• 25th May, 2017
    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Elizabeth DeLong, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., the trauma/emergency preparedness coordinator at Riverside Medical Center, with a special pediatric Community Service Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “Elizabeth DeLong used her expertise in trauma and emergency...

  • 25th May, 2017
    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Teri Campbell, R.N., B.S.N., C.F.R.N., a nurse with the University of Chicago Air Medical Network (UCAN), with a special pediatric Clinical Excellence Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Campbell has 30 years of obstetric, emergency, and flight nursing...

  • 25th May, 2017
    May 22-28, 2017 – Health and Safe Swimming Week
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Day weekend is when many pools and beaches open for the summer.  This week is Health and Safe Swimming Week, which is a good time to remind people about what they can do to stay safe and healthy while swimming.
     
    “Swimming is not only a fun summer activity for kids of all ages, but it’s also a great form of exercise that can help keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of obesity,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “However, swimmers need to take an active role in helping protect themselves and preventing the spread of germs.  We all share the water we swim in, and we each need to do our part to help keep ourselves and our families and friends healthy.”
     
    This year’s...
  • 23rd May, 2017
    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement
     

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Evelyn (Evotte) Susada, B.S.N., R.N.C, a nurse in the emergency department at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “Evelyn Susada is a quality and safety focused...

  • 22nd May, 2017
    Annual EMS Hero Awards

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 21-27, 2017, and EMS Children’s Day, May 24, 2017, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. 
     
    “The men and women being honored during National EMS Week are true heroes who have acted selflessly to help people in need during emergency situations,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.  “Thousands of emergency workers in Illinois put their lives on the line every day, while others are simply citizens who have acted with courage to help others avoid serious injury or even death.  This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health...

  • 18th May, 2017
    IDPH offers tips to guard against mosquito bites

    SPRINGFIELD – As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Illinoisans of the best ways to avoid being bitten.  Different types of mosquitoes can carry different types of diseases, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, but steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites are essentially the same.
     
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.  “Now, for the second summer, we’re monitoring for Zika virus in Illinois.  While Zika is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus is rarely found in Illinois.  However,...

  • 18th May, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting Illinoisans that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning the public that a certain type of lead test made by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults.  The FDA’s warning is based on currently available data that indicate Magellan lead tests that use blood taken from a person’s vein may provide results that are lower than the actual level of lead in the blood.
     
    CDC recommends that parents of children younger than six years (72 months) of age, and currently pregnant women and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure consult their health care professional about whether they should be retested.  However, the IDPH lead program is not aware of Magellan Diagnostics’ test results...

  • 24th Apr, 2017
    Eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, measles cases being seen again in unvaccinated

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Several mumps outbreaks around the state over the past couple years and a measles outbreak in 2015 in northern Illinois that affected mainly children too young to be fully immunized, are stark reminders of the importance of immunizations.  During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, 2017, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is asking all parents to talk with a health care provider and make sure their children are fully immunized.
     
    “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said Director Shah.  “Because of the success of vaccines, parents may not have heard of or seen the serious...

  • 19th Apr, 2017
    Ceremony at the Old State Capitol April 25th
     

    SPRINGFIELD – In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 24 Illinoisans and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service. Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 23-29, 2017 as National Volunteer Week in Illinois. 
     
    “Those that are honored at the event are part of millions of Illinoisans that gave 286.6 million hours of their time to others in 2016,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. “These particular...

  • 17th Apr, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD - The West Side Heroin Task Force is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the opioid crisis. Elected officials, state agencies, and Chicago organizations would like to invite the public to learn more about drug use, prevention, response, treatment, and recovery.

    WHEN:Tuesday, April 18, 2017
     1:00-3:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Malcom X College
     Auditorium 1104
     1900 W. Jackson, Chicago

    Welcome
    Representative La Shawn Ford and other elected officials

    Opioid Crisis in Illinois: Statewide Perspective
    Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., Director, Illinois...

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