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									     2005 Ron W. Lee, M.D.
Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards




      Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children
            is a collaborative program between the
           Illinois Department of Public Health and
                Loyola University Medical Center
                      www.luhs.org/emsc
                         May 11, 2005
2005 Ron W. Lee, MD - Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards
   On May 19th, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Emergency Medical Services for
   Children presented the following recipients with the 2005 Ron W. Lee, MD, Excellence in Pediatric Care
   Awards.


   These awards are given in recognition of excellence to those dedicated to pediatric care and childhood injury
   prevention initiatives. The awards are presented each May during Emergency Medical Services Week. Dr.
   Lee was the Director of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center and was instrumental in
   establishing and fostering the EMSC program in Illinois. He passed away in 1998. Individuals or
   organizations can be nominated for one of the following three award categories – Lifetime Achievement,
   Clinical Excellence and Community Service. Nominations for the awards were received from throughout
   the state.


   Lifetime Achievement
           Edward A. Millar, MD Emeritus Chief of Staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago. Since
            1946, Dr. Millar has dedicated his life to Shriners Hospitals for Children, beginning as a resident
            physician, then as an orthopedic specialist physician, and finally as Chief of Staff of the hospital.
            He advocated for the development of many of the practice areas in which Shriners is now noted as a
            leader, including osteogenesis imperfecta, hip dysplasia, cerebral palsy, cleft lip and palate, spinal
            surgery and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Over the years, he has championed and conducted
            significant research initiatives, written numerous publications and taught many medical students
            and residents. A testament to Dr. Millar is seen in how his patients continue to visit him long after
            their completion of care, and offer their services and support to Shriners Hospitals. In fact, several
            of his former patients are now successful physicians, due to his encouragement and example. Dr.
            Millar has been instrumental in changing the way in which the entire Shrine system cares for
            children. In the 1970’s, Dr. Millar championed a family-centered care model and facilitated the
            incorporation of child-friendly features into Shriners Hospitals. He was also one of the founding
            members of the Silver Service, a foundation that provides orthopedic surgeries twice a year to
            children abroad, in countries such as Columbia, Lithuania and Jordan. As a nationally recognized
            expert on osteogenesis imperfecta, cerebral palsy and general pediatric orthopedics, he recently
            created a Museum of Radiology for the education of young physicians, using thousands of
    historical x-rays culled from Shriners’ files. This databank of x-ray files provides medical
    personnel with the opportunity to examine deformities that are now so rare they might not
    otherwise be recognized. And at 85 years of age, Dr. Millar continues his service to children at
    Shriners and reminds his fellow physicians of their responsibilities to children in need.




   Rick Miller, MD, FACEP, FAAP, EMS Medical Director, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center,
    Peoria. Over the past 31 years, Dr. Miller has been an active physician with OSF Saint Francis
                                                                       Medical Center and has served in
                                                                       many roles, including Chairman for
                                                                       the Department of Emergency
                                                                       Medicine, Medical Director of
                                                                       Emergency      Medical      Services,
                                                                       Medical Director for the Life Flight
                                                                       program and Program Director for
                                                                       the     Emergency         Residency
                                                                       Program. Dr. Miller has devoted
    both his professional and personal life advocating for children. He encourages his colleagues to
    always strive for the very best care for children. In the late 1980’s, as the only physician with dual
    board certification in both emergency medicine and pediatrics, he spearheaded the formation of a
    Pediatric Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center. In 1984, as the flight program
    was initiated at Saint Francis, he served as program medical director. At that time, he set out to
    educate hospitals within central Illinois on appropriate care of children and adults prior to the arrival
    of the flight team and interfacility transport. Over the years he has lectured extensively both locally
    and nationally on pediatric emergency care topics, childhood trauma, childhood and adolescent
    suicide, and child abuse and neglect issues. Dr. Miller’s special interest in abused and neglected
    children led to his spearheading the development of specific procedures in the Emergency
    Department to ensure that potential child abuse cases did not go unreported. And as child car seat
    safety legislation was introduced, he was in the forefront, providing community presentations
    regarding the importance of child safety restraints. Dr. Miller currently serves on numerous
    community and state programs, including the Child Death Review Team in Central Illinois, Prevent
    Child Abuse Illinois, the Peoria Chapter of the American Red Cross and as Medical Director for the
    Peoria Medical Reserve Corps, among others. Several years ago, he began volunteering two weeks
       annually as a member of a medical mission team in Haiti, ultimately developing a program in
       which Emergency Medicine residents volunteer at the Haiti medical clinic and receive medical
       education credit through the University of Illinois College of Medicine.




Clinical Excellence
      Lawrence Vogel, MD, FAAP, Chief of Pediatrics and Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury
       Program, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago. Dr. Vogel has been the Chief of Pediatrics at
       Shriners since 1981 and the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury program since its inception
       in 1983. During this time, he has become well recognized as an expert and strong advocate in the
       provision of developmentally appropriate care to children and adolescents with spinal cord injuries.
       He trains residents in Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Pediatrics and provides shadowing
       opportunities in his practice for innumerable high school and college students. Dr. Vogel currently
       serves on the Board of Directors for the American Paraplegia Society and the American Spinal
       Injury Association (the two major national organizations focused on spinal cord injury), as well as
       on a number of local and state professional organizational boards and committees. He also serves
       on the editorial board of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, and has authored 12 book chapters
       and more than 60 articles in professional journals. On the international front, Dr. Vogel has chaired
       two international conferences on pediatric spinal cord injury and assisted in organizing several
       others. For over a decade, Dr. Vogel has led research initiatives studying the long-term outcomes of
       adults who sustained spinal cord injuries as children or adolescents, in order to improve
       rehabilitation for future children and adolescents with these types of injuries. This work led to the
       development of an innovative Transition to Adulthood Program in 1998, which Dr. Vogel
       spearheaded and co-directs. Over the past eight years, this program has funded seminars, mentors
       and a summer work program for adolescents with disabilities, in order to help these young people
       prepare their transition to productive and satisfying adult lives. His colleagues note his dedication
       as a pediatrician, educator and researcher who cares for his patients and their families with the
       utmost compassion, sensitivity and commitment.
Community Service

        The Shrine Fraternity, Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 1919, the Shrine Fraternity began to
         marshal their financial, business and human resources to provide care to the many children who
         were touched by polio and infections of the bone. Since then, the fraternity has built and now
         operates 22 hospitals across North America with all funds for the hospitals being donated or
         raised by the fraternity. The fraternity is made up entirely of volunteers who raise funds for the
         hospital and assist in other countless ways. The Boards of Governors of the hospitals and the
         associate boards are entirely composed of Shriner volunteers who lend their professional
         expertise to the operation of the facilities. In addition, Shriner Fraternity volunteers provide
         transportation for patients and their families to the hospital, usually in vans and busses
         purchased and adapted specifically for this use. They also serve as volunteers in the hospitals,
         providing a variety of services. All Shriners Hospitals provide excellent medical care to
         patients under the age of 18 at no charge. Treatment measures serve all areas of orthopedic
         surgery, plastic and reconstructive craniofacial surgery, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and
         burns. Over the past 80 years, Shriners Hospitals have treated nearly 800,000 patients from the
         United States, Canada and Mexico. The Chicago facility alone has treated nearly 57,000
         patients. The affection and loyalty shown by current and former Shriner patients serve as a
         heartfelt tribute to this organization.

								
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