Advocate Christ  EMSS

Presence St Mary's EMSS

Riverside EMS System

Silver Cross EMS System


Emergency Management

EMS Education Standards

EMS Relicensure


Trauma Nurse Coordinators

Other EMS Links




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CDC Publishes Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide

CDC has posted a Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies at


With grant monies, Region VII was able to purchase a stock of “Israeli bandages”.

Please review the above link with Youtube videos that demonstrate how to apply and use the bandages.  These videos are a useful demonstration on how to apply, tighten, and secure the bandages.


First Responders, Fire Departments, Ambulance Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies, PSAPS or other pre-hospital care providers, please review this updated guidance document.  This guidance was updated based on the most recent CDC recommendations that were published on 10-28-14.  You can find answers to a multitude of questions on the IDPH website and the CDC website. You may also refer questions to the Ebola Hotline at  1-800-889-3931.

CDC IDENTIFY, ISOLATE, INFORM: Ambulantory Care Evaluation of Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease form updated 10-31-14 and IDPH Memorandum dated 11-3-14.


Volunteers Wanted for Statewide Emergency Response System

The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released a new public service announcement to raise awareness about Illinois Helps, a statewide database that registers volunteers to respond to major disasters or public health emergencies in the state.

MCHC, IDPH and CDPH are encouraging both medical and non-medical volunteers to register with Illinois Helps. More than 3,700 Illinoisans are already registered with the system and may be called upon to respond to any number of emergency situations including blizzards, disease outbreaks like H1N1 and bioterrorism attacks. Illinois Helps also allows hospitals to verify the licenses and credentials of professional health care volunteers who come to their facilities to care for the influx of patients experienced during emergencies.

Click here to view the PSA.

Click here to register with Illinois Helps


ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program: The Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations, Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response - US Department of Health and Human Services has posted to the Public Health web portal, the MSCC handbook, 2nd Edition, which was prepared by the US Department of Health and Human services...for your convenience:


The CDC H1N1 Flu information may be found at


Please visit for information to share with citizens for disaster preparations.


Personnel involved in emergency management planning should become NIMS certified through the FEMA website

Direct link to NIMS courses:


Today, the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau launched a new web page: Broadband and Public Safety and Homeland Security to better ensure that the public safety community, the general public, government agencies and communications providers have access to the latest news and information on the FCC's efforts to implement the National Broadband Plan for public safety.  The implementation of the plan will include initiatives to bring interoperable communications to America's first responders through the creation of a nationwide wireless broadband network and new cyber security reporting and monitoring programs; as well as Next Generation 9-1-1 services; emergency alerts and warnings through a variety of outlets (including via television and radio broadcasts (Emergency Alert System), wireless hand-held devices, such as cell phones and the Internet) and much more. The web page includes access to the latest press releases, public notices, field hearings, and presentations.  We encourage you to visit these pages for updates and background information to assist with your coverage of the National Broadband Plan and its impact on public safety across America. To access these pages, please visit:


The CDC is pleased to announce the public launch of "SNAPS: Snap Shots of State Population Data." SNAPS is a free service to the public that provides local-level community profile information nationwide. It can be browsed by county and state and searched by zip code. SNAPS serves as a valuable tool when responding to public health emergency events at the state, Tribal, and local levels. It provides a "snap shot" of key variables for consideration in guiding and tailoring health education and communication efforts to ensure diverse audiences receive critical public health messages that are accessible, understandable, and timely.


Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Mobil Phone and Tablet App Study: Powerpoint


Other emergency management links:

American Red Cross:

CEMP, Comprehensive Emergency Management Program:





Pediatric Disaster Preparedness:

TRACIE, HHS ASPR  is a healthcare preparedness information gateway that provides access to information and resources to improve preparedness and resiliency:


Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group (CHUG):

Pediatric Disaster Resource:

Region VII County EMAs

Will County EMA:


Region VII Emergency Management Contact List:


Sue Hecht, BSN, RN, EMS Administrative Director, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Advocate Christ Medical Center , Region VII POD Hospital
Work Number 708-684-3794
Emergency Contact 708-774-0781
Fax 708-684-3467


Dawn Wujcik, RN, EMS Coordinator

Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital,5101 South Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525

Work Number 708-245-6706

Emergency Contact 708-370-0050


Stephanie L. Whitten, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator/Emergency Management

Advocate South Suburban Hospital, 17800 South Kedzie Avenue, Hazel Crest, Il 60429

Work Number 708-213-4218

Emergency Contact 708-567-6705

Fax 708-213-0107


Robert Wilcox, EMS Coordinator/Preparedness Manager

Franciscan St. James Hospitals, 20201 South Crawford, Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Franciscan St. James Hospitals, 1423 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Work Number 708-747-4000 ext 81921

Emergency Contact

Fax 708-756-6873


Ken Barnett, Director of Security

Ingalls Memorial Hospital, One Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426

Work Number 708-915-5821

Emergency Contact 708-606-3134

Pager 708-409-6861


Dan Lempa, Director of Security

Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 West 95th. Street, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Work Number 708-229-5854

Emergency Contact 708-372-4026

Fax # 708 422-0672


Jeff Cullen, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator
MetroSouth Medical Center, 12935 S. Gregory, Blue Island Illinois 60406
Work Number 708-824-4649
Fax 708-824-4627


Robin Stortz, EMS Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers, 150 W.  High Street, Morris, IL 60450

Work Number 815-705-7189

Emergency Contact 815-274-3469

Fax 815-941-1357


Dale Newsome, Director of Public Safety

Olivet Nazarene University ACS, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Work Number 815-928-5622

Emergency Contact 815-592-5265


Gregory H. Okon, Department of Public Safety Manager
Palos Community Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights, Illinois  60463
Work Number  708-923-4698
Emergency Contact 708-473-0642
Fax 708-923-4198


Leslie Livett RN, MSN, EMS/Trauma Coordinator

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, 333 N. Madison Street, Joliet, IL 60435

Work Number 815-773-7077

Emergency Contact 779-435-9624

Fax 815-773-7764


Jason Rolando, Director of Safety/Security and Centralized Communications

Presence Saint Marys Hospital, 500 West Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901

Work Number 815-937-2107

Emergency Contact 815-791-0991

Fax 815-937-2105

David Nagel, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator

Work Number 815-937-2104

Emergency Contact 815-693-1744


Liz Delong RN, Director of Trauma/Emergency Preparedness

Riverside Healthcare, 350 North Wall St, Kankakee, IL  60901

Work Number 815-935-7822

Emergency Contact 815-214-0811

Fax # 815-935-7492


Lonnie Polhemus, EMS System Manager

Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox, IL 60451

Work Number 815-300-7430

Emergency Contact 630-461-7307

Fax 815-300-7917


Lauren Hansen, Emergency Coordinator

St. Margaret Mercy  Hospital, 5454 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN. 46320  

Work Number 219- 864-7730 

Emergency Contact 219-746-3445 

Pager #  219-770-0024 

Fax #  219-730-9050