Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Cook County hospital board names Mason interim CEO

Friday, March 25, 2011
Chicago Tribune
by Erica Slife

The Cook County Health and Hospital System Board of Directors today named Dr. Terry Mason as the interim chief executive of the county's independent public health system.

The appointment of Mason, the current chief medical officer of the county hospital system, took place at an emergency meeting after CEO William T. Foley resigned Thursday. Foley, 60, accepted a job overseeing Chicago region hospitals for the Vanguard Health Systems.

"I'm extremely honored that the board would see that I have what they think is needed to take the rudder of this ship forward," Mason said of the appointment. "It's not something I thought I would be doing at this point in my career."

Mason, 59, has overseen the medical care of patients in county hospitals since 2009. Before that, he was commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Mason's tenure at the city was criticized by the state for billing problems and by Chicago's inspector general for poor record keeping.

Mental-health advocates and patients staged a sit-in at City Hall after four South Side clinics were closed. Mason reopened the clinics with federal economic-stimulus funds. The state also cut funding in half to $4.2 million, citing unresolved billing woes under Mason.

In February 2009, Mason was hit by a city inspector general's audit that said nearly $1 million in drugs and medical supplies were spoiled or unaccounted for in a Health Department warehouse. The audit also stated record keeping was so poor that it was impossible to tell if some of the medicine was stolen.

Mason said at the time that he didn't think anything was stolen. "Every dose of vaccine, we know where it went, so none of that was wasted," he said.

Mason is a board-certified urologist and has practiced for 25 years. He hosts a radio talk show, Doctor in the House, which airs on WVON-AM 1690 each week.

The appointment as interim CEO is effective May 6, the day Foley officially steps down. County officials say they'll conduct a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.



Recent Headlines

Old Cook County Hospital on track to become next city landmark
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Free Radioactive Radon Test Kits From Cook County
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Toni Preckwinkle and county watchdog at odds over political travel reimbursements
Friday, January 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County judges — one cleared of gun charge, one reassigned for anger management — to return to bench at criminal court
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

It's been a bad decade for property taxes
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Bond court reform has not put more violent offenders back on the street
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Glenview pushes minimum wage, paid sick leave discussion to next week
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How Fritz Kaegi Plans to Transform the Cook County Assessor’s Office
Friday, January 04, 2019
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Cook County Health recognizes Cervical Health Awareness Month
Friday, January 04, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

2 neighborhood courthouses close: 'You’re discouraging citizens from going to court'
Friday, January 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Campaign money tied to Ald. Edward Burke’s alleged extortion scheme was intended for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, sources say
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County, parking operators in dispute over possibly millions in back taxes that could leave consumers pinched
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle pursues back taxes from parking lot operators
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

30K Cook County homeowners to get $8.3M in automatic property tax refunds
Monday, December 31, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

2019 preview: Glenview to consider minimum wage
Monday, December 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

'If I can do this, you can do this': Cook County judges inspire students of similar backgrounds
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

The Price Tag Of Freedom For Hundreds Of Non-Violent Cook County Inmates Is Less Than $2,000
Thursday, December 27, 2018
CBS Chicago

Give the Gift of Nature
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Why those 19 inmates were in Cook County Jail
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Medical examiner slow to review cases of fired pathologist who missed a murder
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP