Northwestern Medicine plans to use $2.5 million in gifts to expand cardiovascular services at its hospitals in Winfield, Geneva and DeKalb.
Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute's expansion plan includes providing additional services and a new hub at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and improved clinical care services at Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.
The $2.5 million includes gifts from various local donors. It is part of other such gifts totaling about $60 million that could be used toward further expansion at those hospitals over the next five years, depending on how this initial expansion goes, said Dr. Patrick McCarthy, executive director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
McCarthy, Northwestern's chief of cardiac surgery, launched the institute in 2005 with $20 million in gifts from Chicago real estate developer Neil Bluhm, who is also a casino magnate behind the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.
The Central DuPage and Delnor medical teams have been training under the institute's team to bring new cardiovascular procedures to the Western suburbs.
Six niche centers within the institute will be developed in the Western suburbs with a focus on coronary disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, heart valve disease, preventive cardiology and vascular disease. The expansion also will streamline and enhance coordination for West suburban patients who may require heart transplantation or other cutting edge treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a hospital statement.
Northwestern oversees seven hospitals also including Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton.