Quentin Young, M.D., has withdrawn as chair of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, just four days after Gov. Pat Quinn announced the 85-year-old physician would take the job and restore integrity to the states certificate-of-need process.
According to a news release from Quinns office, Young discovered after his appointment that his former practice, in which he holds a minority interest, leases space to nine-hospital Advocate Health Care, based in Oak Brook, Ill. The lease deal was made after Young retired in 2008, according to the release, but state law prohibits anyone with a business interest in a hospital from serving on the board.
Young, a prominent Chicago healthcare activist who is national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, has served as president of the Chicago Board of Health and chairman of the department of internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, now John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
The planning board has been without a chairman for three years. Kickback schemes targeting hospitals with applications before the board led to a guilty plea by a former board member, and an alleged role played by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is among a variety of corruption allegations that prompted his removal from office and a federal indictment on charges of fraud, extortion and racketeering.