Swedish Hospital, located on the North side of Chicago, is a mid-size, acute care and Safety Net Hospital, which serves a large population of low-income, minority, and other vulnerable populations, and is home to immigrants and refugees from more than 60 nations. Swedish is located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population. Swedish Hospital has been serving Chicago’s diverse north and northwest sides for 133 years, providing the full range of comprehensive health and wellness services including acute care, primary care and specialists in the medical group, strong community outreach programs and Chicago’s only certified medical fitness center, Galter LifeCenter.
The Swedish Hospital Community Breast Health Program (CBHP) provides high-quality, culturally-sensitive breast health education and breast cancer screening, specializing in serving low-income, uninsured and underinsured community members. The Community Breast Health Program is designed to reduce barriers and increase access to breast cancer screening and diagnostics, including mammograms and biopsies. The comprehensive breast health program also assists women on the emotional and physical journey that accompanies breast cancer screening and diagnosis. By providing these services at no-cost (through grants from funders including the National Breast Cancer Foundation) to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women, as well as offering translation services, transportation assistance, and culturally-relevant patient navigation, the program reduces financial, cultural, and linguistic barriers to care.
“The Swedish Hospital Community Breast Health Program continues to be a vital resource to the neighborhoods surrounding Swedish Hospital, and underserved individuals from across Chicago. The program provides high-quality, compassionate, and culturally-sensitive cancer screening and diagnostics in the state-of-the-art Jack & Mayora Rosenberg Women’s Health Center. Since the Center opened in 2014, the program has served more than 5,600 low-income women. We are so proud of this work, and thanks to support from funders such as National Breast Cancer Foundation, we will continue to provide these life-saving services to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, for years to come.” — Anthony Guaccio, President and CEO
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