Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Former Elmhurst CEO lands at Cook County Health

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Crain's Chicago Business
by Kristen Schorsch

W. Peter Daniels, who merged himself out of a job as CEO of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare earlier this year, has landed a leadership role at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System.

As chief operating officer of hospital-based services, he is tasked with improving inpatient care from the emergency room to the maternity ward at the financially challenged health system. Mr. Daniels, 59, also is in charge of outpatient care at Cook County Health's two hospitals, including the 464-bed John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital on the Near West Side.

Moving from the affluent west suburban hospital, with $394.5 million in annual revenue, is likely to be a challenge for Mr. Daniels. At Cook County Health, which is more than two times bigger in revenue, he finds himself part of a management team, two levels below CEO Ramanathan Raju. While the public health system is under new pressure to improve patient satisfaction, Mr. Daniels may find a different pace compared with Elmhurst, some observers say.

“I think it's a great job for a person with that much experience to come in and help, but he'll have to defend against his own frustrations of getting things done in a timely way,” said Doug Fenstermaker, a Chicago-based vice president of health care at Warbird Consulting Partners LLC. “And clearly the politics of Cook County Hospital are enormous. There's no doubt about it.”

Mr. Daniels did not return a message to comment. He reports to Dr. John Jay Shannon, chief of clinical integration at Cook County, and shares responsibility for outpatient services with Debra Carey. Ms. Carey, who joined the system on July 1, is chief operating officer for ambulatory services and is charged in part with developing strategies for patient services, such as coordinating care.

Mr. Daniels, who started Oct. 21, arrives at a time when Cook County Health risks losing some of its low-income patients to new Medicaid managed-care networks, in which providers are paid a flat monthly fee per patient instead of billing per service.

PART OF REORG

He's one of nearly a dozen people who either joined Cook County Health or were promoted this year as a part of Dr. Raju's reorganization of senior management.

The public health system “was looking for a health care professional who had extensive experience in diverse systems, including urban and academic health centers,” a Cook County Health spokeswoman said in an email. “Mr. Daniels' success in maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction will serve us well as we seek to improve the patient experience at CCHHS.”

Before joining Elmhurst Memorial, Mr. Daniels was president and CEO of Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. He joined west suburban Elmhurst in 2010, becoming CEO the following year as the hospital debuted a $450 million replacement campus.

Saddled with debt from the construction project, Elmhurst was forced to find a merger partner.

After negotiations broke down with Streeterville-based powerhouse Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Elmhurst began talks with Edward Hospital & Health Services. Mr. Daniels resigned from Elmhurst Memorial in March before a binding deal was reached.

Elmhurst Memorial became part of Naperville-based Edward on July 1, with Edward CEO Pam Davis overseeing the combined system.

At Cook County Health, Mr. Daniels will take home a smaller paycheck with an annual salary of $240,000. At Elmhurst Memorial, he made $697,283 for the year ended June 30, 2012, which included a base salary and bonuses, according to the system's most recent tax return.



Recent Headlines

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Another tool to help address flooding and promote economic development in Cook County
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Daily Line

Lightfoot, senior advocates strike deal on Covid-19 housing protection ordinance
Monday, July 06, 2020
The Daily Line

Wellness checks and lines as Cook County courthouses open, hold more in-person hearings
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Circuit Court resuming limited in-person operations Monday
Monday, July 06, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

New flood maps tell us we aren’t doing enough to stop rising waters
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County courts start reopening Monday, with thousands of cases stalled by pandemic. ‘How do you wake the sleeping giant?’
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board considers nonbinding proposal to shift money from ‘failed and racist’ policing, incarceration systems
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus pandemic should spur family talk about financial planning, too
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

COVID-19 Cases Are On The Rise In Some Parts Of Illinois. This Worries Experts.
Friday, July 03, 2020
WBEZ News

Cannabis, gambling taxes to boost county amid long-term budget woes
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Daily Line

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

'Going To Do The Best We Can': Cook County Adjusts Outreach Strategy For US Census Due To COVID-19
Thursday, July 02, 2020
WBBM Radio

Why local school districts are lining up against Fritz Kaegi
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

How COVID-19 threatens health care in Cook County
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County’s new website shows nearly half of census funds spent on advertising, marketing
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserves of Cook County opens more in Phase 4
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Daily Herald

Dart, other county sheriffs demand state prisons start accepting inmates again
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

A COVID-19 surge in your county? New Illinois website offers ways to check.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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