Nearly $100 million in improvements to Delnor Hospital in Geneva are under way — almost two years after a partnership was formed with another area hospital, a collaboration officials say will make healthcare more accessible to Tri-Cities residents.
In April 2011, Delnor partnered with Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, forming Cadence Health. As part of that affiliation, officials planned $94 million worth of work at the Geneva hospital.
The work "makes sure (Delnor) is repositioned as a state-of-the-art facility," said Delnor President Robert Friedberg.
Projects, which will be spaced out over three years, include a cancer center on the Delnor campus. This expands an already present, smaller radiation/oncology center, Friedberg said. The new center, expected to open Sept. 1, will expand radiation and oncology services, plus add research facilities.
"The goal here is to provide a much higher level of care," he said. "And, to continuously look to improve the outcomes and survival rates."
Because Delnor is now part of a health system with Central DuPage and satellite locations for both hospitals, "we have much more extensive resources we're able to bring to this campus," Friedberg said. That applies to more than just cancer research and treatment, he said, and affiliations with Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic also add to that.
Friedberg said Cadence will also — over the next several months — add care-center sites in Sugar Grove, North Aurora, Sycamore and Lisle to better serve the region. And, now there are additional physicians on staff at Delnor, he said.
Hospital officials found there was a lot of "migration" from Delnor, Friedberg said, but that is not as prevalent now.
"People either needed to go downtown or travel to other academic centers to access the levels of capabilities that we're (now) bringing," he said
Delnor has tracked the number of patients who had to seek care elsewhere, and since the partnership with Central DuPage that number has gone down, Friedberg said.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns agrees Delnor's new affiliation "raises the level of care throughout the Fox Valley region to a level certainly we, as residents, are grateful for."
He added: "And when you factor in the nearly $100 million investment Cadence will be making in Geneva at that campus, it speaks volumes of the commitment to overall well-being."
An improved hospital with affiliations with well-respected health centers makes Geneva more attractive to potential newcomers, Burns said.
"People focus on, 'I want to raise my family in a community that has strong schools, a strong healthcare system,' " he said. "The fact that this high level of care is available just down the block is an excellent selling point."