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2004 Ron W. Lee, MD
Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards
Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children
is a collaborative program between the
Illinois Department of Public Health and
Loyola University Medical Center
June 17, 2004
2004 Ron W. Lee, MD - Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards
On May 28, 2004, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Emergency Medical Services for
Children announced the following recipients of the 2004 Ron W. Lee, MD, Excellence in Pediatric Care
The awards are given in recognition of excellence to those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and
childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or organizations can be nominated for one of the
following three award categories – Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence and Community Service.
Nominations for the awards were received from throughout the state.
The Children’s Memorial Hospital
Transport Team at Children’s
Memorial Hospital (CMH), Chicago.
The Children’s Memorial Hospital
Transport Team at Children’s
Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Chicago
was established in May 1985 and
responds to a variety of health
problems that require transport to CMH. When an infant is born premature and requires immediate
care at their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or an adolescent in unstable condition with a diagnosis of
meningitis requires transport to their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the transport team is there for
them. The transport team is comprised of 18 dedicated nurses and respiratory therapists and are
capable of transporting infants as small as 500 grams up through adolescence. Team members are
dedicated to their excellence in pediatric care and strive to be leaders and educators within their
community. In addition to transporting over 1200 children per year, the CMH Transport Team is
involved in a number of community and outreach activities, including publishing a quarterly
newsletter that provides education to the hospitals that they receive patients from, volunteering at
community health fairs and speaking to high school students on emergency medical services related
topics. Recognized as experts in their field, the team members are frequently asked to lecture at
conferences both nationally and internationally, and have published numerous articles and chapters
for pediatric transport manuals.
Carolynn Zonia, DO, FACEP, FACOEP,
Emergency Medicine, St. Francis Hospital of
Evanston, Evanston and Clinical Assistant Professor,
Department of Emergency Medicine at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Zonia is a
Staff Physician in the Emergency Department at St.
Francis Hospital of Evanston and Clinical Assistant
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the ten
years that she has been practicing emergency medicine, her peers describe her as a true advocate for
children. She has traveled considerably throughout the state to assist with pediatric emergency
medicine educational trainings for thousands of physicians, nurses, paramedics and EMT’s so that
the level of care for children can be improved within our state. Dr. Zonia has educated hundreds of
physicians-in-training, and currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Resurrection
Emergency Medicine Residency program. She has been actively involved in statewide EMSC
efforts and assisted with development of state criteria to ensure that hospitals within Illinois have
appropriate capabilities and resources to meet the needs of children. Her work also includes several
pediatric research projects and publications. Lastly, her physician peers recognize her leadership
capabilities, as evidenced by their election of Dr. Zonia as their current President of the Illinois
College of Emergency Physicians.
David Jaimovich, MD, FAAP, Section Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Hope Children’s
Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Dr. Jaimovich is Section Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine at Hope Children’s
Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois and is also Medical Director of the Hope Pediatric Transport Team.
He is a recognized expert in the field of pediatric and neonatal transport, and has done considerable
work in expanding the educational role of physicians and health care providers involved in pediatric
transport medicine so that they may educate those who care for critically ill children. He has also
worked to establish appropriate transport guidelines and has published a Handbook of Pediatric
and Neonatal Transport Medicine as well as numerous other articles on critical care topics. In
addition, Dr. Jaimovich has been involved in research initiatives, particularly in the areas of
pediatric resuscitation, critical care and transport of the critically ill child. As an active member of
the American Academy of Pediatrics, he has worked to ensure that the best possible care can be
delivered to critically ill infants and children.
St. John’s Hospital of Springfield. Over the years, St. John’s Hospital has ensured that appropriate
resources and adequately trained personnel are in place to meet the emergency care needs of
children. In addition, St. John’s has established educational programs to educate children and their
families about such things as car safety seats, poison control and injury prevention. The special
pediatric emergency care and educational programs undertaken by St. John’s include:
Specialized pediatric training for emergency medical technicians and paramedics, including
new training developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Weekly child safety seat clinics with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office to assist with the
fitting and distribution of car seats and booster seats.
A Car Seat Safety Resource Center that serves 35 counties in the Springfield Perinatal Region,
which consists of 34 hospitals, 35 local health departments and 22 community agencies.
The St. John's Safe Sitter Program that teaches boys and girls, 11 to 13 years of age how to
handle medical emergencies when caring for children, nurturing techniques and behavior
management skills. Over the past five years, the program has certified more than 2,000 sitters.
Outreach education to schools, community groups, organizations and businesses in central
Illinois regarding poison prevention as one of the 13 satellite facilities affiliated with the Illinois
Free athletic training services to athletic programs at 31 middle and high schools in a five-
county region. The AthletiCare Program also provides community education for coaches,
schools, athletic programs and individuals.
The annual Child Health and Safety Fair at White Oaks Mall, Springfield. The fair, which has
been held since 1997, has educated more than 6,000 children on child health and injury
prevention through free activities and exhibits.
Designation in 2001 as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP), which
indicates the hospital is capable of meeting pediatric emergency standards that include
professionals specially trained in pediatric emergency care; availability of essential pediatric
equipment, supplies and medication; and treatment protocols for the management of abused
and critically injured children.