Skip to main content
Default Image

Rush Hospital Wants to Tackle the West Side “Death Gap.” Will It Work?

Nissa Rhee, writing for Chicago Magazine, in “Rush Hospital Wants to Tackle the West Side “Death Gap.” Will It Work?” In this piece, Rhee highlights in the work that the Healthcare Anchor Network: 

All this exemplifies a national movement by nonprofits and public institutions “to think differently about how to use its economic resources and social capital to really benefit not only its long-term wellbeing but that of the community,” says David Zuckerman, a manager for health care engagement at the Democracy Collaborative and organizer of the Healthcare Anchor Network, a group of 30 health systems that are doing this work.

Zuckerman says that hospitals have a lot of “sticky capital,” or “dollars that can’t pick up and leave the way that manufacturing or many corporate employers have left communities.” They are in essence grounded cruise ships, requiring a huge staff, thousands of meals for patients, medical supplies, and linen cleaning services. If hospitals are able to redirect some of their purchasing and hiring to their neighbors, say using a local laundromat instead of shipping soiled bed sheets further away, they could have a large impact on the community, says Zuckerman.

Read more in Chicago Mag

Publication date: 2018-02-25
Parent publication: Chicago Magazine
Publication URL: Rush Hospital Wants to Tackle the West Side “Death Gap.” Will It Work?

More related work

March 19, 2020
Default Image

Protect the vulnerable, advance the democratic economy: Our statement on the COVID-19 crisis

We are in a period of breakdown, in which all that is wrong with the current system is now being laid bare. Rather than rebuild what we now clearly see should never have been, we must lead the construction out of this crisis of something new.

read more
March 18, 2020
Default Image

HAN Public Comments on Fair Housing Act Proposed Changes

The Healthcare Anchor Network submitted public comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), expressing our opposition to HUD’s proposed changes to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

read more
March 17, 2020
An array of prescription medications on shelves

Online press briefing: Vaccines—The COVID-19 Case for Public Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Leading experts believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure widespread access to safe and effective vaccines that are developed with taxpayer money. In this virtual press briefing, hear why the U.S. government should develop and manufacture vaccines and other essential medicines so that we get the medicines we need, when we need them and at prices we can afford.

read more