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Perry Memorial Hospital receives ICAHN's highest honor for service


Perry Memorial Hospital recently received the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s highest award for service during ICAHN’s Annual Conference, held November 9-10 at The Crowne Plaza, Springfield. Annette Schnabel, CEO, accepted the honor on behalf of the Princeton-IL based hospital.

Perry Memorial Hospital joined ICAHN in 2004 at the same time it was approved as a critical access hospital. PMH staff members immediately became involved with ICAHN peer groups and education programs, while several PMH directors volunteered to lead peer groups and serve on various network committees.

“Retiring CEO Rex Conger has championed the network through the state and has recently passed the baton to Annette Schnabel, who is also a strong supporter and leader resource,” said Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director. “For the past 12 years, ICAHN staff has had a close partnership with Perry Memorial Hospital on various projects from quality improvement initiatives, LEAN training and now, the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization. PMH is often ICAHN’s source of information, and we rely on Annette and her staff for a quick pulse on issues and concerns.

“ICAHN Board and members of the ICAHN and IRCCO staff cannot thank Perry enough for its tireless support and commitment to sharing their resources and advancing the ICAHN and rural health voice,” she continued. “They are truly deserving of this service award.”

ICAHN's mission is to strengthen Illinois critical access hospitals through collaboration. ICAHN accomplishes this by ensuring appropriate funding and financial resources, continuing efforts to be a recognized resource on Illinois' CAHs, promoting efficient use of information technology, offering ongoing educational opportunities, and developing and offering projects which add value to the organization and its members. ICAHN currently has a membership of 55 critical access and small and rural hospitals, including Perry Memorial Hospital.

Pictured are Annette Schnabel, CEO, Perry Memorial Hospital, with Pat Schou (left), ICAHN Executive Director, and Mark Rossi, ICAHN Board President.