Hospital executive bikes cross-country to raise funds

by Olga Deshchenko, DOTmed News Reporter | November 05, 2010

Steve Koch with his son
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How far would a hospital executive go to help fund a new facility?

The chairman of the board for the Chicago-Ill.-based Sinai Health System went 3,100 miles.

In effort to raise money for a new Ambulatory Care Center for his health system, Steve Koch set out on a two-month, Southern Tier cross-country bike trip with his son Jacob.

Koch and his son completed the trip on October 31, raising a total of $313,120 on their ride from California to Florida.

"Accompanied by two of St. John's County Sheriff's Department finest (complete with sirens, lights, and stopped traffic at every intersection), we got to the Atlantic, dipped our tires in the ocean, and dove in," Koch wrote in a post on, a Website that tracked the progress of the trip.

The money raised will be used towards funding the cost of a new 220,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Center, which is estimated to cost more than $120 million, reported Chicago Jewish News.

The Sinai Health System consists of five member organizations and has been providing medical and social services to Chicago's underprivileged communities for the past 90 years.