September 20, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Illinois Medical District Press Office
DR. SUZET MCKINNEY AND SUPERIOR AMBULANCE ANNOUNCE A NEW AMBULANCE FACILITY IN THE ILLINOIS MEDICAL DISTRICT
Facility will be Superior’s largest ambulance location in Cook County; bringing more than 100 new jobs to the near west side
Dr. Suzet McKinney, Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District (IMD), and Superior Ambulance today announced the creation of a new ambulance facility within the Illinois Medical District. This will be Superior’s largest ambulance location in Cook County. Superior Ambulance’s IMD Station will bring more 100 new jobs to the near west side community.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Superior Ambulance, a critical partner not only in providing efficient and quality healthcare, but in creating opportunities for those in the communities where we work and live,” says Dr. Suzet McKinney. “At the IMD, just like at Superior Ambulance, our main priority is creating and supporting a community of healthy, safe and economically prosperous families.”
The Superior Ambulance IMD Station will house ambulances, couriers, transit vans, and wheelchair vans. In addition, it is large enough to store equipment from partnering hospitals in the region. This station provides shorter commutes for employees and ambulance ETA’s for partnering hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Superior Ambulance currently has five Cook County stations in Schaumburg, Evanston, Chicago (Northside), Markham, and Oak Lawn, and they strategically stage vehicles throughout the Chicagoland area when not at a station.
“We are honored to work with the Illinois Medical District and share their commitment to the communities we together work, live and serve in,” said David Hill, CEO of Superior Ambulance. “This partnership has been years in the making and we look forward to working with Dr. McKinney, our partnering hospitals and the near west side community to hire and train more than 100 residents to serve our clients in their time of need.”
Superior Ambulance was recently awarded the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) contract with Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS). This will provide ambulatory and non-ambulatory transportation for CCHHS patients. For the new Superior IMD station, at least 51% of the new hires will be residents of Cook County.
Superior Ambulance has provided hundreds of jobs to community residents, pays the tuition of paramedic school employees, provides paid apprenticeships for EMTs, full benefits to employees, as well as a flexible EMT training class for single mothers.
The partnering hospitals that will be serviced through the new Superior IMD station include Rush University Medical Center, Cook County Health and Hospital System, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Presence St. Mary Hospital, Sinai Health System (Mt. Sinai Hospital Schwab Rehabilitation Center) and St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most admired cities, the Illinois Medical District (IMD) offers partners a unique ecosystem of knowledge, collaboration, and resources, plus something more: the opportunity to impact the world’s next great district for healthcare innovation. Together, IMD partners accelerate discovery and commercialization that is reshaping the practice of medicine, generating prosperity for everyone.