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Community leaders to be honored at hospital event

Hinsdale – The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation will recognize three community leaders for their leadership and support of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Phillip and Suzanne Rooney will be honored with the Community Leadership Medallion and Dr. Donald Sweet will receive the Physician Leadership Medallion at the foundation’s Medallion Ball on Feb. 14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

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, Mr. and Mrs. Rooney and Dr. Sweet 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.”

Hinsdale residents for over 26 years, Suzanne and Phillip Rooney generously funded Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s cardiac care center in 1990. Rooney Heart Institute is named after Phil’s father, Christopher T. Rooney, who died of heart disease when he was 52 years old. Recognizing a need in the community for a progressive care center for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, the couple kicked off the “A Time To Advance” capital campaign. This $20 million fundraising endeavor established not only the Rooney Heart Institute but also the Opler Cancer Center and significantly advanced the hospital’s birthcare services, surgical services and orthopaedic and spine center. Phil Rooney has served on several nonprofit boards and the couple supports many local charitable organizations.

Sweet, a hematologist and oncologist, is medical director of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Opler Cancer Center and chairman of the Oncology Patient Care Committee. He was the first physician to bring bone marrow transplants to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He also was instrumental in establishing the oncology program in 1986 and leading the hospital and its physicians into the advanced treatment of cancer. A Hinsdale resident, Sweet currently serves on the medical advisory board of the Wellness House in Hinsdale and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s education committee.

Previously, Sweet served as chairman of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s cancer committee and director of the special hematology lab, the inpatient oncology service, and the breast cancer clinic. He was a member of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation board of directors from 1995-1997. 

Tickets to the black-tie dinner dance are $350 each. Patron level tickets are $500 each.