Northwestern Medicine

Cadence Health Announces New Presidents for Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital

September 13, 2012

WINFIELD, IL – Cadence Health, the health system created through the merger of Central DuPage Health and Delnor Community Health System, recently announced the appointments of Robert Friedberg to President, Delnor Hospital, and Executive Vice President, Cadence Health, and Brian Lemon to President, Central DuPage Hospital, and Executive Vice President, Cadence Health.

“Robert and Brian are two highly regarded leaders with broad management experience. Their experience will allow for each of them to make immediate contributions to Cadence Health and our hospitals,” said Michael V. Vivoda, Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Health. “These key appointments will enable our talented staff and physicians on the medical staffs of both hospitals to continue delivering excellent, high-quality care to the patients we serve.”

Mr. Friedberg, 50, replaced Thomas Wright, who retired earlier this year. Prior to being named President of Delnor Hospital, Mr. Friedberg was the Executive Vice President of System Operations and Integrated Services for Cadence Health and Chief Operating Officer for Delnor Hospital. Mr. Friedberg joined Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in May 2004. Before joining CDH, Mr. Friedberg served as Senior Administrator at two Chicagoland area medical centers, managing a diverse array of departments and focusing on operational and financial improvements. Mr. Friedberg earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Cornell University.

“Cadence Health is well positioned to be the premier health system for the western suburbs of Chicago and the region,” said Robert Friedberg, President, Delnor Hospital. “I am excited about expanding my role for such a dynamic health system that is truly changing the level and scope of services available in the region and look forward to leading significant investment and development at Delnor Hospital.”

Mr. Lemon, 58, replaced Mr. Vivoda, who was named Cadence Health Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in April. Prior to being named CDH President, Mr. Lemon served as CEO of Vanguard MacNeal Hospital, the Chicago-area flagship of investor-owned Vanguard Health Systems. Since 2006, he led the executive team and oversaw management of this 427-bed hospital and related entities. During this and a prior tenure at MacNeal, he contributed to the hospital’s growth by serving in several progressively responsible management capacities including Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO. Between his tenures at MacNeal, Mr. Lemon was President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. Mr. Lemon is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Detroit.

“Central DuPage Hospital has a legacy of excellent care and service to the community,” said Brian Lemon, President, Central DuPage Hospital. “It’s a privilege to join the Cadence team as we look to build on this great foundation and bring ever-expanding benefits to the communities we serve.”

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, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 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 and 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.

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