Highlights of the 2011 Year
Creating a New Health System for the Future
Delnor and Central DuPage Health (CDH) have formed a new, locally based health system with the goal to bring exceptional care to a patient population of more than 1 million in Chicago's western suburbs.
"We have created a new health system with greater scale to provide patients with even higher quality care, access to a greater number of specialists, a broader range of clinical capabilities and a more integrated approach to health care," said C. William Pollard, chairman of the CDH board of directors. "We intend for both hospitals to continue providing an outstanding patient experience, just as they do today, and we will continue to invest in primary and advanced specialty care at each campus."
"We are excited to bring together these two exceptional, financially sound hospitals with shared vision, values and complementary strengths," said William A. Wolford, chairman of Delnor Health System's board of directors. "Our goal is to establish a healthcare system that meets our patients' changing needs and elevates the caliber and breadth of affordable health care in the region. We are all committed to developing a seamless care experience for our patients so they continue to receive exceptional and uninterrupted service from the same doctors and hospitals they have come to trust."
Luke McGuinness, CDH's president and chief executive officer has been named CEO of the new system, reporting to a 20-person board composed of 10 trustees from CDH and 10 trustees from Delnor. Michael Vivoda has been named the new president of Central DuPage Hospital and executive vice president of the health system. Thomas L. Wright will continue as president of Delnor Hospital, and will also serve as executive vice president of the health system. Jim Spear, CDH's chief financial officer, will serve as executive vice president and CFO of the health system. Liz Rosenberg, CDH's vice president of strategic planning, will serve as the health system's executive vice president of strategy and administration. Day-to-day operations at each hospital will continue, with patients having access to the services they rely upon today.
Each hospital will retain its own identity; a name for the health system is under development. The health system will continue to serve the broader healthcare needs of the community, including a strong commitment to charity care, wellness and prevention programs and collaboration with community organizations and agencies.
Both hospitals will continue advancing services and capabilities to meet the needs of the community. Later this year, a new state-of-the-art bed tower with 202 private patient rooms will open on the CDH campus. Both hospitals will be upgrading their information technology platforms to improve the coordination of patient care across the region.
Stroke Program Awarded Certification
Delnor Hospital earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center in 2010. "We're proud of what this accomplishment means for the community," said Delnor President and CEO Tom Wright. "Primary stroke centers are held to the Joint Commission's highest standards for quality, safety and medical treatment." Achieving the certification is official recognition that the hospital follows national guidelines from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association that significantly improve patient outcomes Each year, hundreds of people in the Fox Valley suffer a stroke, which is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability.
Breast Center Recognized for Excellence
Delnor became the first hospital in the Fox Valley to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). "The designation demonstrates the Center for Breast Health meets or exceeds the stringent quality standards set by the ACR, which complement our own standards of excellence," said Medical Director Sharmishtha Jayachandran, M.D. The center is fully accredited in digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Patients also benefit from breast self-exam education, a breast nurse navigator service, bone density testing and genetic counseling.
Immediate Care Centers Open
Delnor and Valley Express Care, a group of ER physicians at the hospital, joined forces last year to open two immediate care centers in Batavia and South Elgin. The centers provide convenient, high-quality and cost-effective care for patients with minor illnesses and injuries that typically don't require an emergency room visit. Services provided include care for minor cuts and bruises, flu symptoms, infections, allergic reactions, sprains and fractures, to name a few. The Batavia facility is located at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway near WalMart and the South Elgin center is located on Randall Road near Target.
New Interventional Radiology Suite
Delnor opened a new interventional radiology suite that's enabling the hospital to diagnose and treat conditions ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease faster and more effectively than ever before. The suite features a state-of-the art imaging system that:
- Provides superior image quality
- Delivers a safer, lower dose of radiation
- Increases the diagnostic information available to the interventional radiologists and cardiologists
- Reduces procedure time
The suite also includes comfortable, spacious recovery bays for patients.
Medication Disposal Program
In an effort to provide the community with a safe, secure, and environmentally friendly way to get rid of unwanted, unneeded or unsecured prescription medications - Delnor joined forces with the Geneva Police Department in 2010 to offer a medication disposal program. To dispose of medications, residents can take them to the police department's main office at 20 Police Plaza in Geneva and place them in the drop-off box located in the lobby.
New Occupational Health Program
Local employers are benefitting from a new program designed to help businesses effectively provide for and manage the on-the-job medical needs of their employees. Delnor's occupational health program provides a range of services, including:
Occupational Health Services also provides on-site screenings and wellness programs for businesses.
Delnor Achieves Milestone in da Vinci Surgery
Delnor celebrated its 100th da Vinci surgery case in 2010. That number is nearly double what the hospital had anticipated for the program in its first year, and reflects healthcare consumers' increasing desire for minimally invasive alternatives to traditional surgery.
The da Vinci system enables doctors to perform delicate procedures with enhanced precision. For patients, the system means:
- Reduced pain
- Faster recovery and return to normal activity
- Less scarring
- Fewer complications
- Less risk of infection and blood loss
Delnor is one of only a few hospitals in the Midwest to offer patients the latest version of this technology, called da Vinci Si. It's the most advanced robotic system currently available.