St. Francis honored for emergency services program

Presence Saint Francis Hospital, which has provided oversight and training for all of the city’s life safety personnel dating back 40 years, was honored July 21 for its work in a special resolution at the Evanston City Council.

Since 1974, the hospital at 355 Ridge Ave. has served as the area’s Emergency Medical Services Resource Hospital, providing EMS training to the area’s firefighters-paramedics.

The Saint Francis system ranks “as the third oldest EMS system in Illinois and is one of four EMS systems incorporated in the Illinois Department of Region Y, providing medical oversight for more than 800 life safety personnel from seven surrounding communities and two private ambulance companies,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, reading from the resolution.

Evanston’s partnership with St. Francis “has been both rewarding and beneficial to us – training and educating our paramedics to bring the best service to our citizens,” said Division Chief Dwight Hohl, in charge of life safety services for the city, participating in the ceremony.

Saint Francis EMS Systems Coordinator Adam Greenberg, accepted a copy of the resolution on behalf of the hospital. Greenberg said he felt particularly fortunate to participate in the ceremony because he leads classes for Evanston firefighter-paramedics on emergency service issues.

The hospital is gratified that “our training and support help ensure that the people of Evanston get excellent care at the scene and in the ambulance prior to their arrival at the hospital,” he said.

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