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Linda O’Dwyer


Evanston Fire Department paramedics to participate in medical simulation training at Presence Saint Francis Hospital

What: Media Availability for Medical Simulation Training
When: Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Presence Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue
Parking and Directions: Contact Linda O’Dwyer (above).

Evanston, Illinois (July 30, 2013) – Presence Saint Francis Hospital is hosting members of the Evanston Fire Department to conduct simulation training this week. Media are invited to attend the training on Thursday afternoon, August 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Training will take place indoors and outdoors with the use of equipment from the hospital’s simulation lab, which was specially designed to enable medical professionals to practice patient care techniques on life-like manikins in a controlled environment. The center is normally utilized to train physicians, nurses and other hospital staff, who practice medical procedures on the simulation lab’s manikins, which have life-like organs and arteries and which produce typical vital sign responses following the trainee’s diagnostic and treatment choices. As medical procedures become more numerous and more complex, this is a special opportunity for City of Evanston life safety personnel to participate in practicing life-saving techniques to improve patient care and refine their teamwork and communication skills.

Forty years ago, Presence Saint Francis Hospital was one of the first Illinois hospitals to be named a resource hospital in the Illinois EMS system. As the resource hospital for Region X, Presence Saint Francis is responsible for training paramedics and providing medical oversight for more than 800 life safety personnel from seven surrounding communities and two private ambulance companies. 

About Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is ranked among the Best Hospitals in Metro Chicago by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 424-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. More information is available at


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