October 20, 2021 - Agenda & Minutes


First section of meeting is open to the public.  Actual review of mortality review cases is closed to the public.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm




  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Review of Previous Draft Meeting Report
  • Hello and Goodbyes
  • Announcements
  • Vote on Board Chairperson
  • Vote on date and time change to every two months, 9:00 am-12:00pm
  • Training Requirement Progress
  • Adjournment of Open Meeting

Meeting Notes


  • Dennis Beedle, MD, Interim Chairperson
  • Stephen Dinwiddie, MD, Northwestern University
  • Anne Fitz, RN, Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Sarah Anderson, MD, Northwestern University Fellow
  • Fred Jones-Rosa, MD, Northwestern University Fellow
  • Stacey Aschemann, Equip For Equality
  • Mark Mackey, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Randy Malan, RPh, Retired OCAPS
  • Chris Helfrich, RN, DD Homes Network
  • Sue Hughes, DHS/DMH Administrative Support


  • Amy Tarr, DHS/OIG Legislation/Policy Development

Welcome & Introductions

A quorum was met, and the open portion of the meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Dennis Beedle, MD at 9:14 a.m.

Dr. Beedle welcomed the group and thanked everyone for attending the meeting.

Review of Previous Draft Meeting Report

The current voting members approved the meeting report from July 21, 2021 as written.

Hello and Goodbyes

Edna Hill, RN resigned from the Mortality Review Board. Dr. Beedle will be looking for a replacement member. If anyone knows of a psychiatric nurse that may be interested in joining the Board, please let Dr. Beedle know.


The Attorney General website was hacked, and the site continues to be unavailable. Dr. Beedle will inform the group when the site is available.

Vote on Board Chairperson

Dr. Beedle was nominated and voted as Board Chairperson by the present voting members.

Dr. Beedle suggested we have a Deputy Chairperson in case he is not available for a meeting. If anyone would like to volunteer, please let Dr. Beedle know and a vote will be taken at the next meeting.

Vote on Date and Time Change of Meeting

Dr. Mackey motioned that the Mortality Review Board will meet every other month 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The group voted and approved the date and time change the Board will meet. The Fellows may not be able to attend every meeting due to other training obligations.

Training Requirement Progress

Thank you to those that have completed the required training on the OneNet. If you have not taken this training, please take as soon as your time allows.

Case Reviews

Six cases reviewed, three cases with follow up actions.

The open meeting adjourned at 9:31 a.m. and the closed meeting will begin at 9:33 a.m.

It was decided via e-mail after the meeting, the meetings will continue every three months for now due to the Northwestern Fellows having scheduling issues.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2022 via Webex