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       2008 Annual Report
       i l linois Poison c enter

a direct line
to the Poison exPerts.
         THE ILLINOIS POISON CENTER is much more than the operators who
         answer the phone and provide help to those in need. We are a group
         of health care professionals, specially trained to give advice and
         on-site poisoning treatment that saves lives. In times of need,
         doctors, nurses, and pharmacists call on us, along with tens of
         thousands of people throughout Illinois facing a potential poisoning.
         But we don’t just treat the problem. Through proper education, we
         help prevent poisonings from ever happening in the first place.

                                                                                                message From the managing medical director                       admitted patients. Through these three processes, it is
                                                                                                In a matter of minutes a poisoning can become a life or          estimated the IPC saved over $60 million in unnecessary
                                                                                                death situation. During this critical time, a reassuring         health care costs in 2008. There is great value in the
                                                                                                voice and sound medical advice are essential to ensuring         expertise of the Illinois Poison Center.
                                                                                                a safe outcome. The experienced staff of the Illinois Poison
                                                                                                Center (IPC) is critical to reducing the incidence and injury    The IPC also shares its poisoning expertise through a
                                                                                                of poisonings by providing the highest level of expert           variety of educational venues with the coordination of

                                                                                                service to our state.                                            training programs, educational events and toxicology
                                                                                                                                                                 lectures. These efforts help to educate practicing health
                                                                                                Staffed by physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other             care professionals and providers in training such as
                                                                                                personnel specially trained in toxicology, the Illinois Poison   pharmacy students, medical students and residents. The
                                                                                                Center provides life and resource saving services. In            IPC works to ensure that health care professionals have
                                                                                                2008, IPC experts handled nearly 100,000 calls regarding

                                                                                                                                                                 the skills and knowledge necessary for the treatment of
                                                                                                household chemicals, cosmetics, personal care products,          the poisoned patient.
                                                                                                herbals, medication errors, carbon monoxide, mushrooms,
                                                                                                insect bites and more. While many calls from the general         In 2008, the IPC was proud to partner with three pharmacy
                                                                                                public are of a dramatic nature, 90 percent of exposures         schools in the state to deliver educational presentations
                                                                                                can be treated at home with simple first aid instructions from   and programs in order to meet the curriculum needs of their
                                                                                                the IPC without a referral to an emergency department.           students in the fields of poisoning and poison prevention/
                                                                                                                                                                 safety. The Illinois Poison Center continues to be a key
                                                                                                When it comes to health care, the medical community              partner of the Toxikon Consortium, one of the largest and
                                                                                                relies on the expertise of the Illinois Poison Center staff.     most successful toxicology training programs in the nation,
                                                                                                Medical professionals throughout Illinois contact the IPC        providing knowledge to future health care professionals in
   th e i l l i n o i s P o i s o n ce n t e r i s d e dicated to reducing the incidence and    for specialized consultation services in the management          the field of toxicology. This past year, the IPC joint effort
   i n j u ry oF Po i s o n i n g i n o u r c ommunities through immediate ex Pert              of poisoned patients. In fact, health care professionals         with the Toxikon Consortium educated nearly 150 students,
   t e l eP h o n e t r e at m e n t r e c o m m e ndations, innovative P ublic and health      called the IPC over 17,000 times in 2008, accounting for         residents and fellows. Moving forward, the Illinois Poison
   c a r e P r oF e s s i o n a l e d u c at i o n , and F ocused research. o ur vision is an   approximately 21 percent of all exposure calls made to the       Center is committed to its goal of a poison-free Illinois.
   i l l i n o i s t h at n o l o n g e r s uF Fe r s F rom the harm o F Poisoning.             poison center. We are a valued telemedicine consultant to
                                                                                                thousands of medical professionals in our state.
   The Illinois Poison Center is the nation’s oldest and largest. In 1997, the Illinois
   Poison Center became a program of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council                The poison center’s trusted voice assists in improving             M i c h a e l S . Wa h l , M D
   and since that time it has grown statewide. Today it serves all 12.8 million                                                                                    Managing Medical Director
                                                                                                patient outcomes while saving scarce medical resources             Illinois Poison Center
   residents living in Illinois’ 102 counties.                                                  by decreasing unnecessary emergency department visits,
                                                                                                hospital admission and the length of hospital stay for

on exPerience.
     anthony (tony) burda
     RPh, DABAT, Chief Specialist-Clinical Toxicologist

     Illinois poison expert for the past 27 years, Anthony has dealt with thousands of poison exposure
     calls. He has authored nearly 200 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts and other
     publications in his career. Anthony was published a dozen times in 2008 alone. Besides being a
     prolific contributor to the scientific literature on poisoning, Anthony is also one of the principal
     trainers of the IPC staff. Over the past five years, the IPC staff members he has educated have
     achieved certification exam scores 21% higher than the national average.

     “When you take a call there is instant appreciation for helping people that need it most.”
     -Anthony Burda

     connie Fischbein
     CSPI, Shift Supervisor

     For the past 26 years, Connie has honed her poison expertise in the field of mycology, the study
     of mushrooms, their toxicological and biochemical properties. In 2000, she received a call from a
     state trooper after his 2 year old daughter had eaten a small mushroom. The trooper emailed Connie
     the photo of the mushroom which sparked the idea to create a system for fungi identification via
     the internet. Connie created an email address which allows people to send digital images of fungi
     to professional mycologists throughout the state of Illinois, helping to quickly identify potentially   never missing a call.
     deadly species while saving lives and unnecessary medical costs.                                        Every day, experts at the Illinois Poison Center ease the fears of callers and provide peace of    top 10 substances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                involved in a poisoning
                                                                                                             mind by delivering expert advice immediately and compassionately. Specially trained physicians,
     “Being able to assist in a life threatening situation is rewarding for me because I am able to help     nurses, pharmacists and other poison experts offer confidential advice on poison prevention and     1 ANALgESICS
     those in need. There’s honestly no better feeling than that.”                                           treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through its toll-free hotline, 1-800-222-1222. The IPC    2 COSMETICS/PERSONAL
     -Connie Fischbein                                                                                       also handles calls from non-English speaking populations, as well as from the hearing impaired.       CARE PRODuCTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3 CLEANINg PRODuCTS
                                                                                                             In 2008, the IPC staff handled 98,444 calls from all 102 counties in Illinois. Of these:            4 SEDATIvE/HyPNOTICS/
     miguel razo                                                                                                                                                                                                   ANTIPSyCHOTICS
     RN, CSPI                                                                                                • 84,823 calls were for advice on treating someone exposed to a poison                              5 FOREIgN BODIES, E.g.,
                                                                                                             • 13,621 calls were for poison information                                                            COINS, BuTTONS
     In the last eight years, Illinois poison expert Miguel Razo has dealt with a variety of poison
                                                                                                             • 52 percent of calls concerned children under the age of 5                                         6 TOPICAL PREPARATIONS
     exposure calls from hazmat accidents to medication errors. A desire to make a difference in a non-
                                                                                                             • 17,470 calls were from physicians or other health care professionals treating                     7 ANTIDEPRESSANTS
     traditional health care role motivated him to pursue a career at the Illinois Poison Center. Along
                                                                                                               poisoning victims                                                                                 8 ALCOHOL
     with his poison expertise, Miguel’s bi-lingual skills in Spanish has helped the call center break
                                                                                                             • 90 percent of poison exposure calls from the general public were managed at the site of           9 COugH & COLD
     language barriers in Latino communities throughout the state of Illinois. Miguel hopes his role
                                                                                                               exposure by providing first aid instructions over the phone                                         PREPARATIONS
     will give Latinos an opportunity to use the poison center’s services without the fear of being lost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                10 CARDIOvASCuLAR DRugS
     in translation. In addition to assisting the public and health care professionals Miguel has also
                                                                                                             In addition to answering calls, IPC staff members make follow-up calls to check on the poison
     co-authored and published several professional abstracts.
                                                                                                             victim’s condition and give extra advice when needed. Last year, 61,430 follow-up calls were
     “The best part of my job is helping people every day and dealing with new challenges.”                  made to worried caregivers and health care providers.
     -Miguel Razo

a true
                                                                                                                                    satellite education network                                                                      satellite
                                                                                                                                    Directly behind the front lines of the poison experts is the Satellite Education Network.        education centers
                                                                                                                                    Launched in 2001, this network continues to grow its partnerships with hospitals and
                                                                                                                                    community organizations to coordinate poison prevention education throughout the state

liFe lesson.
                                                                                                                                    of Illinois. The Illinois Poison Center’s 12 satellite education centers are located in
                                                                                                                                    Chicago, Freeport, Carbondale, Alton, urbana, Maywood, Springfield and Waukegan.

                                                                                                                                    Satellites provide the community presence necessary to perform broad-based grassroots
                                                                                                                                    public health education efforts. Through health and community organized events, the
                                                                                                                                    satellite coordinators create an awareness of poison prevention and safety and the
                                                                                                                                    services of the IPC. To extend their reach, satellite coordinators utilize the Illinois Poison
                                                                                                                                    Center’s robust train-the-trainer program to teach educators in their region and are
                                                                                                                                    encouraged to develop community organization partnerships. Through these programs
                                                                                                                                    and partnerships, poison prevention information is integrated into multiple, diverse
                                                                                                                                    programs/curriculums and presented by other organizations such as Emergency Medical
                                                                                                                                    Services (EMS), first responders, school nurses, teachers at day care centers, and                illinois poison center    alton memorial hospital
                                                                                                                                    health care professionals at local clinics. In 2008, the satellite network reached 98,487         vista health systems     carle foundation hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      loyola university health system st. John’s hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      memorial hospital of carbondale   fhn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      advocate illinois masonic medical center,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      children’s memorial hospital, John h. stroger Jr.,
                                                                                                                                    volunteer Poison Prevention educators                                                             hospital of cook county, mount sinai hospital,
                                                                                                                                    In 2005, The Illinois Poison Center developed and launched an online education course             norwegian-american hospital

                                                                                                                                    that educates participants in the basics of poison prevention and awareness education.
                                                                                                                                    After completion of the course, individuals are automatically registered as poison               number of
                                                                                                                                    prevention educators for the IPC. This online program provides the basics on poison              people reached
                                                                                                                                    safety and increases the poison center’s capacity to reach across the state while reducing
                                                                                                                                    costs. The educators that utilize the online training join a virtual community of other
                                                                                                                                    volunteers that receive regular updates, newsletters, training information and event
                                                                                                                                    notices. The result is a diverse network of educators that includes teachers, librarians,
                                                                                                                                    health educators and health professionals that can share ideas as they promote poison
                                                                                                                                    safety. This approach has been very successful with significant growth of people reached
                                                                                                                                    through the utilization of the community based volunteer educator program. In 2008,
                                                                                                                                    there were over 700 registered poison prevention educators who reached over 198,000
                                                                                                                                    people. They provided necessary education to families, friends and neighborhood residents
                                                                                                                                    to help make their communities safer places to live.

                                                                                                                                    The following examples showcase the success achieved by leveraging online technology
                                                                                                                                    to extend the reach of the Illinois Poison Center’s outreach education efforts: Partnership      active illinois counties
                                                                                                                                    with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of
in ad d i t i o n t o i t s t r a i n e d Pr o Fe s s i o n a l s , a critical comP onent o F the illinois Poison c enter’s         Public Health (IDPH) to promote the IPC online education course at eight IDPH lead
work i s e d u c at i n g P a r e n t s , g r a n dP a r e n t s , caregivers and others on the basics o F P oison                  program workshops in 2008, collaboration with Emergency Medical Services for Children
saFet y a n d i n c r e as i n g t h e i r awa r e n e s s o F iP c services. e ach moment o F learning P rovides an                (EMSC) which has provided a means for continuing education, new curriculum and
oPPo r t u n i t y t o Pr e v e n t w h at c o u l d h av e b e e n a devastating P oisoning incident. the iP c ’s sta FF           health care updates for school nurses. Since 2005, 479 school nurses have taken the
reach i l l i n o i s r e s i d e n t s t h r o u g h i t s s at e l l i t e and volunteer education network, the internet, media   course. In 2008, 103 school nurses reached over 8,000 people. Two schools of nursing
and o t h e r o u t r e a c h a c t i v i t i e s .                                                                                 continued to integrate the online Poison Prevention Education Training Course into
                                                                                                                                    their curriculum: Lakeview College of Nursing (BSN program) in Danville and Methodist
THROugH EDuCATION AND OuTREACH EvENTS, THE IPC HELPED REACH 322,338 ILLINOIS RESIDENTS By DISTRIBuTINg MORE                         College of Nursing (BSN and RN to BSN programs) in Peoria. Since 2007, 92 nursing
THAN A MILLION PIECES OF POISON PREvENTION MATERIALS.                                                                               students have completed the training course.

more helP                                                                                                                            illinois Poison Prevention month and national Poison Prevention week
                                                                                                                                     In 1963, President Kennedy declared the 3rd week of March as National Poison Prevention Week. In addition to a national

translates to more
                                                                                                                                     awareness campaign in 2006, the Illinois Poison Center asked the governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago to declare
                                                                                                                                     the month of March as Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM). This extra time allows the IPC to work with volunteers and
                                                                                                                                     their schedules to deliver poison prevention education in their communities. This focused effort reached 94,090 people in
                                                                                                                                     75% of counties throughout the state in 2008. By harnessing the energy of the satellite network, community organizations

lives saved.
                                                                                                                                     and volunteers, the IPC is able to reach nearly the entire state during the month of March.

                                                                                                                                                                                        iPc 2008 year in review

 latino outreach exPansion initiative
 The Latino community in Illinois is one of the fastest growing in the nation and is heavily concentrated in northeastern
 Illinois; currently Cook County has the fourth largest Latino population in the uS with over 1.2 million people. On-going
 analysis of the poison center call volume by zip code and outreach data has shown that Latino communities do not
 utilize the poison center toll-free hotline at the same rate as other areas of the state. For the past few years, the IPC has
                                                                                                                                                         active volunteer educators                                 ipc website visits
 made strategic efforts to focus its outreach and education to reach communities that are underserved and potentially
 have higher needs. The Illinois Poison Center has reinforced its targeted satellite services in addition to partnering with
 community organizations in order to be the trusted voice. This effort helps educate community members about services
 provided by the IPC, safety and prevention measures in handling poisons and household chemicals, and gain confidence in             illinois Poison center communications
 the confidentiality of the IPC as a whole.                                                                                          In today’s web savvy society the portal of communication is the internet. Keeping up with consumer’s needs for immediate
                                                                                                                                     information, the Illinois Poison Center consistently updates and enhances its website,, to
 The IPC has worked diligently to translate all materials for the general public into Spanish including: handouts, brochures,        provide life saving information direct from the poison experts to its audiences. By offering valuable resources via the internet, the
 posters, mailers and web pages. The results are staggering: Spanish web page views and downloads have increased 133%                IPC reaches hundreds of thousands of parents, children, educators and health care professionals which directly impact
 in one year. Satellite educators that served primarily Latino communities increased in attendance and participation at              the community’s health. In 2008, the IPC began redesigning its website to create a more up-to-date, user-friendly and
 events throughout their region. With the help of their community organization partners, more than 48,999 people were                interactive environment for the public to access.
 reached at 317 events focused on serving the Latino community in 2008.
                                                                                                                                     The media also plays an essential role of informing the public about timely poisoning issues. The IPC regularly utilizes media
 To further advance its efforts, the IPC partnered with the Illinois Migrant Council (IMC), Migrant Education Program (MEP) and      outlets such as newspapers, blogs, radio and television to publicize seasonal poison dangers and safety tips, emerging trends
 Community Health Partnership of Illinois (CHPI) in a pilot program. The Illinois Poison Center held two special poison prevention   such as the tomato/pepper Salmonella outbreak and new guidelines for the proper disposal of old or unused medicines in
 training sessions for 26 migrant educators from 13 central/northern IL counties. The CHPI educators or promotores then              the home. In 2008, the Illinois Poison Center sent a strong message to the public about the dangers of eating mushrooms in
 integrated poison prevention information into their routine family visits in the Aurora area. Immediately following a brief         your backyard by securing several media hits, including the Chicago Tribune. In addition, the IPC partnered with WLS radio to
 poison prevention education session with 120 migrant/seasonal workers and their families (reaching a total of 498 people            create Public Service Announcements (PSA), to help promote the poison center’s expertise and around-the-clock accessibility.
 from July-Oct), the promotores surveyed the workers and their families. The data gathered is valuable information that will help    These news stories featuring IPC experts are read, heard and seen by millions of Illinois residents, educating consumers about
 the Illinois Poison Center prepare for future curriculum and presentations for diverse audiences.                                   the poison center’s free service.

                                                                                           training Programs
                                                                                           The Illinois Poison Center is a proud partner with John Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the university of Illinois Hospital
                                                                                           and Clinics and Rush Presbyterian Medical Center to form the Toxikon Consortium, one of the largest and most successful

                                                                                           medical toxicology training programs in the nation. Pharmacy and medical students, residents and fellows prepare for
                                                                                           their careers by receiving on-the-job training in the IPC call center or handling complex cases with board certified medical
                                                                                           toxicologists. In addition, the IPC has a separate rotation where participants complete rotations in the center, learning
                                                                                           the latest in toxicology issues management, and then take the knowledge they have gained to their practices. In 2008,
                                                                                           nearly 150 pharmacy students, medical students, emergency medicine residents and emergency medicine pediatric fellows
                                                                                           received toxicology training with Toxikon and the IPC.

For backuP.
                                                                                           disaster PreParedness courses and materials
                                                                                           Preparation is key when disaster strikes and Illinois health care professionals must be ready for anything whether a
                                                                                           tornado rips through southern Illinois or anthrax is released over Chicago. The experts at the Illinois Poison Center are
                                                                                           helping prepare the state’s health care providers by offering courses in Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) and disaster
                                                                                           preparedness. These courses, intended for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, first responders (fire fighters,
                                                                                           paramedics and police), physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, tackle issues related to natural and man-
                                                                                           made disasters, including hazardous materials incidents and biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological threats.

    Immediate action is required for first responders and health care providers or
                                                                                           toxicology lectures
    patients’ lives may be compromised. These medical professionals are put to the         The Illinois Poison Center medical directors visit hospitals, organizations and schools throughout the state to give
    test on a daily basis with a multitude of emergencies. In times of need, the experts   toxicology lectures to health care providers. In 2008, the medical directors and IPC pharmacy staff delivered more than
    turn to the Illinois Poison Center experts for crucial advice during a poisoning       19 presentations. The IPC also coordinates state-of-the-art toxicology lectures to update health care providers on specific
                                                                                           toxicology matters.
    incident and the necessary training to take on future emergencies.

    Physicians and other health care professionals rely on poison experts for guidance
    in treating poisoning victims. In 2008, health care professionals called the IPC on
    17,470 poisoning cases, accounting for 21 percent of all exposure calls.

                                                                                                                              Public suPPort                                                       Private contributions
                                                                                                                              u.s. department of health resources and services                     blue cross blue shield of illinois
                                                                                                                              administration (hrsa)                                                Support for outreach education activities and printing of prevention

                                                                                                                              Poison Control Centers Stabilization & Enhancement Grant             materials that reach thousands of families across Illinois.
                                                                                                                              Program funded IPC satellite centers, outreach and education
                                                                                                                              program, and poison call center operations.                          community memorial Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Support for education and outreach through the satellite center
                                                                                                                              Poison Control Centers Stabilization Incentive Grant funded          at Loyola university Medical Center to promote poison prevention
                                                                                                                              revision of the IPC Web site (both English and Spanish               in communities in DuPage and suburban Cook County.

                                                                                                                              information), upgraded the online volunteer management system
                                                                                                                              and the expansion of the Latino Outreach Program.                    lloyd a. Fry Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Support to fund education and outreach through the satellite
                                                                                                                              u.s. department of health and human services/assistant               center at the Sinai Community Institute, focusing on poison
                                                                                                                              secretary of Preparedness and response (asPr)                        prevention in Latino communities surrounding the hospital.

                                                                                                                              Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program             Polk bros. Foundation
                                                                                                                              funded continuing education for health care professionals            Support to fund the education and outreach through the
Fund i n g Fr o m Fe de r a l a n d s tat e g r a n t s a l o ng with contributions From businesses, community                throughout Illinois on bioterrorism and response.                    satellite center at Norwegian-American Hospital, focusing on
grou p s , Fo u n d at i on s a n d o u r p a r t n e r s h e l p t he illinois p oison c enter to maintain its quality and                                                                        poison prevention to Chicago’s Latino communities surrounding
leve l oF e x p e r t i s e i n t r e at m e n t a d v i c e , s e r v i c e and educational programming.                     illinois department of Public health                                 the hospital.
                                                                                                                              general operating support for poison control, real time disease
                                                                                                                              detection and bioterrorism education for health care providers.

                                                                                                                              chicago department of Public health
                                                                                                                              general operating support for poison prevention services including
                                                                                                                              professional education training for health care providers.

                                                                                                                              i Pc revenue streams                                                 i Pc ex Penses
                                                                                                                                                                         fair share program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outreach & public
                                                                                                                                                                                5%                                                                education
                                                                                                                                                                                private grants
                                                                                                                                                                                & contributions

                                                                                                                                                                                other revenue                                                        13%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     general &
                                                                                                                                                                          public support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           59%              fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           call center &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           professional services

                                                                                                                              Fair share Program
                                                                                                                              The Illinois Poison Center has created a partnership with hospitals throughout Illinois to help defray the costs of providing
                                                                                                                              expert and immediate poison prevention and treatment services statewide. Through the Fair Share Program, the IPC
                                                                                                                              receives support from more than 91 percent of Illinois hospitals that contribute funding based on the number of visits to
                                                                                                                              their emergency department.

illinois poison center staff                                                                                         exposure calls by county

medical directors                 POISON INFORMATION PROvIDERS       satellite education                                          TOTAL ExPOSuRE         Effingham                398         Lee            347       Randolph                 254
Michael Wahl, MD                  Sharon Cook                        coordinators                                    COuNTy                 CALLS        Fayette                  173         Livingston     281       Richland                 126
Director/Medical Director         Helena Fields, CPh-T               Autumn Musser                                                                       Ford                     144         Logan          170       Rock Island             1254
                                  Marco gonzalez
                                                                     FHN, Freeport                                   Adams                   609         Franklin                 344         McDonough      119       St Clair                1453
Sean Bryant, MD
Associate Medical Director                                           Lucy Robles-Aquino                              Alexander                36         Fulton                   361         McHenry       2563       Saline                   330
                                  Babbs Hoard, EMT-P
                                                                     Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center,       Bond                    145         gallatin                  52         McLean        1114       Sangamon                1608
                                  Shirley Ness, MS                   Chicago                                         Boone                   249
staFF                                                                                                                                                    greene                   138         Macon          909       Schuyler                  75
                                  Jessica Sims, BA                   Pat Mcgleam                                     Brown                    27         grundy                   525         Macoupin       453       Scott                     41
vickie Dance, MS
Public Education Manager          gennady vatel, EMT-P               Loyola University Health System, Maywood        Bureau                  291         Hamilton                  91         Madison       2328       Shelby                   152
                                                                     JoAnn Lemaster                                  Calhoun                  79         Hancock                  153         Marion         345       Stark                     25
gail Moran, MS                    toxikon consultants                St. John’s Hospital, Springfield                Carroll                  87         Hardin                    53         Marshall        90       Stephenson               372
Development Coordinator
                                  Steven Aks, DO                     Debra Wesley                                    Cass                     90         Henderson                 40         Mason          146       Tazewell                 917
Elizabeth Chmurak                 John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of   Sinai Community Institute, Chicago              Champaign              1324         Henry                    311         Massac         143       union                    168
Public Affairs Specialist         Cook County
                                                                     Carmen Negron                                   Christian               326         Iroquois                 240         Menard         111       vermillion               699
Patricia Ocampo                   Timothy Erickson, MD               Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago            Clark                    88         Jackson                  596         Mercer         158       Wabash                   137
Education & Outreach Specialist   University of Illinois Medical                                                     Clay                    136
                                                                     Patty Metzler                                                                       Jasper                    47         Monroe         177       Warren                   118
                                  Center at Chicago
Maricela Martinez                                                    Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana               Clinton                 247         Jefferson                227         Montgomery     339       Washington               104
Education & Outreach Assistant    Leon gussow, MD                                                                    Coles                   438         Jersey                   215         Morgan         258       Wayne                    138
                                  John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of   Debbie Woelfel
                                  Cook County                        Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton
                                                                                                                     Cook                  26579         Jo Daviess               110         Moultrie        75       White                    107
call center staFF                                                                                                    Crawford                157         Johnson                   85         Ogle           320       Whiteside                432
                                  Michele Kanter, PharmD             Kristine Sherrill
Carol DesLauriers PharmD, CSPI    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of
                                                                                                                     Cumberland               63         Kane                    2849         Peoria        1576       Will                    4306
                                                                     Memorial Hospital of Carbondale,
Clinical Services Manager         Cook County                        Carbondale                                      DeKalb                  863         Kankakee                 552         Perry          156       Williamson               703
                                  Jerrold Leikin, MD                                                                 DeWitt                  149         Kendall                  732         Piatt          103       Winnebago               1589
                                                                     Amy Hill
SPECIALISTS IN POISON             Evanston Northwestern Healthcare                                                   Douglas                 140         Knox                     420         Pike           149       Woodford                 199
                                                                     Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago
INFORMATION                                                                                                          DuPage                 6478         Lake                    4117         Pope            22
                                  Mark Mycyk, MD                     Ann Naughton
Anthony Burda, RPh, DABAT         Northwestern Memorial Hospital                                                     Edgar                   168         La Salle                 814         Pulaski         28
                                                                     John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County,
Chief CSPI
                                  Frank Paloucek, PharmD             Chicago                                         Edwards                  38         Lawrence                 124         Putnam          45
Abrar Baig, PharmD                University of Illinois Medical     Mary O’Connor
                                  Center at Chicago                  Vista Health Systems, Waukegan
Reginald Brown, MD
                                  Trevonne Thompson, MD
Jerome Dimaano, RN                University of Chicago              mchc executive staFF
Shift Supervisor
                                                                                                                     community organization partners
                                  Theodore Toerne, MD                Kevin Scanlan
Briggetta Ducre, RN               Advocate Christ Medical Center     President/CEO                                   Access Community Health Network                  Community Nurse Health Association     Pillars Community Services and Child and
Tracy Esposito, RN                                                   Lawrence u. Haspel, DO                          Access Kling Pediatrics Clinic                   Constance Morris House                 Family Development Center
                                  mycological consultants                                                                                                                                                    Sinai Community Institute Family Case
                                                                     Senior Vice President                           Access Pilsen Family                             gads Hill Center
Connie Fischbein, BS              Patrick Leacock, PhD                                                                                                                                                       Management
Shift Supervisor                                                     Trish Anen                                      Casa Central                                     gads Hill Children’s Center
                                  The Field Museum                                                                                                                                                           Sinai Community Institute WIC
                                                                     Vice President                                  Centro Comunitario Juan Diego                    Hinsdale Community Service
Cynthia Howard, RN                greg Mueller, PhD                                                                                                                                                          Sinai Community Institute Parenting
                                                                     Patrick L. Finnegan                             Children’s Center of Cicero/Berwyn               Illinois Migrant Council               Institute
Art Kubic, PharmD                 Field Museum of Natural History
                                                                     Vice President                                  Christopher House                                Illinois Migrant Education Program     Suburban Access Child & Family Connections
Karen McAllister, RPh             Robert gessner, PhD
                                                                     Mary Anne Kelly                                 Coach Care Center                                Lagrange Area Head Start               Teen Parent Connection (formerly greater
                                  Western Illinois University
Jessica Metz, PharmD                                                 Vice President                                  Community Health Partnership of Illinois         Lake Forest Hospital                   DuPage MyM)
                                  Andy Methven, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                      Loyola Pediatric Mobile Health unit
Kent O`Koren, DO                  Eastern Illinois University        Ken Skertich
                                                                     Executive Director/Trust Administrator,
Miguel Razo, BS, RN               Walter Sundbert, PhD
                                  Carbondale, Illinois
Theresa Scheuermann, RN, MA
                                  Tony Liberta                       Caryn Stancik
Todd Sigg, PharmD                 Illinois State University          Vice President

Erin Pallasch, PharmD             Andrew Miller                      Daniel yunker
                                  Illinois Natural History Survey    Vice President
Cheryl Webster, PharmD
                                  Darell Cox                         Scott Ziomek
                                  Urbana, Illinois                   Vice President

fair share contributors

The Illinois Poison Center appreciates the funding support provided by the following hospitals through the                                  Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana     Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora              St. Joseph’s Hospital of Highland,
Fair Share Program in 2008:                                                                                                                 Provena Mercy Center, Aurora                Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
                                                                                                                                            Provena Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin       Sacred Heart Hospital, Chicago                   St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring valley
Adventist Midwest Health                        Crossroads Community Hospital,              Lawrence County Memorial Hospital,              Provena Saint Joseph Med Center, Joliet    Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago                  St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur
 Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital, Bolingbrook    Mount vernon                                Lawrenceville                                                                                                                               St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator
                                                                                                                                            Provena St Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee       Salem Township Hospital, Salem
 GlenOaks Hospital, Glendale Heights            Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur          Lincoln Park Hospital, Chicago                                                                                                              Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago
                                                                                                                                            Provena United Samaritans MC, Danville     Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital,
 Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale                    Delnor-Community Hospital, geneva           Little Company of Mary Hospital & Health                                                                                                    SwedishAmerican Health System, Rockford
                                                                                            Care Centers, Evergreen Park                   Red Bud Regional Hospital, Red Bud          Rushville
 La Grange Memorial Hospital,                   Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton                                                                                                                                                       Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital,
                                                                                            Loretto Hospital, Chicago                      Resurrection Health Care                    Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center,
 La Grange                                      Edward Hospital, Naperville                                                                                                            Mattoon                                          Carrollton
                                                                                            Loyola university Medical Center, Maywood       Holy Family Medical Center, Des Plaines
Advocate Health Care                            Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst                                                                                                   Sherman Hospital, Elgin                          Thorek Memorial Hospital, Chicago
                                                                                            MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn                        Our Lady of the Resurrection MC, Chicago
 Advocate Bethany                               Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield                                                                                                 Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet                    Trinity Regional Health System,
                                                                                            Mason District Hospital, Havana                 Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago                                                        Rock Island
 Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn       Fayette County Hospital & LTC, vandalia                                                                                                So Illinois Health System
                                                                                            Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis            Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago                                                           union County Hospital District, Anna
 Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital,              Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado                                                                                                              Herrin Hospital, Herrin
 Downers Grove                                                                              Memorial Hospital, Carthage                     Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago                                                              university of Chicago Medical Center,
                                                FHN, Freeport                                                                                                                           Memorial Hosp of Carbondale, Carbondale
 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital,                                                           Memorial Hospital, Chester                      Saint Mary of Nazareth Hosp Center,                                                         Chicago
                                                Franklin Hospital, Benton                                                                   Chicago                                     St Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro
 Barrington                                                                                 Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota                                                                                                         university of Illinois Medical Center at
                                                galena-Stauss Hospital & Healthcare                                                         St Francis Hospital, Evanston              South Shore Hospital, Chicago                    Chicago, Chicago
 Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center,      Center, galena                              Mercer County Hospital, Aledo
 Chicago                                                                                                                                    Westlake Hospital, Melrose Park            St. Joseph Memorial Hospital,                    valley West Community Hospital,
                                                galesburg Hospital, galesburg               Mercy Harvard Hospital, Harvard                                                            Murphysboro                                      Sandwich
 Advocate Lutheran General Hospital,                                                                                                        West Suburban Hospital Med Center,
 Park Ridge                                     gibson Area Hospital & Health Services,     Mercy Hospital and Medical Center,              Oak Park                                   St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital,                 van Matre Health South Rehabilitation
                                                gibson City                                 Chicago                                                                                    Effingham                                        Hospital, Rockford
 Advocate South Suburban Hospital,                                                                                                         Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney
 Hazel Crest                                    gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park    Methodist Hospital of Chicago, Chicago                                                     St. Bernard Hospital & Health Care Center,       vista Health System
                                                                                                                                           Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee
 Advocate Trinity Hospital, Chicago             graham Hospital, Canton                     Methodist Medical Center, Peoria                                                           Chicago                                           vista Medical Center East, Waukegan
                                                                                                                                           Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle
 Advocate Condell Medical Center,               greenville Regional Hospital, greenville    Metro South Medical Center, Blue Island                                                    St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville              vista Medical Center West, Waukegan
                                                                                                                                           Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford
 Libertyville                                   Hamilton Memorial Hospital District,        Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion                                                   St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield                 Wabash general Hospital District,
                                                McLeansboro                                                                                Rush Systems for Health
Alexian Brothers Health System                                                              Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers,                                                      St. John’s Hospital, Springfield                 Mount Carmel
                                                Hammond-Henry Hospital, geneseo             Morris                                          Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park
 Alexian Brothers Medical Center,                                                                                                                                                      St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese                    Washington County Hospital, Nashville
 Elk Grove Village                              Hardin County general Hospital, Rosiclare   Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison           Riverside Medical Center, Kanakee
 St. Alexius Medical Center,                    Harrisburg Medical Center, Inc.,            Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago
 Hoffman Estates                                Harrisburg                                  Northwest Community Healthcare,
Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton                  Heartland Regional Medical Center,          Arlington Heights                              latino outreach advisory board
Blessing Hospital, Quincy                       Marion                                      Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal         Hillsboro Area Hospital, Hillsboro          Norwegian-American Hospital, Chicago           Fernando Chavarria                          Lee Friedman                                    Brenda Pessin
Carle Foundation Hospital, urbana               Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago                OSF Healthcare System                          Comm. Relations Mgr.                        Adjunct Professor, Epidemiologist UIC           Director of Migrant Education
                                                Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital,                                                     IL Dept. Employment Security                School of Public Health                         IL Migrant Council
Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville                                                       OSF Holy Family, Monmouth
                                                Hoopeston                                                                                  Roberto Escalante                           Montserrat gonzalez                             Lucy Robles-Aquino
Centegra Health System                                                                       OSF Saint Anthony Medical Ctr, Rockford                                                   Promotores Coordinator                          President, Hispanocare
                                                Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield                                                      President
 Memorial Medical Center, Woodstock                                                          OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria   Pueblo Consulting                           Community Health Partnerships of Illinois       Director, Community Health and Education
                                                Illini Hospital, Silvis                                                                                                                                                                Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
 Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry                                                   OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical      Jesus Estrada
                                                Illinois valley Community Hospital, Peru     Center, Pontiac
Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield                                                                                                          Lead Administrator
                                                Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey            OSF St Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington     Cook County Bureau of Health Services
CgH Medical Center, Sterling
                                                Iroquois Memorial Hospital & Resident        OSF St Mary Medical Center, Galesburg
Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago           Home, Watseka
Clay County Hospital, Flora                                                                 Palos Community Hospital,
                                                Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center,   Palos Heights
Community Hospital of Ottawa, Ottawa            Chicago
                                                                                            Pana Community Hospital, Pana
Community Memorial Hospital, Staunton           Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville
                                                                                            Paris Community Hospital, Paris
Cook County Health System                       John and Mary E. Kirby Hospital,
                                                Monticello                                  Passavant Area Hospital, Jacksonville
 John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County,
 Chicago                                        Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon       Pekin Hospital, Pekin
 Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County,            Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee                   Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton
 Oak Forest                                     Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb       Pinckneyville Community Hospital,
 Provident Hospital of Cook County, Chicago                                                 Pinckneyville
                                                La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Chicago
Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson                                                        Proctor Hospital, Peoria
                                                Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest
                                                                                            Provena Health
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