Cook County Health - Caring for Those Most in Need

More Than 300,000 Patients Served Each Year


Cook County Health (CCH) serves more than 300,000 patients each year through two hospitals, 16 community clinics, the Cermak Medical Services at Cook County Jail and the public health efforts of the Cook County Department of Public Health. From primary care, birthing, and cardiac care to trauma and burn care, CCH responds to the most critical situations and provides ongoing care to support disease management and wellness for people with few resources and few care options.

Each year, CCH provides more than 1 million patient visits for ongoing and specialty care, completes more than 15,000 surgical procedures, brings more than 2,000 babies into the world, provides critical emergency and trauma care to more than 100,000 people and helps thousands of patients improve their health and well-being.

A History of Innovation and Excellence

Founded in 1835, Cook County Health has a long history of innovation and response to emerging health issues and patient needs. From the 1920's through the 1950's, CCH was the largest medical institution in the world. Today, it continues to be one of the largest public health systems in the U.S.

Since the mid 1800's, Cook County Health has been a critical training ground for future physicians. The Hospital started the first internship in the country in 1866 and now has 22 sought after residencies and fellowships. In addition, all Chicago area medical schools partner with CCH to provide rotations at the Hospital for their students.

Nationally renowned for its excellent trauma and burn units, CCH was also recently rated tops by US News & World Report in the treatment of heart failure. Additionally, it is a Stroke Center of Excellence.

For nearly 200 years, Cook County Health has been the place people with no other options have turned for help. With compassion, excellence in care and commitment to our communities, CCH continues its legacy of care and innovation and leads the way in building a healthy Cook County for all.

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