Swedish Covenant Hospital is proud of its exceptional leadership which guides the hospital in its mission of providing compassionate care and a full range of medical services. Our leaders are passionate about making a difference in the lives of everyone who walks through our doors. From hospital administration to our Board of Directors, our leadership team makes decisions that allow our physicians and staff to provide the best care for you and your family. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who provide valuable insights on the health and wellness needs of our community members. We’re proud of our accomplished board who helps us meet our mission of providing safe care, the best outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

Charles L. Adair, Wheaton, IL
BMO Capital Markets, Chicago, IL

Kurt D. Anderson, Naperville, IL 
Voyage Financial Group, Lisle, IL

Lyle Banks, Winnetka, IL

Ronald Curran, M.D, Wilmette, IL
Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff, Chicago, IL 

Judith E. Dabertin, Elmhurst, IL

Vincent DiBenedetto, Chicago, IL
Coverdell, Chicago, IL

Clark H. Federer, M.D., Evanston, IL
Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff, Chicago, IL

Maureen Girard, Chicago, IL 
Cardinal Health, McGaw Park, IL

W. J. Wesley Kee, Arlington Heights, IL 
Marsh U.S. Consumer, Chicago, IL

David J. Koo, Chicago, IL 
RoundTable Healthcare Partners, Lake Forest, IL

Bruce McNulty, M.D., Oak Park, IL

Patricia Merrywheather, Naperville, IL 
Illinois Medicare QIO - IFMC, Oakbrook, IL

Rev. Mark Nilson, Chicago, IL 
North Park Covenant Church, Chicago, IL

Christopher J. Olson, Chicago, IL
Columbia Wagner Asset Management, Chicago, IL

Judith A. Pins, Gurnee, IL

David R. Putman, Inverness, IL 
Kaercher Campbell & Assoc. Ins. Brokerage, Chicago, IL

Thomas M. Pyra, Barrington, IL 

Jeffrey Tilken, M.D., Chicago, IL 
Swedish Covenant Hospital Medical Staff, Chicago, IL

Dennis Wolff, Chicago, IL 
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago, IL

Lawrence P. Anderson, Naperville, IL
Chief Financial Officer
Covenant Ministries of Benevolance, Chicago, IL

David A. Dwight, Northbrook, IL
President, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, Chicago, IL

Mark Newton, Chicago, IL
President and CEO, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL

Arminio Surucci, M.D.
President, SCH Medical Staff, Chicago, IL

Rev. Gary B. Walter, Palatine, IL
President, Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL

Judith A. Borenstein, J.D., Chicago, IL
V. P. General Counsel, Legal Affairs

Thomas J. Garvey, LaGrange, IL
Senior VP/Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Guaccio, Homewood, IL
Sr. V.P. of Operations, Chief Operations Officer

Derek J. Kelly, M.D., Lake Forest, IL
V.P. of Medical Management/Chief Medical Officer/Chief Medical Information Officer

Janis Rueping, Chicago, IL
V.P. of Quality Improvement & Risk Management

Mary Shehan, RN, Chicago, IL
Sr. V. P. of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer

Mark Newton has served as president and chief executive officer of Swedish Covenant Hospital since 2000. Under Newton’s leadership, Swedish Covenant Hospital has become the largest and most successful independent community hospital on Chicago’s north side. The Hospital has developed a reputation of technological, teaching excellence, compassion and growth.

Newton’s previous positions include a progression of positions in hospitals, international business and transportation operations.

In addition to his responsibilities at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Newton is chair of the Chicago Hospital Risk Pooling Program, and chair of the Association of Community Safety Net Hospitals.

Newton received a master’s degree in management with a concentration in finance and marketing from Northwestern University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration at North Park University, where he later taught courses in marketing, international business and health care entrepreneurship.

The Medical Staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital elected the following officers in 2013:

Arminio Surucci, M.D., Internal Medicine
Dr. Surucci received his doctor of medicine from the University of Bucharest Medical School in Romania, and he completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Surucci has been in practice for 17 years, and his clinical interests include cardiovascular health, preventive medicine, cholesterol management, diabetes and smoking cessation. Dr. Surucci speaks English, French, Italian and Romanian. 

Abdulmassih Abdulmassih, M.D., Family Medicine
Dr. Abdulmassih received his doctor of medicine from Damascus University in Syria. A board certified family medicine specialist, Dr. Abdulmassih completed his residency here at Swedish Covenant Hospital. He has been in practice for 33 years, and he speaks English, Assyrian and Arabic. 

Albert Saporta, M.D., Internal Medicine
Dr. Saporta received his doctor of medicine from the Chicago Medical School, and he completed his residency and internship at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois. He specializes in gastroenterology, and he has been in practice for 32 years. Dr. Saporta speaks English, French and Spanish. 


Basheeruddin Farooki, M.D. 
Galina Gribovich, M.D.
Milenko Lazarevic, M.D.
Kap No, M.D.
Ermias Tilahun, M.D.

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