WINFIELD – Patients visiting Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield will soon have access to enhanced equipment and medical units thanks to a commitment from Cadence Health Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Cadence Health.
The foundation will fund more than $3.1 million in new equipment, expansion projects and technology upgrades for Cadence Health’s Central DuPage and Delnor hospitals.
“The foundation wanted to do things that had high impact on patient health,” said Chris Hensley, Cadence Health Foundation president. “We spend a significant amount of money to reinvest in our hospitals each year through capital and operating budgets, but there are projects that require more funds.”
Hensley said the foundation’s board made a decision about six months ago to identify projects that would positively impact patients. The board reached out to CDH President Brian Lemon and Delnor President Maureen Bryant for input on programs that would most benefit the patients Cadence serves.
The foundation was presented with a variety of items to support, including:
• Purchase of two hyper-slice CT scanners for CDH and Delnor
• Enhanced surgical and navigation system for Cadence Health Neurosciences, based at CDH
• Expansion of Delnor’s Intensive and Immediate Care units
• Software upgrades to the da Vinci Surgical System at Delnor
“This hyper-slice CT scanner has a 50-percent reduction in radiation exposure,” Hensley said. “So as we are building our relationship with Lurie Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and as we serve more pediatric cancer patients, we want to give them the latest and greatest in scanning technology as well.”
The funding for the new hyper-slice CT scanners came primarily from two sources, Hensley said. Walter and Karen Alexander and Luke and Mary Harriss donated a combined $608,000.
The foundation receives its funding from thousands of donors each year, he said. In fact, the foundation had more than 5,000 donors in the last year.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the Cadence Health Foundation and their donors for their support of Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital,” Cadence Health Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer James Giblin said in a statement to Suburban Life Media. “In the coming months, both hospitals will feature the latest in CT scanners that will improve the diagnostic accuracy and increase the quality of the images viewed by clinicians.”
Giblin said Cadence Health believes the new technology will enhance the quality of care its hospitals offer to their patients.
The funding also will provide the Cadence Health Neurosciences Unit at CDH with StealthViz, an advanced surgical application that will enable doctors performing brain surgery to map out a course through the brain.
Delnor’s Intensive and Immediate Care units will receive 20 new high-end critical care beds that have alarms to notify staff if a patient gets out of bed, one of the more common causes of injuries that can happen in a hospital, Hensley said.
Delnor also will receive a software update to its daVinci Surgical System, which is a robotic arm that helps provide surgical precision, according to the Cadence Health website.