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Preckwinkle revamps Cook County Health and Hospitals board

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Crain's Chicago Business
by Greg Hinz

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is shaking up the agency that governs the county's network of hospitals and health clinics. At least a little.

Preckwinkle today nominated five people to serve on the board of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, filling two vacancies and three expiring terms.

Aides would not say whether anyone who now serves on the board was dumped, indicating only that the regular nomination and review policy was followed.

Nominated for a four-year term was Sidney Thomas, a consultant who previously worked for the system; Mary Richardson-Lowry, former president of the Chicago Board of Education, who originally was named to the health board last year; and Layla Suleiman Gonzalez, CEO of Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center and Health Center.

Given terms that will expire in 2017 and 2018, respectively, were retired state and county official Mary Driscoll, who is a nurse; and Dr. Virginia Bishop, a public health specialist who is a professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Preckwinkle said she chose from a group of potential board members sent to her by a nominating committee. The new folks must be confirmed by the Cook County Board.



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