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.

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



Cook County hospitals interim CEO had problems in Dallas

Friday, January 24, 2014
Chicago Tribune
by John Byrne

The Cook County hospital board on Friday named an interim CEO who was a top executive at a Dallas hospital system when the federal government determined it had problems that were a “serious threat to patient health and safety.”

But county Health and Hospital System leaders said Dr. John Jay Shannon’s time in Texas did not give them pause about tapping him to take over when Dr. Ramanathan Raju leaves the job to take over running the New York City public health network under Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Shannon, 53, has been working since early last year as the county health system’s chief of clinical integration, a position that involved overseeing operations at Stroger Hospital and ensuring quality and patient safety throughout the system.

Before that, Shannon served in various jobs at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, including a stint as vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. While he was there, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September 2011 determined Parkland Memorial Hospital had “deficiencies that represent an immediate and serious threat to patient health and safety.”Shannon worked at Cook County Hospital from 1990 to 2007 before going to Parkland. Raju has defended bringing him back to help with a reorganization of the Cook County health system after the federal criticism of Parkland in part by making the case Shannon would be serving under him.

Now Shannon will be the top official in the county hospital system, at least temporarily. But David Carvalho, chairman of the county health system’s board that selected the interim CEO, said he isn’t worried about Shannon’s background at Parkland. Carvalho described Shannon as someone who tried to right the ship at the large public hospital in Dallas.

“The good guys who were in there trying to make things work and clean things up should never be tarred by the damage that’s caused by the bad guys,” Carvalho told reporters after the board appointed Shannon. “And if you’re one of the good guys, that’s the guy you want, the guy who will try to solve the problems, not the guy who says ‘Looks like the going’s got tough, I want to get out of here before somebody says that’s a negative on your resume because you were around when these problems had to be solved.’”

Shannon said he learned from the problems at Parkland, which he attributed in part to attempts to increase the volume of patient care and improve efficiency at the hospital, moves that he said led to lapses in safety.

Shannon will take over once Raju leaves for New York, which might happen in mid-March. Shannon will get a 10 percent raise and make an annual salary of $440,000 once he becomes CEO.
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, praised Raju for the job he has done reforming the county hospital system since he took over in October 2011, and said Shannon is the logical choice to become interim CEO since he worked closely with Raju.

The hospital board will start a national search for a permanent replacement for Raju, which Carvalho said could take up to eight months. Shannon said he has not decided whether to throw his hat in the ring.



Recent Headlines

Why some Cook County voters are still waiting for mail-in ballots
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Editorial: Impact of COVID-19 emphasizes role of ACA in Cook County budgeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Cook County tosses ‘lifeline’ to needy residents, opening housing voucher waiting list for first time since 2001
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: COVID-19 cases on the rise in long-term care facilities; applications open for relief fund for restaurant workers
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

For first time in nearly 20 years, Cook County opens suburban housing voucher waitlist. At least 10K people already applied.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Preckwinkle balances the county’s COVID budget. Next up, Lightfoot.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker blames President Trump and his allies for coronavirus spike in Illinois
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlines $6.9 billion budget plan: ‘This pandemic has dealt Cook County and its residents a catastrophic blow’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle touts restorative justice in budget that slashes court, jail funding: ‘We cannot police our way out’
Friday, October 16, 2020
The Daily Line

‘We Are In a New Wave of COVID-19’: Pritzker
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Everything You Need To Know About Voting Drop Boxes In Illinois
Friday, October 16, 2020
WBEZ News

Pritzker Extends Ban on Evictions for 7th Month
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Pritzker to extend eviction moratorium another 30 days: ‘Nothing really has changed’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Record-high Illinois COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations and positive test rate rising: ‘We are in a new wave
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

A Cook County budget built to ‘weather the storm’ — but the rain had better be moving on
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Layoffs, cutting vacant jobs all part of Preckwinkle’s $6.9 billion budget plan to ride out COVID-19 storm
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

6 more Cook County chief judge’s office employees test positive for COVID-19
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Fox 32 Chicago

Preckwinkle's good-news budget: No tax hikes, minimal layoffs
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Politicians renew call to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 12, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

13 more deaths, 2,742 new cases reported as Illinois’ coronavirus positivity rate ticks upward
Monday, October 12, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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