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Hospitals unite to address violence as a public health concern

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Representatives of area health care facilities accepting IHC Awards include, front row, left to right, Niki Vanduzer, Marketing and Community Relations Specialist, St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator; Jennifer Hoffman, Emergency Department Coordinator, Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; and Jackie Yacko, Nurse Manager of Emergency and Intensive Care Services at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley; back row, left to right, Susanna Legner, Supervisor of Emergency Services, OSF Saint James, Pontiac; Marcia Hartwig, Education Coordinator, Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; Julie Rashid, Special Projects Coordinator, 13 Judicial Family Violence Coordinating Council, Streator & Ottawa; Kelly Frazier, Medical/Legal Advocate, Freedom House Princeton; Joan Fernandez, Community Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru; Margaret Morrison, Executive Director, ADV & SAS, Streator; Patricia Duffield, Nurse Practitioner OSF Saint James, Pontiac; Holly Hughes, survivor, Grand Ridge; Janette Strabala, Administrator Heritage Health, Streator; and Linda Brandt, Registered Nurse, Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota. (Photo contributed)

STREATOR - Seven hospitals, two public health departments, a community college and an assisted and extended living center from across a three-county region in Illinois received “Award for Excellence” plaques for addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse as a public health concern. The awards were presented by Illinois Health Cares a state-wide health initiative working to educate and bring awareness about the adverse health consequences caused from direct and indirect exposure to violence.

According to the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year over $4 billion is spent for medical care to treat the adverse health consequences caused from domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. IHC provides doctors, dentists, nurses, EMTs and other health care professionals with free training, resources, tools and supports to use while screening for violence during health care examinations.

Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, IHC funds eight sites with a local branch headquartered at the ADV & SAS Administrative Building in Streator. For information on becoming active in the free health initiative, contact Chalkey at ADV & SAS (815) 673-1552, ext. 320 or e-mail christinechalkey@yahoo.com.

For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.

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