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Protect Chicago Plus partners with UI Health in vaccine rollout effort

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 17, 2021

University of Illinois (UI) Health and Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to deliver 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the Englewood neighborhoods in Chicago. They opened a temporary vaccine clinic at the Mile Square Health Center-Englewood earlier this month. The move comes as many Black and poorer neighborhoods have been...[ Read More ]

Chicago leaders ask state to purchase Mercy Hospital

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 16, 2021

Chicago Alderman Sophia King has joined other Chicago leaders to call for the state of Illinois to purchase Mercy Hospital, the oldest hospital in the city. The hospital, which serves a primarily Black community, has been the center of controversy in recent months. It is currently owned by Trinity Health,...[ Read More ]

Nine rural Illinois hospitals chosen for vaccine equity program

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 12, 2021

Nine critical access hospitals in Illinois have been selected as a part of the Safety Net Direct Vaccine Allocation Pilot program. The program will target health centers and hospitals in rural areas to ensure an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor J.B. Pritzker said about the program in a...[ Read More ]

Insight Chicago deal could prevent closure of Mercy Hospital

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 4, 2021

Chicago’s oldest hospital may not close after all.  Trinity Health, which owns Mercy Hospital in south Chicago, has entered a non-binding agreement with Insight Chicago that could keep the hospital open, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Mercy Hospital was scheduled to close on May 31 in February. Trinity had...[ Read More ]

Illinois hospitals call to federal government for help

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 3, 2021

Hospital officials in Illinois are calling for hospital funding to be included in the $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 relief package being discussed by the federal government. This funding is among other changes they believe are necessary to support them. Without relief, some hospitals may be in financial ruin by the...[ Read More ]

Blue Cross of Illinois announces grants to prevent maternal mortality

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 2, 2021

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced that they will award $350,000 in grant funding to six community-based organizations in Chicago. The focus will be on improving maternal health outcomes in neighborhoods in south and west Chicago. The grants were announced on Monday. The charities chosen include: Catholic...[ Read More ]