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Deborah Santana, Secretary to the Board

1900 W. Polk Street
Room 211
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 864-0907

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System Board of Directors has five standing committees.

Audit and Compliance Committee

Chairman: Hon. Jerry Butler
Members:

  • Directors Ada Mary Gugenheim and Layla P. Suleiman Gonzalez, PhD, JD
  • Board Chairman M. Hill Hammock (Ex-Officio)
  • Non-Director Member: Gerald Bauman, CPA

This Committee receives and reviews the audit reports prepared by internal departments and oversees the financial reporting process on behalf of CCHHS.  This Committee oversees the selection of independent auditors for CCHHS in accordance with the enabling ordinance, reviews accounting policies and financial reporting and disclosure practices of the CCHHS, and reviews the effectiveness of CCHHS internal financial controls.  The Committee assists the System Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities of the CCHHS corporate compliance effort.

Finance Committee

Chairman: Ric Estrada
Members:

  • Directors Hon. Jerry Butler and Mary Richardson-Lowry
  • Board Chairman M. Hill Hammock (Ex-Officio)
  • Non-Director Member: Steven Scheer

This Committee shall be familiar with and review the income and expenditures of the CCHHS, advise the Chief Executive Officer, System Chief of Clinical Integration and System Chief Financial Officer in preparation of the budget, review the proposed budget in advance of presentation to the System Board, and make recommendations to the System Board on all such financial matters. Additionally, this Committee will develop and present to the System Board recommended multi-year financing plans as provided in the Ordinance. This Committee shall be responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures regarding procurement and contracting for the CCHHS, including providing for appropriate review of purchase contracts by this Committee. This Committee shall further develop its responsibilities and determine a plan to implement those responsibilities. This Committee shall consider other matters as may be assigned by the System Board.

Human Resources Committee

Chairman: Mary B. Richardson-Lowry
Members:

  • Directors Mary Driscoll, RN, MPH and Sidney A. Thomas, MSW
  • Board Chairman M. Hill Hammock (Ex-Officio)

This Committee develops and monitors policies and procedures for the CCHHS related to personnel issues with regard to all employees, including physicians and dentists, within the CCHHS, including, but not limited to, position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, hiring, discipline, termination, grievance, affirmative action, performance management, probationary periods, training, promotion and maintenance of records.

Quality and Patient Safety Committee

Chairman: Ada Mary Gugenheim
Members:

  • Directors Mary Driscoll, RN, MPH  and Layla P. Suleiman Gonzalez, PhD, JD
  • Board Chairman M. Hill Hammock (Ex-Officio)
  • Non-Director Members: Patricia Merryweather and Patrick T. Driscoll, Jr.
  • Ex-Officio Members: System Executive Medical Director, System Chief of Clinical Integration, Chief Operating Officer Hospital-based Services, Chief Operating Officer Ambulatory Services, Medical Director of Ambulatory Services, System Executive Director of Nursing, President of the Medical Staff of each CCHHS hospital Affiliate, Medical Director of each Affiliate, Director of Nursing of each Affiliate, and System Director of Quality

The System Executive Medical Director, the System Chief of Clinical Integration, Chief Operating Officer Hospital-Based Services, Chief Operating Officer Ambulatory Services, Medical Director of Ambulatory Services, the System Executive Director of Nursing, the President of the Medical Staff of each CCHHS hospital Affiliate, the Medical Director of each Affiliate, the Director of Nursing of each Affiliate, and the System Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Regulatory and Accreditation shall be ex-officio members of this Committee without a vote and shall not be considered in determining a quorum. The Chair of this Committee or designee may serve as a member of the Joint Conference Committees of the Medical Staffs of the CCHHS hospital Affiliate. The Quality and Patient Safety Committee shall oversee the quality, safety and performance improvement programs of the CCHHS, with the goal of recognizing the critical importance of maintaining high quality service and patient and staff safety and satisfaction. This Committee shall receive reports on pertinent matters of quality, safety, satisfaction, regulatory and accreditation activities at least quarterly from the System Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Regulatory and Accreditation or designee, and shall report on such matters to the System Board. This Committee shall be responsible for serving as a liaison between the CCHHS’ hospital Affiliate Medical Staffs and the System Board. The System Board delegates to this Committee the authority to consider and render a final decision with regard to applications for initial appointment or reappointment to membership on the hospital Affiliate Medical Staffs and for initial clinical privileges or the renewal or modification of clinical privileges; assignment of staff category, department and division; and any special conditions to the appointment or reappointment, consistent with the procedures set forth in applicable CCHHS policies and CCHHS hospital Medical Staff Bylaws. An additional purpose of this Committee is the full and candid discussion of matters which affect the CCHHS’ hospital Affiliate Medical Staffs and the System Board. This Committee shall further develop its responsibilities and determine a plan to implement those responsibilities. This Committee shall consider other matters as may be assigned by the System Board.

Managed Care Committee

Chairman:  Emilie N. Junge

Members:

  • Directors Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH  and Sidney A. Thomas, MSW

This Committee shall receive and review reports prepared by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Finance and Strategy or designee with regard to the performance of the CountyCare Health Plan including reporting on matters concerning quality and patient safety, finance, operations, and State required oversight activities.  These reports shall also include briefings on key strategic initiatives regarding the scope and direction of CountyCare.  This Committee shall also receive and review reports prepared by the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer with regard to compliance matters involving CountyCare.  This Committee shall assist the CCHHS Board in its oversight responsibilities regarding CountyCare and provide guidance and make recommendations to CCHHS leadership regarding CountyCare operations, finances, compliance matters and strategic initiatives.  This Committee shall promote full and candid discussion of critical matters impacting the performance of CountyCare as well as impacting the overall performance of CCHHS.  This Committee shall serve as a conduit for CountyCare’s reporting to the CCHHS Board as required by the State.  The Chair of this Committee shall coordinate with the Chairs of the Audit and Compliance, Finance and Quality and Patient Safety Committees regarding CountyCare matters relevant to the respective responsibilities of those Committees.  This Committee shall further develop its responsibilities and determine a plan to implement those responsibilities.  This Committee shall consider other matters as may be assigned by the System Board.  ​