Swedish Covenant Hospital is an independent, nonprofit teaching hospital located on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. The hospital offers a range of medical programs, including back health, cancer care, cardiac heart services, womens health services, childbirth and emergency services. The hospital has 323 beds, 580 physicians and 2,500 employees. The hospital is accredited by the American Osteopathic Associations Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Swedish Covenant Hospital was founded as the Home of Mercy on April 1, 1886 by the Swedish Evangelical Covenant Church Mission Friends. Original records of the Home of Mercy state that the original hospital had 12 iron beds, two wooden wash stands, a bookcase, sofa, swing and a table with six chairs. In 1903, the hospital completed its first expansion with the construction of Delano Hall.