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Influenza Activity Increasing in Suburban Cook County

By at January 8, 2014 | 1:41 pm | 0 Comment

Influenza Activity Increasing in Suburban Cook County

Currently, suburban Cook County is experiencing an increase in influenza like illness with 44 confirmed  influenza ICU admissions and 6 influenza related deaths. Cook County Department of Public Health’s Chief  Operating Officer, Dr. Terry Mason is encouraging everyone six months of age and older to get a flu shot. “Of the 44 ICU admissions the ages range from more...

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Great American Smokeout is November 21, 2013 – it’s a great day to quit

By at November 19, 2013 | 3:35 pm | 0 Comment

Great American Smokeout is November 21, 2013 – it’s a great day to quit

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) officials encourage suburban Cook County residents to set the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout as the day to quit smoking. Currently, 22 percent of suburban Cook County residents smoke, which is slightly higher than the national average of 20.4 percent. CCDPH data indicates that 67 percent of current more...

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President Preckwinkle Moves to Reform County Health Benefits

By at October 7, 2013 | 11:20 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Moves to Reform County Health Benefits

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced a proposal to reform the County’s health benefits, a move that is expected to save more than $2.2 million in next year’s budget and roughly $4 million annually. The proposal would require employees and officials who receive less than full-time County pay to pick up the full share of their health benefits. more...

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CCHHS Announces Improvements at Oak Forest Health Center

By at September 26, 2013 | 11:12 am | 1 Comments

CCHHS Announces Improvements at Oak Forest Health Center

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System today announced the opening of Oak Forest Health Center (OFHC), where new radiology and laboratory services will be offered. The nearly $6 million transformation will allow the county to provide CT scans, ultrasounds and mammogram screenings at the regional outpatient center. Officials also announced that the OFHC more...

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Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

By at September 9, 2013 | 2:30 pm | 0 Comment

Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

Cook County Department of Public Health officials remind residents that bats are active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Five bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year in suburban Cook County. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. A person may contract rabies through more...

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Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History

By at July 24, 2013 | 8:28 am | 0 Comment

Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History

Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that enacts a critical part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois. Today’s action delivers on a major priority announced by Governor Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address and is part of his agenda to improve the health of the people of more...

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President Preckwinkle Opens Medical Facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections

By at June 18, 2013 | 12:12 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Opens Medical Facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections

On June 13, 2013, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled an $86 million medical facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections that will provide inmates at the jail access to critical health care services. The Residential Treatment Unit (RTU) will provide treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, general health screenings and evaluations.  more...

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Protect Yourself and Your Family, Prevent West Nile Virus

By at May 31, 2013 | 2:10 pm | 0 Comment

Protect Yourself and Your Family, Prevent West Nile Virus

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) officials would like to remind residents to be cautious and protect against West Nile Virus (WNV). Prevention is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from becoming infected with WNV. “Culex mosquitoes are the primary carrier of West Nile virus in our region,” said CCDPH chief operating officer, more...

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A Letter from Dr. Ram Raju, CEO of Cook County Health & Hospitals System

By at May 29, 2013 | 2:39 pm | 0 Comment

A Letter from Dr. Ram Raju, CEO of Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Originally posted May 17, 2013 at the Cook County Health & Hosptials website Dear Colleagues and County Residents, I write to you as CEO at a moment of great change. At this extraordinary time of transformation, we look to our mission. Cook County Health and Hospitals System has a longstanding mission of caring for the underserved with respect and dignity, more...

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Better Healthcare by Inclusion

By at May 29, 2013 | 2:32 pm | 0 Comment

Better Healthcare by Inclusion

Language barriers and cultural beliefs impact treatment goals and outcomes leading to healthcare disparities. The healthcare disparities that exist today can be better managed by appreciating and including culturally diverse groups' needs into treatment plans. From firsthand experience both as the CMO of New York City Health and Hospitals and now as the CEO of Chicago's more...

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