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(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-37

    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-37 heading)
Division 5-37. County Hospitals - Counties
over 1,000,000 Population

55 ILCS 5/5-37001

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37001) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37001)
    Sec. 5-37001. Applicability; subtitle. This Division shall apply only in counties containing 1,000,000 or more inhabitants, and shall be subtitled the "County Hospitals Law".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37002

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37002) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37002)
    Sec. 5-37002. Legislative declaration. The General Assembly recognizes that adequate health care is a fundamental right of the people of the State of Illinois; that there should be no distinction in the availability of quality health care based upon one's inability to pay; that the alarming acceleration of health care costs often results in calamitous financial burdens for the unfortunate families which suffer major illnesses or injuries; and that there exists an urgent need for substantial improvement in the State's ability to provide health care services to the indigent in a proficient and compassionate manner. Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly to establish efficient and economical systems of public health care delivery in densely populated counties throughout the State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37003

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37003) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37003)
    Sec. 5-37003. Duties and powers of board of commissioners. The Board of Commissioners shall have and exercise all rights, powers and duties heretofore exercised by the Commission. All books, records, papers, documents, property, real and personal, unexpended appropriations and pending business in any way pertaining to the rights, powers and duties of the Commission shall be transferred and delivered to the Board of Commissioners. All rights, duties and obligations of the Commission shall become the rights, duties and obligations of the Board of Commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37004

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37004) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37004)
    Sec. 5-37004. Contracts for operation of hospitals, programs and services. The Board of Commissioners may contract with one or more responsible corporations, hospitals, health care facilities or units of local government or with the governing authorities of any institution of higher education, and specifically may enter into joint ventures and reciprocal agreements with the University of Illinois Hospital, for the operation of any hospital, health or allied medical research programs and for the provision of any medical, surgical, or nursing, health, research or laboratory services which the county has been or may be required or authorized by law to provide, and the Board may contract for any other service for the convenience of its operations as it may deem advisable.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37005

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37005) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37005)
    Sec. 5-37005. Budget; appropriations. The Board of Commissioners of such county shall prepare a consolidated budget covering all anticipated income, expenses, and capital outlays of any such hospital, hospital facility and the hospital, medical, nursing, health and allied medical programs related thereto, of any comprehensive health plans and services provided in accordance with such plans, and of any agreement or contracts with public or private nonprofit hospitals or health care facilities. The Board of Commissioners shall appropriate, in accordance with Division 6-24, a sufficient sum of money as the Board deems necessary to meet the expenses and to carry out the provisions of this Division.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37006

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37006) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37006)
    Sec. 5-37006. Reimbursement for cost of services. In relation to inpatient hospital services provided at any health care facility maintained by the Commission to any person under the legal custody of the Sheriff of Cook County pending trial the Commission may obtain reimbursement from the confined person to whom the services were provided for the cost of such services to the extent that such person is reasonably able to pay for such care, including reimbursement from any insurance program or from other medical benefit programs available to such person. If such person has already been determined eligible for medical assistance under the Illinois Public Aid Code at the time the person is initially detained pending trial, the cost of such services, to the extent such cost exceeds $2,500, shall be reimbursed by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services under that Act. A reimbursement under any public or private program authorized by this Section shall be paid to the Commission to the same extent as would obtain had the services been rendered in a non-custodial environment.
    This Section does not apply to services provided to any person who has been convicted of or has pleaded guilty to an offense and is held in custody pending sentencing or under sentence of the court.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37007

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37007) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37007)
    Sec. 5-37007. Reports to Department of Public Health. The Board of Commissioners shall submit a semi-annual report in writing to the Illinois Department of Public Health including, but not limited to: conditions, plans and programs of the Board and the hospitals, facilities, and programs under its control.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37008

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37008) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37008)
    Sec. 5-37008. Operation plans. The Board of Commissioners shall submit to the General Assembly on or before May 1, 1980 a plan by which the facilities and programs under this Division can be operated in a fiscally responsible manner. The plan shall consider both short-term and long-term expenditures necessary for operations and capital developments. In addition the plan shall contain an assessment of the level of health care which the facilities and programs are able to deliver and an estimate of any additional revenues the Board might deem necessary to provide continuous, quality health care for the residents of Cook County.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37009

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37009) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37009)
    Sec. 5-37009. Exemptions. This Division shall not apply to sanitariums or other facilities established under Division 5-23, nor under "AN ACT to provide for the creation and management of tuberculosis sanitarium districts", approved May 21, 1937, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37010

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37010) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37010)
    Sec. 5-37010. Audit of accounts. The accounts and records of financial transactions of the hospitals, facilities and programs managed pursuant to this Division shall be subject to audit by the County Auditor of Cook County and by the Auditor General of the State of Illinois and the Board of Commissioners shall in addition authorize at least annually an official or certified audit.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-37011

    (55 ILCS 5/5-37011) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-37011)
    Sec. 5-37011. Hospital security police force. The board of commissioners, subject to the applicable merit system rules, may establish and maintain a Hospital Security Police Force and may define and prescribe all such peace officers' duties and compensation. Every security police officer appointed by the board to such Security Police Force, as the same shall be from time to time hereafter constituted, shall have and is hereby vested with police powers, and is hereby authorized to act as a conservator of the peace within and upon any and all hospital facilities operated and hospital premises controlled by such board, and shall have power to make arrests or cause to be arrested, with or without process, any person who breaks the peace, or may be found violating any State statutes or city or county ordinances within or upon such facilities or premises.
    The board may establish reasonable eligibility requirements for appointment to such Security Police Force relating to residence, health, habits and moral character. However, no person may be appointed hereunder unless that person is at least 21 years of age. No person may be appointed to or be retained in the Hospital Security Police Force unless that person is of good character and not a habitual drunkard, gambler or a person convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude. All Security Police Force personnel authorized to carry weapons within or upon hospital facilities or premises while on-duty shall receive a course of training in the legal and practical use of such weapons as is required of a police officer under the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act and all such Security Police Force personnel shall also have received the training and certification required by the "Illinois Police Training Act" as now or hereafter amended. Security Police Force personnel shall not carry weapons while off-duty and all weapons shall be checked and secured on the hospital premises while such personnel remain off-duty.
(Source: P.A. 98-725, eff. 1-1-15.)