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Cook County Health System CEO urges action against healthcare disparities

By at March 13, 2013 | 5:24 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Health System CEO urges action against healthcare disparities

The head of the nation’s third-largest public healthcare system is calling on hospital leaders to aggressively promote inclusion and to reduce healthcare disparities, particularly among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patient populations. In a speech delivered before a packed ballroom at the annual meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives, in more...

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Cook County Hospital Holds as Flu Outbreak Overwhelms Area Healthcare Facilites

By at January 10, 2013 | 10:15 am | 0 Comment

Cook County Hospital Holds as Flu Outbreak Overwhelms Area Healthcare Facilites

Originally published at WGNtv.com, January 8, 2012 It is without question, flu season. These days, the state of the flu so bad in our area that a number of hospitals have resorted to diverting ambulances to other hospitals because of the flu’s impact on its emergency rooms. Cook County Hospital turns away no one, but it doesn’t mean there is room inside. more...

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Increasing influenza-like illness activity in suburban Cook County

By at December 19, 2012 | 4:20 pm | 2 Comments

Increasing influenza-like illness activity in suburban Cook County

Everyone six months of age and older should get an influenza, or flu, vaccine, every year. Vaccine is readily available at your local pharmacy, family doctor and grocery stores throughout suburban Cook County. While influenza is a health concern for people of all ages, young children, pregnant women, individuals with a weakened immune system and people aged 65 years and more...

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Cook County Health System Celebrates 10th Anniversary of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital

By at December 19, 2012 | 4:08 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Health System Celebrates 10th Anniversary of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital

Originally appeared in the December 12, 2012 edition of CookCountyHHS.org Cook County Health and Hospitals System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju today celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  In its first decade of providing quality healthcare in the new Stroger Hospital, the flagship remains committed to fulfilling more...

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December Marks National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

By at December 11, 2012 | 9:49 am | 0 Comment

December Marks National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Originally appeared in the December 9, 2012 edition of CookCountyHHS.org With the Holiday season in full force, it is timely to encourage everyone to enjoy celebrations with family and friends, but to do so responsibly. Impaired driving is a serious public health threat. In one year, nearly 1.5 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or more...

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The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) 1115 Medicaid Waiver—What is CountyCare?

By at November 13, 2012 | 3:28 pm | 12 Comments

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) 1115 Medicaid Waiver—What is CountyCare?

Originally appeared in the November 8, 2012 edition of IllinoisHealthMatters.org Last month the Cook County Health & Hospitals System received word from the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare that their request for an 1115 Waiver to the Illinois Medicaid system had been conditionally approved, pending the State of Illinois officially accepting the “terms more...

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Cook County Health and Hospitals System Announces 1115 Medicaid Waiver

By at October 31, 2012 | 2:31 pm | 4 Comments

Cook County Health and Hospitals System Announces 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju today announced that pre-enrollment has started for Cook County residents who qualify for “CountyCare” a Medicaid benefits program for adults. County Care is the new program approved under the federal government’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver which more...

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Get your flu vaccine, today!

By at October 31, 2012 | 1:57 pm | 0 Comment

Get your flu vaccine, today!

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) officials remind residents that everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. Vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, family doctor and grocery stores throughout suburban Cook County.  The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most more...

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Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

By at October 31, 2012 | 10:26 am | 12 Comments

Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a compromise to the proposed firearm and ammunition tax and a $2 million dedicated to violence prevention, intervention and reduction programs that combat gun violence. The County will impose a $25 tax on the purchase of firearms, while eliminating the proposed tax on ammunition. The $2 million, which more...

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Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

By at October 29, 2012 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

Originally published in the October 29, 2012 edition of Crain's Chicago Business Cook County hit a $100 million jackpot over the weekend. In a little noticed but crucial decision announced Friday night, the federal government signed off on a request by county board President Toni Preckwinkle to enroll 114,000 low-income people a year early in the Medicaid more...

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