Cook County Health Board of Director's Meeting
September 29, 2023 Virtual and In-person Meeting
CEO Israel Rocha, Chief Operating Officer, and staff presented departmental metrics and a third quarter update to Strategic Initiatives for the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Strategic Plan for 2023-2025 was introduced in April 2023 and critical ones were included in each area’s Metrics Review.
Highlighted in CEO Rocha’s presentation to the Board was an update by Dr. Urjeet Patel, Interim Medical Director of the CCH Cancer Center, on the Cancer Center Service Line. The presentation reflected incorporation of the Strategic Initiatives introduced earlier in the year. With a Mission to provide the highest quality, integrated care across the cancer care continuum for the community served; to create a comprehensive cancer institute through clinical and operational leadership alignment to serve as a fundamental pillar of the Change Institute of Cook County Health with health equity, state of the art care, patient safety, clinical excellence, and patient-centered experience. The six areas identified to incorporate the Cancer Care Continuum were:
Director Reiter talked of a future plan for a master RFP process where all 3 contracts will be consolidated into one contract. Ms. Amos expressed concern that without this plan, CCH Human Resources will be unable to maintain the recruiting activity needed for the Health System.
CEO Rocha also noted that CCH’s Stroger Hospital has been named the #1 most racially inclusive hospital in Illinois and #2 most racially inclusive hospital in the nation by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index. Cermak Health Services earned accreditation by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).
What to Watch for in the Future:
A description of how the plan mentioned by Director Reiter for a master RFP process would work and whether it would address the issue of multiple contracts targeting one initiative.
Observers: Peg Moster and Susan Avila – Finance Report
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