$1 Million Grant to Expand SCH Emergency Room

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CHICAGO, IL (December 6, 2004)  – A $1 million federal grant will allow Swedish  Covenant Hospital (SCH) to upgrade and expand the hospital’s emergency  department, the culmination of two years of work with U.S. Sen. Dick  Durbin and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, according to Mark Newton, SCH president  and CEO.

Durbin and Emanuel were honored during a celebration at the hospital  last week in Galter Medical Pavilion. The federal grant will allow the  hospital to pursue the improvements sooner than originally anticipated.  “Senator Durbin and Representative Emanuel worked very hard to enable us  to bring even better emergency care to our diverse community,” Newton  told those assembled. “We are extremely grateful that both officials  recognized the need for expanded emergency services in our community.”

Plans call for groundbreaking next spring, and the facility cannot come  any too soon, says Newton, noting that visits to the hospital’s  emergency department increased by 31 percent between 2000 and the  present, with ambulance runs to the emergency department increasing by  130 percent and inpatient admissions up by 48 percent during the same  period.

The project is estimated to cost $6 million. The improvements will  expand the “Fast Track” examination and triage spaces, reducing  emergency waiting times, increasing the number of exam rooms, doubling  the waiting area capacity, providing additional staging for ambulances  and enhancing environmental isolation against airborne pathogens in the  event of public health threats.

The funding was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill approved by  the Senate and the House late last month. President Bush is expected to  sign the bill in the coming weeks.

“Residents of Chicago’s North side depend on Swedish Covenant Hospital  when they’re at their most vulnerable,” said Durbin. “The emergency  department sees everything from broken bones and chest pains to visits  from those who can’t afford preventative care and have nowhere else to  go. The hospital’s value in this community grows every day. The funding  we’re announcing today will help Swedish Covenant build an emergency  department that’s equipped to meet the needs of this diverse and growing  community.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Emanuel, who praised the hospital’s  work. “By providing quality health services and being prepared for any  kind of emergency, whether accidental or intentional, Swedish Covenant  is on the front lines in protecting our neighborhoods and keeping our  families safe and healthy.”

Swedish Covenant Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility that  has been providing health and wellness services to the communities of  Chicago’s North side for the past 117 years. One of the few independent,  nonprofit hospitals in the area, Swedish Covenant remains focused on its  mission of compassionate care, administered by more than 500 physicians  and hundreds of other nurses and professional staff. To learn more about  the hospital, visit www.SwedishCovenant.org.

Copyright © 2011 The Evangelical Covenant Church.

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