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Ronald McDonald House to open in Winfield

WINFIELD – Families of children undergoing cancer treatments and other long-term medical procedures at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital soon will have a “home away from home” in which to stay.

This week, Cadence Health, the health care system that operates CDH in Winfield, Delnor in Geneva and the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville, announced it was partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to build a Ronald McDonald House facility in Winfield.

The facility will feature 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms, along with a kitchen, dining room, recreational spaces and laundry facilities, according to a statement released by Cadence.

It is planned to be built on Winfield Road, immediately west of CDH, Cadence said. It is planned to open in early 2015.

The announcement was confirmed by Mary Agnes Laguatan, vice president of operations for the local Ronald McDonald House Charities organization.

She said the opening of the CDH Ronald McDonald House would mark the first such facility operated by the charity organization in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Ronald McDonald House operates four other “houses” in the Chicago area, including in Oak Lawn and Maywood.

She said the recent opening of the CDH Proton Center influenced the decision to open the facility in Winfield because it attracts a relatively large number of families traveling 10 miles or more to receive long-term treatments. And that number is expected to increase in the next five to 10 years, Laguatan said.

She said Ronald McDonald House has discussed the project with Cadence for the past 1½ years.

Chris Hensley, president of the Cadence Health Foundation, said his organization would work in coming months to raise about $5 million for the project.

“This is a great enhancement to our pediatrics program,” Hensley said. “It allows us to keep parents and children, the whole family, together, during the really stressful time when a child is being treated, for whatever reason.

“We know that means the world to any family.”

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