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Death raises questions after Ill. hospital closure
Death raises questions about how Illinois charity hospital's last patients were transferred
By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' A patient who predicted he wouldn't survive a move from a now-closed Illinois charity hospital has died three weeks after his transfer to a nursing home.

The death of 58-year-old Michael Yanul (YA'-nuhl), who breathed with a ventilator, raises questions about how Cook County managed patient transfers while closing the hospital in Chicago's suburbs. Cook County converted Oak Forest Hospital to an outpatient center to save money.

Yanul moved into a nursing home chosen by his family Aug. 31, the hospital's last day. His brother, Tom Yanul, says he died Sept. 20 of pneumonia and a blood infection.

The brother says the nursing home lacked needed equipment and staff didn't learn Yanul's needs.

A spokeswoman says the Cook County health system has an elite team to ensure transfers go smoothly.

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