Donate Your Time

At the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, our volunteers are exceptional individuals who make an extra effort that make a difference in another person’s life. Their truly provided quality healthcare and genuine help is appreciated from patients and their families.Join our team at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Volunteering your time can be a rewarding experience. You must be in good health, and be at least 16 years old. Volunteer candidates must complete an application and interview, and must pass health-screening tests for tuberculosis, measles, German measles, chickenpox, and illegal drugs.
Personal fulfillment comes from helping another person, new friendships and learning new skills.
In appreciation of the work and time our volunteers contribute, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County offers benefits to volunteers, including:

  • Free parking in the visitors’ garage
  • Opportunity for personal development and skills training
  • Free health screenings
To view the available Department of Medicine volunteering opportunities please click here. If you would like to volunteer please contact:Sheila Tucker, Director
Voluntary Services
1900 W. Polk Street, G3
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 864-0383 (W)
(312) 864-9558 (Fax)Note: Volunteer service is not intended in any way to lead to paid employment.


The New Cook County Hospital (John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital)

The new Cook County Hospital is the state-of-the-art, which serves as the tertiary hub of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services system. The facility replaced a sprawling 13-building campus, whose main pavilion was opened in 1914. From the beginning, the new Cook County Hospital was designed to provide the most advanced medical care and increase efficiency.

The new hospital opened in December 2002, just a few yards away from the original hospital building, the 464-bed hospital is anchored by 228 medical/surgical beds, with dedicated units for obstetrics (40 beds), pediatrics (40 beds), intensive care (80 beds), neonatal intensive care (58 beds), and burns (18 beds). Anticipating an increasing trend toward shorter inpatient hospital stays and procedures, approximately 40% of the hospital’s space is used for outpatient care, specialty diagnosis and treatment.
The hospital has the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Digital radiology imaging is used throughout the hospital. Images are visible on GE PACS imaging stations as well as specially designed computer terminals via the internet. Radiology has three new helical CT scanner including one located in the ED radiology area and three new MRI including an open MRI. The hospital was designed with wireless technology at the forefront. Wireless computers on wheels (COWs), palm devices and microcellular telephones allow for efficient flow of patient data throughout the hospital.

Physician order entry is a routine part of the new computer information system. Patient medical records are scanned into the clinical information system and are available from any terminal within the hospital. Physician and nursing documentation are on-line as well.

The new 1.2 million-square-foot John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital formerly known as the Cook County Hospital is continuing a tradition of community-focused hospital care that began in 1866, when the first county-owned hospital building was opened.

The New Cook County Hospital Fact Sheet

Area 1.2 million square feet
Levels 8 plus lower level
Number of beds 464 total beds
~228 medical/surgical
~80 ICU
~40 pediatric
~40 obstetric
~18 burn unit
~58 neonatal ICU
Capacity/projected annual utilization 124,000 (emergency room)
302,000 (outpatient/clinics)
Opened December, 2002
What’s inside
Emergency and Trauma services are located on the first floor.
Trauma includes a resuscitation area, a 12-bed ICU and an observation area.
Emergency and trauma both have 24-hour observation capacity to manage the number of inpatient admissions while maintaining high-quality care.
Adult and Pediatric Emergency services are combined for efficiency.
The Specialty Diagnostic and Treatment Center have six clinic areas on the first and second floors for treatment of inpatients and outpatients referred from throughout the County’s community clinic system. Each clinic “module” has 16 private examination rooms.
Radiology services include MRI, CT, mammography and radiation therapy.
Other diagnostic services include laboratories, dialysis, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac diagnostics, neurophysiology, endoscopy, pulmonary diagnostics, infusion therapy and the vascular lab.
Other features Internet access, UpToDate®, Computerized order-entry, Digitized Radiology 24-hour phlebotomy / transportation, 4 CT & 3 MRI scanners, Dedicated Call Rooms & Teaching space, Cafeteria with free food for attendings and residents.

WELCOME to the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension

The increasing prevalence of renal disease and the continuing “epidemic” of hypertension in the Bureau’s patient population have increased clinical demands on the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension. In 2004, the division managed approximately 6000 renal clinic visits, 1000 new inpatient consults (and 8000 inpatient consult-days), 7000 dialysis treatments (including 2000 acute hospital dialyses) and a large number of renal biopsies. The division maintains close ties with chronic dialysis facilities city-wide and other Bureau institutions, providing “24-7” consultations within and beyond the bureau. Close ties with ASC, GMC, the Diabetes Network and the CORE Center facilitate multidisciplinary care of many patients with early (or high risk for) renal disease.

The Division of Nephrology/Hypertension offers a combined fellowship with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

WELCOME to the Division of Neurology

The Division of Neurology provides a full complement of clinical services. New inpatient consultations at Stroger average 1200 per year and 300 per year at Provident. Outpatient visits at Stroger average 5000 per year and laboratory procedures (EEG, EMG/NCV, etc) approximately 2000 per year. The division is nationally recognized for its expertise in cerebrovascular disease, seizure disorders, HIV, and infectious disease neurology.

For more information, please contact the Division of Neurology office at 312-864-7280.

For information about clinical appointments, call Clinic E, 1st flr., at 312-864-7903.
For information about laboratory procedures, call Clinic U, 2nd flr., at 312-864-2950.

WELCOME to the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

The Division of Occupational and Environment Medicine is part of the John Stroger Hospital Department of Medicine. Its Attending Physicians are affiliated with the University of Illinois School of Public Health, Rush Medical College, and Northwestern University Medical School.

The Division of Occupational Medicine/Toxicology has greater state-wide influence on clinical care than any other Bureau entity, principally through its leadership roles in the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, the Toxicon Consortium (including Rush and UIC) and the Children’s Environmental Health Unit. Much of this work involves very complex clinical problems, telephone consultations far and wide, and exhaustive literature reviews and clinical documentation. The division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with occupational and environmental health problems. It also serves as a clinical consultative resource for trade unions, government agencies, employers, attorneys, physicians, and the general public throughout the midwestern United States.

The division also provides timely inpatient and outpatient consultations to all Bureau entities regarding toxicologic emergencies and environmetal/occupational exposures, and now also oversees all medical personnel staffing the Stroger Hospital Employee Health Services (directed by Dr. Kelleher, a graduate of the division’s residency program).

Section of Clinical Toxicology

The Section of Clinical Toxicology is part of the Toxikon Consortium which includes John Stroger Hospital, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is dedicated to reducing morbidity and mortality by improving the delivery of clinical and preventive health services to patients with accidental or intentional poisonings.

WELCOME to the Division of Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology runs very busy, challenging clinics at Stroger, Provident and Bethany Hospitals, serving outpatients throughout the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, including many urgent consultations from the Emergency Department and ASC. They also provide timely inpatient consultations at Stroger and Provident. For many patients with severe arthritis or complex connective tissue disorders, the rheumatologists serve as primary care physicians as well.

The Division of Rheumatology offers a combined fellowship with the Section of Rheumatology at Rush University Medical Center with outstanding training in both the clinical and research aspects of rheumatic diseases.

For information regarding applying to our program please click here.

Health literacy web-based resources

Alternate Approaches to Effective Health Communication. CDC. Beyond the Brochure: Alternate Approaches to Effective Health Communication. Download guide to developing alternate teaching interventions, also provides list of non-print teaching resources. Has articles on health literacy, links to other web sites.
Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers. National Cancer Institute. Clear and simple development of effective print materials for low-literate readers. Download brochure on how to create materials.
Patient word substitute list. University of Utah Health Science Center. Patient Education word substitute list.
Electronic mailing list for healthcare professionals to share and discuss pt education issues. PatEdNet sponsored by University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. PatEdNet is an electronic mailing list for healthcare professionals to share and discuss pt education issues. To subscribe, send blank email to:
Harvard School of Public Health: Health Literacy Studies (HLS). HLS is a research program for the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. Site provides lessons and tips from the literature and real world situations and section on how to create and assess print materials.
Evidence report on literacy and health outcomes. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Evidence report on literacy and health outcomes.
American Medical Association Foundation Health Literacy Initiative. Offers health literacy information to the public. Teaching materials available for purchase.
Fact sheets on health literacy. Center for Health Care Strategies. Provides fact sheets on health literacy.
National Institute for Literacy.
Bibliography on health literacy. National Library of Medicine. Current bibliographies in medicine. Cites bibliography on health literacy. Partnerships, programs, and grants to improve health literacy.
Plain Language Action Network. This federal website offers information and tools for developing plain language materials.
Health and literacy compendium. World Education. Download health and literacy compendium. Lists and describes materials to health literacy.
AltaVista online translation service.
Over the phone interpreters and translation services. Language Line. Over the phone interpreters and translation services.

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases


The Rush/Stroger Hospital Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship Training Program utilizes the resources of Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) to provide a well-rounded and diverse educational experience in the clinical, didactic, and research training of ID fellows. At present, the program requires a mandatory two year training period with an option to complete a third year for those fellows who wish more extensive training in research activities in preparation for an academic career in infectious diseases. One-year, intensive clinical ID fellowships for applicants with research experience gained elsewhere (e.g., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are also available on an occasional basis. Positions are currently available for a maximum of five first-year and five second-year fellows. The number of fellows retained for a third year is dependent on the interests of the fellow and the availability of appropriate resources. The following is a description of the fellowship training faculty, facilities and resources, specific program content, and evaluation procedures.

Gordon M. Trenholme, M.D.
Gordon M. Trenholme, M.D.
James R. Lowenstine Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases
Rush Medical College/Rush University Medical Center
Program Director

Robert A. Weinstein, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College
Associate Program Director
Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases, Stroger Hospital of Cook County

David N. Schwartz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College
Associate Program Director
Senior Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Section of Infectious Diseases
Rush Medical College/Rush University Medical Center 600 S. Paulina, Suite 143 Academic Facility
Chicago, Illinois 60612

PH: 312-942-5865
FAX: 312-942-2184

Fellowship in Gastroenterology

Program Overview

The Gastroenterology fellowship program at Cook County Hospital, currently, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County offers a three-year program that is designed to prepare fellows for the Gastroenterology Board Examination and to be excellent clinicians and competent endoscopists.

The program is affiliated with Rush University Medical Center. It provides the trainees with a unique clinical experience by exposure to variety of clinical cases. In addition it is one of the few programs in the nation that provides training in ERCP during the three year fellowship. The fellows will receive their training in a state of the art facility that was built in 2002. We have superb faculty who will provide the fellows with the clinical and academic experiences in patient care, research and teaching in a variety of clinical settings that will enrich their training experience tremendously.

There are three fellowship positions each year. All are Clinical but research is required and each fellow will be provided with 6 months block of research. Both basic science research and clinical are available. The Fellowship Program is highly rated and received recently a commendation by the ACGME.