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Cook County Health board chooses New York hospital executive to be its next leader

An executive who presided over one of New York’s worst-hit hospitals during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was selected by Cook County’s public hospital system to be its next CEO.

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The Cook County Health board of directors has chosen Israel Rocha Jr., CEO of Elmhurst and Queens hospitals at the New York City Health + Hospitals system, to be its leader, Cook County Health spokeswoman Caryn Stancik wrote in a Wednesday statement. The candidate still needs to be confirmed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which is expected to review his qualifications and vote on him later in October.

Rocha’s experience, which includes guiding the once-overflowing Elmhurst Hospital as it bore the brunt of the coronavirus’s early toll on New York, aligns with the needs of Cook County’s health system that overwhelmingly serves the poor and also was inundated with COVID-19 patients earlier this year, Cook

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