Western Suburb’s First Ronald McDonald House®

The new “home away from home” scheduled to open in 2015

Cadence Health and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Announce Plans to Build Western Suburb’s First Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital

Winfield, Ill., January 28, 2013 – Cadence Health, the health system created through the merger of Central DuPage Health and Delnor Community Health System, has embarked on a relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) to build the first Ronald McDonald House® in Chicago’s western suburbs. Scheduled to open in 2015, the Ronald McDonald House® near Cadence Health – CDH Campus will provide a ‘home away from home’ for the families of children being treated at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), Delnor Hospital and the cancer campus in Warrenville.

“Through this relationship, we will be able to offer a comfortable and supportive respite for our patients and their families,” said Mike Vivoda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Health. “Being surrounded by family is an important part of the healing process and the Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health – CDH Campus can help alleviate stress on families and allow them to focus on their child’s health care needs.”

The Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health – CDH Campus will feature approximately 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms, along with a communal living room, kitchen, dining room, recreational spaces, and laundry facilities. The House is tentatively planned to be built on Winfield Road, directly west of CDH with construction beginning in early 2014.

Cadence Health will be supporting the project with fundraising efforts managed by Cadence Health Foundation, supported by a generous commitment by Central DuPage Hospital’s Auxiliary to raise $5-million for this project.

“Providing care and comfort to families of hospitalized children when they need it most is the mission of our organization, and we are thrilled to add the families of Cadence Health to the Ronald McDonald House community,” said Doug Porter, Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. “This will be our fifth House in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, enabling us to provide support to even more families.”

Currently, there are 323 Ronald McDonald Houses in 31 countries and regions around the world. The largest Ronald McDonald House is located in downtown Chicago at 211 East Grand Avenue, near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital – an affiliated hospital partner of Cadence Health.

About Cadence Health

Cadence Health was formed in March 2011 as a result of the merger between Central DuPage Health System based in Winfield, Ill., and Delnor Community Health System based in Geneva, Ill. Cadence Health is a locally based, locally governed health system focused on delivering excellent health care to the more than 1 million patients in Chicago’s western suburbs. For five consecutive years (2006 – 2010), Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) was selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the “100 Top Hospitals in the U.S.,” and currently maintains affiliations with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for pediatric specialty care and Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery, adult medical oncology, and cardiology services. Delnor Hospital recently received accreditation by the American College of Surgeon’s National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers for the Delnor Center for Breast Health. Both hospitals have achieved Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Cadence Health employs more than 6,100 professionals providing care across an interdependent network of healthcare organizations. Cadence Health also includes Cadence Physician Group, a local network of more than 200 primary care physicians and specialists on the medical staff at CDH or Delnor Hospital. For more information or to find a doctor, please visit www.cadencehealth.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI)

The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ just steps from where their child is being treated in the hospital. Every night, 140 families find comfort, compassion and community at the four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®. That’s 40,000 nights each year where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child saving them over $7 million in hotel costs. We are located near Advocate Children's Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Edward Hospital in Naperville. For more information visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org. Stay connected - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.