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Sunday, November 03, 2002


If you're a fan of the television show "ER," don't miss this article about the real Cook County Hospital. At 88 years old it's slated for demolition. Not to worry, though, they're building a new and better hospital to replace it.

The 88-year-old Cook County Hospital is famous for its fair share of things--the nation's first blood bank, Chicago's first open-heart surgery, one of the nation's finest burn centers, and a neonatal intensive-care unit that serves more than half of all premature babies born inside the city. But the old hospital's real claim to fame is its trauma ward, a place so chock-full of gunshot wounds, stab gashes and blunt head injuries that military physicians who need combat training are sent there for hands-on experience.

Chicago Tribune: Legend to outlive storied hospital; `No place in world' like Cook facility

Posted by Marie at November 3, 2002 2:36 PM


Cook County's Hospital's actual claim to fame was the result of a Landmark Federal Law being written and passed, as a result of the hospital's admittance policy years ago when the staff refused to admit a woman in labor into the hospital to give birth. As a result the woman and her unborn child died on the steps of Cook County Hospital.

Thus resulting in the Federal Law which states that no hospital or any other type medical facility or medical practioneer could refuse anyone treatment at anytime for any reason whatsoever.

Posted by: Blogreader at November 5, 2002 8:01 AM

Interesting to know. Thank you. I was never a patient there, but I've know several people who were. They all have stories about the place.

Ccool name you got there, by the way.

Posted by: Marie at November 5, 2002 10:45 PM

Is there any way I can get a copy of that article above on Cook County Hospital. I have recently self-published a memoir on CCH from the early 70's and would like to add anything I can on the hospital to my collection.


Carol Karels Lutchen

Posted by: Carol Lutchen at December 27, 2002 2:02 PM