Chicago hospitals band together promising new system, $1B investment in city's South Side

Jan. 24, 2020

Samantha Liss

Healthcare Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Four Chicago hospitals inked a nonbinding deal to form a new health system to expand access to care with the goal of reducing health inequities and creating jobs on the city's South Side, the facilities announced Thursday.

  • They promised to invest at least $1.1 billion to build a hospital and community health centers. The new system will retain its own leadership team, CEO and board members, which will include a delegate from each of the four hospitals.

  • The hospitals are now calling on residents and community leaders to attend sessions to give their input on the needs of the area.

Dive Insight:

A few miles can drastically alter how long a Chicago resident is expected to live. In fact, the city had the largest gap in life expectancy across its neighborhoods compared to 500 other U.S. cities, according to a study from NYU School of Medicine.

Chicago residents on city's north side are expected to live 30 years longer compared to those who live on the South Side, according to data from City Health Dashboard which was used in the NYU study. The area is also plagued by higher rates of chronic disease, food insecurity and trauma, the hospital leaders said Thursday.

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