• 25th May, 2018

    Ron W. 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 Dr. Monica Joseph-Griffin at NorthShore University HealthSystem 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.

    “Dr. Joseph-Griffin’s co-workers speak of her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to improving outcomes for pediatric patients and providing better...

  • 25th May, 2018

    Ron W. 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 Dr. Bridget Wild at NorthShore University HealthSystem 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.

    “With an eight-page resume full of honors, appointments, certifications, research, national presentations, publications, and more, it is easy to see why Dr. Wild’s co-...

  • 24th May, 2018
    Ron W. 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 Colleen Andreoni, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, ENP-C, a nursing faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, 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.
     
    Andreoni has worked for...

  • 23rd May, 2018
    Ron W. 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 Rebecca Bolluyt, a paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department, 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.
     
    “Rebecca Bolluyt used her expertise as a paramedic to develop a video and program to teach elementary students...

  • 23rd May, 2018
    Ron W. 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 Margaret (Peggy) San Filippo, R.N., a nurse in the emergency department at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital since 1970 and their EMS Educator since 2003, 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.
     
    “Nurse San Filippo...

  • 22nd May, 2018
    May 21-27, 2018 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 21-27, 2018, is being observed the week before Memorial Day, a day when many pools open for the summer.  This year’s national theme is “Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy.”  The week is dedicated to educating people on how they can take an active role in protecting themselves and preventing the spread of germs when swimming.
     
    “Swimming is a great physical activity that can help improve your health, as long as you take some simple steps,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “When you get to the pool, check if you can see the drain at the bottom of the deep end, and look for safety equipment if a lifeguard is not on duty.  Also, remember to shower before getting in the water,...

  • 18th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters.  These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.
     
    “We encourage people to enjoy fishing in Illinois lakes and rivers, but want to make sure you have information about eating fish that are caught in Illinois waters.  The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. 
     
    There is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish...

  • 16th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching an Infant at Work pilot program that will allow eligible mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring their infants to work in the early months of parenthood. 
     
     “The Infant at Work program will provide numerous benefits for participants, including healthy infant brain development, parental well-being, and critical bonding,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Promoting health and wellness is a pillar of IDPH and we want to lead by example.”
     
    The program, which has been successful in other states around the country, was developed with input from the IDPH Office of Women's Health and Family Services as well as parents with infants, is designed to lower daycare...

  • 10th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – As the weather warms up, we’re starting to see ticks and mosquitoes.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about simple precautions they can take to avoid bites. 
     
    “Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “These diseases can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases.  To protect yourself from both, use insect repellent that contains DEET and follow some simple precautions.” 
     
    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.  Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have...

  • 7th May, 2018
    Students getting ready to head home
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting four laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps among students at Western Illinois University (WIU).  IDPH has been working with the McDonough County Health Department and Beu Health Center at WIU to investigate and contain the cases.
     
    “Western Illinois University, in partnership with the McDonough County Health Department, has done an excellent job of informing students on how to avoid contracting mumps and what they should do if they begin to have symptoms,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because classes are ending this week, it’s important to share this information with the public so they can take precautions.  Mumps is contagious and can be spread person-to-person, unlike some other...

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