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Hospital’s circle drive named for late physician

Hinsdale – The circle drive at the main entrance to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is now known as the Dr. David B. Calandra Circle in honor of the late physician.

A Hinsdale resident and cardiothoracic surgeon who treated patients at the hospital, Calandra died May 5, 2008, at age 52 from complications related to acute lymphocytic leukemia.

His colleague, Dr. Michael Hickey, a reproductive endocrinology/infertility specialist, purchased the naming opportunity during an auction at the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Medallion Ball on Feb. 14.

“Thank you for honoring David in such a wonderful way,” Marcie Calandra told a large group gathered at a dedication ceremony at the hospital earlier this month. “He lived a life where he was called to serve others.”

Marcie, a cardiovascular nurse specialist, advanced practice nurse and Magnet project manager at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, attended the ceremony with three of the couple’s four daughters: Trish, Ashley and CoCo.

“Adventist Hinsdale Hospital holds a special place in our hearts,” Trish said. “It’s another home to us.”

Dr. David Calandra was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia on Feb. 14, 2007. Even during his illness, he remained strong and steadfast in his faith. He told his wife, “Marcie, this is God’s plan for us and we are going to walk through this journey as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, to show his glory through the whole journey.”

Earlier this year, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital celebrated the renovation and dedication of the David B. Calandra, M.D., Parlor at Tupper Hall on the hospital campus. The project was led by Marcie and Connie Best Schneider, a longtime AHH supporter and volunteer chaplain. The renovated parlor and suites feature freshly painted walls, new furniture and homey décor that includes inspirational phrases.

A message at the 57-year-old building’s entrance reads: “You … are the mission of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.” In the lobby is a journal where visitors can write down prayer requests. John Rapp, Adventist Midwest Health’s regional vice president, ministries and mission, said Dr. David Calandra truly understood the organization’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.

“He believed it, he felt it, and he lived it,” Rapp said. “And that example was so powerful that it just affected everybody here.”