The head of Cook County’s public health system has hired a new top-level executive who resigned last year from a public hospital in Dallas that the federal government determined was a “serious threat to patient health and safety.”
Dr. John Jay Shannon was hired to a new $400,000-a-year post that includes overseeing operations at Stroger Hospital and ensuring quality and patient safety throughout the Health and Hospitals System as part of a reorganization.
While making the plan public Wednesday, Dr. Ramanathan Raju, CEO of the nearly $1 billion-a-year health system, defended hiring Shannon as chief of clinical integration.
“I am convinced (Shannon) is the right person for the job at Cook County,” Raju told the Tribune editorial board. “So that’s why I hired him to come help here in Cook County.”