General Hospital Information

In 1835, four years after Cook County Government was incorporated, the first health service, the Public Alms House for the poor, was established. In 1991, the Cook County Board created the Cook County Bureau of Health Services (CCBHS), an innovative, cost-efficient system of integrated healthcare. Today, it is the second largest division of Cook County Government and one of the largest public health systems in the country. Serving a population of more than five million people spread over a sprawling area poses logistical challenges to ensuring access to all those in need of services. As part of its strategic plan, the Bureau focuses on the dual strategy of bringing health care into vulnerable communities by opening a network of neighborhood health centers throughout the city and suburbs while simultaneously building a new Hospital to serve as the hub of the system's inpatient services. The Bureau's seven affiliates include the Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County, Cermak Health Services of Cook County, Cook County Department of Public Health, The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County, and Provident Hospital of Cook County. The scope of healthcare services provided ranges from preventive and primary care, prenatal care, communicable diseases, and environmental health to long-term care, rehabilitation and geriatric medicine. The Bureau is a leader in innovative health programs that target those diseases and conditions that disproportionately impact the populations that it serves asthma, diabetes, HIV AIDS, trauma, cancer, high risk pregnant women and babies.


Hospital (JHS) Clinical Pharmacists
All members of the clinical staff have a minimum of one-year of residency training from an accredited program; some have two years of training post-doctorate. Residents participate in a drug formulary on an after hours on-call program. In this capacity, they are responsible for addressing drug information questions, responding to pharmacokinetic consults, evaluating low molecular weight heparin bridging consults. All residencies conform to the standards of the ASHP Residency Learning System Model with regard to goals and objectives and evaluations. Residents are required to have Illinois licensure within 60 days of the residency year.
Please note the requirements of Illinois law regarding internship hours John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital announced its pharmacy residency program in March 2009. All Pharmacy residents train and gain experience under the preceptorship of full-time, John H. Stroger, Jr. obtained outside of school rotations. Please see for license requirements.
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency training year begins July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

Pharmacy Service Mission Statement

The vision of the Pharmacy at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County will be a department that projects the following characteristics: a responsiveness to our customer's needs, a department which fosters a respectful, professional, and caring atmosphere, a department that provides state of the art Pharmaceutical Care, and a department that has a staff that is motivated and works together as a team.

The role of the pharmacy department is to provide pharmaceutical care to the patients and staff of the hospital and affiliated clinics by: dispensing approved pharmaceutical products, monitoring of patients, for adverse effects, as well as clinical responses, utilizing a computerized system to review patient profiles, and provision of drug information to both patients and professional staff.

The service philosophy is to provide pharmaceutical care with special consideration to cultural and age appropriate needs. The foremost goal of all pharmacy staff members is to provide medications and related pharmacy services to all the customers (patients and employees) of the hospital.

Residency Mission Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Residency Program is to offer the opportunities, instruction, and guidance to instill in graduates of ACPE accredited pharmacy schools superior skill and caring philosophy. This will provide additional patient care and public health services and improve medication use and drug distribution systems at JHS Hospital.