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Mel Henriksen honored for dedicated service to state hospital network


Melissa Henriksen, Research Associate for Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, was granted the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s highest award for service during ceremonies held at ICAHN’s Annual CAH Conference on November 11-12 at The Crowne Plaza, Springfield.

“There is no one better to tell the critical access hospital story in Illinois than Mel Henriksen, who with her research partner, Dr. Norm Walzer, authored the 2006 and 2010 CAH Impact Study,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “Mel also helped create and author a series on three key issues affecting CAH operations and viability – Quality, Collaboration, and Population Health – and then topped that work off with a ‘15-Year Evaluation of the Impact of CAHs in Illinois’ publication.

“Mel has presented her work at several state and national conferences, sharing with others the good work of Illinois critical access hospitals,” continued Schou. “She has become a premier researcher and has made an impact for ICAHN. She clearly has a passion for rural and is one of our future leaders and thinkers for tomorrow.”