A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

On June 12, the City of Orlando experienced an unimaginable tragedy in what later would be confirmed as the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of the 49 innocent victims, and with the LGBTQ community as they cope with the healing process in the weeks and months ahead. Our hope is that they find the strength and courage in one another to not let this senseless act of hate define their lives or their community. 

An unfortunate side effect of the all too common occurrences of mass shootings is that healthcare organizations, specifically emergency departments, need to assess plans and procedures for providing the type of critical, event-specific care in the aftermath of an attack. There are many factors that make the medical response to a shooting or terrorist attack unique, but if the response community, particularly hospitals and healthcare organizations recognize and address them in advance, we can better prepare ourselves as a community to increase the likelihood of saving as many lives as possible in the face of a once unthinkable situation.  

I recently had the privilege to co-author a discussion paper with a few of my colleagues at the National Academy of Medicine to identify medical planning considerations for mass shooter and bombing events. The paper addresses actions from the initial response, to hospital activities and prioritization, and through community recovery. The most important thing I have learned during my time in public health is that emergency preparedness is not a destination; it is a journey, and planning for such events is a continuous cycle. I encourage you to read and share the article with your planning teams as you assess your internal protocols. You can download a PDF of the article here.  


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


IMD Parking and Traffic Study

The IMDC is conducting a District-wide parking and traffic study. The goal of the study is to identify comprehensive parking, traffic and transit solutions to reduce the parking burden for organizations within the IMD. We’re requesting that you please distribute a travel survey to employees at your institution/organization. Please note below that there are specific survey links for each of the four IMD hospitals, as well as a general IMD employee survey for the rest of our partners. When sharing among your internal staff, be sure to include the survey link that corresponds with your type of organization. We’ve also included a draft email below to go with the survey link. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 11th. 

“The Illinois Medical District Commission would like to better understand employee travel choices to and from work in the IMD. Please complete this short survey about your commute and enter to win a Visa gift card. 

Survey link: (insert link here)" 

IMD employee general survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMDEmployee

Rush survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RushTravel

UIC survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UICtravel

Jesse Brown VA survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JBVAMC

CCHHS survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCHHStravel

Training Opportunity


Join Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center for a free training: Keeping Children Safe on Tuesday, July 26 from 1 to 4 PM. This training equips parents, teachers, professionals and caregivers of all types to prevent child sexual abuse, recognize warning signs and respond appropriately. Registration is free. CEs are available for counselors and social workers for $15. To register for the training, click here.   

American Red Cross Blood Drive


The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois will host a blood drive on Thursday, July 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM at its headquarters, located at 2200 West Harrison Street. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. The Red Cross recommends eating a healthy meal and drinking an extra16 ounces of water and fluids before donating blood. Donors are encouraged to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #ChooseYourDay.

Easterseals Re-branding


This month, after nearly 100 years in service to people with disabilities, Easterseals unveiled a new expression of its iconic brand. The new logo and tagline, “taking on disability together,” reflect their mission to positively impact peoples’ lives amidst the growing complexities and broader, modern definition of what it means to be disabled. You’ll see the new look incorporated over the coming months as Easterseals re-introduce themselves to the public. To read more about the new brand and the amazing work of Easterseals, click here.

Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing

The UIC College of Nursing has a full time job opening for a Visiting Research Specialist in the Department of Behavioral Health Science. The position focuses on a study to determine whether certain sleep problems are risk factors for gestational diabetes (GDM). For more details about the position or to apply, click here.


Don’t Forget!

Stay up to date on events and training courses throughout the District by bookmarking the IMD&U calendar. If you're hosting an event that you'd like added to the calendar, fill out this form and we'll publish it. When submitting an event for the calendar, please fill in all fields on the application.  

If you'd like to submit an entry for the monthly newsletter, email Ryan Gage at RGage@medicaldistrict.org. Please submit your entries no later than the 20th day of each month.


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