Cook County Health and Hospitals System to Hold Town Halls to Get Public Comments on Strategic Plan

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—October 15, 2009. The Cook County Health and Hospitals System has developed its preliminary recommendations for its Strategic Plan. The public is invited to a series of Town Hall Meetings to voice their comments and concerns about the strategic direction of the system.

Background: Key to bringing long-term improvements to the healthcare needs of the residents of Cook County is the Strategic Planning process. Officials with the Cook County Health and Hospitals System held a series of Town Hall meetings earlier this summer to reach out to the public about the needs and concerns of our residents. Those comments were used to help develop some broad goals:

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

This is the community’s last chance to be heard. If you support the recommendations, show up and say so. If you have problems with them, you need to be heard. Health & Medicine will be there along with the Emergency Network to Save Cook County Health Services.

The meeting schedule is below (All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.)

October 19, 2009
South Suburban College
15800 South State Street
South Holland, Illinois

October 20, 2009
Truman College
1145 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

October 21, 2009
Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Drive
Niles, Illinois

October 22, 2009
Math and Science Academy
8601 West Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, Illinois

October 27, 2009
Austin Town Hall Park
5610 West Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois

October 28, 2009
Chicago Urban League
4510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

October 29, 2009
Cicero Town Hall Community Center (in Spanish)
2250 South 49th Avenue
Cicero, Illinois

A draft of the strategic plan is available at www.cookcountyhealth.net

 

Source: Cook County Hospital and Health Systems