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2008: CDH Employees Support the Community
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CDH Employees Support the Community

CDH Workplace Giving Campaign generates $265,000 for DuPage charities

WINFIELD, Ill., February 15, 2008 – The gift-giving season continues in DuPage County. Programs supported by the United Way of DuPage Area (UWDA), the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association all received significant donations from the employees and friends of Central DuPage Hospital, CNS Home Health & Hospice, Wyndemere Senior Living, Westbridge Assisted Living, Wynscape Nursing & Rehabilitation and the Central DuPage Health Foundation.

More than 1,100 Central DuPage Health employees, board members and physicians reached deep and collected $199,377 on behalf of the 2007 Central DuPage Hospital Workplace Giving Campaign. Adding $66,459 to the charitable total with matching funds, Central DuPage Health Foundation distributed $265,836 directly to local charities.

“Selecting a job in healthcare is generally an indicator that our employees care about our community’s health. However, the Central DuPage Hospital matching gift program doubles our employee’s financial investment in DuPage area projects where help is needed greatly,” explained Holly Kulikowski, annual programs manager, Central DuPage Health Foundation.

Funds will be distributed across the Central DuPage Hospital network to support senior health services, health care for the home bound and to help fill the gap for the uninsured. The American Cancer Society received $50,000, the American Heart Association received nearly $40,000 and the balance of $33,379 will support United Way of DuPage Area programs.

“The generous support of the employees of Central DuPage Hospital will make a lasting difference in the fight against cancer in DuPage County,” explained Chris Hensley, regional vice president, American Cancer Society. “These funds enable the American Cancer Society to offer critical services to people fighting cancer. For example, our Road to Recovery program provides free transportation for local cancer patients as they undergo treatment.”

The United Way of DuPage Area works with Central DuPage Hospital consistently to address the health issues of DuPage County’s many families currently living 200 percent below the federal poverty level. “Through the generosity of Central DuPage Hospital, the UWDA can continue to help meet the needs of the medically uninsured, DuPage County’s fastest-growing population,” said Christine Lewis, chief professional officer, United Way of the DuPage Area.

“It’s Heart Month, and we are all aware that heart disease is America’s number-one killer,” pointed out Melissa Lach, director of corporate development for the American Heart Association. “That’s why we are so grateful that Central DuPage Hospital continues to be a great partner in our commitment to reduce our community’s risk for heart disease by supporting our research, education and awareness programs like Heart Month activities.”

Over the past eight years, Central DuPage Health Foundation has distributed more than $1.5 million to local charities though the Central DuPage Hospital Workplace Giving Campaign.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Media Contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Central DuPage Hospital