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Long-time Volunteer & Retired Nursing Leader Present Unique Quilt to SwedishAmerican

November 7, 2012

Ardene Friest, a long-time SwedishAmerican volunteer who has contributed nearly 14,700 hours of service, and Carol Swenson, retired SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center director and long-time registered nurse, will donate a unique quilt to the SwedishAmerican Center For Women during a special reception on November 12 at 9:30 AM.

Featuring a pattern titled "Grandmother's Flower Garden," the quilt includes flower elements that Ardene began piecing during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Some of the flowers are more than 75 years old. Carol pieced the "paths" between the flowers and performed all of the quilting.
In addition to her many hours of volunteer service at SwedishAmerican, Ardene has made many contributions to the healthcare field over the years, having graduated from nursing school in 1943.

"We are proud to receive this special quilt," says SwedishAmerican Health System President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski, who will recognize the quilters during the ceremony. "This gift, made in Ardene's honor, reflects her commitment and dedication to nursing, healthcare and SwedishAmerican. I also would like to thank Carol for her many years of service and leadership at SwedishAmerican."

Following the ceremony, the quilt will be placed
on permanent display at the Center For Women's Breast Health Center, located on the second floor of the Renaissance Pavilion on the SwedishAmerican Hospital campus.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland

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