Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A 24-hour non-emergency clinic is now part of the county's pitch.
The effort to shut down Oak Forest Hospital as an inpatient center hit a roadblock a few weeks ago when Cook County's plan failed to secure approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. A new pitch to the state regulators features a 24-hour-a-day clinic as well as a Southland advisory board, reports Greg Hinz on his blog at Crain's Chicago Business. Without public announcement, the county submitted paperwork for a crucial approval — known as a certificate of need — with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which twice recently has said "no" to similar requests. The latest version is somewhat different. Oak Forest Hospital still would be closed as a medical center and be converted into an out-…
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Legislative move would let Cook County avoid a state panel in decisions about the county hospitals and health system.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie submitted an amendment to legislation Wednesday that would let Cook County bypass the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, allowing the county to do as it pleases at Oak Forest Hospital. On May 10, the board halted Cook County's plan to end inpatient services with a single "no vote." Reports Crain's Chicago Business, via AP: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle supports the amendment, although she didn't ask Currie to introduce it, said Preckwinkle spokeswoman Jessey Neves. Supporters of keeping the hospital open criticized the amendment. Lynda DeLaforgue of Citizen Action Illinois called the move an attempt to make an "end run" around the state board. "Why should the area of …
Monday, May 16, 2011
Southtown columnist Phil Kadner asks the tough questions and introduces you to the people who rely on Oak Forest Hospital.
Cook County has been shutting down Oak Forest Hospital for months now, peeling away services as it prepares to turn the building at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue into an outpatient facility. All county officials needed was the approval of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. June 1 would be the fateful day. Sick, needy people now being cared for at the hospital and their families were earnest in their opposition. A south suburban pastor even staged a hunger strike in front of the building. Last week, one man from downstate Urbana thwarted the county's plan — 63-year-old Ronald Eaker, founder of the Consumers’ Health Care Task Force in Champaign County, a former United Methodist minister, a former nursing home …
Monday, January 24, 2011
An Orland landlord said as much, in the Justice Department's eyes, and that'll cost him 35 grand. Two big vacancies at the IPO. A Tinley doc is accused of forcing a patient into sex. And Kanye West's Fatburger closes. Miss a week on Patch, miss a lot.
This Monday morning hangover is killing us. After all that partying Sunday, we don't even have an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl berth to comfort us. With all the hype last week leading up to the Bears-Packers showdown, we understand if you tuned out the news last week. But what a newsy week it was. An Orland Park landlord found that his discriminating taste in tenants will cost him $35,000 thanks to an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. In an exclusive interview with Patch, the executive director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra explained why he's leaving the Southland. A Tinley Park doctor was accused of forcing himself on a patient. Meanwhile, heartfelt tales of need spilled out at a Cook County hearing on the fate …