Cook County Health (CCH) Board of Directors Meeting
May 27, 2022
During Public Comments, eight nurses and nurse representatives reacted to the Cook County Commissioners 10% pay raise approved by the CC Board earlier in May. The comments were pointed and the tone angry. For two months nurses have been asking for a $5.00 per hour increase as Retention Compensation for their work and their loyalty over the past two years of the COVID pandemic, noting that the System is hiring contract nurses at much higher pay. They are also unhappy that they must use personal sick pay for personal COVID absences.
Having been discussed at several previous meetings, the proposed 2023-25 Strategic Plan was approved by the board with little comment. The Theme for the next three years is: Impact, Change, Equity. Strategic Planning Officer, Andrea Gibson, noted that the data table will now include the years 2019-21 and also stated that Disability Access has been moved to a higher priority based upon public feedback. With approval, the next steps include developing detailed work plans and integrating them into a three-year budget. Chair Taylor commended the process and said it is a very good framework to deliver quality care over the next three years.
Observer: Diane Edmundson
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