John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, 1901 W Harrison St, Chicago, Illinois 60612

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital has been, for a very long time, known as Cook County Hospital. The hospital is located on Chicago’s near west side in the Illinois Medical District alongside several other prominent major teaching hospitals. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital is an acute care hospital that does not provide emergency services. It does participate in general surgery registry and is able to receive lab results, test and referrals electronically between patient visits. The hospital utilizes an outpatient and inpatient safe surgery checklist. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital shows on the Medicare.gov website that it does not provide emergency services like an acute medical care or trauma care like some other area hospitals. Its overall rating receives just 2 stars out of 5.

70% of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital patients reported that their nurses “always” communicated well. The Illinois and national averages in this category are 80% of patients reporting that their nurses “always” communicated well.

52% of patients reported that they “always” received help as soon as they wanted compared to 69%, which is the Illinois average. 57% of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital’s patients reported that staff “always” explained about medicines before giving it to them. The Illinois and national averages are both 65%. 69% of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital’s patients reported that they would definitely recommend the hospital to others. This percentage was only slightly lower than the Illinois average of 71% and the national average of 72% of patients who said they would definitely recommend the hospital they were last admitted at.

The reporting of serious complications at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital was no different than the national rate of .90%. The deaths among patients with serious treatable complications after surgery was no different than the national rate which stands at 136.48 per 1,000 patient discharges. Complications at hospitals, including John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital is defined as those patients who were admitted to the hospital for treatment of medical problems sometimes contracting other serious injuries, complications or conditions that may even lead to death. Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be readmitted to the hospital. These events can often be prevented and predicted if the hospital follows the best practices for treating its patients.

Many of the readmissions and deaths by medical conditions at hospitals such as John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and stroke.

With respect to 30 day readmissions and deaths by surgical procedures, that would include coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and hip or knee replacement surgeries. For example, the national rate of readmission for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) for surgery patients is 14.4% in the U.S. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital reports the number of cases in this area to be too small.

The John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital website is www.cookcountyhhs.org. There are other Cook County hospitals in it system.

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