Archive for October 26th, 2017

Of interest … Elmhurst Hospital

Excerpts from the

Elmhurst Hospital has unveiled a newly expanded emergency department that provides much-needed space to help handle a growing number of ER patients.

With the addition of eight beds, the emergency department could potentially accommodate 12,000 to 15,000 additional visits a year, hospital administrators say. And that extra capacity could translate into shorter wait times for patients seeking emergency care.

“It’s another part of our efforts to make sure that patients are getting the care they deserve in a timely fashion to serve the community as best we can,” said Dr. Michelle Meziere, the department’s associate medical director.

The department was originally designed to handle 55,000 patients annually.

But last year, ER physicians treated 65,405 patients — a 28 percent increase over the tally in 2012, the first full year of operation after the hospital’s new main campus opened at 55. E Brush Hill Road.

A number of factors have led to the influx that mirrors national trends, including insurance changes and an aging population, physicians say.

“The surrounding ERs are also really crowded, and so we find a lot of people that used to go to maybe the eastern ERs or even a little bit west of us are coming here now instead,” Meziere said. “We’re kind of grabbing some market share from some other places.”

During particularly busy times, some patients could end up in hallway beds. But with the expansion — bringing the total number of department beds to 39 — the hospital hopes to cut back on that practice, said Adam Johnson, the emergency department director.

The new addition will accept patients eight hours a day from 3 to 11 p.m. Each room is identical and comes with a bathroom.

The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation funded the $600,000 project to expand the department into what was a neighboring unit called the centralized admissions area. Crews broke ground in September on the first major modification to the department since the main campus was built at 55. E Brush Hill Road.

The hospital foundation also is raising funds to address space needs in the critical care and inpatient units, which are often at or near full capacity. Fundraising also continues for an expansion of the hospital’s behavioral health services and preventive programs at the Diabetes Learning Center.

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Prospect Heights Fire District history

As Prospect Heights puts a new Tanker 9 into service, here are some photos of the previous Tanker 9 when it was first put into service.

Spartan Gladiator S&S pumper tanker with rear steer

Prospect Heights Fire District Tanker 9. 1994 Spartan Gladiator/S&S 1250/3000. Larry Shapiro photo

fire department tanker with rear dump valve

Prospect Heights Fire District Tanker 9. Larry Shapiro photo

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Vintage 5-11 +1 Special in Chicago, 10-10-71

This from Eric Haak:

Below are images taken at a 5-11 +1 Special on October 10, 1971. This fire broke out at 11:15 am @ 430 N. Damen. It looks like a structure along with some kind of a yard like pallets or lumber. The rig you see in the final image is Engine 14. Thanks and enjoy!

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

vintage Chicago FD 5-11 Alarm fire

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

classic Chicago FD Engine 4

From the collection of Eric Haak, photographer unknown

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Pleasantview Fire Protection District LODD anniversary

Incident Summary

On October 26, 1981, Firefighters Jerome Srejma and Gary Michalek of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Key West Restaurant in Countryside, Illinois. Srejma, a six year veteran firefighter, and Michalek, who had been with the department for less than one year, were paid-on-call volunteers on duty when the alarm came in, and were among the first firefighters to arrive on-scene.

Srejma and Michalek entered the restaurant wearing SCBA masks shortly before 5 AM in an effort to locate and extinguish the fire, which was mainly burning behind the walls and above the ceilings. They became disoriented in the dense smoke and were unable to find their way out of the restaurant before running out of air. Even after they were reported missing, it took fellow firefighters nearly thirty minutes to locate their bodies in the thick smoke. The collapse of the restaurant’s roof further complicated rescue efforts and sent two other firefighters to the hospital with injuries. Srejma and Michalek were rushed to Community Memorial General Hospital in LaGrange, where they were pronounced dead.

In the end, it took firefighters from nearly ten different communities more than three hours to extinguish the 3-11 alarm fire. Four days after the fire, Srejma and Michalek were remembered during separate funeral services that were attended by hundreds of firefighters from throughout the Chicagoland area.

information from the Illinois Fire Service Institute

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