Annual Gala 2019 to Benefit Cardiology


Guests will be whisked away to far-off lands when they attend SCH’s upcoming Tropical Paradise, Annual Gala on October 26, 2019. Chaired by Drs. Frederman Concepcion and Rosibell Arcia-Diaz, this year’s event will be held at the Hilton Chicago. The gala will feature elegant dining, themed entertainment, dancing to tropical rhythms, and a large silent auction with one-of a kind items benefitting SCH Cardiology.

Our Cardiovascular Services team at Swedish Covenant is committed to providing each patient with comprehensive care. By coupling the most advanced technology with open communication between primary care physicians and a team of heart specialists to identify and treat a range of heart and vascular conditions, SCH physicians and medical staff work together to provide a continuum of care that ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients.

It’s important to have a team of doctors who really care about you, just ask Carlos Mendez.  Last year, Carlos experienced a slight pain in his chest while exercising. He went to see his SCH primary care physician who suggested he see a cardiologist. A stress test was performed, followed by an angiogram, and then quadruple bypass surgery. After surgery, he completed his recovery in the cardiac rehabilitation program at SCH’s Galter LifeCenter.  Carlos is now feeling great, back to work, doing the things he loves and spending time with his family.  According to Carlos, “There was an amazing team approach; my primary doctor was in constant contact with the cardiologist and surgeon and since Galter is part of SCH, all of my doctors knew exactly how my cardiac rehabilitation was progressing and made suggestions to the Rehab staff.” 

In order to continue providing the highest level of cardiovascular care, all proceeds from Swedish Covenant Health’s upcoming Annual Gala, Tropical Paradise, will benefit the Cardiology Department and its services. Thanks to our generous Elite sponsors of this year’s Gala; Title Sponsor, SCH Medical Staff, Platinum Sponsor, Medical Express Ambulance Service, and Diamond Sponsors, Continental Electrical Construction Company, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, Covenant Trust Company, North Park University, and PNC.

Can’t attend the Gala? You can support the Cardiology Department by bidding on fabulous items in our silent auction. For more information on supporting the Cardiology Department please contact the Foundation at or 773.293.5121.

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Employee Donor Profile: Jessi Hickey


With dual degrees in Nursing and Social Work, Jessi Hickey left Nashville for Chicago in search of a career that would marry both disciplines. Once she accepted the position as an Orthopedic Navigator at Swedish Covenant Health, she knew she had found her home. Three and half years later, Jessi is still delighted to help her patients on their road to recovery and work alongside her fellow colleagues.  Asked to explain her role, Jessi notes, “I’m the travel agent for patients having a hip, knee or shoulder replacement. I assist them through their entire time here in the hospital and beyond. I meet with a patient pre-operatively and help them understand expectations of surgery. I then visit with them in the hospital to see how they are feeling and educate them about next steps, and finally, follow-up with them after discharge acting as their point person in case they have any concerns or questions.”

Jessi’s commitment to her patients is inspired by the warmth and friendliness she feels from the entire hospital community. To Jessi, the SCH staff is like a second family.  “I love working at Swedish; I really like my co-workers and supervisors, it feels like family. You know everyone walking the hallways- at least by face- and everyone is so welcoming. It’s a really good place to work.” It’s this compassion for her patients, community members and fellow co-workers that inspires Jessi to give back to SCH.

Over the years, Jessi has participated in the annual Employee Campaign, raised funds from running the Chicago Half Marathon as a member of Team SCH, and joined the SCH Foundation Associates’ Board.  Becoming a leader of Associates’ Board has had a significant impact on Jessi’s understanding of the Foundation, donor-funded programs, and the importance of giving back. She originally joined the Board as a way of meeting people when she first arrived from Nashville, but soon discovered that Board members play an important role as ambassadors and fundraisers for SCH.  Jessi explains, “I think being on the Board is a small way of giving back and contributing to some of the programs that I don’t have an actual hand in but that I can support with some fundraising. I love the homeless initiative (Housing Connections) and the Violence Prevention Program. Being able to raise awareness for these programs to people in the community and provide funds to help these programs is why I continue on the Associate’s Board.”  The Board is responsible for organizing and hosting several fundraising events throughout the year. The most recent event was a fun-filled, beer-tasting fundraiser at Bar on Buena, complete with food, libations and raffle prizes. Another event is planned for Spring 2020.

Jessi and her fellow Associate Board Members are looking to increase Board membership- especially among employees. As Jessi explains, “If you like where you work and you want to support your patients, it’s another way to get in involved. The Associate’s Board is a great a platform to advocate for your patients and your work area by creating awareness and fundraising”.  If you would like more information about joining the Associate’s Board, or making a donation to the Foundation, please contact the Foundation at or 773.293.5121.

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SCH Employees Give Back During 2019


Our employees feel passionately about giving to programs and departments that are close to their hearts, and that was demonstrated in their choice of donations to this year’s WeCare Employee Giving Campaign.  Over $53,000 was donated to ensure that the hospital maintain its healing mission and support the needs of our staff, patients and families. This year, the most popular choice was the Employee Benevolence fund, which provides assistance to fellow co-workers during times of financial hardship or crisis.  The Helping Hands fund, which provides low-income patients in the ED with access to prescription medications, came in second, and the Violence Prevention Program (VPP), which supports survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, came in a strong third. 

New this year, donations helped create an additional feature in the Healing Garden for families who have experiences the loss of a child. Seed funding from employees for the newly-created Butterfly Garden allowed us to create a peaceful space of quiet reflection. The garden features a statue of a child holding a butterfly, a seating area for relaxation and contemplation, and a special area for the placement of remembrance stones. A special blessing ceremony to mark the dedication of this garden was held on October 8th and officiated by SCH Chaplain Melanie Tornquist.

We are grateful to all who has donated this year, especially the department with the highest participation rate —the Rehabilitation Administration Team!  When asked why she gives, Rehab Admin team member, Rosette Tejada, sums it up, “…to share my blessings.” An Honorable Mention for a strong showing goes to: 1) Women’s Health Center, 2) SCH Managed Care Support, 3) Nursing Education, and 4) Human Resources.  

Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to show your support of Swedish Covenant Health. Regardless of how you choose to give – whether by attending events, donating to the WeCareEmployee Giving Campaign, or the year-end appeal– your gift matters and we appreciate your support. To make a donation, Please download and complete the Employee Campaign Contribution Form and return to the SCH Foundation office, make an online donation or contact the Foundation at or 773.293.5121.

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