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DuPage Medical Group
Built With Innovation
DuPage Medical Group began 50 years ago as the brainchild of Dr. Robert McCray, a local surgeon and health care visionary. Dr. McCray’s advancements helped redefine the physician practice in DuPage County into the kind of personalized, leading-edge health care that until then was rarely available outside the university medical or research center settings.
In the early 1960s, Dr. McCray visited 35 US clinics, including Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, examining elements that made group practices successful. He teamed with several physicians – fellow surgeon and partner Dr. Glen Asselmeier, internists Drs. Joe Crumrine, Fred Kuharich and James Erlenborn and pediatricians Drs. James Vercoe and William Kindrachuk. Dr. Gary Christensen joined the team after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
The group broke ground in August 1963 on a 12,000-square-foot building. They named the clinic Glen Ellyn Clinic, partly in homage to the Mayo Clinic.
Glen Ellyn Clinic opened on September 1, 1964, with eight physicians, 15 nurses and a staff of lab technicians and administrative personnel. The clinic offered groundbreaking innovations for its time – a laboratory, X‑ray services and a pharmacy, all onsite.
Success and Growth
By 1970, the partnership had 25 physicians seeing more than 300 new patients a month. Office and lab space was added thanks to a 24,000-square-foot expansion.
Growth continued in the early 1970s. Two new office buildings accommodated new medical specialists. New physicians saw Glen Ellyn Clinic as an opportunity to practice in the company of established colleagues. The clinic also introduced a range of specialties to the Western Suburbs, including thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, invasive cardiology and neonatology.
In the 1980s, the clinic added 38,000 square feet of office and lab space to accommodate physicians in 16 specialties and sub-specialties. Clinic offices were opened in Bloomingdale and Naperville. By the end of the decade, the Glen Ellyn Clinic was one of the city’s largest employers – 80 physicians and 480 staff handled 300,000 annual patient visits. It also owned one of the largest clinic-operated labs in Illinois, performing more than 100,000 tests onsite and 25,000 more offsite every year.
Change and Transition
In the 1990s, the clinic joined the country’s largest physician management company to ensure the financial strength it needed to continue growing.
As managed care gained ground in the 1990s, physician groups across the country experienced increasing pressures, including two others in DuPage County that would figure prominently in the Glen Ellyn Clinic’s future – Mid-America Health Partners and Wheaton Medical Clinic.
Wheaton Medical Clinic included 25 physicians and had recently affiliated itself with a major health insurer, and Mid-America Health Partners’ 50 primary care physicians had formed in 1995 as a physician-led independent practice group. After Wheaton Medical Clinic merged with the Glen Ellyn Clinic in 1997, Mid-America joined the following year. Shortly after, physicians from all three began efforts to return the combined clinic to the private physician group-practice model under local control.
The result was DuPage Medical Group, which was formed in 1999.
Commitment to the Road Ahead
DuPage Medical Group is now the state’s leading multi-specialty group practice. DuPage Medical Group is still committed to superior care and innovation, with a leadership structure designed to maintain balance between primary and specialty care. With nearly 600 primary care and specialty physicians in more than 70 locations, DuPage Medical Group handles upwards of 1.1 million patient visits annually, treating about a third of DuPage County’s population.
Today, DuPage Medical Group is experiencing unprecedented growth and expansion into neighboring counties as the organization continuously strives to meet population growth and movement. Carrying on the legacy of Dr. McCray and his co-founders, DuPage Medical Group is focused on providing the Western Suburbs with access to the finest health care available and operating on the principal that physicians make the best decisions for patient care.
About DuPage Medical Group
Founded in 1999, DuPage Medical Group is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group with more than 600 physicians in over 80 suburban Chicago locations. DMG is a patient-centered organization focused on improving access to convenient, quality health care using the latest technology and treatment options. For more information, visit dupagemedicalgroup.com.