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Executive Receives AHA's Highest Award

David Cooke

WINFIELD, Ill., April 21, 2009 - The American Heart Association presented its Gold Heart Award yesterday to David Cooke, M.D., vice president of quality and safety at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. The award is the highest honor the association bestows to volunteers who have provided continued, distinguished service.

The award was presented at the association's 2009 Gold Heart Banquet held in Washington, D.C.

Cooke is currently president of the association's Midwest Affiliate, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He began volunteering for the association in 1984, at the former Chicago Affiliate.

Cooke has made numerous contributions to the association's efforts to promote public health awareness of heart health issues, smoke-free legislation and school physical education programs. He is one of the association's primary media spokespersons in the Midwest and wrote a regular heart-health newspaper column for the Pioneer Press, a newspaper chain in suburban Chicago.

Cooke has been instrumental in establishing one of the association's newest initiatives, Mission: Lifeline, in Chicago-area hospitals. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients (those who experience the most critical type of heart attacks) from timely access to appropriate treatment. He has led efforts to raise funds for the placement of automated external defibrillators (AED) in public locations. He also led a collaborative effort with the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish a Cardiovascular Disease Task Force for Illinois.

Cooke served on the association's national Board of Directors from 1999 to 2001, is a fellow of the organization's Council on Clinical Cardiology and a member of its Interdisciplinary Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research.

Cooke came to Central DuPage Hospital in 2002 from Lutheran General Hospital, where he served as associate director of Cardiology. His first position at Central DuPage Hospital was medical director of Cardiovascular Services. In 2005 he was named medical director of Safety and Quality and in 2007 he was promoted to vice president of this area.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases - America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers - we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. 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 for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category. The Stroke and Neurovascular program recently earned re-accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center by receiving the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.

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 on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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Amy Jo Steinbruecker