In a class of our own…

Swedish Covenant Hospital is Chicago’s leading independent, nonprofit teaching hospital. We have been an independent organization for more than 125 years, and we plan to stay that way. This allows us to deliver a compassionate, personalized patient experience that is focused on getting—and keeping—you healthy.

We are known for our commitment to providing an exceptional hospital experience. Click on the tabs below to learn more about our accolades from quality control groups and independent news organizations, as well as our affiliations with some of Chicago’s leading community and wellness organizations.

May 2015
Swedish Covenant Hospital awarded for stroke care

We recently earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months and during the same period achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. (Gold honors is awarded after 24 months). 

This award provides further evidence of our ongoing commitment to excellent stroke care. As a designated Primary Stroke Center, we work hard to ensure that we are prepared to address all of our stroke patients' needs. Our multi-disciplinary stroke team includes members of our critical care, rehabilitation services, nursing, radiology, lab and medical staffs. 


April 2015

Swedish Covenant Hospital receives an “A” Hospital Safety Score for the seventh time in a row from The Leapfrog Group!

Swedish Covenant Hospital has received its seventh consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. Relying upon 28 safety measures, the Hospital Safety Score reflects a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Only seven percent of the 2,523 graded hospitals in the nation have been awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Score seven consecutive times since 2012. Swedish Covenant Hospital is one of just three hospitals in Chicago to consistently achieve such a high standard of patient safety.

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April 2015
Our journey to Magnet® excellence

Swedish Covenant Hospital has been re-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet® hospital. We are one of only six Magnet hospitals in Chicago, and just 38 in Illinois. Magnet Recognition is the highest international distinction health care organizations and hospitals can receive for nursing excellence and outstanding patient care. SCH was first designated in May 2010, and we have maintained our level of professionalism for the past five years, earning us this remarkable distinction.

Learn more about our Journey to Magnet Excellence.

July 2014
Swedish Covenant Hospital recognized for multiple specialties!

In this year's annual hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked us as "high performing" in five specialty areas! We outrank other hospitals in: gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; and, pulmonology. 

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December 2013
Swedish Covenant Hospital has been named a 2013 Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group!

 We are the only hospital in Chicago to receive this highly-selective honor this year. This prestigious designation comes on the heels of our fourth consecutive “A” hospital safety grade from The Leapfrog Group. 

Many other Chicago hospitals completed the Leapfrog Hospital Survey this year, but they did not earn Top Hospital recognition. Past recipients include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. This award recognizes Top Hospitals for their lower infection rates, better-than-expected rates of survival for high risk procedures, safety practices which prevent medication errors and other complications, overall value as demonstrated by quality measure performance and resource use, and their achievement of an A Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group.

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Thank you for letting us serve you.

We are proud of our extensive accreditations and certifications which demonstrate our ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and patient care:

Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
American College of Radiology
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (with commendation)
American Diabetes Association
American Osteopathic Association
CMS-CLIA Laboratory Certificate of Accreditation
College of American Pathologists
Community Health Accreditation Program
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program 
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Illinois State Medical Society
Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories 
Magnet Status Designation by the Amercian Nurses Credentialing Center 
Primary Stroke Center 

Chicago Department of Health
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety
Illinois Department of Public Health

- More than $19 million to charity and unreimbursed care and Medicaid (FY2012)
- More than $1,268,499 for community programming, serving 212,193 individuals in FY2012

Swedish Covenant Hospital regularly studies the health needs of the local community and identifies opportunities for improvement through collaboration and partnership. To view results from our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, please click here.

Community programs include:
- Pregnancy, birthing and well-baby classes
- Child Care Center
- Diabetes Community Center
- Family Practice Center
- Health fairs
- Health screenings and lectures
- Physician Referral Services
- Speaker's Bureau
- Support groups

Swedish Covenant Hospital works closely with other organizations across the city to provide comprehensive health services for our patients. For example, our cancer care affiliation with Rush University Medical Center allows us to provide our community with access to specialized cancer treatment and services, without having to travel far from home. Our pediatrics affiliation with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago brings some of the city’s best pediatric specialists right to our healing campus. And, our work with Erie Family Health Center helps us expand health services and provide high-quality, low-cost care for our community. These affiliations allow us to combine our own expertise with the skills and resources of other specialists in the city, ensuring that the needs of our patients are met.
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