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The Illinois Senate Public Health Committee approved a plan Tuesday to ban retail stores from selling products containing chemicals linked to poor health conditions. WAND
Recent research shows that keeping up with your social environment and interactions can delay the onset of cognitive decline. WTVO
A new class of cancer treatments that harness the body's immune system to fight tumors is being hailed as the biggest thing in oncology since CAR-T revealed the promise of cell therapy. AXIOS
Unexpected health costs and surprise medical bills are among the leading concerns of voters heading into the 2024 election. The Hill
Gov. J.B. Pritzker will include the $10 million ask in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year to erase $1 billion in medical debt for Illinois residents. Chicago Sun-Times
In recent years, more and more rural hospitals across the country have stopped delivering babies. At least 89 rural hospitals closed their OB units between 2015 and 2019. WSIU
Join Dr. David McSwain and Dr. Saif Khairat for a deep dive into rural healthcare disparities and how technology can bridge the gap. Becker's Hospital Review
The Center to Eliminate Cancer Inequity will focus on community-engaged research to identify and develop possible solutions to the health disparities in cancer care and prevention. Chicago Sun-Times
Around 60% of Black American adults have heart disease, and heart disease death rates are highest among Black Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups. NBC News
Health systems have varying priorities when choosing to promote a CEO from within, from clinical or financial experience to tenure length. Becker's Hospital Review
Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State/Budget Address Tomorrow at Noon
More than half of health care workers say racial discrimination against patients is a major problem or crisis, while nearly half report seeing it happen in their own workplaces. AXIOS
More deaths caused by overdosing have now been linked to people smoking drugs, as opposed to injections, according to a recent government study. The Hill
Recent prior authorization policy wins has the American Medical Association president optimistic that "momentum is building toward meaningful prior authorization reform." Becker’s Hospital Review
UChicago Medicine is launching a new effort to tackle inequities in cancer, the South Side academic health system announced today. Crain’s Chicago Business
Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago and Harvard are developing an antibiotic that could overcome the problem of drug resistance in so-called superbugs. Crain’s Chicago Business
HFS Virtual Meeting: HealthChoice Illinois Admission, Discharge, Transfer
Hospitals in recent years have shifted their use of online technology to support everything from telehealth to medical devices to patient records. The Hill
Lawmakers expressed bipartisan support Wednesday for the reauthorization of legislation aimed at protecting health care workers from burnout. UPI
When bullies destroy a young victim's trust, mental health problems are likely to follow them into adulthood, a new study warns. UPI
The American College of Healthcare Executives released its survey of top issues confronting hospitals, and CEOs ranked workforce challenges as its No. 1 concern. Becker's Hospital Review
The No Surprises Act, the landmark law intended to protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, has come with, well, some surprises. KFF Health News
IHA Resources to Support 340B Advocacy Efforts for SB 3727
HNI Highlights Bill Protecting Access to 340B Program Medication
Disaster Behavioral Health: Updated Resources at Your Fingertips
Legislation aims to stop big pharma from restricting patients’ ability to fill prescriptions at local pharmacies.
IHA, IPHCA Partner to Protect Access for Illinois’ Most Vulnerable Patients
UPDATE: Availability of Extencilline to Address Bicillin-LA Shortage
REGISTER: AHA Annual Meeting April 14-16
Report Finds Frameworks for Respectful Maternity Care
Researchers advise of increase in use of Bromazolam drug and prompt coordination with public health officials, poison centers when patients present with serious injuries after illicit drug use.
The Illinois Poison Center (IPC), the nation's first poison center, is celebrating 70 years of protecting the health and safety of Illinoisans.
Illinois' small and rural hospitals continue to transform the delivery of healthcare, provide access and offer quality care to rural communities.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) is profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth Colby, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois.
Illinois Poison Center Offers Parents & Caregivers Suicide Prevention Resources, Ways to Mitigate Risk During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
The following statement can be attributed to A.J. Wilhelmi, President and CEO of the IHA, in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s signature of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined hospital leaders and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) to unveil the four-year report of the Chicago HEAL Initiative.
The following statement can be attributed to A.J. Wilhelmi, President and CEO of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, in response to the passage of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget package.
Illinois hospital and health system leaders are calling on the General Assembly to pass several bills that will increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for hospitals.
For 70 years, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) has provided vital information and resources to families to help reduce the threat of poisoning and save lives.
IHA joined leading business, healthcare and technology groups at a Springfield press conference, urging the Illinois General Assembly to enact reforms to the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.
The following statement can be attributed to A.J. Wilhelmi, President and CEO of IHA, in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s 2023 State of the State and Budget Address.
Gerald "J.P." Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorthShore -- Edward-Elmhurst Health, has been elected Chair of the Board of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association for 2023.
Thomas Shanley, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, has been elected to the Board of Trustees.
Tracy Bauer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Medical Center, Galena, has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.
Children ages 5 and younger are accidentally ingesting cannabis edibles at an alarming rate, according to a new study recently published in Pediatrics.
The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) announced the recipients of two MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion awards.
In recognition of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17, IHA and ICAHN are celebrating Illinois' rural hospital community for their tireless efforts to provide high quality care.
IHA President & CEO A.J. Wilhelmi and ICHAN Executive Director Pat Schou recognize Illinois' 86 small and rural hospitals and the vital role they play within Illinois communities.
With cold weather on the horizon, Illinois Poison Center (IPC) wants to remind the public that heating your home to combat the icy temperatures also increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), accidential poisonings from Halloween candy is rare, but IPC manages cases each year involving dry ice, glow sticks and more.
Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris was presented the "Outstanding Leadership Award" last week at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association's (IHA) Leadership Summit.
Now that summer is in full swing, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is warning the public to stay safe by avoiding recreational drugs, especially synthetic recreational drugs.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association today kicked off the start of our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting entitled “Inspiring Connections” at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association will host our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, “Inspiring Connections,” on June 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.
The Illinois Poison Center encourages Illinoisans to take precautions against poison exposures, including foodborne illness, while enjoying fun in the sun this summer.
IHA will host its second annual Health Equity Action Day, Accelerating Health Equity Across Illinois, on Friday, May 13 from 9-11:30 a.m.
Bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee will deliver the keynote address at IHA’s second
annual Health Equity Action Day on May 13.
Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, became Chair of IHA's 2022 Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2022. The Board is the policymaking body for IHA.
The Illinois Poison Center has a warning for anyone who may purchase pills that were not prescribed by a doctor: Chances are, the drugs are counterfeit and you may be ingesting fentanyl.
IHA launched the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report during IHA’s Health Equity Action Day on June 18. The report is a long-term tool to document progress toward racial health equity.
IHA Health Equity Action Day will be live streamed on June 18 at 9 a.m. Speakers include Michelle Silverthorn, founder of Inclusion Nation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
More than three years ago, a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the CEOs of 10 major hospitals in Chicago sparked the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative.
The Illinois Poison Center's newly redesigned website provides easy access to reliable health and safety information for the public and healthcare providers.
In March, Illinois Poison Prevention Month, IPC encourages all Illinoisans to learn about the potential hazards lurking in homes, schools and workplaces.
The Coalition to Protect Telehealth announced support for a legislative proposal to protect Illinoisans’ access to the innovative telehealth services they have relied on during the COVID pandemic.
IHA and the Illinois hospital community want to thank Representative Greg Harris, Senator Heather Steans, and HFS Director Theresa Eagleson for their leadership in moving this legislation forward.
IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly.
IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2021 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2021.
Karen Teitelbaum, president and CEO, Sinai Chicago, is the chair of IHA's 2021 Board of Trustees as of Jan. 1, 2021. The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for IHA.
Experts at the Illinois Poison Center are alerting the public to dangerous drug combinations that could interact poorly with HIV medication, or cause a rapid increase in blood pressure.
Illinois hospitals are working around the clock with Gov. Pritzker, IDPH, the entire state pandemic response team and local health depts. to ensure the vaccine is administered. We urge patience.
The state’s leading business and healthcare organizations are urging Illinoisans to safely celebrate the holidays and help slow the spread of the coronavirus by following all health guidelines.
IHA and our member hospitals and health systems commend Governor Pritzker for his exceptional leadership in this extraordinary time, including his action to mitigate the alarming surge in COVID-19.
MAPS PSO awarded the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award to DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove and gave an Honorable Mention to Pinckneyville Community Hospital.
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, IHA has launched a new statewide campaign to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Jordan Powell joins IHA as Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Finance on Dec. 14. He will provide leadership on strategic policy, payment system, health equity and healthcare reform issues.
IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.
The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can access critically needed, affordable care beyond COVID-19.
Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.
Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), has been named president-elect of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).
A statement from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow emergency rules on face coverings to move forward to help ensure health and safety.
Eighty quality improvement projects from Illinois hospitals and health systems represent the dedicated efforts of healthcare professionals to advance quality care and enhance health and well-being.
A diverse coalition of business groups renewed calls for Illinoisans to wear face masks when in public to save lives and protect the state’s economy.
As Illinoisans venture outside for summer fun, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) reminds you that some of the season’s most attractive plants can be harmful—or even deadly.
Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.
IHA, along with ANA, ISAPN and ISMS, submitted an amicus brief on April 29 in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order.
The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IHA along with its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems called on all Illinois residents to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients.
IHA issued a plea to the construction industry, dentists, veterinarians and other groups that may be able to help Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals protect staff as they care for COVID-19 patients.
Illinois hospitals and health systems infuse more than $100 billion in state and local economies. They are the number one creator of jobs supporting working families.
MAPS PSO has released Patient Safety Focus: Top 10 Safety Issues for 2020, a white paper offering strategies to address some of healthcare’s top challenges.
IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.
Over 1.4 million Illinoisans live in rural regions and rely on their local hospital as a vital—and often only—source of care. IHA and ICAHN are proud to recognize National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.
MAPS PSO awarded Suzanne Khoury, a senior medical technologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award for preventing patient harm.
Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips
Hospitals and health systems in Illinois devote significant resources to advancing patient care and safety. IHA recognizes those dedicated efforts through its Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.
Hospital and health system leaders from across Illinois are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation on needed reforms to the state’s Medicaid managed care program before it adjourns May 31.
4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.
This week, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) kicks off Illinois Poison Prevention Month, which serves as a timely reminder of the substantial harm poisoning can cause to people of all ages.
Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.
A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills strongly backed by the IHA and the hospital community has been introduced in the General Assembly.
Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.
On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.
Illinois hospitals and health systems are extremely deeply disappointed by the district court's decision. This ruling threatens access to healthcare coverage for one million Illinoisans.
The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.
We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.
Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO
The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) awarded Valerie Skroch of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award.