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Health care workers burned out during the pandemic. That could impact Illinois’ abortion care.

As abortion providers in Illinois gear up for potentially thousands more patients from states that could ban or further restrict the controversial procedure if Roe v. Wade is overturned. WUIS

Health care workers burned out during the pandemic. That could impact Illinois’ abortion care.

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  • May 16, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 16

No Surprises Act: Overview of Enforcement Responsibilities

  • May 16, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

Illinois Hospitals Take Action to Achieve Equitable Healthcare

Approximately 2,000 healthcare professionals, community-based organizations, legislators and others joined IHA on Friday, May 13 for our second annual Health Equity Action Day.

  • May 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of Federal dollars to tackle Covid health disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address covid health disparities. KHN

  • May 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

More Latinos in nursing needed for culturally competent care

As the American population ages and needs more healthcare finding ways to draw more people, especially Latinos, into nursing is crucial to providing effective health care. WTTW

  • May 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

Government watchdog: 1 in 4 older Americans on Medicare harmed during hospital stays

One in 4 older Americans covered by Medicare had some type of temporary or lasting harm during hospital stays before the pandemic, government investigators said in an oversight report.  USA Today

  • May 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

AHA News: Black, Hispanic adults less likely to receive CPR from bystanders

Black or Hispanic adults who experience a witnessed cardiac arrest outside the hospital are substantially less likely than their White peers to receive lifesaving care from a bystander. UPI

  • May 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

What’s that building? Mary Thompson Hospital

About 10 feet above the sidewalk, on a brick and limestone building at Ashland and Maypole across the street from Union Park, is an engraving that says “Founded by Dr. Mary Thompson.” WBEZ

  • May 13, 2022
  • News from the Web

White House COVID coordinator: US ‘vulnerable’ to coronavirus without new shots

White House COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha issued a warning that the U.S. will be increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress doesn’t approve new funding. The Hill

  • May 13, 2022
  • News from the Web

This is how many lives could have been saved with COVID vaccinations in each state

One tragic fact about the nearly 1 million people who died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is that a huge share of them didn't have to. WUIS

  • May 13, 2022
  • News from the Web

Telehealth: The wave of the future?

According to a report by McKinsey and Company, in April of 2020, virtual or online visits were 78-times higher than they were in February of that year. WSIL

  • May 13, 2022
  • News from the Web

How COVID vaccines have boosted the development of an HIV vaccine

During the COVID pandemic scientists around the world made history. They developed and launched a new vaccine in record-breaking time. WUIS

  • May 13, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 13

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Hospitals Embrace Change

  • May 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

Advocate Aurora plans to combine with Southern health system to create hospital system giant

Advocate Aurora Health has announced plans to combine with North Carolina-based hospital system Atrium Health — creating one of the largest health systems in the country. Chicago Tribune

  • May 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

With Roe v. Wade about to fall, out-of-state patients are traveling alot of miles to have abortions

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Illinois is preparing for a massive rise in out-of-state patients traveling here to terminate a pregnancy. Chicago Tribune

  • May 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

Millions who got Medicaid coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic could lose it

That’s according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis that estimates that five million to 14 million Americans could lose Medicaid when states begin to unwind coverage. Chicago Sun-Times

  • May 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

Study: At least half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have symptoms 2 years later

Half of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 still have at least one symptom two years after their initial infection, a study published Wednesday found. UPI

  • May 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

In 2021, US drug overdose deaths hit highest level on record, CDC data shows

Drug overdoses in the United States were deadlier than ever in 2021, according to provisional data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WSIL

  • May 12, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 12

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Join Us Tomorrow

  • May 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Keeping rural hospitals staffed in face of worker shortages

When you go to the hospital or your doctor's office, you assume there will be enough nurses to treat you. A nationwide staffing shortage that started during the pandemic is challenging that. WSIL

  • May 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Mental health worker shortage impacting downstate, rural Illinois

As more people across the country continue to seek mental health support, the demand for workers in the field has risen dramatically. In downstate Illinois, accessibility is difficult. WICS

  • May 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Firearm-related homicide rate skyrockets amid stresses of the pandemic, the CDC says

The rate at which Americans were killed in gun homicides leapt by nearly 35% in 2020 to the highest level in more than 25 years, according to new research by the CDC. WUIS

  • May 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

What if Delaware disappeared? 1 million Covid-19 deaths explained in 4 charts.

In the 27 months since, nearly 1 million people in the U.S. have succumbed to COVID, a figure so large that it engulfs individual stories into a national maw of grief. POLITICO

  • May 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Hospital admission totals tick up after weeks of rising COVID-19 cases

On average, nearly 2,400 virus-positive Americans are being admitted to the hospital each day, up by 17% in the last week, according to federal data. ABC News

  • May 11, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 11

Temporary Shortage of Contrast Media Affects IL Hospitals

  • May 10, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 10

Health Equity Action Day: Engage in Afternoon Activities

  • May 09, 2022
  • Press Release

Media Advisory: IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

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.

  • May 09, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 9

Have You Signed Up? Health Equity Action Day May 13

  • May 06, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 6

National Nurses Week May 6-12

  • May 05, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 5

HAVE YOU REGISTERED? Health Equity Action Day May 13

  • May 04, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 4

Gov’t Officials Highlight Mental Health Awareness ​

  • May 03, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 3

IHA Small & Rural Meeting: Addressing Burnout on 6/16

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

Bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee will deliver the keynote address at IHA’s second
annual Health Equity Action Day on May 13.

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center to Participate in National Poison Prevention Week

The Illinois Poison Center will participate in National Poison Prevention Week March 20-26 to raise awareness about poison dangers and educate the public on ways to further protect their loved ones.

  • Mar 09, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois' big gap: Black workers worse off than peers

Research shows that racial and ethnic inequalities have cost the U.S. economy $51 trillion in lost economic output in the past 30 years. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Press Release

Beware of Fake Prescription Pills This Summer

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.

  • Jun 18, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Launches the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report

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.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Media Advisory

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.

  • May 18, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

18 vulnerable Chicago neighborhoods. 10 leading health systems. One powerful goal.

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. 

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Unveils New Website

The Illinois Poison Center's newly redesigned website provides easy access to reliable health and safety information for the public and healthcare providers.

  • Mar 01, 2021
  • Press Release

March Is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

In March, Illinois Poison Prevention Month, IPC encourages all Illinoisans to learn about the potential hazards lurking in homes, schools and workplaces. 

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Telehealth Legislation Protects Virtual Healthcare Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Hospital and Healthcare Transformation – Senate Bill 1510

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.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. 

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2021 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Karen Teitelbaum to Chair 2021 Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board

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.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • Press Release

Avoid Toxic Drug Combinations This Flu Season

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.

  • Dec 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Chief Says Vaccine Delivery ‘on Track' to Illinois County Health Departments

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.

  • Nov 20, 2020
  • Press Release

Leading Business and Health Care Groups Urge Safe Holiday Celebrations

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.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Governor Pritzker's Action Today to Mitigate COVID-19 Surge

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.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to DuPage Medical Group

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.

  • Nov 13, 2020
  • Press Release

Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses Plead: “Don’t Let Your Guard Down. Keep Your Mask Up”

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.

  • Nov 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Jordan Powell Joining IHA to Lead on Health Policy and Finance

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.

  • Oct 05, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Letter re: Graduated Income Tax Proposal

IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • Press Release

Healthcare Providers, Advocates Urge General Assembly to Protect Telehealth

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.

  • Sep 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Opinion: Hospitals Committed to Serving Everyone

Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Leader Named President-Elect of AAPCC

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).

  • Aug 09, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on IDPH Emergency Rules on Face Coverings

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.

  • Aug 03, 2020
  • Press Release

Christopher Jessup Joins Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Christopher Jessup has joined the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as Community and Local Government Relations Manager, effective August 3.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives

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.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Business and Healthcare Groups Encourage Use of Face Masks to Save Lives, Protect Jobs

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.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Press Release

Summer Plants: Safe or Not?

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.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Health Disparities

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Press Release

Health Care Organizations Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order

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.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Please Do Not Eat Disinfectant

There is no evidence that sunlight can cure coronavirus on the human body. New York Times

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Take Huge Financial Hits Because Of COVID-19

Many hospitals are struggling financially right now, and in some cases, jobs are on the line. CBS 2 TV

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • Press Release

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Press Release

Help Us Help You: A Message From Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems During 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.

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals Issue Plea for Medical Supplies

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.

  • Feb 27, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems Infuse More Than $100 Billion Annually Into State’s Economy

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.

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Releases White Paper on Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2020

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.

  • Jan 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • Press Release

Holiday Plants Are Not on the Menu

The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.

  • Nov 18, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day

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.

  • Nov 04, 2019
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to a Rush Copley Medical Center Employee

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.

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Press Release

Is That a Mouse In Your House?

Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Initiatives with Significant Impact

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.

  • May 01, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Urge Legislative Action on Needed Medicaid Managed Care Reforms

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.

  • Apr 04, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders to Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.

  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Press Release

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

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.

  • Feb 21, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award Presented

Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Illinois Medicaid Program

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.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Karen Harris Named IHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA's Longest Serving Employee Retires

On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.

  • Jan 02, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Elects New Board

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Texas District Court Ruling on the ACA

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.

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Warns About "Silent Killer" in Homes

The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Press Release

Sarah Macchiarola Named IHA Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Sarah Macchiarola will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as its Vice President, Federal Government Relations, effective Nov. 29.

  • Sep 20, 2018
  • Press Release

Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi Re: Illinois Supreme Court Ruling in Oswald v. Beard

We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.

  • Jun 06, 2018
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award

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.