To provide quality timely and cost efficient medical services and early detection and prevention of communicable diseases to the detainees at the Cook County Department of Correction and Department of Community Supervision and Intervention in accordance with acceptable community standards, accreditation and regulatory requirements.
History of Cermak Health Service
Cermak Health Services is the daily provider of healthcare to the approximately 9,000 detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections. The jail is located on the near Southwest side of Chicago. Cermak Health Services has led the way in developing innovation that has improved correctional health care.
As the largest single site correctional health service in the country, the 150,000-square-foot facility provides a comprehensive range of services, including primary care, specialty care, dental and mental health services, a pharmacy, rehabilitative care and a 129-bed infirmary. The staff at Cermak actively work to treat and prevent chronic and communicable diseases, including AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as to provide general and basic care that meets the needs of the incarcerated population.