Beginning a new era in public health hospitals, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) brings the most up-to-date technology, efficient and contemporary environment to the five million residents of Cook County. Stroger Hospital continues the tradition of excellence in healthcare that made Cook County Hospital nationally known for its expertise and breadth of service.
State of the Art Facility December 2002, the new Stroger Hosptial opened its doors to the public. As the largest County public works project to date, costing over $623 million, new state-of-the-art medical facility represents Cook County’s commitment to serving its residents. Designed first and foremost to meet the needs of the patients, the new hospital combines the most up-to-date technology, efficient design and contemporary setting.
The hospital’s 1.2 million square feet organizes services in a “main street” style layout that accommodates the needs of patients, physicians and staff.
All of the patient rooms in the 464-bed facility are private or semi-private with their own bathroom. Also, for the first time, each patient has their own television and telephone.
There are dedicated units for obstetrics and pediatrics – now together on the same floor to allow closer care interaction for mother and newborn; intensive care and burn units; enlarged and enhanced emergency room and Level 1 Trauma Center; all digital technology.
The hospital serves as the hub for the Cook County Bureau of Health Service’s most serious and complicated medical services. It also enhances the delivery of specialty and sub-specialty care for the entire Bureau network.
In fact, more than 40% of the hospital’s space is dedicated to an outpatient Specialty Care Center, operated by the Bureau’s Ambulatory & Community Health Network.
The Specialty Care Center is expected to provide more than 220,000 patient visits annually.
Services for the Hearing Impaired
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is committed to providing sign language and oral interpreters, TTY’s, auxiliary aids and other related services—free of charge—to accommodate persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
For TTY/TTD, call (312) 864-0100 or call (312) 864-6000 for voice, or ask any hospital personnel for assistance.
Education and Training
Recognized as a leading teaching center, the Stroger Hospital residency training and education program in an academic affiliate of Rush Medical College.
Learn more about Rush Medical College from their website at www.rush.edu.
Obtaining Medical Records
Fantus Clinic maintain the medical records for John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and the former Cook County Hospital
To obtain medical records you must first provide authorized release of information for the records to be provided to you.
To obtain the release form, call or visit:
Medical Records/ Release of Information
@ Fantus Clinic
621 S. Winchester Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
There is a 10-14 business-day turnaround for these records, unless a medical emergency.
If it is an emergency, please state when speaking to the department and be ready to provide your doctor’s contact information.
You can provide authorization information either in person or by mail.
In September 2007, Cook County, in partnership with Caremark and the National Association of Counties (NACo), introduced the new Cook County Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. This free card is available to all county residents and can provide significant savings on prescription drugs with no income requirements, no age requirements, and unlimited use for the whole family.
Any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program. Even if you have insurance for prescription drugs, you may still benefit from the discount card, since it may save you money on prescription drugs your existing plan does not cover.