Northwestern Medicine

Cadence Health Foundation Names Chris Hensley President

December 13, 2012

WINFIELD, IL – Cadence Health, the health system created through the merger of Central DuPage Health and Delnor Community Health System, announced today that Chris Hensley has been appointed President of the Cadence Health Foundation. Mr. Hensley is the first President of the Cadence Health Foundation, which was formed following the merger of the CDH Foundation and Delnor Foundation.

“Chris’ wealth of experience in various non-profit and health care settings combined with his management background will help guide the long-term growth of the Foundation,” said Mike Vivoda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Health. “Under Chris’ guidance, the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts will help support the ongoing commitment by Cadence Health to provide excellent health care to the communities we serve.”

Carrying on the rich philanthropic legacy at both hospitals, the Cadence Health Foundation will continue to partner with generous individuals, corporations and other foundations to bring outstanding, compassionate health care to the community.

Mr. Hensley, 42, most recently served as Regional Vice President of the American Cancer Society (ACS), the voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. While at ACS, he was a member of the Illinois Division Leadership Team with responsibility for developing strategies and executing the organization’s mission. During his tenure, Mr. Hensley led key initiatives that helped raise more than $8 million in 2012 and more than $50 million over the past nine years.

“This is an exciting time to join Cadence Health. This system provides excellent care for the health of the western suburbs, due in large part to the engagement of the communities we serve,” said Chris Hensley, President, Cadence Health Foundation. “Going forward, philanthropy will play an even larger role to ensure we continue to offer the best care available as efficiently as possible. I look forward to leading that effort.”

In addition to his health care experience, Mr. Hensley spent time working with State government, including four years serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood.

Mr. Hensley earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Forest College and is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

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. 

About Cadence Health Foundation

Cadence Health Foundation seeks philanthropic gifts to advance excellent health care for people in the communities it serves. Established in 2012, Cadence Health Foundation is a 501(c) nonprofit organization. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible and come from a wide range of generous donors, including current and former patients, family members, employees, physicians and other supporters.

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