Memorial EMS System providers care for a suburban/rural population in a 4,000-square mile area in Illinois EMS Regions 3. Providers include non-transport and transport agencies ranging from Emergency Medical Responder to Tier III Critical Care Transport. Multiple Emergency Medical Dispatch Centers work under the medical direction of Memorial EMS, in addition to five Emergency Departments. In 2013, Memorial EMS improved the quality of care given to our patients with a complete protocol rewrite. As pledged, the 2013 protocols will continue to evolve as emergency medicine continues to improve.

Conferences are held to better educate our providers on current topics in emergency medicine as well as elevate understanding about how advancements in research lead to protocol changes in EMS and emergency care in destination hospitals.

The Cutting Edge - What Is Coming Next?

As of March 23, 2020, this event has been canceled.  If you have previously registered, you will be contacted soon in regards to a refund. 

Conference Overview 

The 5th annual Cutting Edge conference continues its focus on up to date emergency medical care looking at some of the most recent treatment information as well as challenges healthcare workers face. 


How the use of Ultrasound in EMS could change prehospital treatment

Rebecca Tracy, DO, Emergency Medicine Resident, SIU School of Medicine

James Hart, MD, Emergency Medicine Resident, SIU School of Medicine

Drug Misuse and Abuse: New Trends and Community Responses

Matt Johnston, MD, EMS System Medical Director, Memorial Health System

Sara Brown, M.Ed, EMT-P, EMS System Manger, Memorial EMS

EMS Accuracy of Estimation During Scene Assessments

Zachariah Krueger, EMT-P, LI, Assistant EMS Coordinator, Memorial EMS

Quit Blowing Smoke! Treatment of E-Cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury

Rick Wiese, AA, EMT-P, EMS Education Facilitator, Memorial Health System

How Weed Creates Changes Healthcare for Emergency Care

Tami Carpenter, MS, EMT-P, EMS Education Facilitator, Memorial Health System

Emergency Providers being Targeted

Josh Mifflin, BA, EMT-P, EMS Education Facilitator, Memorial Health System

The Evolution of Active Threat Patient Care

Chuck Kean, MA, EMT-P, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Memorial Medical Center