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Quentin Young and Lester Crown to direct new nonprofit foundation that aims to raise funds to support the Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
January 26, 2012

The following appeared in Crain's Chicago Business,  Chicago Healthcare Daily, Jan. 24, 2012

Cook County health system wants to infuse new foundation with $250,000

Public health advocate Quentin Young and investor Lester Crown have been named directors of a new nonprofit foundation that aims to raise money for the cash-strapped Cook County Health and Hospitals System. The county health system's board is expected Friday to consider a proposal to give the foundation $250,000 in seed money to help launch fundraising efforts, a health system spokeswoman said. The money will go toward retaining professional fundraising services and, likely, toward insurance for board members, the spokeswoman said. Health system CEO Ramanathan Raju and interim Chief Financial Officer John Cookinham are nonvoting members of the foundation board, which will have nine members.

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A bit of background as reported on the website of The Civic Federation on December 28, 2011:

Cook County Health System Names Crown and Young to Board of New Foundation

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System appointed Lester Crown and Dr. Quentin Young to be directors of its newly created not-for-profit corporation, the Cook County Health Foundation.

On May 26, 2011 the Health System’s Board of Directors approved the creation of the new foundation to seek charitable contributions for the public health system. The Cook County ordinance (Cook County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 38, Article V, Sec. 38-80(n)) that established the Health System in 2008 specifically authorized the Health System Board to encourage the formation of a philanthropic arm.

The Foundation is designed to operate independently from the Health System. The Foundation’s board will have nine members, including seven voting members. The Health System’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer will serve as non-voting, ex-officio members. 

The Health System’s Board on November 18, 2011 named Mr. Crown and Dr. Young as the first voting directors of the Foundation’s board. A business and civic leader in Chicago, Mr. Crown has been a long-time supporter of the Cook County public health system. Mr. Crown spearheaded the Chicago business community’s initiative to replace the old Cook County Hospital with the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, which opened in 2002. Dr. Young, a former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cook County Hospital, is the founder and Chairman of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, which advocates for improved health care for the poor in Illinois.

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