Cook County Health

Caring for Those Most in Need


Cook County Health (CCH) serves more than 300,000 patients each year through two hospitals, 15 community clinics, the Cermak Medical Services at the County Jail, and 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 on-going care to support disease management and wellness for people with few resources and few care options. 

Each year, CCH provides more than 1 million doctor visits for on-going and specialty care, completes more than 15,000 surgical procedures, brings 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, it was the largest medical institution in the world.  Today it continues to be one of the largest public health systems in the U.S.

A Training Ground for Physicians

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, local medical schools rely on CCH to provide training rotations at Stroger Hospital for their students.

Recognized Excellence

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

A Legacy of Caring and Commitment

For nearly 200 years, Cook County Health has been the place that people who have no options have turned to 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.