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Meet the 2017 Nursing Leadership Fellows

 

Swedish Covenant Hospital introduced a Nurse Leadership Fellows program in 2017 to provide an opportunity for nurses to strengthen and improve their leadership skills. The 9-12 month leadership program consists of a variety of experiential learning activities for nurses who aspire to achieve a higher level of leadership within Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Two nursing fellows were selected at the beginning of 2017 to participate in the program. Fellows benefit from coaching, an individual project, regular meetings with nursing leadership, development of presentations skills, and additional education opportunities by attending the national Nursing Magnet Conference.

The 2017 Nursing Fellows are Eva Peroulas, manager, family birthing and women’s health and Angela Alpasan, staff nurse on AP5. Read on to learn more about our 2017 Fellows.

What do you hope to gain/achieve from the program?

Eva: I would like to participate in data collection and research study that will help increase quality women safety initiatives.

Angela: I am hoping to expand my knowledge about leadership skills and learn about the organization’s functions. I want to learn more about evidence-based research and learn how to apply it on my unit. I hope to gain confidence as a leader and to become a change agent in my unit.

What has been your experience so far?

Eva: I have been working at Swedish Covenant Hospital for the last 17 years. I started off as a staff nurse and charge nurse in the Family Birthing Center. I became the system analyst for our documentation system and then the clinical educator. Currently I am the manager of the Family Birthing Center and recently became the manager of the Women’s Health Center. Throughout my career Swedish Covenant Hospital has supported my decisions to return to school through the tuition reimbursement program and the flexibility with my schedule, nursing scholarships and now the fellowship program. I am blessed to work in such a nurturing organization.

Angela: I attended a 4-week course called “Crucial Conversations “. I really enjoyed this class as it taught me techniques when having conversation or confrontation. I am also working on my project on decreasing preventable interruption during medication administration. I have started to do some literature review on the topic. My supervisor Ruth Orozco also teaches me about financial budget for our unit and for the hospital.

How will this impact your career?

Eva: I am hoping to strengthen my leadership skills and facilitate my professional growth by working with organizational leaders with different backgrounds and different leadership styles.

Angela: This program will enhance my leadership skills as a charge nurse. I feel that this program will help me better understand what I will do in the future for my nursing career.

To learn more about supporting nursing education at Swedish Covenant Hospital, click here contact the Foundation at foundation@swedishcovenant.org or 773-293-5121.

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Gala to benefit Violence Prevention Program

 

Chaired by Dr. Kavita Singh and Ron Chadha, Gala 2017 Moonlight Oasis will benefit the Violence Prevention Program. Since its inception, the program has identified and responded to more than 600 survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Proceeds from the gala will help train train clinicians and provide resources to patients.

Crisis intervention workers at Swedish Covenant Hospital noted that one of the most challenging aspects of ensuring safety for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking was the lack of safe transportation to take a survivor to a shelter or court. Recognizing this, the hospital has partnered with gala sponsor Medical Express Ambulance Service (MedEx) to provide transportation for survivors through the Safe Passage service.

“Survivors that use the service are very appreciative of the program,” said Kate Lawler director of the violence prevention program at Swedish Covenant Hospital. “They often arrive at the hospital without a feasible solution to leave their current situation, and the Safe Passage Program is the final piece to help them to safety.”

The service has made a difference for many patients, including a family who recently came to Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Emergency Department.

According to Kate, a cab driver noticed a woman walking down the street in the middle of the night with her three children and bags of possessions. The driver stopped to ask the woman if she was OK. She responded that her husband was going to kill her and her children, so they left home on foot, but had nowhere to go. The cab driver offered to take them to the nearest hospital, which was Swedish Covenant Hospital. At the hospital, a crisis intervention worker was able to find a space for the family at one of Swedish Covenant Hospital’s domestic violence partner agencies, Apna Ghar.  A driver from MedEx was then able to make sure the family had a safe ride, complete with car seats for the kids, to the shelter and that someone was there to receive them.

Each month, MedEx provides one to two rides in an unmarked vehicle for survivors of interpersonal violence. Because some shelters are on the outskirts of the Chicagoland area, the average cost of each ride is $100. Many of the drivers have gone through training on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking at Swedish Covenant Hospital to become more familiar with the topics and to better care for survivors.

The Safe Passage Program is part of Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Violence Prevention Program.

The annual benefit gala will be held on Saturday, October 21 at Palmer House Hilton and will feature dining, entertainment, and dancing, as well as a large silent auction. For more information on the gala, click here.

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Family to complete triathlon together for Team SCH

 

At the age of 16, Kendra McCoy already has a few triathlons under her belt. She began competing after watching her three younger sisters participate. On August 27, Kendra will compete alongside her sisters, her parents, and Team SCH athletes in the Chicago Triathlon in support of Swedish Covenant Hospital.

After Kendra’s first triathlon, she fell in love. A former swimmer, Kendra enjoys being outside and is drawn to the challenge of the sport.

“You can push yourself and you can strive to do what you want to do and its fun for me,” Kendra said.

Kendra, along with her sisters Morgan, 13, Leah, 11, and Allie, 8, train for the triathlon through their swim club, the Iguanas. This year, Kendra will be competing in the Super Sprint at the Chicago Triathlon, while her sisters participate in the kid’s race. Their parents, Sara Rummelhoff, who works as a nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital, and John will be participating too.

“I think the triathlon is a great way to do something as a family. Their goal is just to complete the course, and it teaches them endurance and perseverance,” Sara said.

Now in its third year, Team SCH brings together athletes to raise funds on behalf of their participation in a race. This year, Team SCH will be participating in the Chicago Triathlon on August 27 and the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K on September 24.

This is Sara’s third year participating with Team SCH. In previous years, she ran a 5K and a half marathon with Team SCH.

“Team SCH is an excellent way to raise awareness of Swedish Covenant Hospital and encourage an active lifestyle among our employees, and the community,” Sara said. “I love Swedish and any opportunity to promote the hospital and the great work it does for the community.”

Athletes will be raising funds to increase access to mammograms for uninsured, low-income women through the Community Breast Health Program. This program provides free cancer detection services to women who face the greatest challenges accessing care due to financial, cultural, and language barriers. Last year, more than 1,300 women received free breast cancer screenings through the program.

Learn more or register to participate with Team SCH in the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K or Chicago Triathlon.

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