Southwest Illinois EMS Region IV is organized under the authority of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a regional planning group to prepare and respond to medical disasters regionally and beyond. There are eleven EMS regions designated throughout Illinois with the geographic area of Region IV to include, Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties. The population of this region is 702,814. IDPH has designated Memorial Hospital, Belleville as the Regional Hospital Coordination Center(RHCC) for Region IV.
It is recognized that any disaster of a large magnitude will likely involve communities on both sides of the Mississippi River, in Illinois as well as Missouri. Therefore, many of the communities located within the boundaries of Region IV are also part of the federally designated St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS). In order to identify all local resources, Region IV emergency planning and response activities are coordinated with STARRS as well as IDPH.
Recognition is acknowledged to the many individuals associated with the nineteen hospitals, private and public EMS, fire, police, public health and government agencies throughout the region for their efforts in developing the coordinated response plans.