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Op-Ed: Parochial politics killed health care transformation on Chicago’s South Side (Chicago Tribune)

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Bronzeville announced on July 29, 2020, it would close in 2021. It didn’t have to be this way.

In January 2020, Mercy and three other South Side hospitals (Advocate Trinity, South Shore and St. Bernard) announced their intention to form a new health system. Their “South Side Transformation Plan” had a bold vision: to transform health care delivery for the community’s disadvantaged populations.

This project would have: delivered kinder, smarter, holistic and affordable health and health care services to South Side residents. No one deserves this more. With Mercy now closing, transforming South Side health care has just become even more difficult.

Read David Johnson’s full Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune here.

About the 4sight Health Author
David W. Johnson CEO

David Johnson is the CEO of 4sight Health, a thought leadership and advisory company working at the intersection of strategy, economics, innovation and capital formation. Dave wakes up every morning trying to fix America’s broken healthcare system. Prior to founding 4sight Health in 2014, Dave had a long and successful career in healthcare investment banking. He is a graduate of Colgate University and earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Employing his knowledge and experience in health policy, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, Dave writes and speaks on pro-market healthcare reform. His first book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, and his second book, The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Kinder, Smarter, Affordable Care for All (McGraw-Hill 2019), are available for purchase on