Department of Medicine

Welcome to the Web site of the Department of Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital formerly known as a Cook County Hospital.

Stroger Hospital is part of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, the largest component of the safety net for health care in Chicago and suburban Cook County. The hospital is located in the Illinois Medical District on Chicago’s Near West Side, adjacent to Rush Medical College. Cook County and Rush are academic partners in medical education and research.

Members of the Department faculty serve as attending physicians for the large majority of ward teams on the hospital’s Medicine service. Department faculty typically have their clinical practices at community-based health centers operated by the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County. Faculty members also precept housestaff at the General Medicine Clinic of Fantus Health Center, next door to the hospital building.

Practicing Real Life Medicine. Caring for patients in need, regardless of ability to pay, has been the tradition of Cook County Hospital (CCH) for more than a century. With over 450 beds and nearly 100 outpatient clinics, CCH is the primary public provider of comprehensive medical services for the people of metropolitan Chicago.

CCH is also home to a wide array of residency and fellowship programs and a pioneer of important medical and surgical techniques, with noted advances in the treatment of trauma and burn victims. At CCH, resident and attending physicians work together to meet the needs of the area’s multiethnic population.

The challenge of providing care to those most in need and the opportunity to work closely with others dedicated to this goal make residency training at Cook County Hospital a uniquely satisfying experience.

John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County, a new state-of-the art hospital facility, opened its doors in December 2002. All inpatient areas and subspecialty outpatient clinics are located in the new hospital. In addition, many other improvements in ancillary services have accompanied this move including digitized radiology, new hospital software and tube-based messenger services. Internal medicine housestaff are practicing in a modern facility but managing the same, fascinating mix of patient problems.