March 31, 2011
In June 2010 the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 13-3 to make the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) independent board permanent, a move the Civic Federation has long championed. The Federation first recommended the creation of an independent Board to oversee the Cook County health system in a 2001 research report. Since its founding in 2008, the independent CCHHS board has installed new management across the executive ranks of the System, implemented a strategic planning process, and introduced operational efficiencies. The Civic Federation believes more work remains to be done to introduce more efficiencies to the CCHHS that cannot be accomplished without the supervision provided by an independent Board.