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Virtual Press Availability, Training Grants to Local First Responders


What: Memorial Health System will host a virtual press conference via Zoom to share details of grants being made by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to 32 central Illinois EMS agencies to supply American Heart Association (AHA) instructional books for Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Pediatric Life Support (PLS).

When: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17

Where: Virtual press conference via Zoom. For an invitation, send your email to Angie Muhs at .

Who: Moderator: Aimee Daily, PhD – Memorial Health System senior vice president and chief transformation officer
Sara Brown, manager, Memorial Health System EMS
Melissa Hansen Schmadeke, executive director, MMC Foundation
Dr. Matthew Johnston, EMS medical director, Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department 
                        Heather Moore, chief of education, Springfield Fire Department
The grant comes at a time when many EMS agencies have faced financial pressures stemming from the demands of response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agencies/communities benefiting from this grant include Lifestar – Springfield, Logan County Paramedic Association, Sherman Fire Protection District, Springfield Fire Department, America Ambulance Services, Taylorville Fire Department, Lifestar – Jacksonville, Beardstown Fire Department, Medics First, Jacksonville Fire Department, Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District, New Berlin – Island Grove Fire Department, Rochester Fire Department, South Jacksonville Fire Department, Chapin Rescue, Waverly Fire Department, Winchester EMS
Rural Med EMS, Meredosia Rescue, Williamsville Fire Department, Middletown Fire Protection District, Emden Fire Protection District, New Holland Fire Protection District, Hartsburg Fire Department, Springfield Emergency Response Team, Ashland Rescue, Chandlerville Fire Department, Petersburg Fire Protection District, Murrayville-Woodson EMS, Northwestern Area Ambulance and Rescue Service, Alexander Fire Protection District and Arenzville Fire and Rescue.