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Receiving blanket drive to support new moms in need

 

Warmth, comfort and security – a receiving blanket can provide so much for newborns in their first few days of life. Unfortunately, many new moms who deliver at Swedish Covenant Hospital have limited resources and can’t afford a receiving blanket.

This Mother’s Day, please consider a donation of $3 to provide one new mom in need with a receiving blanket that she can wrap her newborn baby in when going home from the hospital. Your gift will provide a new mom with the ability to calm her newborn with a swaddle and to provide warmth and preserve caloric intake for weight gain during the first few fragile days of life.

Each year, more than 2,000 babies start their lives at Swedish Covenant Hospital; 60 percent of their mothers are low-income. As a non-profit hospital serving one of the most diverse communities in the city, Swedish Covenant Hospital relies on the support of friends to fund initiatives to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Will you help to provide a warm and secure start for our community’s newest members?

Click here to donate now!

If you would like to donate new or unused receiving blankets you may drop them off between May 1 and May 21 in the Galter Medical Pavilion Lobby, Galter LifeCenter Entrance and the 3rd floor lobby in the Main Building.

Thank you for your generosity!

 

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SCH forms new residency partnership

 

We would like to share some exciting news regarding the Family Medicine residency programs at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

We are happy to announce that we have finalized a partnership with McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Erie Family Health and Swedish Covenant Hospital to be a training site for McGaw’s family medicine residency program based in Humboldt Park.

Swedish Covenant Hospital is excited to partner with a major medical academic center and Erie Family Health to help train the next generation of family physicians who will continue to provide high quality medical care and services to local communities. This academic partnership builds on our established relationships for other programs with St. Georges University of London and Midwestern University.

We are happy to add to our training programs to provide these family medicine residents with broad training on a range of advanced technology and procedures in the hospital environment needed for caring for community members. This new program will be in addition to our current family medicine residency program. We anticipate full implementation will take place within a year.

This new partnership is a testament to our medical training environment and I would like to thank everyone here at Swedish Covenant Hospital for your continuous efforts to provide world-class care to the community and exceptional training experiences for our medical residents.

These accomplishments illustrate the strength of our medical education environment, and we continue to look forward to providing excellent training here at Swedish Covenant Hospital for the next generation of physicians to serve our community.

Click here to learn more about residency training at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

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Your compassion will transform lives this holiday season

 

Creating art has always been an important part of Sonia Torres’ life. Knitting and crocheting brings her peace, tranquility and joy. When she was diagnosed with cancer in December 2013, this artistic outlet allowed her to focus on her recovery. Because of the difference art has made in her life, Sonia now attends weekly art activity groups at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s cancer center to help others through their journey.

You can make a difference in the well-being of a patient by donating to support programs that heal the body, mind, and soul.

Diagnosis of a chronic disease or serious illness can often cause sadness or depression. It can affect the patient, friends and family. To help during these difficult times, Swedish Covenant Hospital offers holistic services, including art groups, pastoral care and social and support groups. Thousands of patients accessed these services last year.

These ancillary services aren’t reimbursed by insurance. We can only provide them because of the generosity of donors. With the recent state budget cuts, we need your help now more than ever. Your support gives us the resources we need to bring these programs to patients free of charge.

We see the difference these programs make in the lives of our patients every day. Recently we invited jazz musicians to perform on one of our inpatient units. One of our patients arrived 15 minutes early because he was so looking forward to the performance. He was talking with staff about the performance and joking about with whom he would to dance. Shortly into the performance, two visitors arrived – a man wheeling a woman in a wheelchair. It was the patient’s family! The man wheeled the woman next to our patient, and they held hands. This moment provided a little bit of light into the healing process and brightened the patient’s outlook.

Please consider making a gift today. Your donation of:

  • $250 will provide transitional care after a hospital stay
  • $100 will cover instruction and supplies for one art group session
  • $50 will provide one educational support group for new moms

 

Thank you, in advance, for supporting holistic care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Your compassion will transform lives.

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Women’s Health Awareness Council discusses violence against women

 

Thanks to all who attended our third meeting of the Women’s Health Awareness Council: Violence Against Women: Exploring Health Care’s Role in Serving Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. 

During the lunch on October 30 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, council members discussed the need to combine efforts to tackle violence against women in Chicago, and more globally.

Violence against women is a global epidemic that affects women of every age, culture and socioeconomic status. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

Health care settings are a critical point of intervention for women who face violence at home. Women who are unable or afraid to access other support services may be treated for injuries or illness, creating a confidential, private space for women to speak with an experienced health care provider.

“Prosecutors cannot do this work alone,” said panelist Jennifer Greene, policy advisor, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. “Domestic violence is a major epidemic in our city. It really does take all of us [to fight it].”

Also in attendance were Representative Greg Harris (13th district) and panelists: Summar Ghias, STOP-IT Program Coordinator, Salvation Army; Kim Leslie, RN, MS, emergency department clinical director, Swedish Covenant Hospital; and, Laura Washington, columnist,Chicago Sun-Times, who moderated the event.

If you missed the LiveStream of the meeting,CLICK HERE.

And don’t forget to continue the conversation on social media using the hashtag:#BreakingDownWalls

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Women’s Health Awareness Council discusses the ACA and breast cancer

 

Researchers and scholars acknowledge that there have been recent improvements in breast cancer survival rates in the United States. However, disparities in breast cancer mortality and outcomes based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors remain, exposing the deep need for targeted interventions to help eliminate barriers to quality health care.

The disparities are deepest between African American and White women—studies demonstrate that although White women have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than African American women, African American women have a higher breast cancer mortality rate than White women. Additionally, research shows that poverty, less education and not having health insurance are all factors that are associated with lowered breast cancer survival rates.

Importantly, recent studies have also suggested that the disparities in breast cancer outcomes between African American and White women are greater in Chicago than they are in the country as a whole. This suggests that highly-targeted, localized interventions are needed to address the unique needs of women in Chicago.

The Affordable Care Act has made care available for many women in our community. However, while it may have opened the door for more women to access preventive services, there exists an ongoing need to improve educational resources and access to quality preventive services and screenings, such as mammography.

Experts state that it will take several years to gather and analyze data surrounding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on breast health disparities; now is the time for action to help ensure that women in our communities are able to access the preventive resources and care they need to improve their breast and overall health.

On Sept. 25, 2014, the Women’s Health Awareness Council met to discuss these important issues. Included below are presentation slides from panelists and a toolkit containing data, perspectives and key research studies.

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT

FREE/REDUCED COST MAMMOGRAM RESOURCES FOR CHICAGO WOMEN

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