As representatives of the Cook County Hospital Medical Staff, we wish to clarify for your readers a misunderstanding which may have occurred as a result of your front page article of August 4, 1995, entitled "Dr. Simon's Prescription." In that article, Dr. Simon is quoted making remarks about the homeless. Those are Dr. Simon's personal opinions and do not reflect the policy of the Cook County Hospital Medical Staff. Upon appointment to the Cook County Hospital Medical Staff, all members, including Dr. Simon, are expected to abide by the Bylaws of the Medical Staff as well as the Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures of the Hospital. This expectation is guided by a mission statement: "To provide a comprehensive program of quality care, with respect and dignity, to the residents of Cook County, regardless of their ability to pay."
We wish your readers, as well as the homeless, to know that they will recieve the same quality care, with respect and dignity, as required for all patients served by the Cook County Hospital Medical Staff.
Stephen M. Hessl, M.D., M.P.H
Samuel Appavu, M.D.
Roxanne Roberts, M.D.
Charles Orsay, M.D.