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Good choices by Stroger

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times

Good work, Todd Stroger. Yes, you've read that right. We have something nice to say about the Cook County Board president.

No, hell has not frozen over, and it's too early in the season for the Cubs to have won the World Series.

Stroger has done something we think is right, and given how often we take him to task, it's time for a modest attaboy.

Stroger has made some fine choices to round out the independent board that is charged with running Cook County's health care system, which includes three hospitals at a cost of nearly $1 billion a year.

On Tuesday, he nominated two people this page has recommended: Sister Sheila Lyne, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, and Warren Batts, a former CEO of Tupperware Corp., Premark International and Mead Corp. Stroger's two other choices, Dr. David Ansell, vice president and chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Luis Munoz, president of WorkCare Medical Center, appear to be smart choices, too.

It would have been swell if Stroger had nominated these people originally, rather than see a few of his first nominees go down in flames before the County Board. We knocked Stroger for nominating too many people with union or political ties and too few with strong business or health care backgrounds.

But he has addressed that criticism with these new nominations.

It's time for the County Board to approve these last nominees, so they can get to work curing the county's ailing health care system.

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