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Wel­come to the Duly Health and Care Media Cen­ter. Here you will find our lat­est news releas­es and updates, as well as an archive of all pre­vi­ous press releas­es and media announcements.

You will also find infor­ma­tion on Duly Health and Care’s lead­er­ship, an orga­ni­za­tion­al overview and time­line, and how to con­nect with our media rela­tions team. Look around and if you’re a reporter inter­est­ed in insights from one of our extra­or­di­nary physi­cians or team mem­bers, feel free to reach out: 

Lisa Lag­ger

Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
DuPage Med­ical Group
(630) 545‑3533
Lisa.​Lagger@​dulyhealthandcare.​com

Maria McGowan
Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Mar­ket­ing
DuPage Med­ical Group
(630) 545‑7640
Maria.​McGowan@​dupagemd.​com

Orga­ni­za­tion­al History

1960s
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.

1970s
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.

1980s
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.

1990s
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.

DuPage Med­ical Group (1999 – 2021)

DuPage Med­ical Group became the state’s lead­ing mul­ti-spe­­cial­­ty group prac­tice. With over 700 pri­ma­ry care and spe­cial­ty physi­cians in more than 120 loca­tions, DuPage Med­ical Group was home to near­ly 1.1 mil­lion patient vis­its annu­al­ly, treat­ing about a third of DuPage County’s population.

DuPage Med­ical Group expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant growth and expan­sion into neigh­bor­ing coun­ties as the orga­ni­za­tion worked to meet pop­u­la­tion growth and move­ment. Car­ry­ing on the lega­cy of Dr. McCray and his co-founders, DuPage Med­ical Group focused on pro­vid­ing the West­ern Sub­urbs with access to the finest health care available.

Today

DuPage Med­ical Group became Duly Health and Care on Sep­tem­ber 15, 2021.

Our name is a promise to prac­tice health­care the way it was intend­ed. Du” means two in Latin – as in two part­ners: patient and care­giv­er, work­ing togeth­er toward the same goals. And as in two parts of our sto­ry: where we came from – DuPage – and where we’re head­ed – the way health­care should feel. 

Duly Health and Care is the largest inde­pen­dent, mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian-direct­ed med­ical group in the Mid­west with more than 900 pri­ma­ry care and spe­cial­ty care physi­cians and more than 6,000 team mem­bers, in over 150 loca­tions. The orga­ni­za­tion is whol­ly ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing all it serves flour­ish by chal­leng­ing the expect­ed to deliv­er the extra­or­di­nary in health and care.

Duly Health and Care physi­cians and team mem­bers sup­port near­ly 2.5 mil­lion indi­vid­u­als in their per­son­al health jour­neys each year, help­ing each one to meet their extra­or­di­nary poten­tial through a holis­tic care deliv­ery mod­el designed to make health and care wel­com­ing, sim­pli­fied and personalized. 

About Duly Health and Care

DuPage Med­ical Group is now known as Duly Health and Care. It is the largest inde­pen­dent, mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian-direct­ed med­ical group in the Mid­west with more than 900 pri­ma­ry care and spe­cial­ty care physi­cians and more than 6,000 team mem­bers, in over 150 loca­tions. The orga­ni­za­tion is whol­ly ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing all it serves flour­ish by chal­leng­ing the expect­ed to deliv­er the extra­or­di­nary in health and care.

Duly Health and Care physi­cians and team mem­bers sup­port near­ly 2.5 mil­lion indi­vid­u­als in their per­son­al health jour­neys each year, help­ing each one to meet their extra­or­di­nary poten­tial through a holis­tic care deliv­ery mod­el designed to make health and care wel­com­ing, sim­pli­fied and personalized.

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