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Harry Brockus, Rob Schmitt named among '50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know"


This excerpt was taken from Becker's Hospital Review and written by Ayla Ellison, Akansha Jayanthi & Heather Punke

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Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to name the following leaders to the 2015 edition of its list of "50 rural hospital CEOs to know."

Harry Brockus, CEO, of Hoopeston Regional Health Center, and Rob Schmitt, CEO, of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, were among the 50 presidents, CEOs and administrators named. These leaders were lauded for being "dedicated to advancing healthcare in their communities and tackling the challenges of providing healthcare in rural or small towns with vigor."

For this list, "rural" was defined as being located outside of a major metropolitan area or healthcare hub. Leaders were selected for inclusion through an editorial process where a number of factors were considered, including awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held; and their organizations' recent performance. Nominations were also considered.

  • Harry Brockus. CEO, of Hoopeston (Ill.) Regional Health Center. Hoopeston Regional Health Center, comprised of a 25-bed critical access hospital and five medical clinics, has been led by Mr. Brockus since November 2008. Mr. Brockus recently led the hospital, located in central Illinois, through a merger with The Carle Development Foundation, which provided operating efficiencies and improved access to specialty care. The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network recently gave HRHC an honorable mention in its "Innovation of the Year" competition.
  • Rob Schmitt. CEO, of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (Gibson City, Ill.). Mr. Schmitt joined Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services in 2002 as CFO. Five years later, he assumed the chief executive position. GAHHS is a critical access hospital situated approximately 30 miles north of the Urbana-Champaign, Ill., region. Prior to joining GAHHS, Mr. Schmitt was CFO at Oklahoma City-based INTEGRIS Health, vice president of finance of Mercy Medical Clinics in Rogers, Ark., and CFO of Kewanee (Ill.) Hospital. Mr. Schmitt is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified public accountant.