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As FDA ponders booster shots, Illinois shows a huge gap in vaccination rates

As FDA experts debate a third Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine shot to bolster immunity against COVID-19, Illinois presents a steep contrast in inoculation rates against the deadly virus. Daily Herald

As FDA ponders booster shots, Illinois shows a huge gap in vaccination rates

News Articles

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • News from the Web

ICU beds run short in Illinois Region 1 as COVID-19 cases increase

There are currently only 18 ICU beds available in Region 1, and Region 5 has none available as a COVID-19 surge continues to drain hospital resources. WTVO

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • News from the Web

How to Help Doctors Get Mental Health Care: Change the System

For more than a year, our nation's health care workers have been running at full speed. They are overworked and exhausted, all while treating patients with COVID-19. US News

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • Member News Spotlight

SIH-HMC merger: Good for everybody, both CEOs say

The CEOs of Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Harrisburg Medical Center say the merger of the two facilities will happen gradually over the next two years. Daily Register

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • Member News Spotlight

Memorial Health System increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour for more than 3,000 workers

An estimated 1,200 — 14% — employees are getting a raise and will now make slightly above $15 an hour according to Dolan Dalpoas, interim CHRO for Memorial Health System. State Journal-Register

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 17

IDPH on Changes in Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Distribution

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

How The Obesity Rate In Illinois Compares To Other States

The number of states reporting more than 35 percent obesity increased from 12 to 16 over the past year, the CDC's data shows. Only nine states had a rate that high two years ago. Patch

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

Pfizer plans to seek vaccine authorization in November for kids under 5

Pfizer and BioNTech plan to file for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency authorization in November for their COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 5. The Hill

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

ICU bed situation in Region 5 ‘not surprising’ health official says

A health official in Illinois' Region 5 says they're doing all they can to keep hospital 'capacity as high as possible'. This comes after a report showing zero available ICU beds in Region 5. WSIL

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

Cases of COVID-19 are rising in children, but there's reason for optimism, expert says

Cases of COVID-19 in children and teenagers rose by nearly 8% in just over two weeks, a rate that surpassed increases in the general population, IDPH data showed Wednesday. Daily Herald

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Nearly 3 million consumers took advantage of a special six-month period to sign up for subsidized health insurance coverage made more affordable by the COVID-19 relief law. Associated Press

  • Sep 16, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 16

CMS Proposes Repeal of MCIT and R&N Final Rule

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • News from the Web

COVID-19 hospitalizations level off, but ICU availability continues to shrink

Illinois' seven-day average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has declined in three of the past four days, the first time that's happened since early July. Daily Herald

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • News from the Web

Unvaccinated U.S. Covid Patients Cost $5.7 Billion To Treat In Last 3 Months, Study Finds

Preventable costs associated with treating unvaccinated American Covid-19 patients amounted to at least $3.7 billion in August and $5.7 billion since June. Forbes

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • Member News Spotlight

Pittsfield hospital to expand telemedicine

Illini Community Hospital patients soon will benefit from expanded telemedicine services. The hospital is using a federal grant to expand its telemedicine offerings. Journal Courier

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • News from the Web

COVID pandemic child drug use, mental health highest ranking youth concerns, survey says

Drug use and mental health were among the most pressing health concerns for children in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Lurie Children's Hospital and CDPH. WLS

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 15

IDPH Clarifies COVID-19 Mandatory Testing Issue

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • News from the Web

Southern Illinois' Region 5 down to zero ICU beds

All 88 of the region’s ICU beds are in use as case numbers continue to climb, leaving the area worse off than the rest of the state in terms of emergency care. The Southern

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • News from the Web

More than half of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, classrooms and sporting events

Americans have grown more supportive of coronavirus vaccine mandates for workers, students, and in everyday public life, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. CNN

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • Member News Spotlight

Consumer-First Focus at Advocate Aurora Health

The pandemic has shifted the way consumers expect healthcare to be delivered. Technology is being further utilized to ensure a more convenient patient experience. HealthLeaders Media

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 14

IHA Supports AHA in Key 340B Court Case

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • News from the Web

COVID-19 surge in Illinois may be retreating

Illinois’ latest surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations may be subsiding. New admissions and hospitalizations are declining and Illinois posted its lowest daily case count since August. WGN

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • News from the Web

Galesburg doctor says new COVID-19 cases are more severe, ICU patients younger

With over 500 new COVID-19 cases in Knox County in the last month, hospitalizations are not only rising but the illness being seen in local hospitals is more severe. The Register-Mail

  • Sep 14, 2021
  • News from the Web

COVID in kids is causing a rise in emergency room visits from worried families

At Lurie Children's Hospital, like other pediatric hospitals in the Chicago area, the ER has been very busy with rising COVID cases and other common pediatric viruses at this time of year. WLS

  • Sep 13, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 13

U.S. House Continues Drafting Reconciliation Package

  • Sep 10, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 10

HRSA to Open Applications for Provider Relief Funding

  • Sep 10, 2021
  • Member News Spotlight

Life Flight hangar in Bloomington receives blessing from OSF Healthcare

Healthcare provider OSF is expanding its services within McLean County and Bloomington-Normal. Central Illinois Proud

  • Sep 09, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 9

HHS Proposal on Lowering Drug Prices 

  • Sep 08, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 8

AmeriCorps, CDC Launch Public Health AmeriCorps 

  • Sep 08, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Health Care Workers on Mental, Emotional Toll of Pandemic

Ossie Cloe takes work day by day, and sometimes hour by hour. WTTW

  • Sep 08, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Chicago doctors battle COVID vaccine misinformation: No, the shot won’t make you infertile, and othe

It’s a race against time to get the vast majority of the population vaccinated and misinformation is causing hesitancy for getting shots. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Sep 07, 2021
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 7

Guv Extends Deadline on COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing

  • Sep 02, 2021
  • News from the Web

'All hands on deck': SIH sees record number of COVID patients, requests for testing

SIH is seeing a record number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and a record number of requests for testing for the virus. The Southern

  • Aug 18, 2021
  • News from the Web

New law allows unused medications to be donated

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law that would allow unused, sealed medications to be donated to patients in need. WSIL TV

  • Aug 16, 2021
  • News from the Web

New University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford building to focus on rural health

Planning is underway for a new building on the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford campus on Parkview Avenue. Rockford Register Star

  • 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.