Central DuPage Hospital attends to the health needs of Windy City suburbanites. Located in DuPage County, just west of Chicago, the hospital has more than 310 beds and provides general medical and surgical care, including specialty care in areas such as oncology, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and orthopedics. The hospital is the focal point of a network of health services that include a physician medical group, home health care services, occupational care, and about half a dozen urgent care centers. Central DuPage Hospital opened its doors in 1964.
DuPage County is a highly-populated community west of Chicago (and Cook County).
Central DuPage Hospital merged with neighboring Delnor Health System to create a new health system in 2011 called Cadence Health Foundation. The two facilities still operate independently, with their own charitable money-raising foundations. Their affiliated community health operations were also moved into the system.
At the hospital network's urgent care centers, which it calls Convenient Care Centers, patients are able to obtain treatment for minor illnesses and injuries such as the flu and fractures, as well as after-hours care. The idea behind the centers is to direct patients to the appropriate location for care, rather than places such as expensive emergency rooms.
Though it may not be the largest of hospitals, Central DuPage has worked hard to keep up with the industry's technological advances and has an electronic medical records system that allows physicians to securely access a patient's clinical information from remote locations enabling them to spend less time filling out paperwork and more time providing medical care. The hospital also has a medication barcoding system that is used to confirm that patients receive the right medications at the right time, reducing medical errors and improving patient outcomes, which can lead to government-paid incentives.
Additionally, nurses are able to electronically enter patient information at a patient's bedside through a computerized patient charting system, reducing errors through lapse of memory as nurses make rounds of dozens of patients.
Central DuPage is also the first hospital in the county to use the da Vinci robotic surgical system to perform delicate prostate and gynecological procedures. Finally, the hospital operates a telephone monitoring system for homebound patients to keep the hospital team aware of any issues prior to home visits.
The hospital is one in the region that conducts clinical trials to help further our understanding of diseases and how they can be better treated. Some of its clinical trial areas include cardiology, neonatal intensive care, neuroscience, oncology, and many others. – less