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...