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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2004

Blagojevich awards $14.3 million for terrorism readiness efforts
Hospitals, emergency providers receive funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of $14.3 million to hospitals, emergency medical providers and healthcare organizations to better prepare the state for dealing with a terrorist attack involving weapons of mass destruction.

“We are building capacity everyday to assure that the state and its partners are ready to respond to any terrorist event,” Blagojevich said. “The state has made significant progress and is considered a model of preparedness for the nation, but efforts to protect our citizens are never ending. The investments in preparedness we are making today will help us improve our ability to respond to a terrorist attack, whether it be a biological agent or a radioactive ‘dirty bomb.'”

The majority of the federal funds ($12.4 million) will be distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to hospitals throughout the state to develop plans to care for victims of terrorism. The hospitals will be required to participate in disaster planning, to be involved in disaster drills, and to train staff to recognize symptoms related to weapons of mass destruction and learn the necessary treatment.

“An added benefit to improving the state's readiness is that grant money will pay off in terms of public health preparedness for dealing with other types of events – natural and chemical disasters – as well as acts of terrorism,” said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director.

Twelve “POD” hospitals that are responsible for the overall coordination of disaster

preparedness in the various regions of the state received $6 million..

Each of the following “POD” hospitals received $522,000: Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn; Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago; Belleville Memorial Hospital; Carbondale Memorial Hospital; Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign; Highland Park Hospital; Loyola University Hospital, Chicago; Rockford Memorial Hospital; Sherman Hospital, Elgin; and St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Memorial Medical Center St. John's Hospital in Springfield, which share responsibility for disaster planning in the south central part of the state, each received $390,000.

Another 179 hospitals received $6.4 million in grants ranging from $14,300 to $85,500 depending on size of the hospital and level of responsibility in the emergency medical services system.

Besides the hospital funding, $1.7 million in grants will be given to a dozen organizations to assist the state with terrorism readiness efforts. These include:

  • Illinois Poison Control Center, $500,000, to have in place trained staff that can respond to public and hospital inquiries, and help with rumor control, in the event of a terrorist attack. The center also will develop printed information.
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, $500,000, to assist Illinois Medical Emergency Response Teams (IMERT) positioned in Chicago and north, central and southern parts of the state, and help train emergency physicians on how to deal with and recognize symptoms caused by weapons of mass destruction.
  • Illinois State Emergency Nurses Association, $75,000, to develop a database of volunteer nurses available to deal with a surge in victims and to train them in disaster response.
  • Illinois Council of Health Systems Pharmacists, $50,000, to create a pool of pharmacists and pharmacist trainees that could help distribute drugs in the event of an emergency.
  • Mental Health Association of Illinois, $100,000, to organize teams of mental health experts to deal with victims and responders who suffer from posttraumatic symptoms.
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children, $100,000, to develop a team of pediatric experts that could helps children in need of treatment.
  • Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council, $90,000; Illinois Hospital

Association, $90,000; American Hospital Education Consortium, Midwestern University, $90,000; and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, $90,000; to sponsor special training for health professionals.

  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, $50,000, to help ensure hospital disaster planning preparation.
  • Public Health Futures of Illinois/United Way of Illinois, $35,000, to survey emergency medical system providers to determine education, training and equipment needs.

Besides the POD hospitals, the other hospitals that received grants were:

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge
Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest
Advocate Trinity Hospital, Chicago
Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton
Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village
Bethany Hospital, Chicago
Anderson Area Hospital, Maryville
Blessing Hospital, Quincy
Bromenn Regional Medical Center, Normal
Carthage Memorial Hospital
Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville
Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
CGH Medical Center, Sterling
Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Clay County Hospital, Flora
Community Hospital of Ottawa
Community Memorial Hospital, Staunton
Community Medical Center of Western Ill., Monmouth
Condell Medical Center, Libertyville
Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson
Crossroads Community Hospital, Mount Vernon
Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur
Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva
Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton
Edward A. Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville
Edward Hospital, Naperville
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst
Eureka Community Hospital, Eureka
Evanston Hospital, Evanston
Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield
Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia
Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado
Franklin Hospital, Benton
Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport
Galena-Strauss Hospital, Galena
Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg
Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City
Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, Gibson City
Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview
Glenoaks Medical Center, Glendale Heights
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park
Graham Hospital, Canton
Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro
Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo
Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclare
Harrisburg Medical Center, Harrisburg
Harvard Community Hospital, Harvard
Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion
Herrin Hospital, Herrin
Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro
Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale
Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago
Holy Family Medical Center, Des Plaines
Hoopeston Regional Health Center, Hoopeston
Hopedale Hospital, Hopedale
Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield
Illini Hospital, Rock Island
Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru
Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey
Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka
Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago
Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville
John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital, Monticello
John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon
Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee
Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb
Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest
LaGrange Memorial Hospital, LaGrange
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, Lawrenceville
Lincoln Park Hospital, Chicago
Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park
Loretto Hospital, Chicago
Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago
MacNeal Memorial Hospital, Berwyn
Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin
Mason District Hospital, Havana
Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis
McDonough District Hospital, Macomb
Memorial Hospital, Chester
Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock
Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota
Mercer County Hospital, Aledo
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago
Methodist Hospital of Chicago
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria
Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago
Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion
Morris Hospital, Morris
Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison
Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center, Chicago
Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry
Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights
Northwest Suburban Community Hospital, Belvidere
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Norwegian-American Hospital, Chicago
Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park
OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac
OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Bloomington
OSF St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg
Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights
Pana Community Hospital, Pana
Paris Community Hospital, Paris
Passavant Area Hospital, Jacksonville
Pekin Memorial Hospital, Pekin
Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton
Pinckneyville Community Hospital, Pinckneyville
Provident Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
Proctor Hospital, Peoria
Provena Mercy Center, Aurora
Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin
Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet
Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee
Provena United Samaritan Medical Center, Danville
Red Bud Regional Hospital, Red Bud
Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney
Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee
Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle
Roseland Community Hospital, Chicago
Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora
Rush North Shore Medical Center, Skokie
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
Sacred Heart Hospital, Chicago
Salem Township Hospital, Salem
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon
Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville
Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet
Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville
South Shore Hospital, Chicago
Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta
St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates
St. Anthony’s Health Center, Alton
St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago
St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham
St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Chicago
St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield
St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island
St. Francis Hospital of Evanston
St. James Hospital Medical Center, Chicago Heights
St. James Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital and Med. Center
St. Joseph Health Centers and Hospital, Chicago
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland
St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro
St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley
St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Mount Vernon
St. Mary of Nazareth, Chicago
St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia
St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur
St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis
St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator
St. Therese Medical Center, Waukegan
St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville
SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford
Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago
The Neurologic and Orthopedic Institute of Chicago
Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital, Carrollton
Thorek Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago
Touchette Regional Hospital, Centreville
Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island
Union County Hospital, Anna
University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago
Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich
Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan
Wabash General Hospital, Mount Carmel
Washington County Hospital, Nashville
Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, Oak Park
White County Medical Center, Carmi
$23,800
79,800
45,000
43,000
42,800
42,800
79,800
43,000
23,800
79,800
52,300
57,500
14,300
16,700
79,800
14,300
43,000
14,300
57,500
16,700
14,300
79,800
52,300
14,300
28,500
79,800
23,800
14,300
79,800
45,000
14,300
43,000
52,300
23,800
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
23,800
38,000
14,300
43,000
45,000
43,000
14,300
14,300
28,500
14,300
14,300
16,700
52,300
23,800
14,300
45,000
23,800
43,000
16,700
16,700
23,800
57,500
57,500
85,500
23,800
23,800
52,300
14,300
43,000
52,300
57,500
57,500
45,000
42,800
14,300
23,800
42,800
23,800
23,800
43,000
14,300
23,800
52,300
52,300
14,300
30,000
16,700
14,300
23,800
23,800
35,000
23,800
38,000
25,000
14,300
43,000
57,500
85,500
14,300
85,500
23,800
42,800
52,300
57,500
52,300
42,800
42,800
14,300
23,800
52,300
28,500
28,500
14,300
23,800
33,300
45,000
79,800
57,500
45,000
57,500
30,000
14,300
42,800
23,800
57,500
14,300
23,800
45,000
43,000
23,800
23,800
14,300
52,300
14,300
79,800
14,300
23,800
14,300
43,000
79,800
23,800
66,500
23,800
23,800
33,300
23,800
23,800
42,800
85,500
42,800
43,000
23,800
14,300
23,800
14,300
28,500
52,300
42,800
14,300
57,500
35,000
57,500
45,000
14,300
35,000
23,800
23,800
14,300
23,800
19,000
57,500
14,300
23,800
85,500
16,700
79,800
23,800
14,300
42,800
23,800
14,300

The following community health centers received $185,900 in funding:
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, Matteson
Capital Community Health Center, Springfield
Christopher Greater Rural Health Corp., Christopher
Community Health and Emergency Services, Inc., Cairo
Community Health Improvement Center, Decatur
Crusader Central Clinic Association, Rockford
Lake County Health Dept./Community Health Center, Waukegan
PCC Community Wellness Center, Oak Park
Rural Health, Inc., Anna
Shawnee Health Service and Dev. Corp., Carterville
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, Inc. East St. Louis
Southern Illinois Regional Wellness Center, East St. Louis
Will County Community Health Center, Joliet
$14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300
14,300


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