A 501(c)(3), the Cook County Health Foundation (CCHF) operates with its own bylaws and board of directors, entirely independent of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) and Cook County government.
Cook County Health Foundation was founded in 2011 to help Cook County Health & Hospitals System continue to diminish its reliance on public funding while helping the System to address its mission and continually evolve to meet the health care needs of the future.
Cook County Health & Hospitals System receives limited tax-supported funding from Cook County government but remains in need of additional resources to ensure it meets the evolving needs of the community while still supporting the underserved. By mission, CCHHS provides care without regard to ability to pay and honors the dignity and respect of every patient, with a focus on prevention, improved health outcomes and well-being.
Serving the Chicago Community
Cook County Health & Hospitals System has provided outstanding health care since 1933 and has led the nation in many areas. Opening the first blood bank in 1937, establishing the nation's first comprehensive trauma unit in 1966 (today, one of the busiest in the nation), and starting Chicago's first HIV/AIDS clinic in 1983. CCHHS continues to meet the health care needs of hundreds of thousands of people today and delivers more than $400 million dollars in uncompensated care annually in carrying out its mission to care for all without regard for their ability to pay.
Future investments in the Foundation will go toward the purchase of capital equipment and the support of critical programs, allowing Cook County Health & Hospitals System to maintain its position as a renowned center for patient care, teaching and research.
The Cook County Health Foundation board is chaired by Mr. Fred Lebed and is governed by an independent board of directors.