EMS / MedEvac / Public Health (IL)

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Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IDPH I-REACH/VHF Interoperability Radios:

  • XTL-5000 (mobile), HT-1250 (portable), MTR-2000 (Base Station)

In base radio, 110wt VHF, with up to 16 channels:

  • 1) 155.2800 141.3 PL - Statewide Hospital Disaster Coordination
  • 2) 155.3400 210.7 PL - Statewide MERCI Tone
  • 3) 155.3400, 155.4000, 155.1600, 155.2200 (with Local Tone)

Illinois IDPH EMS Regions and Systems

Chicago EMS System

Region 1 - Rockford

Winnebago County has the regional medical centers for region-1, all 3 Level 1 trauma centers are in Rockford.

Region 2 - Regionwide

Eastern Illinois EMS System"

OSF St Francis EMS System (Peoria)

Region 2 TICP (Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan) VHF Radio Channel Frequency Description MERCI 155.34 Ambulance to Hospital Communications MERCI 2 155.28 Designated for hospital to hospital communications IREACH 155.055 Designated for communications among Illinois Public Safety agencies when no other direct means of communication is available. STARCOM 21 Radio Channel Zone Description EMS B For communicating amongst all RHCC Hospitals EMS R2 B For communicating amongst all Hospitals in Region 2 Hospital MERCI (PL/CTCSS Tones) 1 Advocate BroMenn Medical Center 94.8 13 OSF Saint Francis Medical Center 167.9 2 Advocate Eureka Hospital 141.3 14 OSF Saint James Medical Center 118.8 3 Galesburg Cottage Hospital 107.2 15 OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center 210.7 4 Genesis Medical Center, Aledo 225.7 16 OSF Saint Luke Medical Center 136.5 5 Genesis Medical Center, Illini 110.9 17 OSF Saint Mary Medical Center 107.2 6 Graham Hospital 173.8 18 OSF Saint Paul Medical Center 146.2 7 Hammond Henry Hospital 229.1 19 Pekin Memorial Hospital 97.4 8 Hopedale Medical Complex 85.4 20 Perry memorial Hospital 179.9 9 Illinois Valley Community Hospital 162.2 21 St. Margaret’s Hospital 162.2 10 McDonough District Hospital 100.0 22 Unity Point Health, Methodist 82.5 11 OSF Holy Family Medical Center 71.9 23 Unity Point Health, Proctor 230.0 12 OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center 97.4 24 Unity Point Health, Trinity 179.9

Region 3

Southern Illinois Trauma Center

  • The area served by the new Southern Illinois Trauma Center is designated by IDPH Region III and includes 18 counties -- Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler and Scott. There are two other Level II hospitals in the region -- Blessing Hospital in Quincy and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. They, along with Memorial and St. John's and Jersey Medical Community Hospital in Jerseyville, are the resource hospitals for Emergency Medical Systems (EMS).

Region 4

  • Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and Washington.

Southwestern Illinois EMS System

  • System Policy Manual PDF
  • Belleville Memorial - Pod Hospital (Net Control KWF792) Touchette Regional-Centreville, Kenneth Hall-East St. Louis, St. Elizabeths-Belleville, St.Josephs-Breese, SAFB Medical Center, Red Bud Memorial Regional, Sparta Community, Anderson-Maryville, Alton Memorial, Gateway Regional-Granite City, St. Anthony's-Alton, St. Josephs-Highland, Utlat-Greenville, Thomas Boyd Memorial-Carrollton, Community Memorial-Staunton, Fayette County-Vandalia Region 4 info provided by Loyola University Health System

Region 5

North Egypt EMS System

  • St. Mary's Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon
  • Established in 1979 and serves Jefferson, Marion, Franklin,Washington, Perry, and Saline County.

Region 8 - Du Page (southern)

  • A busy, state-defined EMS region west of downtown Chicago. Good Samaritan in Downers Grove

Loyola EMS System

Region 9

  • McHenry, Kane, part of Lake, part Kendall, northern DuPage Counties
  • Christ Hospital McHenry and southern Lake county are assigned MED channels as follows: PRIMARY: 7 TERTIARY: 6 SECONDARY: 5 ITINERANT OR COMMON: 8

Northwest Community EMS System

  • Website
  • The Resource Hospital for the Northwest Community EMS System is: Northwest Community Hospital, located in Arlington Heights

The following 5 Hospitals are Associate Hospitals of the EMS System:

  • Alexian Brothers Medical Center, located in Elk Grove Village
  • Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital, located in Glendale Heights
  • Good Shepherd Hospital, located in Barrington
  • Resurrection Medical Center, located in Chicago
  • St. Alexius Medical Center, located in Hoffman Estates

The Following 21 Fire Agencies and 3 Private ambulance services are members of the Northwest Community EMS System:

  • Advantage Ambulance, Inc.
  • A-Tec Ambulance
  • Arlington Height Fire Department
  • Barrington Fire Department
  • Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District
  • Bloomingdale Fire Protection District
  • Buffalo Grove Fire Department
  • Des Plaines Fire Department
  • Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District
  • Elk Grove Village Fire Department
  • Fermilab Fire Department
  • Hoffman Estates Fire Department
  • Itasca Fire Protection District
  • Lake Zurich Fire/Rescue Department
  • Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District
  • Long Grove Fire Protection District
  • Mount Prospect Fire Department
  • Palatine Fire Department
  • Palatine Rural Fire Protection District
  • Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
  • Rolling Meadows Fire Department
  • Schaumburg Fire Department
  • Superior Ambulance Services
  • Wood Dale Fire Department

Region 11 - Chicago

  • All Chicago Hospitals are on a repeater. Telemetry hospitals are divided into 3 sections. North, Central, South. The North PL's are all 156.7, Central PL's 146.2, South PL's 173.8. In each region, all operations are run by Resource Hospitals Associate Hospitals function underneath Resource Hospitals. Multi-Victim incidents, EMS Plans are to be called into Resource Hospitals, while most other runs can be called into Associate Hospitals. We do have assigned Hospitals we are supposed to call, but we don't follow that always for various reasons. Med 8 is not repeatered on any systems.
  • FYI... It is NOT necessary to monitor the input frequency of any MED frequency, they are all on Repeaters
  • CFD Ops Channel 8 (476.2875 simplex, 69.3 PL) is used for Helicopter EMS landing zone coordination ops.

St. Louis Area Hospitals

  • For a more complete list of St Louis hospitals, see St Louis City and County
  • 155.34000 BM 114.8 PL HEAR 114.8 Barnes-Jewish: Ambulance-to-Hospital Comms (to ARCH, etc) FMN Hospital
  • 155.34000 BM 114.8 PL HEAR 114.8 Missouri Baptist (St. Louis) FMN Hospital

Air Helos/Med-Evac

Air Evac Lifeteam (GMR)

Air Methods

ARCH Air Medical Services Facebook

  • See the (Multistate) ARCH Wiki Page for more information
  • Operated by Air Methods; ARCH has been committed to providing essential and lifesaving services to the Missouri and Illinois region for over 50 years.
  • Established in 1979, by St. Louis University (SLU) Medical Center staffers, Air Methods acquired ARCH in 2000 and continued the program’s expansion and excellence in air medical operations
  • Bases: Granite City, IL; Sparta, IL; Litchfield, IL; Effingham, IL; Carbondale, IL; Sullivan, MO

Rescue Flight Facebook

  • Rescue 1, Based at HSHS St Josephs Hospital, Highland IL; Operated by Air Methods

Other Companies

Superior Air Med

  • In addition to STARCOM21 talkgroup 36531, they have been heard testing talkgroups 36532-36535. They also utilize Outerlink Global Solutions' satellite-based service IRIS, which includes Push-To-Talk VoIP radio.

University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

  • UCAN Base (129.475) has been heard acting as the Chicago-area contact for aeromed helos from outside the Chicago area, including SAMARITAN (Parkview Health) and LUTHERAN AIR (Lutheran Health Network), both based in Northern Indiana.
  • Reference to channel "TAC 3" has been heard on 464.800 (a different frequency than 464.800). Possibly 129.475? A different frequency?
  • MedEx Ambulance provides ground transport services for UCAN.
  • UCAN's aviation services are provided by Air Methods.

EMS Agencies (Area-Wide)

AMR Abbott Ambulance

  • Serves Metro East St Louis (IL) - Madison and St Clair Counties and St Louis City/County
  • Primary 911 service to St Clair County (Belleville, Fairmont City, State Park, Fairview Heights, Swansea)
  • Primary 911 service to city of Madison (Madison County)
  • Provides Emergency Hospital-to-Hospital transfers and discharges to Memorial Belleville, Memorial Shiloh, St Elizabeths O'Fallon IL, Anderson Hospital Maryville, Gateway Regional Granite City
  • Provides emergency/non-emergency transports (as available) to ER from most SNF (in St Clair County), and some SNF (in Madison County) Granite Nursing and Rehab, Liberty Village Maryville, Eden Village Glen Carbon, Edwardsville Care Center, University Care Center Edwardsville, Edwardsville Care Center (due to lengthy response times, Madison County SNF may be asked to use their local 911 EMS service)
  • May provide Mutual Aid/Backup emergency/911 service for MedStar EMS, O'Fallon-Shiloh EMS
  • Primary 911/Transfer service to Franklin County IL.
  • Primary 911 service to Harrisburg in Saline County (as of 1/24)
  • Transfer service for Sarah Bush Hospital (Coles County) (does not serve the local 911 system)

Abbott EMS - Decatur/Macon County

  • 8/15/22 - To replace DAS for Decatur/Macon County Link
  • Decatur City Code for Ambulance Service LINK
  • Also, see the Abbott Page in Missouri (coming soon)

AMR New Lenox '

  • Provides service in New Lenox IL (formerly Kurtz Ambulance) (no longer in service 12/22)
  • Provides paramedics for Streator Fire (as of 7/22)

Lakeside EMS

  • Bases in Effingham, Mt Vernon, Centralia, Arcola, Caseyville, Alton (1002 Martin Luther King Blvd)
  • Mostly providing IFT (Inter-Facility Transfers)
  • As of 3/1/23 began providing 911 response for Godfrey and the west side of Alton in Madison County Article

Lifestar Ambulance

  • Former Cambpell-Superior; began business in 1979.
  • Alton Division shut down 3/1/23 and is being served by Lakeside EMS of Effingham. Article
  • Alton also has EMS service by Alton Memorial Hospital EMS (Christian Hospital/BJC) and Alton Fire Department
  • Bases in Jacksonville (Morgan), Centralia (Clinton, Marion), Springfield (Sangamon) division

MedStar EMS

  • Serving SouthWest Illinois - Randolph, Clinton, St Clair and Madison Counties
  • See the wiki page MedStar_EMS_(IL)

RuralMed EMS

  • Began service 7/25/16 with 1 unit, now operating more than 12 ambulances that provide 911 services and inter-facility transports through out central and south central Illinois. Began providing 911 coverage in Fayette County in 2017, Bond County in January 2021 and Effingham County May 2022. Locations in Greenville, Vandalia, St Elmo, Effingham and Dieterich and MORE to come in the near future!
  • Jan 2021 - Took over the Bond County Special Services District) for all of Bond County that area covered by the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District
  • May 2022 - Took over 911 contract for Effingham County
  • Apr 1, 2023 - Providing primary 911 services for Mitchell Fire and Long Lake FPD (Pontoon Beach) in Madison County.
  • 5 123 01 Chevy Van unit (RMED-??)
  • 5 123 02 Rural Med whi Mercedes Van
  • 5 123 06 Ford unit (RMED-??)
  • Rural Med 1 - Van Ambulance "Blue"
  • Rural Med 2 - Mercedes white Van "The Twins" plate 5 123 02
  • Rural Med 3 - Mercedes white Van "The Twins" (soon to be 2022? White/Black strip Box Ambulance RMED-3)
  • Rural Med 4 - Chevy Box Ambulance (backup during maintenance/repair) "RMED-4 plate 5 137 04 unit 834
  • Rural Med 5 - Dodge Ram 2500 Van (backup in Fayette/Bond Counties area) "RMED-5" plate 5 123 05
  • Rural Med 6 - Chevy? Box Ambulance (Fayette County area) "The Triplets" (white) "RMED-6"
  • Rural Med 7 - Chevy? Box Ambulance (Fayette County area) "The Triplets" (white) "RMED-7" plate 5 123 07
  • Rural Med 8 - Chevy? Box Ambulance (Fayette County area) "The Triplets" "RMED-8" plate 5 123 08 (white)
  • Rural Med 9 - Chevy Duramax 4500 Ambulance (Bond County) "RMED-9" (white/red) 4-B-25 (former Bond County EMS)
  • Rural Med 10 - Ford E-450 Box Ambulance (Bond County) "RMED 10" 4-B-10
  • Rural Med 11 - Ambulance (Bond County) "RMED 11" 4-B-11 (former Bond County EMS)
  • Rural Med 12 - Chevy Box Ambulance (Effingham County area) 5 123 12 "RMED-12" unit 2852
  • Rural Med 13 - Chevy Box Ambulance (Effingham County area) 5 123 13 "RMED-13" unit 2853 whi/blk stripe
  • Rural Med 14 - Chevy Box Ambulance (Effingham County area) 5 123 14 "RMED-14" unit 2854
  • Summer 2022 - Effingham County starts with 2 ALS trucks in Effingham and one in Dieterich

United Medical Response Facebook Page

  • Based in Salem, 911 provider as well as standby services and interfacility transport following closing of Salem Area Ambulance Service and after Rural Med assisted until services were established. Base is listed as 220 E Rogers St in Salem. Additional bases of operation in Mt Vernon, Centralia, Marion and Herrin.
  • United-XX or

Hospital Systems


OSF HealthCare

  • Website
  • Integrated health system founded by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare has 16 hospitals – 10 acute care, five critical access, one transitional care - with 2,131 licensed beds throughout Illinois and Michigan. OSF employs nearly 24,000 Mission Partners across 150+ locations; has two colleges of nursing; operates OSF Home Care Services, an extensive network of home health and hospice services; owns Pointcore, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses; OSF HealthCare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for the organization; and OSF Ventures, which provides investment capital for promising health care innovation startups. In 2020, OSF OnCall was established, a digital health operating unit, including a hospital-at-home. OSF OnCall delivers care and services when, where and how patients prefer to receive them. OSF HealthCare has been recognized by Fortune as one of the most innovative companies in the country.

OSF HealthCare has a strong presence in the Illinois Valley, also serving residents of Mendota, Princeton, Ottawa, Marseilles and Streator with 24/7 emergency services, primary and specialty care, prompt care, OSF OnCall Urgent Care and 24/7 digital urgent care, nurse triage and other types of care.



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