Small Busineswoman Vents about Lack of McHenry County Obamacare Choice

From commenter Michelle under the article, “Obamacare Monopoly in McHenry County” comes her second comment on the subject: Last year, BCBS of Illinois discontinued their popular broad-based PPO for the individual market which was a plan that covered virtually all … Continue reading

Advocate Establishes Another Beachhead in Centegra Country

Advocate Health System selected the Walgreens in McHenry to spotlight its take over of the drug store chain’s health clinics. Advocate, of course, operates Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. 52% of Good Shepherd’s patients come from McHenry County. Advocate also … Continue reading

Centegra’s Huntley Hospital Pretty Much Finished as Permission to Build Finalized

Here’s the headline from the Cook County Reporter article on the Ottawa Appellate Court decision giving Centegra final approval to build its new hospital in Huntley: In an Illinois replication of the Stalinist approach to economic growth, those wishing to … Continue reading

Financial Problems Facing Centegra

Lakewood bond analyst offers the following take on Centegra’s desired affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare (joint press release here.) Centegra built a big new hospital in Huntley in order to stave off competition from Mercy Hospital. But building more beds … Continue reading

Local Hospitals Score 3’s and 4’s Out of 5

Medicare has put out patient reviews of hospitals. There’s a five star rating system and local hospitals got 3’s and 4’s. Friday the Chicago Tribune had a huge article about the new program, including a list in descending order of … Continue reading

CL Motorcyslist Dies After Being Struck by Car on Doty Road

A press release from McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski about the death of Crystal Lake motorist Barry T. Rataiczyk, age 44: Doty Road is the shortcut from the western side of Crystal Lake to Woodstock. Doty Road runs from … Continue reading

Local Hospitals’ Five Star Ratings

Chicago Crain’s Business has hospital ratings by HealthGrades. There are a number of categories which were judged. In descending order from a score of 22 Five Star ratings for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, the list descends to … Continue reading

Community Centegra Supporters Express Outrage at Board of Governors’ Action

A press release concerning the shift of power in Centegra.  The original story on McHenry County Blog can be found here. Centegra action requires examination McHENRY — A longstanding facet of support for and governance of Centegra Health System, its … Continue reading