Cook County Health (CCH) Board of Directors Meeting –
February 26, 2021
Human Resources (HR)
CountyCare Medicaid Managed Care Plan
Cook County Dept. Public Health (CCDPH) serves CC suburbs:
CCH Covid-19 testing:
Observer: Michele Niccolai Virtual Meeting length: 2+ hours
Cook County Health (CCH) Board of Directors Meeting - January 29, 2021
All directors were present, and there were no public comments submitted.
Report of Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer:
Managed Care as of January 4, 2021:
Quality & Patient Care:
Observed by: Diane Edmundson Meeting Length: 3 hours
Cook County Health (CCH) Board of Directors - December 4, 2020
Acting CEO Debra Carey was thanked for the outstanding job she did this year in guiding Cook County Health (CCH) through the pandemic and the fiscal challenges. CEO-Elect Israel Rocha begins on Dec 7, 2020. He observed the meeting. All directors were present.
The Center on Health Equity and Innovation will go live with their new CMIS software on 1/1/2021. $12 million was brought in from outside sources to fund this in 2020 and a $47 million grant was received covering a 4 year period.
Dr Lakshmi Warrior, a co-leader for the Cook County Racial and Health initiative was congratulated for being named one of the 40-Under-40 by Crain’s Chicago.
Observed by: Lisa Slankard Meeting Length: 3.25 hr
Cook County Health (CCH) Board Meeting
October 30, 2020
From Public Health to Finances to Human Resources to the Managed Care Program, Cook County Health officials reported that COVID-19 impacted most sectors of the System's operations.
Public comments: The League of Women Voters of Cook County and Civic Federation's comments urging the continuation of live streaming and archival recording of board and committee meetings post pandemic was the first to be read - followed by a number of nurses’ statements that Covid-19 testing in the new Blue Island community facility isn't safe due to space limitations and staff shortages.
Other Items of Interest:
Observer: Diane Edmundson All 12 board members were present at the 3 hour meeting
Cook County Health Board Meeting - September 25, 2020
The only action items were related to procurement but the board went into a closed session.
Interim CEO, Debra Carey reported:
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observer: Lisa Slankard Length of Meeting: 2 and 3/4 hours
Cook County Health Special Board Meeting - September 11, 2020
After one hour of testimony and four hours of discussion, the Cook County Health Board approved a budget of $3.3 billion for 2021. The budget for 2020 was $2.8 billion. However, along with the approved budget, it also voted 6-4 to add an amendment asking for an additional $23 million which equates to the "indirect" costs of CC Correctional and Public Health Departments. Interim CEO Carey and Interim Chief Business Officer Gibson were asked to ASAP identify what services, staff, etc. would be restored if the $23 million was granted.
Hours were spent in discussion with a majority of board members stating that they wanted to have more early involvement in setting budget priorities. The Board’s Vice-Chair made the following points:
Interim CEO Carey noted that there were over 100 public speakers during the two budget hearings and the Sept. 11, 2020 special board meeting to approve the budget. Two programs eliminated in the 2021 budget generated a significant amount of testimony:
As the meeting closed, several members of the board restated the following points:
For those wishing to have more information about the budget categories and amounts, the 2021 proposed budget can be found HERE.
Diane Edmundson - Observer
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