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Steve Tenhouse awarded Illinois Rural Health Association’s Administrator of the Year


Steve Tenhouse with more than a decade of experience in healthcare administration in a rural health organization is seeing his years of hard work and dedication pay off, with recognition by the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) as the 2016 Administrator of the Year.

IRHA’s Rural Health Awards Program, honors outstanding achievement in rural health care service. The award was presented at the Annual Educational Conference at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham during a lunch on Tuesday, August 11th.

 Steve Tenhouse, CEO of Kirby Medical Center, was nominated and awarded for the Rural Health Administrator of the Year award for his outstanding contribution of major significance to rural health in Illinois as an actively involved health administrator. The nominations included details of Tenhouse’s effort to go above and beyond what is normally expected and for his exemplary dedication to the advancement of the health of the public.

 “I’m honored to be recognized by the IRHA, my peers, and all that work in healthcare.  Sometimes work in healthcare goes unnoticed or unappreciated.  So, to be recognized and appreciated is very humbling,”  said Tenhouse.

 The staff and administration of Kirby Medical Center, which is located at 1000 Medical Center Drive in Monticello, owe much of their recent success to Tenhouse’s leadership. Since stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2004, Tenhouse has spearheaded a number of improvements and wellness initiatives, including a replacement hospital, expansion of primary care in the county, and new wellness and healthcare services offered to Piatt County and surrounding communities.


Founded in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association is a collaborative association of academic institutions, clinics, consumers, EMS providers, hospitals, health care practitioners, public health administrators, public official and others who are committed to strengthening health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

For more information on the Illinois Rural Health Association or to join, visit us online at or call 217-280-0206.

Memberships are available for organizations, health care professionals, public officials and consumers with an interest in improving rural health care.

 IRHA is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization