Newswise — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recognized Mark Cichon, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Health System, for his ongoing support and commitment to the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC). The EMSC is celebrating its 20th anniversary of service in 2014.

“Receiving this acknowledgement illustrates Loyola's dedication to providing the highest standard of patient care for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens," says Dr. Cichon. "Children are not small adults; children have special needs and require a different approach to care than do adults.”

Illinois EMSC is a collaborative program between the Illinois Department of Public Health and Loyola University Medical Center, aimed at improving pediatric emergency care and disaster preparedness.

“Over the years your efforts have enhanced pediatric emergency care initiatives throughout our state and assisted us in striving towards the goal of improving pediatric emergency care outcomes in Illinois,” said LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH director of the IDPH who also spoke on behalf of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. “Your individual contributions of time, effort and expertise are greatly appreciated.” Since 1994, the Illinois EMSC has worked to enhance and integrate pediatric education, standards, injury prevention and data initiatives into the Illinois emergency medicine system. 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. Among the pediatric services Loyola offers through the EMSC are:Development of numerous pediatric guidelines,Free training and education for pediatric health professionals such as school nurses and emergency medical technicians, Improving the availability of child-sized equipment in ambulances and emergency departments,Initiatives to prevent multiple illness, injuries, Establishment of partnerships with multiple state and local organizations.

Loyola is the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center for Region 8 of the state of Illinois trauma network. The EMS combines advanced treatment and patient-monitoring systems with the expertise of highly trained emergency medicine professionals. Housed in a clinical area adjacent to the emergency department, the Loyola pediatric fast track is staffed with board-certified pediatricians and is open 7 days a week from 5-10 p.m. Patients are triaged through the emergency room. Pediatric patients with less-serious illnesses are cared for through the fast-track program.

Located on the first floor of Loyola University Medical Center, the EMS has 20 patient diagnostic and treatment areas. These areas include six rooms devoted to trauma and five rooms to emergency cardiac cases; one psychiatric and four general medicine treatment rooms; areas devoted to orthopaedic, obstetric, gynecologic and eye, ear, nose and throat services; and three minor surgery suites and radiographic rooms.