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Donor Profile: Erin Doubleday

 

From the moment Erin Doubleday attended a community event focused on Swedish Hospital’s Violence Prevention Program (now Pathways) in 2019, she knew she wanted to support its mission.  As Erin explains, “When I heard about the woman brought into the Emergency Room who was being sex trafficked, that story stayed with me.  You’re not just helping the immediate neighbors, you are meeting the needs of everyone who walks through your door—you find a way to help”.  This event inspired Erin to become a generous donor to the Pathways Program, and in doing so, also become a member of the President’s Society.  The President’s Society is a special group of benefactors whose strong annual support helps us provide the safest, highest quality of care for our diverse community. This prestigious society was created to recognize the contributions of those who give $1,000 or more annually.

Erin, who is a Realtor with Century 21 Elm in Park Ridge, currently lives in Park Ridge with her husband Matt and three sons, but has deep roots in the neighborhood surrounding Swedish.   She grew up about a mile away from the Hospital, she and her family have used Swedish doctors for years and two of her sons were born at Swedish.  Years later, she is delighted to be reconnected with the Hospital through the Foundation and its array of innovative programming that’s making a difference in people’s lives. 

When asked why she and her family have been such loyal and enthusiastic supporters of the hospital’s programs over the years, Erin is quick to answer, “The roots of all your programs are so deep within the community, but you’re also available to assist anyone who needs it- it doesn’t matter if you live one block away or on the other side of the city- if you cross the Hospital’s threshold, you’re going to get help.  It makes my heart happy knowing that Swedish is changing lives for the better”.  To learn more about how you too can support any of our community-based programs, please visit the donation form, or call the Foundation office at 773-293-5121 or email, Foundation@schosp.org

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Translation Services Help Thousands during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

A patient uses the real-time translation services during a medical visit.

Swedish Hospital is located in a culturally-diverse area that is home to immigrants and refugees from more than 60 nations.  In order to provide the best possible care to our patients and community members, we routinely provide real-time interpretive services in over 100 languages. As the COVID19 pandemic began to surge (from May through June), our need for interpretive services increased dramatically. Thanks to funding from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, Swedish was able to quickly and effectively assist thousands of non-English speaking individuals across the Chicagoland area understand COVID-related needs, symptoms and treatment plans.

Specifically, funds were used to provide for in-person, phone and video-based interpretive services in over 46 languages for hospitalized patients with COVID-19, those coming to the COVID-19 testing tents, patients coming to the hospital for treatment services, or individuals calling in to the COVID-19 Help Line. Reflective of the diversity of our communities, a majority of callers to the helpline required assistance in Spanish and Korean, but we also received requests for translation in Arabic, Vietnamese, Assyrian, Urdu, and Rohingyan in addition to almost 20 more languages. Staff members answering the Help Line are able to seamlessly add a translator via phone or video conference to support a caller in real-time. Thanks to our real-time translation services, individuals from the community are able to convey their symptoms, questions and concerns via the COVID-19 Help Line and to staff in the testing tents

Additionally, Swedish Hospital created two, YouTube Public Service Announcement videos about symptom screening and testing in both Spanish and English. Click here to view the video in English or Spanish.     

We have also created printable COVID-19 resources and educational materials in 6 of the most popular languages spoken by our patients, including Spanish, Polish, Korean, Arabic, Vietnamese and Assyrian.  Links to all of these are available on our website.

Ensuring that a patient understands a diagnosis or treatment plan is essential for providing them with the best care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Translation services are essential, as illustrated with one of our COVID-positive patients.  Part of Swedish Hospital’s response to COVID-19 has been to provide pulse oximeters to discharged COVID-19 positive patients, so that they can monitor their blood oxygen levels and identify any issues that require additional medical care from the safety and comfort of their home. During the first week of June, our medical team discharged a stable COVID-19 patient and gave him a pulse oximeter to take home with him. However, this patient was Spanish speaking, and he did not fully understand the instructions for use of the device at discharge. By connecting this patient with translation services, Swedish was able to educate him on how to use the pulse oximeter to monitor his recovery. This tool allows us to best use hospital resources, while empowering our patients to watch for warning signs and seek medical attention when needed.

Thanks to initial funding from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, and current funding from donors, Swedish is able to offer real-time translation services to our patients and community members in over 100 languages, ensuring that we provide best care to our patients. For more information on how you can help, please contact please visit the donation form, or call the Foundation office at 773-293-5121 or email, Foundation@schosp.org

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Violence Prevention Program Has a New Name

 

L to R:  Evelyn Torres, Pathways Advocate; Leena Thomas, Pathways Data Assistant; Kate Lawler, Pathways Director; Quinn Davis, Apna Ghar Counselor and Medical Advocate; and Susan Pieters, Between Friends Adult Education Coordinator.

The month of October marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for reflection as we look back on the success of Swedish’s Violence Prevention Program and forge ahead to the future. Since its inception in 2015, Swedish Hospital’s Violence Prevention Program (VPP) has secured over 2 million dollars in grants and donations with which we have served over 1700 survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault and trained over 2600 providers and staff to recognize and respond to these forms of harm. We remain grateful to the Swedish Hospital Foundation Board, for without their vision and commitment in providing the initial seed money to establish the program, these milestones would never be realized.

In these turbulent times of COVID-19, Kate Lawler, VPP Director, notes that the increased stresses of daily life have put people who are in unsafe relationships in greater risk. “Calls to domestic violence hotlines have increased sharply; the economic downturn, increased alcohol consumption and mental health concerns coupled with homeschooling children have compounded family stressors.” During the lockdown period from mid-March to late-June, fewer survivors came into the emergency room due to a fear of being infected.  However, those who did come showed indicators of escalated violence, such as head injuries and strangulation compared with the same period from last year–an increase of 113%. ”  The numbers of domestic violence and sexual assault cases in the emergency department started to increase again after the stay-at-home order ended.  Given the 5 years of successfully working with trauma survivors through the VPP program, staff are prepared for this moment and ready to assist survivors with support, resources, information, and the tools to make choices to ensure their safety.

As the program continues to evolve, the Violence Prevention Program has changed its name to more accurately reflect the support that we offer survivors of interpersonal violence. The new name is Pathways: Walking Beside Survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Sexual Assault. Specifically, the program encompasses:

  • Pathways to training and education for medical providers and staff. 
  • Pathways to on-site crisis intervention and immediate safety planning.
  • Pathways to community partners for counseling, case management, legal advocacy, shelter and transitional housing
  • Pathways to care and forensic evidence collection by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.
  • Pathways to trauma-informed medical, dental and mental health services.
  • Pathways to prevention through education, awareness-raising and advocacy.
  • Pathways to healing and hope.

The name change is explained by Kate Lawler, who describes, that “We wanted to move away from a name that focuses on the harm that is done, and rather, place emphasis on the role that we have in shaping the road ahead.  Each person’s path moving forward is different and multi-faceted.  Our role is to provide information, options and support as survivors set out on the pathway or pathways that make most sense for them.”  The Pathways program is funded by grantor such as 5th/3rd, and the Department of Justice, foundations and the generosity of donors like you. To make a gift to Pathways, please contact please visit the donation form, or call the Foundation office at 773-293-5121 or email Foundation@schosp.org

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Food Access to Cancer Patients in Need

 

L to R: Syeda Farid, Cancer Center Nutritionist, and Katherine Williams, Cancer Nurse Navigator/Director of Survivorship Program

The COVID-19 crisis has been hard on everyone, but particularly for Swedish patients who are receiving treatment for cancer during this pandemic. These patients have unique restrictions and requirements that, are unfortunately, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.  Many of our patients with weakened immune systems are now afraid to go to the grocery store and feel isolated and alone. Combined with job loss, reduced work hours and an overall limited income, many of our patients have confided in the Cancer Center staff that they are constantly stressed and worry about having enough money to buy groceries.

Thanks to funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation and private donors, grocery gift cards have been provided to patients to purchase food items that are healthy, nutritious and items they would not normally have access to due to limited funds. According to Katherine Williams, Cancer Nurse Navigator/Director of Survivorship Program, these gift cards “…allow patients with limited food budgets to splurge-maybe by purchasing organic versus bottom-line produce or choosing a better cut of meat. For those who were laid off during COVID and find themselves in treatment, having a gift card literally means they can eat.”  She continues, “the grocery gift cards allow patients to make their own choices for food which appeals to them personally. Since every chemo treatment affects patients’ taste differently- what one person may crave or want is very different than another. The gift cards give them the power to purchase what they want, when they need it. Giving patients back their power is priceless.”

Syeda Farid, Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist at the Cancer Center finds that many of her patients are grateful for the free grocery gift cards and surprised to find that they can positively change the trajectory of their treatment.  As Syeda explains, “With a gift card, a low-income patient can now purchase food that helps with their specific GI and nutritional needs without feeling guilty about taking away from the family’s food needs and limited resources. One patient even shared that she was able to buy organic meat and an avocado for the first time in her life.  Not only was this mother of 3 now provided the luxury of purchasing higher-quality meats, seafood and organic fruits and vegetables, but she tolerated her treatments better, missed fewer appointments and didn’t feel so tired and lacking in energy.

Another cancer patient, a single mother living with a sick relative expressed her gratitude for the grocery gift cards by saying, “ …that because of the Mariano’s gift card, I was able to get more energy by eating many small meals and healthy snacking.  Thanks to the free food,  I’m able to buy better  food for myself and now don’t have to worry about running out of money for food at the end-of-the month. That is when I usually have to depend on frozen or canned food. I don’t like eating canned food but I force myself because I have no choice. Thank you for providing me better options and better health.”

To many of our cancer patients, the grocery gift cards have been life-changing by providing them access to nutritious and healthy foods tailored to their specific needs. Syeda puts it in perspective when she notes that, “The gift cards have made a major impact on the physical and emotional health of our cancer patients. A $25 gift card seems like a small token, but for our patients, it can mean maintaining the nutritional support needed to continue their cancer treatment uninterrupted and giving them a chance to renew their overall health.”  If you would like to help support low-income cancer patients through this program, please contact please visit the donation form, or call the Foundation office at 773-293-5121 or email, Foundation@schosp.org.

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The Virtual Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle Goes Live!

 

Click Here to Bid, Buy and Donate Now!

Silent Auction begins at Noon on September 22 and
ends at 8 p.m. on September 27

Live Raffle pull on Monday September 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Proceeds from our virtual silent auction will be used to support programs such as COVID-19 Rehabilitation services, Violence Prevention, Housing Connections, and Helping Hands.  These programs directly impact the neediest members of our community, our neighbors and our friends, and those who have nowhere else to go to get their health care needs addressed.  

If you interested in donating an auction item, please call 773.878.2492 or email ekarp@schosp.org

Thank you for your support!

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