Delnor, CDH announce planned merger

By on October 8, 2010

Hospital officials say combining would improve services
GENEVA—Delnor Health System (Delnor) in Geneva and Central DuPage Health (CDH) announced Tuesday that they desire to come together and create a single, integrated health system to improve services at both hospitals.

Officials from both hospitals signed a memorandum of understanding expressing that intent. They have not established a timeline for the merger, but over the next several months, management teams from Delnor and CDH will establish a formal agreement and refine their vision for the new health system.

Delnor spokesman Brian Griffin said Wednesday that patients will benefit from the joining of the two organizations through access to a greater depth and breadth of care, expanded local access to services and improved quality at a lower cost.

“One of the overall goals is the expansion of services at both hospital campuses with continued investment in state-of-the-art facilities, technology and clinical capabilities to meet the growing healthcare needs of the communities served,” Griffin said.

CDH is the parent company of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., a surgical hospital and center for medical technology that is affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hospital for pediatric care and the Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery, among other healthcare organizations.

“Together, Delnor and CDH would provide exceptional healthcare by working with top-notch physicians in an integrated system made stronger by the expertise of affiliations with Children’s Memorial Hospital and the nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic,” Griffin said.

Griffin said it is too soon to know exactly what, if any, staffing changes will come from the affiliation, but the new organization will pursue a growth strategy.

“As is the case with both hospitals today, the new health system will manage expenses and staffing levels to keep the organization financially strong while continuing to deliver the best healthcare for the community,” Griffin said.

Delnor’s and CDH’s names and identifies will remain the same under the new health system, Griffin said. He added that officials of the new health system will develop a name for the system in the future.

The memorandum of understanding names CDH President Luke McGuinness as CEO of the new health system. Delnor President and CEO Thomas L. Wright will continue as both president of Delnor and as an executive leader of the new health system.

Also under the memorandum of understanding, the new health system would be governed by a board of directors with equal representation from Delnor’s and CDH’s current boards.

When Delnor and CDH officials reach an agreement, it will require approval by both hospitals’ boards of directors. Certain regulatory approvals also are required from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and the Federal Trade Commission.

In a press release that Delnor and CDH released on Tuesday, Wright said, “Combining the two organizations holds great potential for making healthcare even better for our patients, physicians and staff at a time of unprecedented change in the industry.”