CHICAGO - The University of Chicago Medical Center said yesterday it was "proud" of its charitable care record after receiving a questionnaire on its practices from the U.S. Senate's leading proponent of heightened congressional oversight of nonprofit hospitals and whether they warrant the perks of their tax-exempt status.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, this week made public his request for information sent July 23 to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and to the University of Chicago Medical Center last week.

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