Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. Provides that the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health shall develop a working group to advise the Department on Primary Stroke Center Systems; that this work group shall have representation from the following groups: EMS Medical Directors; hospital administrators; neurologists from accredited Primary Stroke Centers; EMS Coordinators; stroke advocates; fire chiefs in Illinois; private ambulance providers; and a representative from the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council; and that this group shall also develop and submit a statewide stroke assessment tool to the Department for final approval, a copy of which shall be disseminated to all EMS Systems for adoption no later than January 15, 2011. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the State Finance Act and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. Contains a preamble. Contains provisions regarding: development of portions of an EMS Region Plan concerning stroke; the triage, treatment, and transport of possible acute stroke patients; creation of Regional Stroke Advisory Subcommittees and a State Stroke Advisory Subcommittee; designation of hospitals as certified Primary Stroke Centers and Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals by the Department of Public Health; grants to hospitals for the acquisition and maintenance of necessary infrastructure, including personnel, equipment, and pharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke patients; reports; construction of the new provisions; violations; rules; and other matters. Creates the Hospital Stroke Care Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides for: deposits into the Fund; purposes of the Fund; allocations; prohibition of interfund transfers; and other matters.