The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is a state agency that promotes the health of people in Illinois through the prevention and control of disease and injury. Consumers can access information and compare hospitals on quality, safety, patient satisfaction, patient volume, length of stay, costs of services, number of beds and pediatric quality measures by visiting their website,www.healthcarereportcard.illinois.gov/.
“IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering.”