Media Center

Wel­come to the DuPage Med­ical Group Media Cen­ter. Here you will find all of DMG’s lat­est news releas­es and updates, as well as an archive of all pre­vi­ous press releas­es and media announce­ments. In addi­tion, the Media Cen­ter con­tains back­ground on DMG lead­er­ship, an orga­ni­za­tion­al overview and time­line, infor­ma­tion to con­nect with DMG’s media rela­tions team, plus a vari­ety of oth­er help­ful infor­ma­tion about the company.

For addi­tion­al assis­tance or infor­ma­tion, feel free to con­tact our media rela­tions team.

Media Con­tacts

Lisa Lag­ger
Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
DuPage Med­ical Group
(630) 545‑3533

Maria McGowan
Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mar­ket­ing
DuPage Med­ical Group
(630) 545‑7640

Orga­ni­za­tion­al History

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.

Con­tin­ued Expansion

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 prin­ci­ple 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 dupagemed​ical​group​.com.

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