Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) members Advocate Health Care, AMITA Health, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Rush University Medical Center, along with the City of Chicago, other anchor institutions and companies, are members of Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE). CASE aims to generate inclusive economic growth through anchor procurement.
CASE has inspired similar programs nationally including Philadelphia Anchors for Growth and Equity (PAGE), a partnership between the Economy League, the City of Philadelphia and leading hospitals and universities, including HAN members Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Einstein Healthcare Network. PAGE seeks to increase local purchasing by these large institutional buyers to strengthen the local economy and build wealth, help develop and grow businesses, and create jobs.
From the article in Politico:
For AMITA, stepping into the role of tackling local economic inequality is “the right thing to do,” Pamela Mitchell-Boyd, systems director for diversity and inclusion at AMITA, said. But it also improves the services it offers.