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2006: Advanced Pediatric Care
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Advanced Pediatric Care

Designed to be a Pediatric Destination Hospital for the Region

WINFIELD, ILL., June 7, 2006 — Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) opens the doors to its latest medical achievement: Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital, a new Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  The child-centered, advanced care facility is the first phase in CDH’s ambitious plan to become the area’s pediatric destination hospital.

Specifically designed for pediatric medical care and comfort of the 0–18 year old patient and his/her family, Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital’s new Pediatric Unit and PICU is at home in nearly 15,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the Women & Children’s Pavilion. Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital specialists have been providing pediatric services since July 2005; more recently, the two hospitals signed a long-term partnership agreement to expand pediatric specialty and sub-specialty services at the CDH campus in Winfield, Ill.

“This is a new era of pediatric care in the western suburbs,” said Luke McGuinness, president and CEO of Central DuPage Hospital.  “Parents with seriously ill children no longer need to travel to Chicago to find the most advanced pediatric medical care.   This new facility builds on our legacy of caring for our community’s health while supporting the invaluable resources and expertise of Children’s Memorial Hospital - Chicago’s only U.S. News and World Report-top rated children’s hospital.”

McGuinness expects the new facility to draw patients from DuPage, Kane and Will Counties. In 2008, the hospital plans to open a second phase expansion, adding more dedicated pediatric space to the fourth floor of the Women & Children’s Pavilion.

Children’s Memorial at Central DuPage Hospital (www.CMHatCDH.org) offers a full range of inpatient services including a neonatal intensive care unit and a pediatric intensive care unit staffed by hospitalists, neonatologists and intensivists around the clock.  In the new Pediatric Outpatient Center opening later this summer, parents will have access to a wide range of experienced pediatric sub-specialists, including cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, neonatology, hematology/oncology, urology and surgery.  In addition, a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department is scheduled to open in August 2006.

The new inpatient facility includes 10 pediatric suites and a 6-bed PICU, a first among hospitals in the area.  All suites are private and include bathrooms, pullout sofas for parents, plasma televisions and DVD players. Clinicians report that private rooms reduce anxiety and help minimize risk for hospital-induced infection and cross-contamination between patients. The expansion builds on Central DuPage Hospital’s legacy as a premier Level III neonatal care provider.  The 23-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) also provides families the comfort of private rooms.

“We know there is a need for comprehensive, pediatric specialty care outside Chicago’s city limits,” said Patrick Magoon, president and CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital.  “We are pleased to provide superior pediatric care at CDH in one of the most advanced settings available, closer to patients’ homes.”

The Central DuPage Hospital campus has expanded to more than one million square feet, nearly doubling its original size in just two years. The addition of the new pediatric facility, Women & Children’s Pavilion and the Ambulatory Services Pavilion account for most of that growth.

“The new pediatric facility is a key element in Central DuPage Hospital’s vision to offer the highest-quality, most advanced health care in the western suburbs,” said McGuinness.  “The true beneficiaries are the young patients we serve and their families.”

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The hospital is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as a new procedure for back surgeries that uses bio-engineered bone protein. 

In 2005, Central DuPage Hospital was named one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Solucient, and this year ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for treatment of stroke by HealthGrades.  Solucient and HealthGrades are independent providers of information products, ratings and advisory services to the health care industry.  

Central DuPage Hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, a network including convenient care centers, primary care physician groups, business and occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care.  For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org or www.CMHatCDH.org.