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Emergency Room

Outbreak has ERs full of flu patients

January 7, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The flu outbreak is so widespread in Chicago that emergency rooms are full of patients seeking treatment. Doctors are so busy ambulance drivers are told to bypass eight area hospitals if there’s time to safely… [Read More]


Increasing Influenza-like Illness Activity in Suburban Cook County

Increasing Influenza-like Illness Activity in Suburban Cook County

Increasing influenza-like illness activity in Suburban Cook County Public Health officials recommend that you give the gift of health by adding a flu vaccine to your final shopping list this holiday season.                                                                   Everyone six months of age and older should… [Read More]


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Cook County Captures 1115 Waiver

Cook County Health and Hospitals System Announce 1115 Medicaid Waiver   Impact Expected to Enroll 115,000 Patients Under Medicaid Umbrella CHICAGO-Cook County Health and Hospitals System Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced… [Read More]


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Cook County Health System On The Mend

One of the highlights of the budget presentation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made last week to the Tribune editorial board was an impressively streamlined $868 million spending plan for the health system. In this case, what we didn’t… [Read More]


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Cook County Health System Supports Cigarette Tax Hike

President Preckwinkle, Dr. Raju, Health Advocates Highlight Benefits of Cigarette Tax Study says $1-a-pack increase could save more than 10,000 lives, millions in health-related costs in the next five years   Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by… [Read More]


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Talk About Prescriptions Month

Since 1986, Talk About Prescriptions Month has provided an opportunity for patients, consumers, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the media to promote the value of high-quality communication to provide safe and appropriate medicine use. This health observance is sponsored by the… [Read More]


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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and remains the second leading cause of death among women. The good news is that death rates for… [Read More]


audiology

Have You Turned Up the Volume?

Free Hearing Screening at Oak Forest Health Center – Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 Untreated hearing loss can affect your life in many ways, creating barriers in speech and language communication in the home,  employment, educational, and other and social settings. A… [Read More]


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Victory at Oak Forest Health Center

Better health care for low-income patients, more manageable costs for hard-pressed taxpayers Last year, Cook County officials finally persuaded state regulators to let them convert the white elephant known as Oak Forest Hospital into something the county’s nearly $1 billion… [Read More]


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A Stronger Pulse….Carvalho needs to give Cook’s Health System Intensive Care

A stronger pulse Carvalho, like Batts before him, needs to give Cook’s health system intensive care August 15, 2012 The independent panel that runs Cook County’s health system has a new chairman, David Carvalho. Chosen by his fellow board members… [Read More]