Emergency Management

Region VII Emergency Management information may be found below.

CDC Public Health Radiological/Nuclear Preparedness Resources Now Available
CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and the National Center for Environmental Health hosted a public health radiological/nuclear preparedness webinar on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The 90-minute webinar included an overview of public health actions and priorities prior to and during a radiological/nuclear incident. Information was also provided on CDC tools and resources to help with state and local planning for radiological/nuclear threats. The webinar was recorded and will be available in the near future. Below are links to a variety of resources referenced during the webinar.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – Radiation Emergencies:

Communications Training and Tools for Radiation Emergencies:

PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNING GUIDE: CDC has posted a Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies.

ISRAELI BANDAGES: With grant monies, Region VII was able to purchase a stock of “Israeli bandages”.
Please review the Israeli Bandage Youtube videos that demonstrate how to apply and use the bandages.

EBOLA GUIDANCE: Please review this EBOLA guidance information for First Responders, Fire Departments, Ambulance Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies, PSAPS or other pre-hospital care providers. 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 and IDPH Ebola Memorandum.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STATEWIDE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM: The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a 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.

ASPR: 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 PublicHealthEmergency.gov web portal, the MSCC handbook, 2nd Edition, which was prepared by the US Department of Health and Human services.

H1N1: The CDC H1N1 Flu information may be found here.

DISASTER PREP: Please visit www.ready.gov and www.ready.illinois.gov for information to share with citizens for disaster preparations.

NIMS/FEMA: Personnel involved in emergency management planning should become NIMS certified through the FEMA training website.

SNAPS: 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 APP: Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Mobil Phone and Tablet App Powerpoint

American Red Cross
CEMP, Comprehensive Emergency Management Program
CHUG TEAM, Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group
Loyola’s Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Site
Children’s Hospital LA’s Pediatric Disaster Resource

Cook County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Will County EMA


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