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Why more Chicago hospitals are getting into the housing business

Having hospitals chip in to shelter their patients hasn’t caught on rapidly in Chicago, but city officials are starting to see more interest. The latest batch of hospitals finding housing for their chronically homeless patients—or planning to—include UChicago Medicine, Rush University Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital.

More hospitals have sought details on how to launch such a program, including prominent Northwestern Medicine, said Stephen Brown, director of preventive emergency medicine at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. He spearheads the Better Health Through Housing program at the Near West Side-based academic system and leads a local committee where hospitals discuss how to intertwine health and housing…Please click here for Kristen Schorsch’s story in Crain’s.

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