Le Cirque Gala to benefit SCH Family Birthing Center


Circus-themed fun and revelry are in store for guests at SCH’s upcoming Le Cirque Annual Gala on October 27, 2018. Co-Chaired by Drs. Angel Rivera and Emily Rubenstein, this year’s event will be held in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The gala will feature dining, entertainment sure to amaze, dancing, and a large silent auction with one-of a kind items benefitting SCH’s Family Birthing Center.

With over 2,000 babies born in the hospital’s Family Birthing Center every year, parents are drawn to the Center’s unique combination of home-like comforts, excellent medical care and supportive programming for every stage-from prenatal to postpartum.  Proceeds from this year’s gala will be used to enhance the physical space of the Family Birthing Center and provide innovative community programs and services.

The Family Birthing Center offers a wide-range of assistance for new and expectant parents. Community education classes range from prenatal topics and breastfeeding to parenting techniques. In addition, two of our most popular programs will expand and grow thanks to gala funds; The CenteringPregnancy group (where pregnant mothers learn from, and support one another in a group setting while receiving prenatal care and education from their healthcare providers) and the New Mom’s group (a weekly supportive space for new mothers to connect and share experiences). SCH also offers a variety of counseling services to new and expectant mothers who are experiences anxiety or post-partum depression, including one-on-one and group therapy sessions.  Gala proceeds will support these critical services in the coming year.

New to the Family Birthing Center this year is the Respite Nursery. The Respite Nursery is a safe, staffed space for newborn babies when new mothers need some rest. Maternal exhaustion can interfere with breastfeeding, is a risk factor for maternal post-partum depression and increases the risk of accidents like newborn falls. This monitored nursery is making a difference for new mothers and their babies.

Gala funds will also help support the only hospital-based, outpatient lactation clinic in the entire city of Chicago.  Swedish Covenant Hospital is proud to offer the Breastfeeding Clinic, which provides new mothers access to internationally board-certified lactation consultants and nurse practitioners who provide breastfeeding guidance and assistance during one-on-one, hour long visits.

This year’s gala promises to be the greatest show on Earth! Purchase tickets or visit our online auction at and bid on spectacular items and experiences to help support our Family Birthing Center. For more information on the gala or the auction contact Tamara Fouche’ at 773-878-2492.

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Event celebrates philanthropy at SCH


On May 22, more than 70 generous donors gathered at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville, convening to celebrate their gifts in action. Last year, more than 20,000 lives were affected by the $1.56 million in donations to Swedish Covenant Hospital.

The luncheon was attended by members of both the President’s Society (those who give $1,000 or more annually) and Heritage Society (those who have named Swedish Covenant Hospital as a beneficiary in their estate plans or have made a life income gift). Attendees included hospital employees, community members, and local partners.

President and CEO Anthony Guaccio shared a moving presentation, capturing the use of a donor dollar with eloquence and emotion, expounding on testimonies of those impacted by the services provided by Swedish Covenant Hospital. One especially sobering narrative starred a woman escaping from an abusive situation with the help of the hospital’s Violence Prevention Program, a program made possible through generous philanthropy. Last year, 740 survivors of domestic violence were identified and assisted through this program.

Kimberly Leslie, emergency department clinical director, highlighted the Better Health Through Housing initiative. Swedish Covenant Hospital partnered with the Center for Housing and Health through the City of Chicago’s Better Health through Housing Program, which aims to provide permanent housing and services for patients who are homeless. The hospital provides social services for 10 chronically homeless individuals, including intensive case management and managed healthcare services. Featured on NBC Chicago, this program has already gained renown in the neighborhood and city.

Attendees were also gifted an exclusive sneak peek into upcoming projects of Swedish Covenant Hospital. Exciting changes are on the horizon, made possible through the philanthropy of generous donors.

For more information about giving societies, click here or contact the Foundation at (773) 293-5121 or

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Grant funds onsite domestic violence support


When her husband went to get the car at the end of her hospital stay, a patient finally had a moment alone with her nurse. It was then that she revealed that her husband was abusive. Because of the small window of time the nurse had to act, she gave the patient contact information for advocacy services provided onsite at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The patient was able to schedule a follow-up appointment, where she was given a HopeLine phone (a pre-programmed phone to contact emergency services and support agencies) and was connected to counseling services.

Swedish Covenant Hospital’s partner agencies, Apna Ghar and Between Friends, provide onsite patient advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence. The program is being made possible with funding from the Michael Reese Health Trust. The program breaks down barriers that many survivors face through the referral process, including lack of follow up between referral and if/when the patient contacts a DV agency, lack of continuity between the provider and the referral agency, and the apprehension in having to disclose again.

“We are grateful for the support of the Michael Reese Health Trust, which has allowed us to expand our Violence Prevention Program with a comprehensive approach to responding to the needs of survivors of Domestic Violence,” said Kate Lawler, director of the Violence Prevention Program.

Staff from Apna Ghar and Between Friends are housed in Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Women’s Health Center twice per week to offer safety planning, referrals, and other services to survivors. In addition to office visits, the staff visits patients in the Emergency Department, on inpatient units, and provide universal education on the mother-baby unit. Since the program began, 22 survivors have received services through the program. In addition, partner agencies provide training for hospital staff to identify and respond to survivors of domestic violence.

To learn more about the Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital, click here, or contact the Foundation at (773) 293-5121 or

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