|May 20, 2004|
ST. JOHN'S HOSPITAL OF SPRINGFIELD RECEIVES
SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, today presented St. John's Hospital of Springfield with an excellence in pediatric care award for its dedication to meeting the special health care needs of children.
The Ron W. Lee, M.D. Excellence in Pediatric Care Award for Community Service is given annually by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.
"While our emergency system tends to focus on the care of adult patients, over the past decade St. John's Hospital has ensured that appropriate resources and adequately trained personnel are in place to meet the emergency care needs of children," Dr. Whitaker said. "In addition, St. John's has established educational programs to educate children and their families about such things as car safety seats, poison control and injury prevention."
The special pediatric emergency care or educational programs undertaken by St. John's include:
The Illinois EMSC program is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Public Health and Loyola University Medical Center of Chicago. It was established in 1994 to ensure that the emergency medical care needs of children are adequately addressed.
The Ron W. Lee, M.D. award is presented each May in three categories - community service, lifetime achievement and clinical excellence as part of Emergency Medical Services Week observances.
Dr. Whitaker will make additional Ron W. Lee, M.D. award presentations next week. Dr. Lee was the director of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center and was instrumental in establishing and fostering the EMSC program in Illinois. He passed away in 1998.
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