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:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

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



Many winners—but, gulp, more losers—in controversial hospital ranking

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Rush University Medical Center is one of a dozen Chicago-area hospitals to get a top five-star rating—and the only academic medical center among them—from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that runs the Medicare program.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital improved its rating to four from three stars, while the University of Chicago Medical Center repeated with three stars. Neither had any immediate comment.

The Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings by CMS is both a consumer guide and a prod for health care providers to improve their game. It assesses mortality and readmission rates, emergency room wait times and other factors at more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide.

Among 74 hospitals within 50 miles of Chicago that were rated, 20 got four stars and 18 got three. The University of Illinois Hospital and John Stroger Jr. Hospital were among 13 receiving one star. The University of Illinois Hospital said it was "disappointed" by its rating. In a statement lacking specifics, it said, "We have achieved numerous improvements in quality and safety measures in recent years, and our focus is on continually improving care and outcomes for our patients, regardless of what the rating systems show."

Rush credited its emphasis on safety, patient experience and readmission rates. Tech support is another factor, according to Richa Gupta, chief quality officer. Nearly 17 percent of Chicago-area hospitals received five stars, compared with 7.5 percent nationally.

But the number of one-star hospitals here also rose, from four last year. Among newcomers to the group: Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital.

The rating system was introduced last year only after the American Hospital Association and other industry groups balked, arguing that the methodology was oversimplified, warped and unfairly penalizes teaching and inner-city hospitals.

This year, the agency said it tweaked its approach and quoted its chief, Seema Verma: "We continue to refine the Star Ratings and look forward to an ongoing dialogue with hospitals and patients and their families on how we can provide beneficiaries useful information."

CMS wants to issue the ratings semi-annually, beginning next year.

Other local institutions receiving five stars included Evanston Hospital, Palos Community Hospital and Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, which repeated the feat. Presence St. Joseph-Chicago and Rush Oak Park Hospital got four stars.

Across Illinois, 161 of 185 hospitals were rated.



Recent Headlines

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-patronage Shakman pact requiring federal oversight of Cook County hiring, firing to end
Friday, August 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

1st District upholds merit board in firing of deputy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Neighborhood program helps Cook County residents buy homes
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Judge upholds Cook County firearm, ammunition taxes
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: E-filing should make Cook County courts more accessible. It doesn't
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County tax incentive could pave way for Wingstop, Dunkin' Donuts on Elgin's Summit Street
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials aren’t sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Thousands of Cook County homeowners to receive property tax refunds
Monday, August 06, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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