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.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Stroger's ER wait time falls to under 2 hours

Friday, October 05, 2012
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

Cook County is touting success in cutting the time it takes to see a doctor at Stroger Hospital's emergency room as officials prepare to wipe more jobs off the books in the county's vast public health system.

So far this year, the average wait time to see a doctor is one hour and 51 minutes, about one hour less than it took last year, officials said Thursday. The number of patients who gave up and left without being seen also has dropped, from about 12 percent to less than 8 percent, they said.

The figures are based on the electronic records of patients who come to the emergency room on the Near West Side for treatment. Last year, nearly 139,000 patients entered the emergency room doors, a figure officials expect to be matched this year.

"The drop is good," said Dr. Rebecca Parker, a board member for the American College of Emergency Physicians. "That is no easy feat. They should be applauded for making those efforts."

Making comparisons to other hospitals, and specifically big city hospitals that treat large numbers of people who can't afford to pay for medical services, is difficult. The most recent statistics, kept by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, show that the average wait time at metropolitan emergency rooms was one hour in 2006, but the agency did not break out hospitals by type.

Parker said it's also important to determine how quickly patients with potentially more serious problems — like chest pains, shortness of breath and stroke symptoms — are being treated in comparison to others. The county did not break out those figures.

In recent years, the county Health and Hospitals System had been criticized for lengthy wait times to see a physician, with critics contending those times swelled as the system cut costs in tough economic times.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and hospitals CEO Dr. Ramanathan Raju announced the reduced wait times as they prepare to eliminate more than 300 vacant jobs from the system. The wait reductions are partly the result of having incoming patients seen by clerks and nurses at the same time, rather than separately, they said, adding that more work was needed.



Recent Headlines

Pappas: There's help for senior citizens struggling to pay Cook County property taxes
Friday, December 14, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Public Guardian sues DCFS: “Abject moral and human rights failure”
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Capitol Fax

Borrow $10B to help stabilize city pensions along with legal pot, casino and benefit cuts: Rahm
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Daily Line

CTA Moves Forward with Major Red Line Projects:
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County repeals lower parking-app tax rate
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How local suburbs voted in Cook County minimum wage/paid sick leave advisory referenda
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Bugel

Cook County restores tax on parking apps before January cut took effect
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County Board to take on taxes,toilets at Wednesday meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

PRECKWINKLE’s tax tweak — Details on BURKE raids — State REPUBLICANS look for hope — SUMMERS’ tirade
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Illinois Politico

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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