Chicago Hospitals Form Cooperative To Counter Violence: Durbin

Craig Dellimore
October 01, 2018 - 6:05 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday said the Chicago area’s largest hospitals are banding together to help reduce violence and improve residents’ health in 18 struggling neighborhoods.

Ten hospitals, including Advocate Christ Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Stroger Cook County Hospital, are pledging to work together to help neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides, the Illinois Democrat said.

The initiative is called the Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership initiative, or HEAL, Durbin said during an appearance at the City Club of Chicago.

As part of the plan, participating hospitals will deliver counseling and support services for those affected by trauma. They’ll also encourage job grown and economic development and expand gun-violence research.

Durbin said there’s no other cooperative effort like this anywhere else in the country. His job, he said, is to try to bring federal resources to help.