Since its inception, the Bureau has:

• Developed one system of care from previously unrelated hospitals, clinics, public health programs and long-term care and rehabilitation services.

• Gained public support for, designed and recently open a new facility (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County) to replace the ninety year old Cook County Hospital.

• Opened thirty community-, hospital- and school-based clinics throughout the most medically underserved areas of Chicago and suburban Cook County.

• Implemented a new finance strategy tht has allowed the health system to grow dramatically while, at the same time, decreased the reliance on the subsidy from the Cook County taxpayers.

• Executed a major medical education agreement with Rush Medical College to consolidate all of the training at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with one academic partner.

• Negotiated and implemented nationally-recognized public/private partnerships with eight community hospitals that allow for more low risk care to be provided in the neighborhoods in which Bureau patients live while, at the same time, connecting these hospitals with the tertiary and specialty care provided by the Bureau.

• Increased research and grant revenue by over three-fold.

• Opened Provident Hospital of Cook County as a community hospital serving the South Side of Chicago in the Bureau system.

• Developed Bureau-wide clinical services in which specialists travel throughout Bureau institutions providing care.

• Built and opened a new health facility serving detainees of the Cook County Department of Corrections, making Cermak Health Services the largest single correctional health facility in the country.

• Initiated a public/private partnership with Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center to build The CORE Center, a multi-disciplinary facility dedicated to the prevention, treatment and research associated with HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.

• Established Bureau-wide centers of excellence in the care and management of patients with such diseases as: asthma, diabetes, infections diseases, high risk pregnant women and bioterrorism.

• Became certified as only the second bum center in the metropolitan Chicago area.

• Developed, with the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Chicago/Cook County Community Health Council to bring together public and private providers with representatives of vulnerable communities to develop and implement coordinated health care interventions.

• Restructured Oak Forest Hospital to provide growing population of medically underserved people in the south suburbs.

• Developed and implemented major public health initiatives in the areas of smoking cessation, immunizations, violence prevention and bioterrorism readiness.

• Opened new Cook County Hospital (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County) in December 2002