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New vice president heading Adventist Cancer Institute effort
Hinsdale – Christine Van De Wege has been named vice president of integrated services for Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange Memorial hospitals.

Van De Wege, 43, of Oak Brook has worked with Adventist Midwest Health since October 2011, most recently as executive director of oncology services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She has led the development and design of the new Adventist Cancer Institute.

“It’s wonderful to see the commitment of the organization to the Cancer Institute,” Van De Wege said. “They’ve earmarked about $47 million for that project. There’s a great deal of community support for the project, and I’m very appreciative of that.”

Van De Wege was chosen for the position following a national search, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Goebel said.

“We feel she is best qualified to transfer her skill set from building the oncology service line to other service lines we are working to expand, specifically cardiology, neurosciences and orthopedics,” Goebel said.

In addition to the Cancer Institute, Van De Wege has led the region in its technology assessment project. She’s also been responsible for the patient experience team at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals, working with a team of 12 people on the initiative.

“We are designing new experiences for the patients and trying to take the way we treat patients here to a new level,” Van De Wege said. “Everyone is treated as an individual, and everyone is treated as a whole person – body, mind and spirit. We are working to create positive, unique, memorable experiences.”

Prior to joining Adventist, Van De Wege worked as senior director of the Kellogg Cancer Care Centers and the hematology/oncology physician practice at NorthShore University Health System.

“I was excited about building the oncology services within the western suburbs for the patients who live in this area,” Van De Wege said of her move to Adventist Midwest Health. “I genuinely felt like the mission here was the driving factor.”

She also worked as administrator of the hematology/oncology division at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. At Northwestern University, she led the Feinberg School of Medicine Buehler Center on Aging.

“I had always been interested in a job where I could help people,” Van De Wege said. “I think that’s what drew me to health care administration.”

Van De Wege has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University Graduate School.

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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.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; 630-856-2354