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Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to offer 4 more names for health-review board
Letter with names will be given to commissioners Tuesday, spokesman says

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has picked four new candidates to serve on an independent board to run the county's beleaguered public-health system, softening criticism of his original slate.

The names will be in a letter Stroger plans to give Tuesday to County Board commissioners, who will decide if they are seated, said Eugene Mullins, Stroger's spokesman.

Three of the nominees have experience as leaders at major hospitals. They are Dr. David Ansell, vice president and chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center; Sister Sheila Lyne, CEO of Mercy Hospital and the former commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health; and Warren Batts, who has served as a top executive at seven major corporations and once served as chairman of Children's Memorial Hospital.

The fourth is Dr. Luis Munoz, president of WorkCare Medical Center, a provider of health services to businesses.

"Their vast experience in health-care administration, as well as their background in both the public and private sectors, will be much-needed assets," Stroger said Monday.

Stroger earlier nominated nine board members. Commissioners rejected two, and a third said he was too busy to take on the role. Meanwhile, the board added two members, one of whom will be the County Board Health and Hospitals Committee chairman, now Stroger ally Jerry "Iceman" Butler (D-Chicago). That meant Stroger had to nominate four new individuals.

R. Eden Martin, president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, had criticized the earlier batch of appointments, saying as a whole they should have had more experience overseeing or running large for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, including hospitals.

"I think this is a step in the right direction," Martin said.

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