Breakfast with the Chairman

Breakfast with the Chairman

Population Health & Improving Healthcare Performance

Leaders in healthcare and human resources gathered on Thursday, February 15 at a breakfast hosted by Choose DuPage and DuPage County Board Chairman, Dan Cronin to discuss ‘Population Health & Improving Healthcare Performance’ in DuPage County. 

The discussion was led by John Cook, Chief Growth Officer for CBIZ Employee Benefits. Attendees included representatives from: 

“The purpose of these events is to address issues critical to the prosperity of DuPage County,” said Chairman Cronin. “By bringing together leaders that represent different facets of the healthcare industry, we hope to educate one another on the challenges and needs of each group in order to achieve better outcomes.”

David Rubadue, National Director of Healthcare Actuarial Services at CBIZ started the breakfast with a presentation on ‘population health’. 


Rubadue defined population health management from an analytical perspective as a process involving three major steps: (1) aggregating patient data across multiple health information technology sources, (2) analyzing that data into a single actionable patient record, and (3) executing on programs and other efforts to allow care providers to improve both clinical and financial outcomes. 

He described it from a public health perspective as the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices.

Following the presentation was an open-table discussion on what employers and providers can do to support population health management, the role data and analytics play in identifying care gaps and managing population health, and the benchmarks and ROI from supporting these programs.

Key Takeaways

  • With healthcare costs increasing by 7% each year, employers and government entities are looking for new and creative ways to control healthcare costs. Implementing programs that reward employees for taking care of their health, and financially rewarding providers for their performance in caring for members will lead to higher quality care, a healthier life, and lower costs.
  • Employers can promote population health by creating a culture of wellness at their organization. This can include disease management programs, case management, and other wellness initiatives. The most successful programs provide incentives for employees, and/or focus on making it easier for employees to make healthy choices.
  • Providers can promote population health by participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), providing coordinated care and risk management to patient groups. 
  • Measurement and data analytics are essential parts of good population health management. This information comes from several sources including benefit plan data, provider data, outcome data, patient services, and more. Although aggregating the data is cumbersome and challenging, it is necessary to achieve improved outcomes.
Western Access O'Hare

Please, no O’Hare deal without Western Access

Opinion Editorial by John Carpenter

As Greg Hinz reported in his February 25 column, “$8.5 billion O’Hare expansion deal about to land,” the city of Chicago is close to deal for a massive expansion of O’Hare International Airport. The new O’Hare deal includes a major step towards a providing passenger access from the west— the construction of a 10,000-space employee parking lot on O’Hare’s western edge is a start. As anticipation builds for the announcement of a final deal, establishing a western access point to the airport must remain a critical component of the overall O’Hare Modernization Project (OMP).

O’Hare International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, and hundreds of acres of ORD lay within DuPage County. While most appear to be focused on expanding gates and carriers, and possibly even developing a high speed express train to carry passengers back and forth from downtown, it’s important to remember the western access component of the larger OMP is critical to the overall success of the project; this effort will completely transform the economy of the entire Chicagoland region.

Since 2014, the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance has worked with the Illinois Tollway and regional public-and private-sector leaders to establish the Western Access O’Hare corridor as a premier global business location. The benefits from building western access are compelling. According to the Elgin-O’Hare Western Bypass Advisory Council, the economic benefits of this project include:

  • Creation of 65,000 jobs by 2040
  • Local tax revenues expected to increase by $29M annually (based on 2010 projection)
  • 13,450 jobs will be created annually in the region during construction
  • Travel delays will be reduced, saving an estimated $145M annually by 2040

There have been a number of stories written over the past few years regarding the progress of the Western Access O’Hare project, or rather, the lack of progress, due to continued gamesmanship by the City of Chicago.  There is much at stake here.  Many fail to realize the big picture impact of this incredibly important project, not only for DuPage County, but for residents and business across the Chicagoland region as whole – that means both the City as well as the surrounding suburbs.

Mayor Emanuel has recently touted O’Hare as the “best connected airport” serving one of the most diversified economies.  For this to be true, the commitment to Western Access as outlined in the OMP needs to remain a priority in the final deal the City. This project is vital to the future of our region and will remain a priority for Choose DuPage until it is complete.

Click here to view this in Crain’s Chicago Business

John Carpenter serves as the President/CEO of the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance. We are dedicated to establishing DuPage County as a premier global business location by working to expand and diversify the DuPage County economy through actions that stimulate business investment in its communities and generate desirable job opportunities for its residents.

Choose DuPage Economic Indicators Report

DuPage County: Open for Business and Continuing to Thrive

2017 Economic Indicators Showcase DuPage as Premier Business Location in Chicagoland Region

The findings from Choose DuPage’s 2017 Annual Economic Indicators Report confirms DuPage County’s economy is stronger than ever. Data suggests DuPage County offers a business-friendly environment for a variety of industry sectors including healthcare and manufacturing. While the state and surrounding communities continue to navigate struggles with high taxes, pension challenges and a hostile business climate, the findings in Choose DuPage’s report reinforce DuPage County’s attractiveness for business development as well as quality of life.

2017 Economic Indicators Report Highlights:

  • Closing out the year, DuPage County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Chicagoland six-county region at 3.8%, lower than both the State of Illinois (4.7%) and United States (3.9%).
  • DuPage County’s top job opportunities were reported to be in the computer and mathematical fields, office and administrative support, management, healthcare, sales, business and financial operations.  
  • Office vacancy rates dropped from 17.2% at the end of 2016 to 15.8% at the end of 2017; Industrial vacancy rates dropped from 5.3% this time last year, to 5.1%. DuPage County continues to have one of the lowest industrial vacancy rates in the region.

“In addition to Amita Health relocating its headquarters – 1,100 jobs – to Lisle, DuPage County had a number of other big projects develop in 2017,” said John Carpenter, president and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Low taxes, strong labor demographics, as well as a highly educated and skilled workforce are just a few of the benefits DuPage is successfully leveraging to attract business development for the region. DuPage County continues to be a driving economic force in the Chicagoland area as there are a number of opportunities on the horizon and we anticipate further growth for the region in 2018.” 

DuPage County saw a number of large real estate transactions over the past year spurring job creation including AMITA Health’s relocation of its headquarters to Lisle in the fall of 2017. CAMCRAFT and Get Fresh Produce brought just under 500 new jobs to the Bartlett area, while Oak Brook gained more than 325 jobs via transactions by CBRE, Rush University Medical Center and others.

Details surrounding the top twenty real estate transactions of 2017, as well as an industry sector breakdown, are included in the Choose DuPage 2017 Annual Economic Indicators Report and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.