by Lynn Meredith
Geneva—Delnor Health System announced that it has merged with Central DuPage Health (CDH) to form an integrated, locally-managed health system. The merger received its final approval from each hospital’s board of directors on Thursday of last week. Plans for the merger had been in discussion since October 2010.
“We are excited to bring together these two exceptional, financially sound hospitals with shared vision, values and complementary strengths,” said William Wolford, chairman of Delnor Health System’s Board of Directors. “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.”
C. William Pollard, chairman of the CDH Board of Directors, said that the combined health system will 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.
“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,” Pollard said.
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.
Thomas L. Wright will continue as president of Delnor Hospital and will also serve as executive vice president of the health system.
Each hospital will continue to maintain its own charitable foundation. Other affiliates, such as Delnor Health and Wellness Center, Delnor Glen Senior Living and CNS Home Health & Hospice, will continue under the new health system. Each hospital will retain its own identity. A name for the health system is under development, said Brian Griffin, director of public relations and marketing.
CDH is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill. It is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois. For the last five consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S.