GENEVAâ€”The Delnor Health Care Foundation recently announced the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Bartel Award: Elburn resident and new village president David L. Anderson.
Each year, the Bartel Award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary support of, investment in and involvement with Delnor Health System and its affiliates.
Anderson was recognized for his achievement at a recent Delnor appreciation event held at the Herrington Inn in Geneva, where Delnor Health Care Foundation board chair Jace Murray introduced Anderson by congratulating him on his recent political victory, and recognized that his new role is just part of a long legacy of community service.
Anderson owned and operated The Grocery Store in downtown Elburn for 28 years, and also formerly served posts as a Kaneland School board member and 14-year Blackberry township supervisor.
â€œIf you think that sounds like enough work for one plate, you would be remissâ€”because Dave did not stop there,â€ said Jace Murray, chairman of the Delnor Health Care Foundation.
Murray detailed Andersonâ€™s long history of Delnor Health System leadership, which includes serving on myriad committees and as chairman of various hospital boards. Anderson was among the civic leaders who joined Delnor Hospital and Community Hospital into one organization, and was key in developing of Delnor Health & Wellness Center and garnering community support for Delnor Glen Senior Living.
Anderson also led the business division of Delnor Health Care Foundationâ€™s successful Sophisticated Medicineâ€”Close to Home capital campaign. This endeavor raised $10 million from community members to support the hospitalâ€™s new three-story, 100,000-square-foot expansion, two new operating room suites and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.
â€œThis campaign will impact our entire community for years to come,â€ Murray said. â€œIt brings the latest in healthcare technology and research in best practice, right to the hospital in our own backyard.â€
Anderson said that is a benefit to everyone who lives in the Tri-Cities.
â€œA strong local hospital means a strong community,â€ he said. â€œMy commitment to Delnor over the years has been an investment in health and wellness for all local residents.â€
Longtime friend and nominator Fred Dornback said â€œDavid is a doer that makes a difference. He has been and continues to be a person that is keenly aware of community needs and the person from whom others seek an opinion on community issues.â€
The Bartel Award was established in 1994 to honor Tom Bartel, a former Delnor Health System board member.
Photo: Delnor Health Care Foundation chairman Jace Murray (left) presents Dave Anderson with the 2009 Bartel Award. Each year it is given to an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership in service to Delnor Health System. Courtesy Photo