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Obituary: Former chief of Cook County health services Ruth Rothstein dies

Ruth Rothstein | File photo

When she was handed the reins of Cook County Hospital, Ruth Rothstein found a filthy, unorganized, patronage-laden machine that lacked morale, direction and energy, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

It was “a big behemoth,” Mrs. Rothstein told the Chicago Sun-Times in 1994, four years after then-Cook County Board President Richard J. Phelan appointed her as chief of the county’s Bureau of Health Services.

“I thought it was a crazy place. I didn’t know that I could do anything,” she said.

Her self-doubt was unfounded. She did a lot. Read more... 

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