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Simon: Hospital Is On The Mend

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Cook County’s top health administrator says most of the problems uncovered in a recent inspection of Stroger Hospital have already been corrected. Chicago Public Radio’s Gabriel Spitzer reports.
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Inspectors from the independent Joint Commission uncovered 16 violations– enough to imperil Stroger Hospital’s accreditation.

Dr. Robert Simon says the County has already taken measures to fix them, from retraining employees to tweaking computer systems that track prescriptions.

He says the hospital is ready for another visit now.

The first unannounced inspection came in March – according to Simon, the worst possible time.

SIMON: Here’s a time when we’ve had $130 million in cuts, 1,200 employees laid off, services cut, morale is down obviously, and that’s when they came. They came a week after the budget was passed.

Simon says the hospital was cited for failing to follow routine procedures – from hand-washing between exams to limiting the number of oxygen tanks in each room.

The Joint Commission could downgrade the hospital next month to conditional accreditation.

I’m Gabriel Spitzer, Chicago Public Radio.

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