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Concerns About Vista Medical Center East Shared 

The patients at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan are more than numbers on a spreadsheet to me. In addition to being Lake County Coroner, I have also been a healthcare provider at Vista Medical Center East. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, I have administered anesthesia to patients of Vista Medical Center East and cared for patients through surgeries and procedures. Lives are at stake; this is no time for excuses.

My concerns, and those of other healthcare providers were covered in an article by Sam Borcia in the Lake and McHenry County Scanner. (See below)

By Sam Borcia

Published January 17, 2024

The Lake County coroner is calling for action amid an exodus of doctors leaving Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, affecting patient care, after the hospital was recently purchased.


Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek recently sent a letter outlining her concerns with Vista Medical Center East to Vista Health System Board Trustee George Bridges.

Vista Health System, previously owned by Quorum Health Corporation, was purchased by American Healthcare Systems, which took over the company in July. It is the third change in ownership in the last five years.

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