A state board has rejected Cook County’s plan to close south suburban Oak Forest Hospital, but the proposal is almost certain to come up again.The county says closing Oak Forest Hospital and replacing it with an enhanced outpatient clinic would save money and provide more care.
An Illinois board granted a reprieve to a hospital in south suburban Chicago at a meeting filled with chanting protesters.The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board said Monday it intends to deny Cook County's plans for Oak Forest Hospital.
Cook County is slashing the nursing staffs at two of its hospitals. The cuts have been in the works for a while, but frustrated nurses are talking strike. Provident and Oak Forest hospitals will be losing about 60 percent of their nursing positions – 138 in total.