2015 Annual Benefit Gala Recap
A Night for the Future, held on October 17, 2015 was a huge success, raising funds to benefit the cancer care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Attended by 800 guests including hospital physicians and community leaders, the gala was an evening of dining, celebration and entertainment complete with fabulous silent auction packages.
Thank you to all of our supporters – Chairs Dr. Jeffrey & Carrie Cilley, Co-Chairs Mark & Karen Newton and Dr. Kavita Singh & Ron Chadha, the gala committee, Event Host Dina Bair, WGN News, gala sponsors, guests, and volunteers – for making the 2015 gala a huge success.
Spirit of Compassion Award
In 2002, Swedish Covenant Hospital established its Spirit of Compassion Award. The award was created to give special recognition to those individuals “who have given selflessly of themselves to improve the human condition of others, not only at Swedish Covenant Hospital but throughout the world.”
This year, we were honored to present the 2015 Spirit of Compassion Award to Alderman Patrick O’Connor and Lauren Rubinson-Morris.
Alderman Patrick O’Connor
Patrick O’Connor is a lifelong resident of the northwest side of Chicago and has represented the City’s 40th Ward in the City Council since 1983. In his years on the Council, Pat has distinguished himself as a leader with a solid reputation for honesty and personal integrity. Pat O’Connor has used his abilities as a lawyer, community leader and alderman to advocate for change, improve our public school system, create new jobs and promote economic development, improve our health care system, keep our neighborhoods safe, and rebuild our infrastructure.
Alderman O’Connor has long been a champion of issues affecting health and wellness. He introduced and saw passage of legislation mandating that city establishments which serve alcohol warn pregnant women about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant. He fought for neighborhood and school-based health care clinics. Pat was awarded an American Cancer Society Partner in Progress Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership in the fight to make Chicago smoke free.
Recently, he helped secure $2.4 million in TIF dollars for a new Women’s Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Alderman O’Connor was proud to help support the new innovative center which will provide the highest quality care; provide support for uninsured and underinsured patients; flexible child-friendly appointment times; translation services; and female staffing with women-only patient areas.
Above all of his accomplishments and experience, Pat is first a neighbor in the community. He is the proud husband of Barbara and father of five children, Hilary, Patrick, Claire, Courtney and Moira. He is also the grandfather of five.
Lauren Rubinson-Morris is president and CEO of Medical Express Ambulance Service, Inc. (MedEx) in Chicago. Lauren started MedEx in 1998 with 2 ambulances and 17 employees. Under Lauren’s leadership, the company has grown steadily and now operates a fleet of more than 80 ambulances and wheelchair vans and employs more than 350 EMS and administrative personnel.
MedEx has been the exclusive ambulance, wheelchair and courtesy van provider to Swedish Covenant Hospital since 2001. MedEx provides all levels of medical transportation throughout the Chicagoland area, including a state-of-the-art critical care program.
Lauren’s dedication to customer service and innovation has brought MedEx to the forefront by combining cutting edge technology and patient care. MedEx is the first—and only—ambulance provider in the U.S. to implement a Google Glass program. MedEx ambulances are WIFI ready and MedEx paramedics transmit live audio-video from an ambulance to physicians, providing doctors with critical information in order to provide the best possible patient care. MedEx’s Google Glass program is HIPAA compliant and Illinois Department of Public Health approved. Launched in early 2015, MedEx’s Google Glass program continues to save lives.
In addition to being a leader in the ambulance industry, Lauren has been an active supporter of Swedish Covenant Hospital. Lauren and MedEx have assisted Swedish Covenant Hospital patients in need by providing uncompensated transfers from the hospital to extended care facilities. Since 2006, Lauren has served as Director of the Foundation Board of Swedish Covenant Hospital. She has also served on the Women’s Health Initiative Campaign Steering Committee and, along with her husband Glenn, chaired a successful 2013 gala for the Hospital.
2015 Elite Sponsors
Thank you to our Elite Sponsors:
Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff
Medical Express Ambulance Service, Inc.
Continental Electrical Construction Company
Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Anderson Mikos Architects Ltd.
Covenant Retirement Communities
Covenant Trust Company
Janice and David Dwight
Diagnostic Radiology Specialists SC
The Glen Healthcare Network
Anthony and Sandra Guaccio
Harmony Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
David and Lesly Koo
Managed Health Care Associates, Ltd.
Medline Industries, Inc.
Mark and Karen Newton
Nephron Dialysis Center
Pepper Construction Group
Swedish Covenant Managed Care Alliance, Inc.
Swedish Emergency Associates, S.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence P. Anderson
Assurance Agency, Ltd.
Bear Construction Company
Brown and Brown Insurance – Phoenix
Cassiday Schade LLP
Compass One Healthcare
Covenant Village of Northbrook
Dr. Jaroslaw B. and Maria Dzwinyk
Erie Family Health Center
Fifth Third Bank
Paul and Kristin Hawkinson
Jones & Cleary Roofing Co.
Jonathan and Jill Lind
North Park University
Alderman Patrick J. O’Connor
Rimrock Capital Management, LLC
Schindler Elevator Corporation
St. Pauls House and Health Care Center
Dr. Edward and Carolyn Sutoris
The YMI Group, Inc.
Xenos & Associates Ltd.