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Auxiliary Contributes $1 Million to Oncology

Central DuPage Auxiliary Contributes $1 Million to Oncology Services at Central DuPage Hospital

Winfield, Ill., January 25, 2005 - Today, Central DuPage Hospital’s Auxiliary announced a $1 million pledge to advance cancer care at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH). The gift is specifically marked for oncology services and will be administered through the Central DuPage Health Foundation.

“We have all been touched by cancer, either through friendships, family or personal association and we often feel powerless in its presence,” said Sara Gerlach, president, Central DuPage Hospital Auxiliary. “However, we believe we can make a difference by directing Auxiliary money toward combating cancer in our own community. We hope this significant gift will inspire the members of our Auxiliary and of the community to generously support the Foundation in achieving its fundraising goal.”

Since its inception in 1961, the Auxiliary has contributed nearly $10 million to Central DuPage Hospital, providing funds for a host of programs and facility enhancements, including the purchase of a CT Scanner and other advanced medical equipment. The Auxiliary has also provided initial major funding of an endowment for HomeCare Physicians, a practice which cares for homebound patients; a grant in support of pediatric palliative care, a program that offers help to children with chronic, long-term or life-limiting illnesses; ongoing support of an initiative to educate teens about drunk driving, and gifts to purchase automated external defibrillators for use throughout the community.

The Auxiliary’s gift will help underwrite advanced, local services: state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities; innovative, outcome-driven treatments; patient education; and will provide clinical, spiritual and emotional care in an environment dedicated to patient and family healing, said Gerlach.

According to Paul Pyrcik, director of Development, Central DuPage Health Foundation, “A Vision of Health” campaign was launched to support oncology, women and children’s and cardiovascular services.

“This pledge reaffirms the supportive, impassioned role the Auxiliary has always played at Central DuPage Hospital. The hospital Auxiliary and its loyal and dedicated members continue to be a vital link in the delivery of excellent and compassionate care to our patients, and in helping us pursue continuous improvement in everything we do to bring top-tier health care to this community,” said Pyrcik.

CDH is a 361-bed acute care hospital and center for routine and specialized medical and surgical services. Opened in 1964, the hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, which includes six member organizations and nearly 30 sites of care in DuPage and Kane Counties.