Durbin Meets With Sinai Health CEO Dr. Ezike

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the new CEO of Sinai Chicago System and former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. During their meeting, Durbin and Dr. Ezike discussed bolstering health care resources in Illinois for violence prevention, closing racial and ethnic health disparities, and addressing workforce shortages in hospitals.

Durbin and Dr. Ezike also talked about new goals for the Chicago HEAL Initiative, including fortifying the health care pipeline, building out school and community prevention programs, expanding access to post-injury trauma recovery, and improving data sharing. 

“In the last few years, our health care system and the professionals who keep it running have been placed under enormous strain. In meeting with Dr. Ezike of Sinai Chicago today, I reiterated my appreciation for the taxing work our health care workers do and my commitment to support them in their safety net mission,” said Durbin. “I’ll continue to be a strong partner to our health care workforce and expand federal support to give patients access to the best care possible.”

A photo of the meeting is available here.

To address health care workforce issues, Durbin secured a historic $1 billion for the National Health Service Corps in the American Rescue Plan for scholarship and loan repayment awards to recruit more physicians, doctors, and behavioral health providers to provide care in underserved areas.