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August 10, 2020
David W. Johnson
Economics Outcomes Policy System Dynamics

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 Author

David W. Johnson

David Johnson is the CEO of 4sight Health, an advisory company working at the intersection of healthcare strategy, economics, innovation. Johnson is a healthcare thought leader, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to organizations busting the status-quo to reform our healthcare system. He is the author of 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). As a speaker, Dave plays the role of rebel, challenger, industry historian, investor and company evaluator to push audiences forward. (Watch bio video.) Johnson applies his 25+ years of investment banking in healthcare to identify ways the healthcare industry must change to deliver better care. He received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, an English degree from Colgate University, and served in the African Peace Corp service. Join over 10k+ healthcare executives who read our weekly insights and commentary on www.4sighthealth.com. His third book, Less Healthcare, More Health: The Prescription for a Happier, More Equitable and Productive America, will publish in 2024.

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