Defining Our Membership

The ICAHN membership is currently comprised of 58 critical access and small, rural hospitals located across the state of Illinois. To be designated as a critical access hospital, a hospital must be located in a rural area, provide 24-hour emergency services, have an average length-of-stay for its patients of 96 hours or less, be located more than 35 miles from the nearest hospital, or be designated by the state as a “necessary provider.”

In 2016, ICAHN added an Associate Membership as a new member category.  Any small, rural hospital or critical access hospital located in or outside the state of Illinois may be a non-voting member of ICAHN and eligible to participate in all network activities and services of the corporation.

ICAHN is dedicated to bringing valuable services to its members so they may better serve the healthcare needs of their communities. Among the member programs provided are:

CAH Program Assistance

ICAHN staff has evolved into one of the most knowledgeable resources in Illinois for small, rural hospitals in the areas of:

  • Hospital operations
  • Rural health clinic set-up
  • Survey readiness for CAHs and RHCs
  • Hospital licensing assistance
  • Medicare CAH and other rural program regulations
  • Lean Six Sigma/Black Belt
  • Event planning
  • State and federal rural grant programs
  • CAH rural health advocacy
  • Patient satisfaction survey
  • Management, quality and performance improvement
  • Physician recruitment
  • CAH and hospital standards of practice
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program
  • Coaching and wellness
  • Curriculum development on health education and health professional programming
  • Assessment, design, and implementation of wellness and chronic disease management
  • Strategic visioning and planning, research and development
  • Project management and grant-writing,
  • Rural health programming
  • CAH designation

Peer-to-peer network groups – Coordination of peer network groups where members gather to discuss issues and topics of interest

Listserv activity – Network members have the opportunity to participate on department-related listservs to communicate with their peers

Educational programs and workshops – ICAHN is recognized as the statewide resource for relevant, high-quality education for leaders of rural hospitals

Partnerships with national and state rural health, hospital, and educational institutions and affiliations

Business relationships with companies, organizations, and consultants as a means to provide education and training, valued business services, and important cost-savings to our member hospitals and the network.