Together NEWSLETTER OF THE SWEDISHAMERICAN FOUNDATION WINTER 2015 SWEDISHAMERICAN/ UW HEALTH MERGER SWEDISH NURSING STUDENT VISIT REMEMBERING DR. HENRY ANDERSON DONOR SPOTLIGHT TRIP TO SWEDEN FOUNDATION GRANT TO RPS INTRODUCING OUR LEADERSHIP The SwedishAmerican Foundation Our Leadership C. Steven Sjogren, Chairman Gordon H. Geddes, Vice Chairman David R. Rydell, Secretary/Treasurer Ted F. Brolund Marco T. Lenis John C. Myers, MD James S. Waddell Staff Laura Wilkinson, MBA, CAE, Director Michelle Adams, Development Specialist We’re in this Together! We have received the most wonderful feedback about the first issue of Together. Thank you! We love the chance to share more information about the Foundation’s focus, our events and programs and the people who make it all possible. Since starting one year ago, I have learned a great deal about SwedishAmerican, the Foundation, and Rockford and about the challenges and opportunities we face. At a recent Board meeting, we reconfirmed the focus and direction of the Foundation—that first and foremost, we support the healing mission of SwedishAmerican Health System, including capital support for the hospital. In addition, we continue our tradition of being a leader in Rockford by supporting the philanthropic needs of our community. We will continue to help our neighborhood stabilize with a goal of being a standout community within Rockford. And finally, we will continue to nurture the Swedish roots of our history through exchange and partnership with our friends and colleagues here and abroad. There are so many generous contributors who make this work possible. As we move forward it is imperative to remind you that your donations stay here in the Rockford region to benefit our friends and neighbors. The decisions about how to invest in our community—through programming, donations, grants and sponsorships—also remain here in Rockford. We are in this Together! Thank you for your continued support. Best, Emily Anaya, Development and Property Coordinator Mary DeMarco, Medicare Counselor Deborah Johnson, Executive Assistant Introducing the Magnificent Seven On the cover this month are the members of the leadership team of the SwedishAmerican Foundation. From left to right they are: Gordy Geddes, vice chairman; Steve Sjogren, chairman; Dave Rydell, secretary/ treasurer; and members Dr. John Myers, Marco Lenis, Ted Brolund and Jim Waddell. All these men also have served, or still serve, on the SwedishAmerican Health System Board of Directors. Between them, they have 181 years of experience and wisdom in guiding SwedishAmerican and the Foundation. We are proud of their dedication and energy when it comes to the Foundation, and we are honored to be in this Together with such an outstanding Board. THE SWEDISHAMERICAN & UW HEALTH MERGER – OUR PERSPECTIVE The merger of our health systems is complete, and SwedishAmerican Foundation is thrilled to be a part of the alignment. We are excited about the future for three main reasons: 1. Better patient care for the Rockford region. We will see greater access to new medical specialties, research and physicians at SwedishAmerican sites in Rockford and throughout our region. We also can expect to see breakthrough medical advancements, some we cannot even imagine today, as a product of UW’s role as a nationally recognized research center. 2. New investment in our community. We look forward to major investment in new and renovated facilities and technologies that result in better patient care and jobs for our local economy. We also will be working together to improve the health and well-being of our community through the implementation of proven health management strategies across all ages. 3. Maintaining existing leadership and local decision-making. SwedishAmerican maintains its Board with responsibility for local governance and policymaking. Local management has responsibility for day-to-day operations and decision-making, including the SwedishAmerican Foundation. We will remain a major local community leader by continuing financial support and sponsorships, advocacy and collaboration with other not-for-profits and community organizations on events and programs. We look forward to working together with our many supporters through the opportunities that lie ahead! Swedish Nursing Student Visit On Nov. 15, 2014, a group of five nursing students and two teachers from Sweden arrived in Rockford. The group was here for two weeks to explore educational partnerships with Rock Valley College and to get practical experience at SwedishAmerican Hospital. The visit was funded by grants from SwedishAmerican Foundation, the Swedish Educational Department and De la Gardiegymnasiet, Lidköping, Sweden. During their visit the students were able to tour SwedishAmerican Hospital and learn within departments such as Labor and Delivery, Mother and Baby, Surgery and Home Health. “During the days in the hospital I have got the chance to see something that I have wanted to see for a long time—a childbirth,” said Swedish nursing student Reena Lindell. “It was amazing Pictured from left to right: Linnea Bengtsson, City of Lidköping; Katarina Svanström, instructor; students Johanna Eriksson, Reena Lindell, Lovisa Smedman, Sofia Öbergand and Ellen Ivehag; Susanne Rahm-Birgersson, instructor; and Laura Wilkinson, director, SwedishAmerican Foundation. because I have wanted to become a midwife since I was 7 years old, so it was like a dream came true that day.” “I got the chance to see a surgery, which I truly looked forward to,” said student Sofia Öbergand. “This was an amazing opportunity.” “This creative international project allows us to benchmark the U.S. and Swedish healthcare systems and at the same time gives the students incredible experiences at SwedishAmerican Hospital and Rock Valley College,” said Linnea Bengtsson, international business developer, City of Lidköping and County of Skaraborg, and the program’s coordinator. In Memoriam It is with profound sadness that we write of the passing of a dearly loved friend of the Foundation. Dr. Henry C. Anderson died quietly in the presence of his family, on January 13, just two months shy of his 91st birthday. Dr. Anderson served as a medic in the South Pacific during WWII, and returned home to study medicine at UW. He completed his internship at SwedishAmerican and in 1955 joined the medical staff here as a primary care physician. During that time Dr. Anderson developed and implemented the first polio prevention campaign in Rockford, inoculating children by administering live polio vaccine. After 34 years of practice, he joined the administrative staff at the hospital where he served as Vice President of Professional Affairs and Chief Quality Officer. Under his leadership, SwedishAmerican received the Lincoln Award for Excellence, the RIT/USA Today National Quality Cup and earned designation as a Top 100 Hospital. In 2014 Dr. Anderson was chosen by the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of Rockford’s most inspiring citizens. Dr. Anderson and his wife, Dorothy, have supported the SwedishAmerican Foundation since 1960, donating money, time and talent to Foundation projects. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Heritage Center Museum. But Dr. Anderson’s love for medicine paled in comparison to his love for his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. They were all the center of his universe, and that was evident to anyone who knew him. Donor Spotlight Our spotlight this month shines on the Shirley Hood Memorial Breast Cancer Relief Foundation, which recently donated 200 copies of the Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook to the SwedishAmerican Breast Health Center. This comprehensive guide covers all aspects from diagnosis to recovery and is being made available, free of charge, to the center’s patients. Shirley Hood lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 57. The Shirley Hood Memorial Breast Cancer Relief Foundation was founded by her family in 2004 to help men and women in the Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois counties of Rock, Walworth, Boone, Ogle and Winnebago. The group provides information and other necessary resources and treatments related to breast cancer, including mammograms, ultrasound, radiology fees and prosthetics. Our Foundation and the Breast Health Center are very thankful for their continued generosity. Together we are making it possible for women to have all of the tools and information they need. Dr. Henry C. Anderson To say he was loved and will be missed sounds so hollow. There are no words to truly describe the impact he had on all of our lives. He was one of a kind. We were honored to stand in his shadow. Join Us for a Trip to Sweden SEPTEMBER 12–19, 2015 The Foundation is coordinating a trip to Sweden in 2015. Beginning with a direct ﬂight from Chicago to Stockholm on Sept. 12, the tour will feature a number of cities, including Stockholm, Lidköping, Smögen, Gothenburg and Varberg. This trip will combine the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes of Sweden with opportunities to see and learn more about its environmental innovation and sustainability. Also, in keeping with SwedishAmerican’s new partnership with the nursing program Lidköping’s De la Gardiegymnasiet, a portion of this trip also will include a conversation about healthcare in Sweden and a visit to the hospital at Lidköping. Highlights of the trip will be: • Visit to the Royal Palace in Stockholm • Dinner with the Mayor of Lidköping • Visit to the Läckö Castle • Dinner at the Nature Room in the region’s famed Victoria House • Tour of a 1,000-year-old church in Skara Domkyrka • Boat tour around Smögen The trip will conclude with a direct ﬂight from Copenhagen to Chicago on Sept. 19. Full information on pricing and all amenities will be available in the Spring issue of Together. Neighborhood Update SwedishAmerican Foundation is continuing its commitment to improving the neighborhood through offering a 50/50 grant for Jackson TIF homeowners, renovating and selling homes at a low cost, providing safe and secure apartments for rent and offering an Employee Assistance Program to SwedishAmerican employees. The 50/50 grant for Jackson TIF homeowners will provide a total of $120,000 toward neighborhood improvements. The focus is on needed exterior repairs to create a safer, healthier neighborhood for everyone. SwedishAmerican Foundation has four properties for sale: $75,000; New Construction; Energy Efficient $55,000; Attractively Renovated; Rich Wood Detail $45,000; Full of Charm; Claw-foot Tub $29,900; Classy Condo; Lots of Space The Employee Assistance Program provides SwedishAmerican employees the opportunity to receive $5,000. This money can either be used toward the down payment on or closing costs for a SwedishAmerican Foundation home, or it can be applied toward any home within our 81-block neighborhood limits. The Terrace Apartments are in a prime location for any SwedishAmerican physician or employee to rent. Each unit has been updated but still maintains its character with original bathroom tile and beautiful wood trim. If you have questions regarding any of our homes, rental properties or the Employee Assistance Program please contact Emily Anaya at (815) 489-4339 or [email protected] 1420 East State Street; Terrace Apts. SwedishAmerican Foundation Provides Grant to Rockford Public Schools TRANSFORMING ROCKFORD In June 2014, Illinois enacted a new law requiring CPR and AED training as part of all secondary school curriculums. In keeping with its mission, the Foundation has provided a grant of $89,500 to the Rockford Public Schools to enable CPR/AED training for all sixth- and 10th-grade students. The grant will provide several learning opportunities. All sixth- and 10th-grade students will learn CPR. Sixth-grade students will receive an introduction to CPR and AED, while 10th graders will go through the Heartsaver CPR AED program and earn a course completion card in CPR. In addition, an after-school program in CPR will be available to all seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students. Juniors and seniors also can take a CPR class and earn the Healthcare Provider Course card. SwedishAmerican’s EMS department will provide CPR training for RPS’ 205 health instructors and nurses, who will then teach students. The grant also will provide AED trainers in all middle and high schools as well as videos, manuals and adult and infant mannequins to help teach lifesaving skills. Tom Pratt of SwedishAmerican Emergency Management stated, “The more people who are trained in CPR, the more lifesavers we have in our community. Our program will touch at least 4,000 RPS students, which is one more way SwedishAmerican is helping to transform Rockford and make it a healthier place to live.” The grant was formally accepted by the Rockford School Board on Oct. 28. 1415 East State Street • Rockford, IL 61104 (815) 961-2496 • www.swedishamerican.org Save the Dates! Make plans now to join SwedishAmerican Foundation for its 21st Annual Cruise held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Giovanni’s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For the first time, all proceeds will benefit the Holistic Health Services at SwedishAmerican. Holistic Health practices have been a mainstay of medicine in Europe for decades and are an integral part of the future of medicine in the United States. SwedishAmerican was the first to embrace its many modalities in 1997 and leads all other area hospitals in its implementation. Great food, entertainment, a silent auction, music and dancing are the hallmarks of the evening, dubbed by many as “the most fun fundraiser in Rockford.” Cruise 2013 and Cruise 2014 were sold-out events, so do not delay in sending in your reservation once you receive your invitation, or contact Michelle at (815) 489-4331 for more info. Online Giving Online Giving is under construction. Look for details in the spring issue of Together.
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