Illinois Department of Public Health Grant Helps Hospitals Prepare for Public Health Emergencies
(Chicago, IL) – Seven Presence Health hospitals have been awarded a $70,000 grant by the Illinois Public Health Department (IDPH) for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) to enhance hospital preparedness during public health emergencies. The grant will be used to conduct hospital emergency preparation activities at Presence Mercy Medical Center (Aurora), Presence Saint Joseph Hospital (Elgin), Presence Covenant Medical Center (Urbana), Presence United Samaritans Medical Center (Danville), Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (Joliet), Presence Saint Francis Hospital (Evanston) and Presence St. Mary’s Hospital (Kankakee).
Previously, HPP funds have been used to support facility evacuation planning and training, sheltering patients and staff in place, mass fatality management and disaster response. In addition, the hospitals have applied funding to purchase pharmaceutical caches during emergency response situations. Grant funding has also been used to retain Regional Disaster Preparation Liaisons. These specialists support development and maintenance of preparedness plans as well as purchase equipment, including mobile medical units and equipment to communicate with local emergency responders.
“Hospitals that are prepared to respond successfully to emergencies and recover quickly from all hazards are also able to deliver services more effectively and efficiently every day,” said Philip Laier, Regional Disaster Preparation Liaison, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital (Elgin). “We believe at our hospitals that having systems in place to provide better treatment for emergency patients in our communities also leads to better health outcomes on a day-to-day basis.”
The HPP grants have also helped Presence Health hospitals develop health care coalitions with other hospitals and health care systems, community businesses and non-government organizations which can support a facility in caring for patients during emergencies.
About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.