Good news

Cardiac care recognized

UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale has received a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that have proven to deliver quality care with safe practices that lead to better health outcomes for patients.

In the United States, one person dies every 34 seconds from a cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care empower patients with the information they need to choose more affordable, quality cardiac care that is in-network. To receive the designation, health care facilities must meet quality and safety standards first, and then demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to other facilities. They must deliver safe and effective cardiac care for:

• percutaneous coronary interventions

• coronary artery bypass graft

• aortic valve replacement

• mitral valve replacement and repair

“This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of cardiac care to our patients,” said UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale President and CEO Adam Maycock. “It is a credit to our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in our cardiology department, who work tirelessly to not only provide our patients with the highest-quality care, but also education and information that allows them to make informed decisions about their treatment options.

“With our blend of caring and quality, we’re proud to offer our patients and community the highest level of care available,” Macock added.

“This recognition shows that our members, employers, providers and communities can count on Blue Distinction Centers for access to health care that helps our members achieve their health goals,” said Dr. Derek Robinson, chief medical officer, BCBSIL.

HINSDALE MAN is Documentary EP

Hinsdale’s Vinaya Sharma served as executive producer for “The Bright Path,” a documentary that highlights the life of Johnny Bright of Drake University, an accomplished college football player most people have never heard of.

Bright was a rare Black American stand-out player on Drake University’s football team in the late 1940s and early ’50s. He was a clear front-runner to win the 1951 Heisman Trophy until he was knocked unconscious by intentional blows to the head during an away game against Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) in October 1951. He bypassed a chance to play in the NFL and went to Canada to enjoy a Hall of Fame career in the Canadian Football League. After retiring as a player, he went on to work as an educator, coach and principal.

“I became aware of Bright when I went to Drake,” Sharma said. “Over time I realized he had an incredible story that nobody knew — including something that happened that changed football forever — so a friend and I explored the possibility of a documentary.”

The documentary is currently airing at various times on the CBS Sports Network.


Hinsdale Central senior Cayleigh O’Hare has been named a 2022 Teen Changemaker by the DuPage County Health Department and the Prevention Leadership Team for her dedication to youth substance use prevention.

The award recognizes individuals, communities and organizations that are leading the way in prevention efforts and going above and beyond to protect youth in DuPage County. There are four categories of the award — teen, adult, organization and community.

O’Hare demonstrated her dedication to the health and well-being of her peers through her participation on Reality Illinois, a teen advisory panel to the DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team. During the COVID-19 pandemic, She took the initiative to create and host a virtual mental health platform for students at the Illinois Mathematics & Science’s campus who were quarantined at home as a way for them to stay connected and involved.

“DuPage is a better place to live, work and play because of these Changemakers”, said Jordan Esser, project coordinator of the prevention leadership team. “We are fortunate to have these individuals and organizations in our community and the Prevention Leadership Team is honored to be able to recognize their amazing efforts.”