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Community leaders recognized by Hinsdale Hospital Foundation

Hinsdale – The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s 2011 Medallion Ball raised more than $150,000 for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s new patient tower. The event, which took place Feb. 5 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, included a live and paddle auction. More than 400 guests attended.

At the event, community leaders were recognized for their leadership and unwavering support of the hospital. The Hinsdale Assembly was honored with the Community Leadership Medallion and Dr. Richard Bulger received the Physician Leadership Medallion. Centennial Medallion recipients are medical staff and community leaders who are committed to the mission, vision and values of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and who support of the hospital through their time and gifts. The medallions were created in 2004 to commemorate the hospital’s centennial year.


“On a daily basis, the Hinsdale Assembly and Dr. Bulger live our hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ,” said Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. “We are thankful for their service to the community.”


For 48 years The Hinsdale Assembly has
generously funded a variety of programs and services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. From cutting-edge cobalt therapy machine to digital mammography equipment, the Assembly’s philanthropy has advanced the hospital’s technological expertise. The Hinsdale Assembly also has helped sustain the spiritual side of the hospital’s healing mission with the redesigned Hinsdale Assembly Wellness Garden. The garden, which opened in 2009, provides respite to hospital patients, visitors and staff.


Bulger, a specialist in otolaryngology and Hinsdale resident, has been a member of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s medical staff for nearly four decades and has served in many leadership roles, including medical staff president and surgery department chairman. He also has served on the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors and received the 2010 Physician Stewardship Award from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s sister hospital.


Bulger earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1967 and joined the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital medical staff in 1972. He also served as an adjunct attending physician at Rush University Medical Center, including a faculty appointment, and has been an active and attending physician at several local community hospitals. He is past president of DuPage County Medical Society, a past delegate and trustee to the Illinois State Medical Society, and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


“The Medallion Ball is a chance for the community to celebrate Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and for the hospital’s supporters, in turn, to celebrate the community,” said Sue Pircon, of Hinsdale, who served as event co-chair with her husband, Ron Pircon.


“This is an exciting time not only for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital but for the entire Hinsdale community,” added Betsy Moran, who also served as event co-chair with her husband, Dr. Brian Moran. “The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation is proud to be part of it.”


Proceeds from the event will benefit Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s patient pavilion project. The new pavilion, scheduled to open in early 2012,
will feature private patient rooms and many home-like amenities. Other improvements include newly-designed patient units that bring caregivers closer to the bedside with modern workstations and corridors. There will be a new critical care unit and surgical services department, plus a bright and spacious lobby and a new chapel. 


“This patient pavilion project is going to transform the way we treat patients, creating a 21st century healthcare environment that will meet our community’s needs for years to come,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “We’re grateful for the support of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.”


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Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-312-7508