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Cook County Health & Hospital System (CCHHS) Strategic Planning Has Broad Implications for All Systems of Care in County!

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
October 8, 2009

From Margie Schaps & Quentin Young: A bit of background: The CCHHS Interim Board was implemented as a way to address nepotism, inefficiency and sweetheart contracts. (HMPRG was instrumental in developing the ordinance for the new System Board.) The Board - highly skilled health and public service professional receives no financial remuneration or benefits - is very dedicated and focused. They have devoted many hours in restructuring the system.

It took 1 year for this Interim Board to pick top leadership and begin personnel and budget reforms that have been quite successful. The new CEO, William Foley, is  experienced, professional, and goal directed and is putting in place a highly qualified team. Now, the CCHHS is undergoing strategic planning that is going to have a significant impact on all systems of care in the County.  On October 7, 2009, a day long strategic planning retreat was held, facilitated by Integrated Clinical Solutions, Inc.

Thepreliminary recommendations of CEO Foley, his team, and the consultants - which the public has an opportunity to comment on -  are asfollows:

  • CREATE “HUBS” OF PATIENT CARE AT PROVIDENT,OAK FOREST HOSPITAL (OFH) AND STROGER HOSPITAL
  • ELIMINATE INPATIENT CARE AT OFH
  • ELIMINATE INPATIENT CARE AT PROVIDENT
  • ELIMINATE OB SERVICES AT PROVIDENT 
  • PARTNER WITH RUSH AND UIC ON PEDIATRICS AT ONE LOCATION, NOT NECESSARILY STROGER HOPSITAL
  • CLOSE SOME OF THE ACHN CLINICS AND CONSOLIDATE  OTHERS INTO “HUBS” AND PARTNER WITH FQHCS DEPENDING ON THE NEED
  • LOBBY FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE INDEPENDENT BOARD

Health & Medicine(HMPRG) is in the process of developing comprehensive reaction to these dramatic recommendations, which will result in significant changes to the System. In the meantime, we remind you that the ordinance that created the Interim Board had a three-year "lifespan" 1/2 of which has passed during this start-up process.  Serious consideration must be given to extend the Interim Board's tenure - by granting additional years, or making their tenure open-ended until terminated by the elected County Board. The Emergency Network to Save Cook County Health Services must address this soon. 

CCHHS is about to hold a second round of Community Town Hall Meetings to present the System's plan for the future of healthcare in the County. This series of meetings will focus on sharing information gathered during the first series of community meetings, and will give the public another opportunity to comment on the strategic direction of the Health System. Health & Medicine  encourages people to attend and voice their opinions.  Download, share and post the flyer with meeting dates and times.

We will be posting and updating information as it comes in...