Recent IDPH Site Visit

Recent IDPH Site Visit

The recent site visit from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was an opportunity to demonstrate our teamwork and professionalism in action. I sincerely appreciate the hard work of everyone involved in making the visit and survey a success. It was a rigorous survey of our operations, involving dozens of frontline staff and leaders over many hours and days. Your commitment and focus on our patients during this very busy visit did not waver — and for all of this and more, I thank you.

We anticipate getting the full IDPH report in the coming weeks, and we will share the results with you then. We are confident about the process we put into place that relies on the clinical judgment of our nurses at all levels, as well as our ongoing review process. Please know that, under state law, hospitals are required to submit data related to nurse staffing, which is then publicly reported so that anyone can see how each institution staffs inpatient care areas. I am proud to say that our adult med/surg and adult critical care staffing data show we have the best staffing in those areas compared to all of our academic medical center peers in Chicago. You may review this information on IDPH’s Illinois Hospital Report Card site.

These independent analyses are an affirmation of the staffing model we have built together that allows our teams to be flexible in addressing patient acuity and other situation-specific needs in real-time. The collaboration of our Nursing Acuity Committee is leading the way as frontline staff and leaders work together assessing patient volumes, unique patient needs, and unit-level staffing trends.

As we prepare for our next negotiating session with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) on July 9, I want to underscore our continued commitment to our culture of teamwork and collaboration amid the occasional intensity of bargaining sessions and public negotiating tactics. We are committed to bargaining in good faith to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that respects the values of our nurses and ensures our ongoing ability to deliver high-quality, compassionate and affordable care to our patients and their families.

Every day our nurses are creating a more patient-centered, engaged and caring culture.  It’s why more and more patients are seeking our care, and it is reflected in our Magnet designation. You all are meeting the highest standards for nursing excellence and professional practice every day, and I am proud to be your colleague.

Thank you for everything you do to keep us at the forefront of medicine and patient care.