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Health and Hospitals System

County officials begin nominating process for new CCHHS Board member

Members of the committee charged with nominating candidates to replace former Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board Member Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris met on Tuesday to finalize a schedule for the upcoming nominating process.

The nominating committee is made up of representatives from 14 health care and community organizations. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office selected the organizations that make up the committee.

County hospital system nurses to protest amid ongoing contract dispute

Cook County Health and Hospitals System nurses plan to picket outside of hospital system facilities on June 5 amid ongoing contract disputes. Representatives of the National Nurses Organizing Committee union, which represents nurses at CCHHS facilities, announced plans for the protest during Friday’s CCHHS Board of Directors meeting.

CCHHS Board Finance Committee OKs $8 million contract for CountyCare transportation services

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board’s Finance Committee on Friday approved a one-year, $8 million contract with Cincinnati-based First Transit Inc. under which the vendor would provide CountyCare patients with free non-emergency transportation to and from clinic visits.

County picks finalists for hospital campus redevelopment

CCHHS exceeding CountyCare enrollment goal

Cook County Health and Hospitals System released new figures showing the system is exceeding enrollment goals for its CountyCare managed care program.

On Friday, CCHHS Executive Director of Managed Care Steven Glass presented a report to the health system’s board showing 179,393 patients had enrolled in CountyCare as of the beginning of this month, a 17.2 percent increase from the beginning of March. CCHHS had previously set a goal of reaching 156,396 CountyCare enrollees by the beginning of April.

County officials fear spike in jail population amid Rauner’s proposed health care cuts

Cook County Health and Hospital System officials are beginning to explore new funding options for community-based mental health care programs for at-risk residents as providers face potential budget cuts in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget.

County hospitals to seek proposals for new marketing campaign

Cook County Health and Hospitals System’s year-long marketing contract with Res Publica Group expires on April 30, and CCHHS officials on Friday said they are preparing to issue a request for proposals for a new marketing contract.

Cost of psychiatric services at county jail to go up due to staffing difficulties

Cook County would pay significantly more for psychiatric services at the county jail under a contract the CCHHS Board’s Finance Committee approved on Friday.

Committee members unanimously approved the one-year, $811,400 contract with The Columbus Organization for the provision of two full-time psychiatrists. The price of the contract with the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based recruiting firm includes salary and benefits for the doctors as well as the recruiter’s fees.

County’s public-health system streamlining supply chain

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System Finance Committee on Thursday approved a measure intended to streamline CCHHS’s procurement process by making the system’s laboratory supplies distributor its medical/surgical supplies distributor as well.

Preckwinkle proposes $3.99 billion 2015 budget with no new taxes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced a proposed $3.99 billion 2015 county budget that contains no new taxes, fines or fees during a special meeting of the Cook County Board Thursday.

The budget proposal represents a spending increase of approximately 12 percent compared to this year’s $3.56 billion budget. Much of that spending increase is the result of a $409.7 million rise in allocations for the Health Enterprise Fund for spending related to CountyCare.