Activists demand Illinois governor, Chicago mayor keep Mercy Hospital open 

Chicago activists want Grace Medical facility & & Medical Center to be fully moneyed or for the Illinois governor and Chicago mayor to back a merger plan that collapsed due to an absence of state financing, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Now a group of Black community activists are requiring action versus “deafening silence” from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, according to the Sun-Times..

Mr. Brown said Journey 4 Justice strategies to submit a “quality-of-life strategy” to the mayors and guvs offices detailing required health care, educational and financial investments in predominantly African American neighborhoods, according to the Sun-Times..

Black community leaders with the group Journey 4 Justice desire the exact same for St. Anthonys Hospital on the citys West Side. The 151-bed hospital has not suggested strategies to close..

” We have endured years of Black communities being demonized, while a system has actually taken away our basic quality-of-life organizations– those organizations that a lot of Chicagoans consider approved,” Jitu Brown, the director of Journey 4 Justice, informed press reporters outside Mercy Wednesday morning, the Sun-Times reports.

Mercy announced July 29 that it will close in 2021, pending approval from the state review board. The South Side medical facility kept in mind that it can no longer sustain regular monthly operating losses of $4 million..

The decision to close came after a deal failed in which Mercy would have joined forces with three other South Side health centers– Advocate Trinity Hospital, South Shore Hospital and St. Bernard Hospital– to develop an independent health system. Mercy and its would-be partners cancelled the offer in late May after the state financing for the $1.1 billion project fell through.

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