Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Board Meeting - April 28, 2017
High Priority Concern
Vocal public speakers urged the CCHHS Board to advocate for undocumented immigrant rights, raising the concern that these immigrants would not seek needed health care for fear of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids at the Hospital. Chairman of the Board, Hill Hammock and CEO, Dr. Shannon reiterated that CCHHS does not collect or share information on citizenship—only elicit information required to establish residency in Cook County; some information on income; and identification to verify that the patient is who they state they are for proper medical records. CCHHS would only share data if an ICE agent provided a warrant. They are unaware of any such ICE agent episode in the CCHHS system. To date, there has been no decrease in patient volumes at the CCHHS clinics or in the ER where undocumented immigrants most frequently present for care. Nor have there been anecdotal reports by CCHHS staff of patients failing to come for necessary health care due to fear of reporting to ICE. CCHHS considers this topic a high priority for internal and external messaging. Chairman Hammock appointed Directors Thomas and Driscoll to serve on a newly created committee of the Board to further evaluate these concerns.
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Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observers - Susan Kern, MD & Susan Garza Meeting Length: 3 hours
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