Pucinski Seeks Surgery Study at County Hospital
Janota, Laura, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Laura Janota Daily Herald Staff Writer
With the election for Cook County board president nearing, debate over mismanagement at Cook County Hospital continued to unfold Thursday.
Republican Aurelia Pucinski called for an inspector general to investigate how surgeries are being performed at the hospital.
"If you've got surgeries going on at the hospital without attending physicians, it is just wrong," said Pucinski.
In recent weeks Pucinski, the Cook County circuit court clerk, has been critical of a hospital party involving staff who were drinking and dancing on the job.
Reports that attending physicians weren't always present in the operating room with resident doctors fueled the fire about hospital mismanagement. The Cook County board is responsible for the administration of the county hospital.
However, a Cook County Hospital official said it's standard practice for licensed, resident doctors to perform surgeries, sometimes with minimal supervision by an attending physician.
"It's how they learn," said David Carvalho, a hospital spokesman. …