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Cook County's head of COVID response is out
The decision to remove Dr. Terry Mason was made by the interim Cook County Health CEO, said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Friday, April 03, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business
by A.D. Quig Stephanie Goldberg

The leader of the Cook County Department of Public Health and the county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed.

The decision to remove Dr. Terry Mason was made was made by interim Cook County Health CEO Deb Carey, said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle would not comment on Mason's tenure or the reasons for his dismissal but thanked him for his service.

In a statement, Carey echoed the sentiment but did not offer a reason for Mason's dismissal. "On behalf of the Cook County Health Board of Directors and the staff, I want to personally thank Terry for his years of service to the residents of Cook County. He has been a valued member of the executive team and has contributed to our success in recent years," she said.

His departure comes not only in the midst of a pandemic, but following the high-profile exits of Cook County Health CEO Jay Shannon and Chief Financial Officer Ekerete Akpan, continued financial pressures on Cook County Health and a recent shift in some health system control from its independent board back to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

The Department of Public Health is an affiliate of Cook County Health but reports to the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Kiran Joshi and Dr. Rachel Rubin, public health "senior medical officers since 2014 and members of the medical staff at Stroger Hospital, have agreed to step in and co-lead the organization effective immediately," Carey said in her statement. "Both Drs. Joshi and Rubin have been deeply involved in public health’s response to COVID-19 since the beginning and have my full support and deep gratitude."

Some county sources were surprised to learn of Mason's exit, before the virus is expected to peak locally.

Mason, a practicing urologist for three decades, joined Cook County Health as chief medical officer in 2009, transitioning to Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Public Health in 2013.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported that Mason was out.

Separately, Preckwinkle said the county is closing and deep cleaning the emergency department at Provident Hospital on the South Side "to reconfigure the space to conform to social distancing requirements," shutting down the hospital’s six intensive care unit beds, and transferring two ICU patients to Stroger Hospital. Stroger, located in the Illinois Medical District, about 8 miles away, historically has treated patients with more complex medical needs.

"We have previously closed the operating room at Provident in response to the CDC's declaration that all elective surgeries should be ended," Preckwinkle said. She expects Stroger to have 75 beds "made available for the COVID-19 surge."

Leaders are also considering using the unstaffed beds at Provident to reduce the expected pressure on Stroger, but it would require additional staffing, according to a statement.



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