June 2017

Family to complete triathlon together for Team SCH


At the age of 16, Kendra McCoy already has a few triathlons under her belt. She began competing after watching her three younger sisters participate. On August 27, Kendra will compete alongside her sisters, her parents, and Team SCH athletes in the Chicago Triathlon in support of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

After Kendra’s first triathlon, she fell in love. A former swimmer, Kendra enjoys being outside and is drawn to the challenge of the sport.

“You can push yourself and you can strive to do what you want to do and its fun for me,” Kendra said.

Kendra, along with her sisters Morgan, 13, Leah, 11, and Allie, 8, train for the triathlon through their swim club, the Iguanas. This year, Kendra will be competing in the Super Sprint at the Chicago Triathlon, while her sisters participate in the kid’s race. Their parents, Sara Rummelhoff, who works as a nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital, and John will be participating too.

“I think the triathlon is a great way to do something as a family. Their goal is just to complete the course, and it teaches them endurance and perseverance,” Sara said.

Now in its third year, Team SCH brings together athletes to raise funds on behalf of their participation in a race. This year, Team SCH will be participating in the Chicago Triathlon on August 27 and the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K on September 24.

This is Sara’s third year participating with Team SCH. In previous years, she ran a 5K and a half marathon with Team SCH.

“Team SCH is an excellent way to raise awareness of Swedish Covenant Hospital and encourage an active lifestyle among our employees, and the community,” Sara said. “I love Swedish and any opportunity to promote the hospital and the great work it does for the community.”

Athletes will be raising funds to increase access to mammograms for uninsured, low-income women through the Community Breast Health Program. This program provides free cancer detection services to women who face the greatest challenges accessing care due to financial, cultural, and language barriers. Last year, more than 1,300 women received free breast cancer screenings through the program.

Learn more or register to participate with Team SCH in the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K or Chicago Triathlon.

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Foundation hosts Violence Prevention Day


On Wednesday, May 17, Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation brought together health care leaders, direct service providers, community members and elected officials for Violence Prevention Day. The day-long event addressed the health care sector’s critical role in identifying and responding to survivors of violence. The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Allstate.

During the event, Kate Lawler, director of the violence prevention program at Swedish Covenant Hospital, outlined why the health sector is in a unique position to identify and respond to domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. According to Kate, the health care sector serves a large volume of individuals, and thereby touches many lives each day. In addition violence and abuse have health consequences. Therefore, survivors often seek treatment. And finally, the health sector is one of the few places where a survivor is able to speak with someone alone.

Following Kate, Kimberly Leslie, clinical director of the Swedish Covenant Hospital Emergency Department presented the hospital’s approach to identifying and responding to violence, including staff trainings on human trafficking.

“Before the training, we weren’t aware that this was happening in our community. Through training, staff learned red flags in recognizing victims of trafficking and a lightbulb went off. Staff started recalling experiences and patients that met the criteria – like a young patient who came to the emergency department on a school night with an injury he sustained working in a warehouse,” Kimberly said.

Dr. Elaine Alpert, Instructor, MD Undergraduate Program Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia was the keynote speaker for the event. Additional sessions explored topics including reporting and documentation and first response in the health care setting.

The event was organized in collaboration with Swedish Covenant Hospital’s community partners for the Violence Prevention Program, including  Apna Ghar, Between Friends, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, KAN-WIN, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Project Impact, Rape Victim Advocates, and the Salvation Army Stop-it Program.

To learn more about supporting the Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital, click here or contact the Foundation at foundation@swedishcovenant.org or 773-293-5121.


Kathleen Doherty, LCSW, ICDVP, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Summar Ghias, MSW, Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator STOP-IT, The Salvation Army Family and Community Services

Jacklyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE Coordinator, Crime Victim Services, Office of the Attorney General, State of Illinois

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Grateful Patient makes legacy gift to honor doctor


After years of suffering and searching for answers, Harlan Didrickson was able to get the answers he needed from Swedish Covenant Hospital. In response to the kindness he was shown during this period, he made a legacy gift in honor of his physician, Dr. Javed Imam. Below, Harlan recounts in his own words what inspired him to support Swedish Covenant Hospital through a bequest.

“Recently I was hospitalized at Swedish Covenant and I was so moved by the attention I received from many of your doctors, that I decided to bequeath a sum to the hospital.

I immediately remembered Dr. Javed Imam and the degree of tenderness he showed me; not only tenderness, but a great degree of compassion and concern; and time, his time, that he gave to me. What’s more he finally (after years and years of my own searching) provided me with the root cause of an ailment, of which my suffering from, denied me of a significant surgical procedure which would remedy years of terrible pain and the ingestion of copious amounts of highly addictive pain medications. In many respects Dr. Imam hovered at my bedside and quietly handed back my future (which prior to his calm and sincere intervention was uncertain at best).”

Donors who make legacy gifts to Swedish Covenant Hospital are members of the Heritage Society, an elite group of visionary individuals whose legacy gifts will provide for the future of the hospital.

To learn more about making a planned gift to Swedish Covenant Hospital, click here or contact the Foundation at foundation@swedishcovenant.org or 773-293-5121.

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Foundation visits corporate partners for lunch and learns


Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation recently visited Evolent Health and Bain & Company to educate employees about the Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Nearly 70 employees from both companies attend the lunch and learn events.

“While domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are issues that the group has heard of before, the Swedish Covenant Hospital lunch and learn made it deeply personal and local. Everyone walked away wanting to know how they could be more informed, educated, and involved,” said Casey Carey, principal, Bain & Company.

Following the presentation, Evolent Health and Bain & Company committed to further supporting Swedish Covenant Hospital. Evolent employees held a toiletry and clothing drive, in addition to providing financial donations to support victims of violence. Evolent, along with Bain, also offered pro bono support to the hospital.

“The proximity of human trafficking in our own city, and what the Foundation’s efforts have been able to achieve in helping victims to date, spurred the group to organize a toiletry and clothing drive the very next week,” said Regan Murphy,  who helped to organize the event at Evolent. “We hope this will be the first of many ways that volunteers can help support the Violence Prevention Program.”

The Violence Prevention Program was created to strengthen Swedish Covenant Hospital’s capacity to identify and respond to patients who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 700 clinicians have been trained to recognize when a patient may be experiencing abuse and to respond in ways that increase safety, reduce isolation and connect survivors with ongoing support in the community.

To learn more about corporate partnership opportunities at Swedish Covenant Hospital, click here or contact the Foundation at 773-293-5121 or foundation@swedishcovenant.org

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