Rush Calls on Governor Pritzker to Reopen MetroSouth Amid Coronavirus, Hospital Bed Shortage

Mar 18, 2020
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called on Governor JB Pritzker to use any and all existing authorities to reopen MetroSouth Medical Center in order to increase the number of hospital beds needed to adequately address the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are fewer than three hospital beds for every 1,000 people in America, and hospital closures, such as the closure of MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, will only make this problem worse,” said Rep. Rush.  “Given the urgent situation we are facing with the coronavirus, I have called on Governor Pritzker to use any and all existing authorities to reopen the MetroSouth Medical Center as soon as possible.

“Gov. Pritzker has shown true leadership during this pandemic and I am hopeful he will continue to use his power as Governor to do all that is necessary to protect the people of Illinois from this deadly disease.  I am committed to working with the Governor to provide any federal assistance he may need to get MetroSouth back up and running, at least for the duration of the epidemic.”

MetroSouth was a 314-bed, acute care hospital with a blend of private and semi-private rooms, that employed 800 doctors, nurses, and other professionals, and serviced over 70,000 patients each year.  Quorum Health Corporation closed MetroSouth Medical Center on September 30, 2019.

A copy of Rep. Rush's letter can be viewed here.