“Swedish really came through, and so did the on-call surgeon,” Tom said.

Following the appendectomy, Tom received news from the pathology report. Goblet cell carcinoid tumors were discovered in his appendix. This rare tumor of the appendix occurs in only about 1,000 people in the United States each year.

“I am very appreciative that the Swedish Covenant Hospital pathology department was so thorough in their examination and discovered these rare and dangerous tumors,” Tom said.

Thanks to the early diagnosis and treatment, Tom is now disease- and cancer-free.

To show his appreciation for the care he received at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Tom made his first donation to Swedish Covenant Hospital in honor of Dr. Adajar.

As a resident of Lincoln Square for 15 years, and a member of Galter LifeCenter for 10 years, Tom continues to support Swedish Covenant Hospital “to show gratitude and support a great community hospital.”

To learn more about the Grateful Patient Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital click here, or contact the Foundation at (773) 293-5121 or Foundation@swedishcovenant.org.

*Last name withheld upon request.

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Swedish Covenant Hospital Enhances Care for Victims of Violence


Swedish Covenant Hospital has launched a program to strengthen its capacity to identify and respond to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Kate Lawler, women’s health advocate, joined Swedish Covenant Hospital earlier this year to lead the program’s efforts to prevent and address violence against women in the community.

“At Swedish Covenant Hospital, we recognize that freedom from violence and fear is an integral part of a woman’s health and well-being,” said Kate Lawler. “Our health care providers can play a critical role in identifying and supporting women who are experiencing violence.”

Hospitals, particularly emergency rooms and obstetric departments, are in a unique position to identify, respond and provide compassionate care to victims of violence. Because of the physical and psychological consequences of violence, victims often seek care from a health care provider. In some cases, a health care provider may be the only person with a reason to speak with a woman alone that an abuser will accept. Studies show that 24 percent to 54 percent of women who present in hospital emergency rooms have experienced abuse during their lifetime, and that victims utilize the healthcare system at a rate 2.5 times higher than non-abused patients. Interviews with survivors of human trafficking have found that up to 88 percent of them visited a health care provider while they were being trafficked.

The goal of the new program is to ensure that the hospital staff is properly prepared and has the resources needed to effectively identify and care for victims. Funded through the generosity of donors who support the hospital through Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation, the program will provide a coordinated, comprehensive programmatic response to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Priorities for the program include creating comprehensive screening and referral protocols and regular staff trainings; providing seamless referral and safe transportation to emergency shelters; creating patient education materials; and formalizing partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse community organizations. Partners in this initiative include Rape Victim Advocates, the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force, STOP-IT, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Between Friends, Apna Ghar and KAN-WIN.

“Specifically, the human trafficking training is important because we are now aware of the prevalence of this issue in our community. Previously, we would see patients in our Emergency Department and things just did not make sense. Now with the training we know what to look for and can put the pieces together to identify victims of sexual or labor trafficking,” said Kimberly Leslie, clinical director of the emergency department.

On June 4, Swedish Covenant Hospital partnered with the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force and Lurie Children’s Hospital in which 90 healthcare providers from across Chicagoland participated in a day-long training session on human trafficking.

“Health care organizations that are trained to appropriately address violence against women have the distinct opportunity to identify victims of violence and provide them with referrals and support,” said Summer Ghias, STOP-IT, The Salvation Army Family and Community Services, who helps coordinate the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force. Swedish Covenant Hospital has partnered with STOP-IT to train staff to recognize and respond to victims of human trafficking.

The new program resides within the hospital’s Women’s Health Initiative, which is anchored by the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center, and designed to provide every women in our community high-quality, convenient health care that addresses their unique needs.

To help sustain the program, the center is coordinating a team of runners to participate in the Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday, September 6, 2015. Funds raised will help purchase care packages for women who are victims of violence that seek care through our emergency department. Learn more about Team SCH, or support a Team SCH runner, by visiting the team fundraising site.

Additional resources:

#Breakingdownwalls Campaign

Women’s Health Awareness Council


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Associates’ Board Bags Tournament raises nearly $5,000 for Women’s Health Initiative


The Swedish Covenant Hospital Associates’ Board raised nearly $5,000 for the Women’s Health Initiative through its Bags Tournament Fundraiser held on July 15 at Cubby Bear Wrigleyville.

Congratulations to 1st & 2nd place winners of the tournament: Maggie Andersen & Mr. Andersen and Cameron Hodgkinson & Jonathan Kratowicz.

Thank you to the more than 70 guests who attended in support of Swedish Covenant Hospital. Special thanks to event sponsors Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, Gallup Consulting, St. Paul’s House, and Harmony Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Learn more about joining the Associates’ Board or attending an upcoming event.

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