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State OKs plan to close Oak Forest hospital, switch to outpatient care


State OKs plan to close Oak Forest hospital, switch to outpatient care

By Susan DeMar Lafferty
August 16, 2011 2:06PM
Updated: August 17, 2011 2:08AM

County's latest plan for Oak Forest Hospital rejected by state board's staff


From the Chicago Tribune, August 3, 2011:

CA/IL Co-Director William McNary Named to Southland Health Advisory Council


From the Southtown Star:  Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary has been named to the Southland Health Advisory Council. 

Read the article here:  PF mayor, former state rep on health panel

Southtown Star on the Hearing to Close a Hospital That's No Longer Open



Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star reports on the strange vote to close Oak Forest Hospital.  Click below to read the full article, including quotes from Citizen Action/Illinois' Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue:

Southtown Star - Kadner 7/10

Who will pick up Oak Forest patients?



Religious leaders, community members, organized labor, nurses and patients continue to call on County President Preckwinkle to stop the closure of Oak Forest Hospital on May 31st and work with the community to develop a plan that improves health care for southern Cook County.

Read Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue's column in the SouthTown Star:

County Attempts Legislative End-Around to Close Oak Forest Hospital, Residents Fight Back


The fight goes on to prevent the closure of Oak Forest Hospital, as proponents attempt a legislative end-around and the community fights back. 

Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue, as quoted by the AP:  "Why should the area of Illinois with the most low income and uninsured residents be exempt from any law that seeks to protect access to care and quality care?  It is sad to see two great reformers like Rep. Currie and President Preckwinkle go down this wrong path."

Read more here:

Lawyers and Lobbyists Against Patients and Nurses at Oak Forest Hospital Hearing




Cook County Pushes to Close Oak Forest, Leaving Residents to Fend for Themselves

William McNary's Letter to the Editor on Oak Forest Hospital - Chicago Tribune



Read William McNary's letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2011, regarding the closure of Oak Forest Hospital:,0,6044590.story