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Milestone: 1st female chief of medical staff appointed
Family medicine physician Dr. Margaret Wade made history Jan. 1 by becoming the first woman to be appointed as the chief of the medical staff at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals.

Wade, who came to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in 1991, stresses personalized care and preventative medicine and she plans to enhance both during the two years of her appointment.

“The next two years are going to be very interesting with all the changes in health care,” said Wade, 51, of Downers Grove. “There’s a lot of pressure from the government and insurance companies for us to improve our practices in many areas, especially preventative medicine, and I’m definitely interested in helping that along.”

From the first moment she decided to become a doctor, Wade wanted to practice family medicine and became inspired by doctors who were dedicated to their patients. She, too, believes in long-term relationships with her patients and their families, instead of treating individuals only when they are ill.

Wade obtained her medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood and has been practicing medicine since 1987. Wade became secretary-treasurer of Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals’ medical staff in 2006 and became vice president two years later.

As president, Wade aims to further the hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ. She supports the organization’s commitment to whole-person care, which emphasizes treating the patient’s mind, body and spirit.

“In my busy practice, I see patients both in my office and in the hospital so I know the nitty gritty of how things work,” Wade said. “I want to do everything I can to help the hospital be friendly to patients, while ensuring the efficiency of our processes.”

Chief Executive Officer David L. Crane is confident she will do just that.

“Dr. Wade’s expertise has been an asset to our organization and I am confident in her ability to lead our physicians in providing world-class care to patients right in their own backyard,” Crane said.

Wade replaces Dr. Sherwin Waldman, whose two-year term as president ended Dec. 31, 2009.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.