Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides emergency medical care to incidents that cause serious illness or injury: the focus of EMS is emergency medical care of patients.
EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. A comprehensive EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency.
Your Resource Hospital
Memorial Hospital Belleville has been an approved Resource Hospital by IDPH since March 25, 1976. This allows the hospital to operate the Southwestern Illinois EMS System, which is “an organization of hospitals, vehicle service providers, and personnel approved by the Department in a specific geographic area, which coordinates and provides pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical transports at a BLS, ILS, and/or ALS level pursuant to a System Program Plan submitted to and approved by the Department and pursuant to the EMS Regional Plan adopted for the EMS Region in which the System is located." (Section 3.20 of the Illinois EMS Act)
Currently the EMS System includes services that cover Clinton, St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, and Randolph Counties. Memorial Hospital Belleville, through the Southwestern Illinois EMS System, provides paramedic training and continuing education for local EMS providers.