Health Care Issues

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Illinois has top-notch hospitals, health systems and healthcare professionals - who are part of a well-established, long-standing elaborate statewide emergency preparedness and response system - with extensive experience in preparing for and responding to emergencies, including potential outbreaks of infectious diseases. Illinois hospitals and health systems prepare for all types of emergencies every day and have plans and processes in place, with appropriate staff, equipment and supplies to care for patients and to ensure the safety of their staff and communities.

CMS Proposed Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Illinois hospitals play an active role in our emergency response system, working in concert with EMS and other partners to provide the people of Illinois a wide array of emergency services. Illinois' Emergency Response System includes the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System, EMS for Children (EMS-C), trauma system, and preparedness response.