The Evolution of Cook County Hospital and John H. Stroger Hospital

In 1835, four years after the Cook County Government was incorporated, the first public health services were established through a small almshouse, ensuring access to medical care. For nearly two centuries since, Cook County Health has continued the mission of providing health care services to anyone who needs it – regardless of race, sex, ability to pay, insurance or immigration status.

Let’s take a look back!

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