History of the Illinois EMSC Program

In 1994, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Loyola University Chicago secured federal funding and initiated a collaborative effort aimed at addressing pediatric emergency care needs throughout the state. In 2018, a new partnership was formed between the Illinois Department of Public Health and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.  The Illinois EMSC grant program is currently based at Lurie Children's Hospital.

The Illinois EMSC program was formally established in 1994. An Illinois EMSC Advisory Board was then appointed at that time by the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. This board, composed of representatives from state agencies, professional health care, child advocate and community organizations provides guidance and oversight to the Illinois EMSC program. Since 1994, the EMSC Advisory Board, several committees, and ad hoc workgroups along with the EMSC Work Team have worked to enhance and integrate pediatric education, standards, injury prevention and data initiatives into the Illinois EMS system. Click here for the Illinois EMSC Organizational Chart. The goal of Illinois EMSC is to ensure that appropriate emergency medical care is available for ill and injured children at every point along the continuum of care - including primary prevention, acute care and rehabilitative care. The Illinois EMSC Fact Sheet is a downloadable summary of EMSC.

Ron W. Lee, MD was the first principal investigator of the Illinois EMSC program and was instrumental in establishing and fostering EMSC in our state. He passed away in 1998. Click here for more information.

In 2003, Illinois EMSC received the Robert Stripp Award!

In 2007, Illinois EMSC received the 2007 IMERT Visionary Award!

In 2014, Laura Prestidge, MPH, RN, EMSC Preparedness Coordinator received the IDPH Director's Award!