November 2015

Foundation releases Community Health Care Report


As part of the hospital’s ongoing commitment to addressing the significant health needs of our community, SCH periodically reports on the programs and strategies in place to best serve our diverse and high-need patient population. To this end, the Foundation has compiled the 2015 Principles for Community Health Care Report. This report highlights key activities and programming offered by Swedish Covenant Hospital to increase access to health care among at-risk populations and expand our capacity to address the health care needs of the individuals and communities we serve. Additionally, the report outlines key programming areas where philanthropic support continues to allow the hospital to best serve our most vulnerable patients. The full report can be accessed here:

2015 Principles for Community Health Care Report


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Philanthropy changes lives at Swedish Covenant Hospital


Did you know that today is National Philanthropy Day?

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, we would like to thank YOU for your dedication to the health of Swedish Covenant Hospital patients and the community. Philanthropic support has enabled Swedish Covenant Hospital to enhance patient care, introduce new technologies and increase access to care for individuals in our community. We truly appreciate the support of our donors, who partner with us to make a difference every day!

Because of YOU…

…cancer survivors can access healing services that reduce stress and enhance quality of life

The Center for Advanced Therapy provides holistic services that enhance health and well-being. Services include exercise and fitness programming; integrative therapies including massage, acupuncture and water shiatsu; education and social support groups; stress reduction training; and nutrition assessments and counseling.

…women have access to convenient and coordinated healthcare

The Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center, which opened in Fall 2014, removes barriers that many women in our community face when accessing healthcare. Since opening, more than 13,000 women have accessed services in the state-of-the-art facility.

…uninsured patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis receive timely emergency care

In partnership with LSSI/Project IMPACT, Swedish Covenant Hospital houses a psychiatric advanced practice nurse in the emergency department to provide expedited care to uninsured patients who present in an acute behavioral health crisis.

… patients at high risk of readmission receive the support they need as they transition home

Our Transitional Care Program, an evidence-based intervention, serves adults who are at high risk of readmission following a hospital stay. The program delivers disease management education, home visits, home tele-health monitoring and care coordination.

…patients have access to today’s technology for improved rehabilitation outcomes

Patients on inpatient rehabilitation units have access to rehabilitation technology that has been proven to improve attention, concentration, use of affected upper extremity from stroke and assist with standing endurance.

…new mothers receive lactation support in Chicago’s only outpatient clinic

The Lactation Support Clinic provides new mothers with post-discharge lactation support vital to the successful continuation of breastfeeding and advances Swedish Covenant Hospital’s progress toward Baby-Friendly designation.

…patients and their families heal through art

The Artist-in-Residence program provides structured and scheduled art opportunities for patients with the therapy team on the rehab and extended care units, the adult mental health unit, and the cancer center. The program also provides bedside opportunities upon request.

…geriatric patients are cognitively engaged using activity carts

The use of patient activity carts throughout the hospital units provides therapeutic stimulation to elderly patients with cognitive impairment, such as delirium and dementia.

…victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking receive the supportive care they need

A new program at Swedish Covenant Hospital was created to strengthen the hospital’s capacity to identify and respond to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The program provides compassionate and immediate care to connect individuals with the services and resources they need to break the cycle of violence.

To learn more about these initiatives, or to make a donation, contact the Foundation at or (773) 293-5121, or go to

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Swedish Covenant Hospital to celebrate #GivingTuesday


You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, Swedish Covenant Hospital will be participating in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday is held annually to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

We invite you to join us in celebrating by taking an #UNselfie and letting us know why you support Swedish Covenant Hospital! Download the “I ♥ Swedish Covenant Hospital” sign by clicking on the image below, take a photo and on Dec. 1, you can post your #UNselfie on social media. Be sure to tag us – @SCH_Foundation, @SwedishCovenant, Swedish Covenant Hospital Facebook!


SCH UNselfie_letter

You can also support Swedish Covenant Hospital this #GivingTuesday by making a donation. Your gift will help to enhance care and provide a healthier community for more than 95,000 patients served annually. 


For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.


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