26th Jul, 2019Two patients at Rush Oak Park Hospital test positive
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were both patients at Rush Oak Park Hospital, one in May and the other in mid-July. The individuals were patients at the hospital for part of the time when they could have been exposed to the bacteria.
IDPH is working with the Oak Park Department of Public Health and the hospital to collect information and further investigate these cases. IDPH was on-site this week to sample the facility’s water. Previous water samples collected by the hospital showed results positive for Legionella bacteria.
The hospital has reported to public health officials that it routinely conducts water testing and has...
26th Jul, 2019Nursing Home Violations for Second Quarter 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2019 Second Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website. The report contains additional information about the violations.
The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between April-June 2019. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
The following facilities were cited with “AA” violations.
11th Jul, 2019IDPH Public Health Community Map Updates
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) proudly announces the addition of maternal and child health data to its Illinois Public Health Community Map. The Community Map features information about the quality of and access to health care in communities throughout Illinois, as well as highlights socioeconomic, geographic, and racial/ethnic disparities.
“The addition of maternal and child health data can help clinicians, health care administrators, community stakeholders, and legislators identify areas where additional community resources and/or education are needed,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “These data will ultimately help us improve maternal and child health outcomes.”
Data categories for maternal and child...
3rd Jul, 2019Vaccines to be provided for Children’s Health Insurance Plan and Vaccines For Children
SPRINGFIELD – In its ongoing commitment to increasing vaccination rates across the state, the Pritzker administration is taking action to make vaccines more easily available for low-income children. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing the availability of vaccines for children covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Plan through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. Ordering vaccines for CHIP-eligible children through the VFC program will increase the number of providers for these vital services and help ensure vaccines are more readily available for low-income children.
“Illinois is committed to every child being...
2nd Jul, 2019Tobacco 21 reduces medical costs and improves Illinois’ health
SPRINGFIELD – Effective July 1, 2019, people must now be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco in Illinois, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vapes. Governor JB Pritzker signed the initiative, known as Tobacco 21, on April 7, 2019. Illinois was the 7th state in the U.S. (tied with Virginia) to implement raising the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 years.
“I’m so proud that Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to raise the purchase age for tobacco to 21,” said Gov. Pritzker. “This law will reduce costs for our state, make our schools and communities healthier places to learn and live, and most importantly, will save lives. I am grateful to Senate President John Cullerton and our legislators in...