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September 30, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces $4.9 million for Illinois trauma centers
Traffic fines give Illinois trauma centers a boost to help critically injured

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that by the end of this month, Illinois trauma centers will receive almost $5 million in new funding to help care for the critically injured.  The money from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) share of the Trauma Center Fund builds on funding trauma centers already received from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).  In Fiscal Year 2005, HFS distributed a total of $9.1 million to trauma centers. The funds for the trauma centers are generated by an additional $5 fee that is imposed on traffic fines of $55 or higher and a $100 surcharge that is imposed on convictions or orders of supervision for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Trauma centers across this state are on the frontlines of emergency care.  The $14 million collected from traffic fines and drunk driving convictions will help ensure trauma centers are well-prepared to meet the needs of the victims of car accidents and other traumatic incidents,” said Gov. Blagojevich.   
IDPH and HFS distributed $14 million in total to more than one hundred trauma centers around the state.  The money generated by traffic fines, convictions and orders is deposited into the Trauma Center Fund and each Department awards the trauma centers in different ways.  DPH awards about half of the receipts to hospital trauma centers in the geographic region where the traffic violation occurred.  The amount each hospital receives from the regional share is based on the total number of trauma patients for whom the hospital provides care.  HFS, however, distributes the funding to trauma centers based on the number of trauma patients cared for by the hospital who are covered by Medicaid.  HFS also receives federal Medicaid matching funds.
“In times of critical need, Illinoisans rely on trauma centers and their expert staff and medical teams that can provide assistance under very difficult situations,” said Barry Maram, Director of HFS.  “With federal matching funds we are able to almost double the amount of funding to hospitals and medical centers who care for Medicaid patients.”
“The state’s trauma centers provide the most critical care for patients in often life or death situations and can be costly to maintain the level of care needed to tend to seriously injured citizens.  It is our hope that these funds can give the facility a financial boost that can make a difference,” said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director. 
To be eligible for the funds, a hospital must be designated a Level I or Level II trauma center by the Department of Public Health.  A Level I trauma center has trauma surgeons in-house 24 hours a day and offers other surgical specialties.  A Level II trauma center has trauma surgeons available to respond to the hospital within 30 minutes and other surgical specialties are made available or by transfer agreements with other facilities.
Blessing Hospital in Quincy has been a Level II trauma center since 1998 and received nearly $62,000 from the trauma center fund payout this fiscal year.  
“The revenue we receive from the trauma fund has been beneficial in several areas.  We use these monies for meeting requirements such as a designated Medical Director for Trauma and a Trauma Coordinator.   It also provides education and transportation funding to assist the Medical Director and Trauma Coordinator, as well as other trauma related personnel and physicians, to remain updated on current practice and rules,” said Kathy Muder, director of EMS, Blessing Hospital. 
Since Fiscal Year 1994, the DPH has distributed approximately $42.7 million and HFS has distributed approximately $84.2 million to the state's trauma centers from the Trauma Center Fund.
The following are the hospitals and the amount of funding each received from DPH and HFS in FY05:
Department of Public Health
Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Elk Grove Village
Blessing Hospital
Brokaw/Mennonite Hospitals
Carle Foundation Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Children's Memorial Hospital
Christ Hospital
Oak Lawn
Condell Medical Center
Cook County Hospital
Cook County Hospital-Pediatric
Delnor-Community Hospital
Edward Hospital Assn.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Evanston Northwestern Health
Galesburg Cottage Hospital
Glenbrook Hospital/Evanston NW Health
Glenoaks Medical Center
Glendale Hts
Good Samaritan Hospital
Downers Grove
Good Shepherd Hospital
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
Melrose Park
Highland Park Hospital
Highland Park
Hinsdale Hospital
Illini Hospital
Illinois Masonic Medical Center
LaGrange Memorial Hospital
Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest
Loyola University
Lutheran General Hospital
Park Ridge
MacNeal Memorial Hospital
Memorial Medical Center
Memorial Medical Center
Mercy Center for Health Care
Methodist Medical Center
Morris Hospital
Mt. Sinai Hosp. Medical Center
Northern IL Medical Center
Northwest Community Hospital
Arlington Hts 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Passavant Hospital
Riverside Medical Center
Rockford Memorial Hospital
Rush North Shore Medical Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Sherman Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital
St. Alexius Medical Center/Hoffman Estates Med.
Hoffman Estates 
St. Anthony's Medical Center
St. Francis Hospital
St. Francis Medical Center
St. James Hospital & Health Center
Olympia Fields 
St. John's Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital
East St. Louis 
St. Mary's Hospital
St. Mary's Medical Center
St. Therese Medical Center
Swedish American Hospital Assn.
Trinity Medical Center
Rock Island, IL
University of Chicago Hospital
Chicago, IL
Advocate Northside
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Blessing Hospital-Quincy
Bromenn Healthcare
Carle Foundation Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital
Childrens Hospital of Illinois
Childrens Memorial Hospital
Christ Hospital & Medical Center
Condell Medicall Center
Copley Memorial Hospital
Delnor Community Hospital
Edward Hospital Association
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Evanston Hospital
Foster G. McGaw of Loyola University 
Galesburg Cottage Hospital
Glen Oaks Med Ctr
Good Samaritan Hospital-DG
Good Shepherd Hospital
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
Hinsdale Hospital
Holy Family Hospital
Hope Children's Hospital
Illini Hospital
J H Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Kenneth Hall
LaGrange Memorial Hospital
Lake Forest Hospital
Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Lutheran General Hospital
MacNeal Memorial Hospital Association
Memorial Medical Center - Springfield
Memorial Medical Center - Woodstock
Memorial Medical Center Children's Hospital
Methodist Medical Center
Morris Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center
Northern Illinois Medical Center
Northwest Community Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Passavant Area Hospital
Passavant Children's Hospital
Provena Mercy Center 
Provena St. Joseph Hospital-Elgin
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center-Joliet
Provena St. Mary's Hospital-Kankakee
Provena St. Therese Med Ctr-Waukegan
Riverside Medical Center
Rockford Memorial Hospital 
Ronald McDonalds Children's Hospital
Rush North Shore Medical Center
Sherman Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital
Sinai Children's Hospital
St. Alexis Medical Center
St. Anthony's - Rockford
St. Francis Hospital-Evanston
St. Francis Medical Center- Peoria
St. James Hospital & Health Center
St. John's - Springfield
St. John's Children's Hospital - Springfield
St. Joseph Medical Center-Bloomington
St. Mary's Hospital-Galesburg
Swedish American Hospital
Trinity Medical Center
University of Chicago Childrens Hospital
University of Chicago Hospital


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