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IDPH Region 6

The EMS Department of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center provides medical oversight, primary and continued education, and serves as the resource hospital for 26 EMS agencies. These agencies cover 9 counties in Central Illinois and include all levels of providers from First Responders up to Paramedic or ALS level services.

These services include: ALS Providers: Charleston Fire Department, Mattoon Fire Department, Clark County (Casey and Westfield Branches), Dunn's Ambulance, Greenup, Jasper County, Mitchell-Jerdan, Neoga Fire Protection District, Oakland, Shraders, Toledo, and Windsor.

BLS Transport Providers: Kansas and Lincoln Trail Motto Sports. BLS Non-transport provider includes Charleston Speedway.

First Responder Non-Transport Providers: Ashmore Fire Dept., Brockton Fire Dept., Brownstown Fire Dept., Cabot Corporation, Cooks Mills Fire Dept., Humboldt Fire Dept., Lincoln Fire Stations 1-3, Ramsey Fire Dept., and Wabash Fire Dept.

In addition, the EMS Dept. also provides medical oversight and continuing education for 4 different county-based 911 dispatch centers and 76 agencies that Public Access Defibrillators on their premises. The total amount of licensed personnel is in excess of 600 individuals serving those 9 counties, and providing services to a total population of approximately 190,000.

The EMS Department also offers community courses and specialty courses for continuing and first time educational needs. They operate one of the largest Community Training Centers for the American Heart Association, providing oversight for 268 AHA instructors who provide training for over 8500 community and healthcare members annually. Community training opportunities also exist for daycare providers and industry workers in the form of First Aid Courses, and Bloodborne Pathogen training.

Specialty Courses offered for Medical Personnel include: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nurses Pediatric Course (ENPC), Emergency Communications Radio Nurse (ECRN), Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Dysrhythmia courses are offered to healthcare professionals, and a course on advanced physical assessment.

Through a partnership with Lake Land Community College, SBLHC provides licensed instructors in emergency medicine for the Paramedical Services Program. Those courses taught include the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P) and the First Responder (FR-D) Programs, EMT-B refresher courses are also offered.

For more information or to register for classes, contact Shirley Sherwood, RN at (217) 258-2403.

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