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


Advocate Christ Medical Center , Region VII POD Hospital
Sue Hecht, BSN, RN, EMS Administrative Director, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Office 708-684-3794
Cell 708-774-0781
Fax 708-422-0307

Advocate South Suburban Hospital, 17800 South Kedzie Avenue, Hazel Crest, Il 60429
Stephanie L. Whitten, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator/Emergency Management
Office 708-213-4218
Cell 708-567-6705
Fax 708-213-0107

Community Hospital, 901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster, IN 46321
Thomas Bettenhausen, EMS & Emergency Management Coordinator
Office 219-513-2983
Cell 219-381-9113
Fax 219-836-6399

Franciscan St. James Hospitals, 20201 South Crawford, Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Franciscan St. James Hospitals, 1423 Chicago Road, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Robert Wilcox, EMS Coordinator/Preparedness Manager
Office 708-747-4000 ext 81921
Cell 312-691-0324
Fax 708-756-6873

Ingalls Memorial Hospital, UChicago Medicine, One Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426
Douglas Kaiser, CHPA, CHSP, Manager of Security Services / Interim Safety Officer
Office 708-915-6756
Cell 815-530-6435
Dispatch (24 hours) 708-915-5832
Fax 708-915-5836

Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 West 95th. Street, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Patricia A Richards, Director of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Office 708-229-5854
Cell 630-664-8998
Fax # 708 422-0672

MetroSouth Medical Center, 12935 S. Gregory, Blue Island Illinois 60406
Jeff Cullen, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator
Office 708-824-4649
Cell 708-921-8682
Fax 708-824-4627

Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers, 150 W. High Street, Morris, IL 60450
Robin Stortz, EMS & Emergency Management Coordinator
Office 815-705-7189
Cell 815-274-3469
Fax 815-705-1709

Olivet Nazarene University ACS, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Dale Newsome, Director of Public Safety
Office 815-928-5622
Cell 815-592-5265
Robert (Bob) Hull, Emergency Management Coordinator
Office 815-928-5429
Cell 815-953-8885

Palos Community Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Denise Slisz, RN, BSN, EMS/Emergency Management Coordinator
Office 708-923-5812
Cell 773-426-6003
Fax 708-923-5827

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, 333 N. Madison Street, Joliet, IL 60435
Kevin Bernard, Safety Director and Emergency Management Manager
Office 815-725-7133, ext 3407
Cell 815-530-8732
Leslie Livett RN, MSN, EMS/Trauma Coordinator
Office 815-773-7077
Cell 779-435-9624
Fax 815-773-7764

Presence Saint Marys Hospital, 500 West Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901
Jason Rolando, Director of Safety/Security and Centralized Communications
Office 815-937-2107
Cell 815-791-0991
Fax 815-937-2105
David Nagel, EMT-P, EMS Coordinator
Work Number 815-937-2104
Emergency Contact 815-693-1744

Riverside Healthcare, 350 North Wall St, Kankakee, IL 60901
Director of Trauma/Emergency Preparedness
Office 815-935-7822
Fax # 815-935-7492

Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox, IL 60451
Lonnie Polhemus, EMS System Manager
Office 815-300-7430
Cell 630-461-7307
Fax 815-300-7917