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Swedish Covenant Hospital

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Beds  323 licensed beds
Founded  1886
Phone  +1 773-878-8200
Location  Chicago, Illinois, United States
Hospital type  Non-profit Independent Hospital
Affiliated university  North Park University, Midwestern University
Address  5145 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
Hours  Open today · Open 24 hoursSundayOpen 24 hoursMondayOpen 24 hoursTuesdayOpen 24 hoursWednesdayOpen 24 hoursThursdayOpen 24 hoursFridayOpen 24 hoursSaturdayOpen 24 hoursSuggest an edit
Affiliated universities  North Park University, Midwestern University
Similar  ABC Home Health Agency, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic, Thorek Memorial Hospital, Galter LifeCenter

Swedish Covenant Hospital is an independent, nonprofit teaching hospital located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. The hospital offers a range of medical programs, including back health, cancer care, cardiac heart services, women's health services, childbirth and emergency services. The hospital has 323 beds, 580 physicians and 2,500 employees. The hospital is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.


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Swedish Covenant Hospital was founded as the Home of Mercy on April 1, 1886 by the Swedish Evangelical Covenant Church Mission Friends. Original records of the Home of Mercy state that the original hospital had 12 iron beds, two wooden wash stands, a bookcase, sofa, swing and a table with six chairs.

In 1903, the hospital completed its first expansion with the construction of Delano Hall.

In 1899, the hospital began a nurse training program. By 1923, fifty doctors had joined the staff, a complete system of medical records had been initiated and the hospital had earned recognition by both the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons.

In 2004, Swedish Covenant Hospital became Chicago’s only member of the Planetree Alliance, an organization that develops and implements guidelines for patient-centered care. The hospital maintained its membership until 2009, making it the longest running affiliate in Illinois. Of 5,000 Planetree-affiliated US hospitals, only 125 have committed fully to the Planetree philosophy of treating the whole patient—body, mind and spirit.

Beginning in 2009, Swedish Covenant Hospital has performed extensive retrograding on the hospital's campus to benchmark energy efficiency.

In 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Swedish Covenant that garnered national attention after the Associated Press reported on the lawsuit. The suit alleges that the hospital failed to meet its mission by not providing adequate free and reduced cost care to two low-income uninsured patients.

In March 2014 Swedish Covenant Hospital became affiliated with the St. George's University of London for clinical rotations.

In the fall of 2014, Swedish Covenant Hospital opened the Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center.

In November 2014 Swedish Covenant Hospital announced a partnership with Land of Lincoln Health (LLH) and began offering medical insurance plans to individuals and small businesses.

Achievements and Awards

In 2004, the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program named Swedish Covenant Hospital a NICHE designated hospital. The hospital was awarded a “Senior-Friendly” status when they renewed their designation in 2015.

In 2009, Forbes Magazine recognized Swedish Covenant Hospital in its list of “America’s Safest Hospitals.” According to Forbes, Swedish Covenant Hospital was designated as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades. In the same year, Swedish Covenant Hospital was also listed on the Best Hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and named a "hospital of the 21st century by NBC 5 Chicago or the hospital's implementation of electronic medical records over the last 20 years. Due to this implementation, Swedish Covenant Hospital has demonstrated a yearly reduction of ER wait time since 2006.

In 2010, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) granted Magnet Recognition to Swedish Covenant Hospital. The hospital maintained this recognition and was granted Magnet Recognition for a second time in September 2015.

In December 2013, Swedish Covenant Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital by the Leapfrog Group during their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

In January 2015, CAN Healthcare gave Swedish Covenant Hospital the Leadership in Safety Award, making it the fourth hospital to receive the award since its inception in 2008.

In September 2015, the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) presented Swedish Covenant Hospital with the Insurance Marketplace Disrupter Award for their partnership with Land of Lincoln Health.

In February 2016, Swedish Covenant Hospital was named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care and Maternity Care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The national designation distinguishes health care facilities that BCBSA believes have proven to provide safe, effective and cost-efficient care to members of the community.

As of April 2016, Swedish Covenant Hospital has earned nine consecutive 'A' grades from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Scores. Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of only six hospitals in Chicago to receive an A grade in the April 2016 report, and one of only four Chicago hospitals to have earned Straight ‘A’s for every rating period since 2012.

Chicago Back Institute

On July 1, 2010, the Hospital opened the Chicago Back Institute which is a comprehensive program emphasizing back and spine health and individualized treatment, with surgical intervention as a last alternative. The program incorporates complementary medicine and therapy programs as well as conventional treatment of physical therapy and pain management. It also incorporates the wellness programs at Galter Life Center (see below).

The surgeons at the Chicago Back Institute utilizes minimally invasive spinal surgery when the situation warrants it. While the patient lies on their side, very narrow tools and a camera are inserted through a tiny opening about the size of a pen to fix the disc that is causing the discomfort, without disturbing important back muscles. The procedure is known to offer a rapid recovery and a faster return to normal activities.

Center for Advanced Therapy

Swedish Covenant Hospital has earned designation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program with Commendation, awarded to cancer programs that meet and exceed established standards for high-quality cancer care by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

Rush University Affiliation

In November 2012, Swedish Covenant Hospital and Rush University Medical Center signed an affiliation agreement. The agreement allows for the two entities to collaborate on clinical, research and academic programs and to share cancer treatment protocols and various indicators and benchmarks for patient outcomes.

Radiation therapy

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers radiation therapy treatment, using an advanced linear accelerator, for all types of cancers. This technology allows it to use a number of advanced techniques, including electron beam therapy for supplemental tumors and image-guided and intensity-modulated treatments for difficult-to-treat tumors. The intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) adds precision to treat highly sensitive area such as tumors of the brain, head, neck and pelvis.

Yelda Family Emergency Services

Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Emergency Services is a 24-hour department with a board-certified team of emergency medical specialists. Children with special urgent care needs can be seen by one of the pediatric emergency specialists affiliated with Children's Memorial Hospital on the medical staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

The Yelda Family Emergency Services at Swedish Covenant Hospital was unveiled in 2007 in response to the closure of two neighboring hospitals – Edgewater and Ravenswood – and the patient volume that nearly doubled from 2000. In March 2006, Swedish Covenant Hospital broke ground on an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) expansion and renovation of the original Emergency Department.

Special features include decontamination rooms to treat patients exposed to chemical agents, negative pressure rooms and spaces that incorporate independent air handling systems to help contain airborne pathogens such as SARS.

Cardiology and Heart Services

The Cardiology and Heart Services department of Swedish Covenant Hospital is composed of the Cardiac Care Unit, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Chest Pain Center.

In November 2009, Swedish Covenant Hospital received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The Cardiac Care Unit at Swedish Covenant Hospital opened as part of an expansion of the Galter Medical Pavilion in 2003. The unit was developed by cardiologists, cardiac nurses and staff in order to centralize, streamline and enhance the quality of care for cardiac patients.

Cardiac Catheterization

The procedures and programs in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory include: Cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and stents, cardiac ablation, pacemaker and ICD implants, pacemaker and defibrillator clinic and electrophysiology program.

As part of the update, high-performance equipment including advanced GE imaging devices were installed to enable cardiac specialists to view images on monitors within the lab to assist them during procedures.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapists at Swedish Covenant Hospital use a hands-on approach to treat people with a variety of orthopedic, neurological and soft-tissue disorders. The program includes Sports Medicine Therapy, Incontinence and Pelvic Pain Program and Vestibular Therapy.

Swedish Covenant Hospital speech-language pathologists treat cognitive-communicative disorders, as well as swallowing difficulties that can disrupt a person's ability to eat. Swedish Covenant Hospital is the only facility on Chicago's north side to offer Fibroendoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), which uses a sophisticated flexible endoscope to view the swallow mechanism and provides precise information for diagnosis and treatment. Therapy may include modifications to the consistency of food, exercises to improve tongue and lip movement and strength, and patient/family education on safe feeding techniques.


In 1898, Swedish Covenant Hospital established a hospital-based School of Nursing. In 1968, the program was transitioned to a sister affiliate, North Park University. Many Swedish Covenant Hospital nurses are from North Park University, Loyola University and University of Illinois. At Swedish Covenant Hospital, more than 100 nurses are board certified in Cardiology, Case management, Critical Care, Diabetes, Emergency, Gerontology, Home Care, Infection control, Medical/Surgical, Obstetrics, Oncology, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Physical rehabilitation, Surgery and Wound Care.

NICHE Designation

In 2004, the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program named Swedish Covenant Hospital a NICHE designated hospital. The hospital was awarded a “Senior-Friendly” status when they renewed their designation in 2015.

NICHE is a nurse-driven program producing standards and resources to assist hospitals in improving the quality of care provided for patients age 65 and older. To receive recertification as a NICHE hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital completed the Annual Membership Profile and the Annual Program Evaluation, designed to determine a hospital’s committed to improving quality, enhancing patient and family experience and supporting efforts to serve the community.

Magnet Excellence

On May 19, 2010, the American Nurses Credentialing Center granted Swedish Covenant Hospital designation as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of 28 hospitals in Illinois to achieve this status.

Swedish Covenant Hospital began its Journey to Magnet Excellence in 2006. It is a program developed and sponsored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize excellence in the delivery of nursing services and providing a method of disseminating successful nursing practices. The Magnet Recognition Program acknowledges quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice.

da Vinci Surgical System

In 2009, Swedish Covenant Hospital acquired the third generation da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System’s EndoWrist© instruments are designed to mimic the movements of the surgeon’s hands and wrists, giving natural hand-eye coordination and excellent flexibility and control when operating. Nine physicians at Swedish Covenant Hospital are trained to use the da Vinci Si.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

In 2002, Swedish Covenant Hospital completed its hyperbaric oxygen chambers to help wounds heal seven days faster than the national average. The 100 percent pure oxygen encourages better circulation and faster healing so that diabetic patients, for example, have a 96 percent healing rate, with an average healing time of 31.5 days at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Complementary Therapies

Swedish Covenant Hospital offers patients complementary therapies including massage therapy, horticulture therapy, Laughter Yoga and animal-assisted therapy to relieve stress and discomfort and enhance rehabilitation. Canine Therapy Corps acknowledged Swedish Covenant Hospital for being one of the only hospitals in Planetree that used dogs in a therapeutic manner.

Additional Services

Swedish Covenant Hospital provides art and architectural stimuli, aromatherapy, horticulture opportunities and music played by volunteer instrumentalists.

Healing Garden

The Healing Garden at Swedish Covenant Hospital was officially opened on August 21, 2008 during the hospital’s annual Donor Night. This garden is complete with walking paths, a fountain, benches, a stream, a labyrinth and landscaping made from environmentally conscious materials from around the world. Modern Healthcare Magazine, recognizing Swedish Covenant Hospital for its Healing Garden in 2008, found research demonstrating that healing gardens provide a natural setting enhancing stress reduction and potential relief from symptoms for patients.


Swedish Covenant Hospital offers ethnic menus. Cuisines include a Korean menu in place for over four years featuring dishes made entirely from scratch at the hospital, Hispanic menu launched in 2006, and an Indian Halal menu. In November 2009, the Chicago Tribune found that Swedish Covenant Hospital was taking enhanced patient menus further by offering only grass fed-beef and non-caged eggs and organic options across the menu in addition to the multi-cultural options.

Child Care Center

The James and Suzanne McCormick Montessori Child Care Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital serves both hospital employees with small children and members of the community. The Montessori discipline focuses on teaching independence, responsibility and self-discipline, as well as encouraging cognitive development at the child's own pace and stressing the uniqueness of each child. The Child Care Center is the only Montessori hospital-based program in the United States. The Child Care Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital offers Montessori infant, toddler and preschool daycare for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old.

Galter LifeCenter

The Galter LifeCenter, affiliated with Swedish Covenant Hospital and the Evangelical Covenant Church, is a 69,000-square-foot (6,400 m2) medical fitness center on the hospital campus. The Galter LifeCenter offers programs and services for the mind and body, including yoga and Pilates, as well as sports performance training. It is the only fitness center in Chicago to offer seven Body Training Systems programs, which are licensed programs that require the instructors teaching these programs to have additional certifications. Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation, physical therapy and pain management programs are located at the LifeCenter. The integration of wellness-based and medical services makes Galter LifeCenter a medical-based fitness center.


  • American College of Radiology
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (with commendation)
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program
  • Society of Chest Pain Centers
  • Old info


  • Children’s Memorial Hospital
  • Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Galter LifeCenter
  • Midwestern University
  • North Park University
  • St George's, University of London
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Statistics

    Basic Information

  • 323 licensed beds
  • 2,200 full-time staff
  • 580 physicians
  • 250 volunteers
  • 16,162 admissions
  • 2,915 obstetrical services
  • 46,145 emergency treatments
  • 14,012 surgical procedures
  • 260,730 outpatient visits
  • Notable people

  • Harrison Ford was born at Swedish Covenant Hospital in July, 1942.
  • Ernie Banks was one of the first Cardiac Rehabilitation patients at the GLC.
  • References

    Swedish Covenant Hospital Wikipedia

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