New vice president to head Hinsdale Adventist cancer effort
Christine Van De Wege
Updated: February 5, 2013 10:41AM
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 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.”
Van De Wege was chosen for the position following a national search, 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.
Van De Wege has led the region in its technology assessment project. She’s also been responsible for the patient experience team at Hinsdale and La Grange 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.
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.
Van De Wege has a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University Graduate School.