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Delnor, Central DuPage Hospital announce merger plan
By Robert Sanchez | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/5/2010 3:36 PM | Updated: 10/5/2010 5:05 PM

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Following weeks of speculation, Delnor Health System and Central DuPage Health today announced plans to merge.

Officials from Geneva-based Delnor and CDH, in Winfield, said in a joint news release that they have a signed a "memorandum of understanding" that expresses their desire "to come together and create a single, integrated health system."

If the merger becomes a reality, officials said the goal would be to expand health care to the West suburbs by "elevating the caliber and breadth of health care services available in the region, extending local access to care and creating a level of scale that will deliver even higher quality at a lower cost."

Officials said they will work over the next several months to further define their vision and the agreement, which will be subject to governmental review and approval.

While proposed merger wouldn't change patients' access to the physicians, officials said it would give them increased access to a broader range of clinical services.

"This relationship holds such great potential for making health care even better for our patients, physicians and staff at a time of unprecedented change in the industry," said Thomas L. Wright, president and CEO of Delnor Hospital. "Further collaboration will strengthen our ability to provide exceptional levels of clinical care and become more responsive to the new requirements of health care reform."

Luke McGuinness, president and CEO of CDH, said the goal is to "build on the momentum of our respective investments in primary care, specialty care and advancement of the destination service lines at both campuses"

"Together, Delnor and CDH will build a health system synonymous with efficient, high quality, advanced care in the communities we serve," McGuinness said.

Wright and McGuinness will continue to oversee their respective hospitals throughout the proposed merger process. The new health system, which has not yet been named, would be governed by a board of directors with equal representation from Delnor's and CDH's existing boards, according to the news release.

McGuinness would become CEO of the new health system. Wright would serve as both president of Delnor and as an executive leader of the new health system.

"Delnor and CDH will be a compelling combination for all involved, reinforcing each hospital's respective commitments to its patients, medical staff, employees and communities," McGuinness said. "The new entity will continue to respect and celebrate the contributions of individual organizations and their employees as part of this collaborative process."