February 2021

Get Moving in March!


Has a long, cold, snowy winter kept you stuck inside? Well, let’s chase away the winter doldrums together as we get moving in March! Beginning March 1st, Swedish Hospital will be participating in Miles for Meaning, a month-long virtual fitness challenge on the Kilter app. We’re looking to build a winning team and need our employees, friends, and family to join in on the fun, so collectively, we can log the most miles and win the $25,000 challenge.

All you need to get started is your phone; started by signing up using the Kilter app (iOS/Android) and connect a fitness tracker that you’re already using to log your miles when you run or walk. It’s that easy. Track your miles every day throughout the month of March and you’ll earn points towards prizes and support Swedish Hospital at the same time! The team with the most miles logged at the end of March wins $25,000 for their organization.

All funds raised during our Miles for Meaning Challenge will support Swedish’s Community Breast Health Program, which provides screening mammograms and life-saving services to low-income patients throughout our community. As Team Member Erika, of Galter LifeCenter explains, “I’m always looking for new motivation to help keep me moving, and nothing is more inspiring than joining team Swedish Hospital Foundation in its effort to win $25,000 for its

Community Health Breast Program! It was so easy to sign up and connect the Kilter app to my Apple Health, and I can’t wait to watch our team rack up our mileage!”. Team Member Chloe agrees, “I wanted to join the Miles for Meaning Challenge because not only is it a great cause that I am excited to participate in, but my Mom also works at Swedish which encouraged me to join and participate!”. Even SH Foundation Board members are joining in on the fun. Julianne M. explains, “I’m excited to get moving again with Swedish Hospital this March and get back to a regular fitness routine. It’s a bonus that my running and walking miles could also help the hospital win a $25,000 donation. I can run or walk on my own time in my neighborhood or on a treadmill, spend time with friends and support Swedish Hospital at the same time.”

We currently have over 50 team members who have committed to getting healthy, having fun, and helping us reach our goal. Shake off those winter blues by joining us in moving and making a difference. You can learn more about the program and how to participate by visiting the Miles for Meaning web page.

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Mini-Medical Camp Provides Students with New Insight


“I learned that I must follow my dreams and never give up no matter what others say and even when it seems impossible.”

So writes a student attendee at the Summer Youth Mini-Medical Camp provided virtually by Swedish Hospital doctors and medical staff this past summer.  Thanks to funding from the Swedish Hospital Foundation and our generous donors, 160 students from neighborhood public high schools and under-resourced schools across Chicago learned about clinical medicine through interactive lectures and discussion sessions during this week-long event in August 2020. Dr. Denis Williams, an Orthopedic Surgeon and Chairman of Surgery at Swedish Hospital, developed the camp in collaboration with Jennifer Dixon, a Community Organizer, to provide students the opportunity to interact with medical professionals and become familiar with a range of jobs available in the medical field.

What drove Dr. Williams to apply for the SH Foundation grant and develop the Mini-Medical Camp was his desire to have students from all walks of life see a future for themselves in medicine. According to Dr. Williams,

“You can’t become what you can’t envision; many young students across the city are interested in medicine but may not have exposure or the critical guidance and the resources to learn more about the fields during their formative years. As is well-known, exposure to certain concepts and ideas at a young age is likely to positively impact decisions in the future and leave lasting encouragement.”

Medical staff were carefully selected to reflect the diversity of the student participants and included some staff members who ended up in their chosen field following non-traditional pathways.  All medical staff presenters volunteered their time to teach and included Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses and Surgical Assistants. For many of the students, the experience left them with a new perspective. According to one student,

“I learned that the Swedish Hospital is very diverse because there were guest speakers that came from different countries and they never felt discouraged by not being able to reach their dream career solely because they weren’t born in the U.S.A and I feel like now you hear a lot about young people feeling discouraged to chase their dreams because of their background.”  

Even life-lessons were imparted to the students, one of whom reflected, “I learned that I might not get into medical school on my first try, and that’s okay. Even if I don’t get in, I should continue to work so I can achieve my goal.

The 2020 Youth Mini-Medical Camp was so successful for both student participants and medical staff alike that there are plans to hold a similar camp during the summer of 2021. For more information, please send all questions to: swedishminimedicalschool@gmail.com . To learn more about how you can help support similar programs, contact us at 773-293-5121 or email us at schfoundation@schosp.org.

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Year-End Appeal Raises Funds for the Community Breast Health Program


Each year, Swedish Hospital provides free screening mammograms to over 800 under-insured women in our community. This year, however, breast cancer screenings have declined by 52% across the nation, including Chicago, due to the fear of contracting COVID19.  In the coming months, we expect a flood of diagnoses potentially at the advanced stages. In anticipation of the increased number of under-insured individuals needing screening mammograms, and more advanced diagnostic services and treatments, Swedish Hospital Foundation created a year-end appeal directed specifically to our Community Breast Health Program.

Thanks to a very generous donor, we were provided with a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $25,000. We are grateful for our community of donors, for not only did we secure the match, we exceeded it and brought in over $62,000 for the Community Breast Health Program. Dorothy Lam, a Radiologist at Swedish Hospital sees first-hand how donations change patients’ lives; “a gift to the Community Breast Health Program makes screening and treatment available to patients who lack the critical resource needed for healing.  Every dollar goes toward creating peace of mind or saving a life.”

 To donate to the Community Breast Health Program, please visit the online donation form or call the Foundation office at 773-293-5121

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Integrated Facilities Solutions Helps COVID19 Testing Staff Brave Winter


The Swedish Hospital COVID19 Testing tent has been staffed all winter by a team of dedicated and hardy individuals. Through snowstorms, inclement weather and sub-zero temperatures, they stand outside waiting to provide a test to the next car in line.  How do they stay warm? That’s the same question asked by generous donors at Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS) in Lincolnwood.  

They were so concerned about the warmth and well-being of our COVID19 Testing staff, that they provided a generous gift to the Foundation to outfit all staff members with winter outerwear of their choice. Some staff members purchased new boots and gloves, while others purchased a new winter coat and hand warmers.  The Swedish Testing Tent staff members were delighted and moved by the donation and when asked, couldn’t contain their gratitude in a thank-you note to the IFS employees;

  • “We can’t thank you enough for such a thoughtful gesture and keeping our health and comfort front of mind.” –Gerri  
  • “Thank you for keeping us warm.” – Nicole
  • “Thank you for your boundless generosity! We’ll be able to fend off the cold because of your warm hearts, we all appreciate you.” –Brian

Through their generous donation, the employees at Integrated Facilities Solutions have made winter a little warmer for our COVID19 Testing staff.  To learn more about the COVID19 Relief Fund, please visit the webpage, email us at schfoundation@schosp.org or call us at 773-293-5121. You can also donate to the fund here.

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