05/06/2020

Pritzker outlines 5-phase plan to reopen Illinois

As of 5.6.20 From WTTW News in Chicago https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/05/pritzker-outlines-5-phase-plan-reopen-illinois-region-region A plan is in place to reopen Illinois, even as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise. Gov. J.B. Pritzker outlined the plan Tuesday, calling it a way to “safely reintroduce the parts of our lives that have been put on hold” during…

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05/06/2020

COVID-19 Elective Surgeries and Procedures

As of 5.6.20 From the Illinois Department of Public Health Frequently Asked Questions Q: When may elective procedures begin? A: May 11, 2020 Q: What is “operational capacity”? A: It is the number of beds (medical/surgical or intensive care) the organization can staff. Q: How do you define patients requiring testing for the purposes of…

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05/05/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,122 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 5.5.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,122 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 176 additional deaths. - Bureau County: 1 male 90s - Clinton County: 2 female 80s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 4 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 6…

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05/04/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,341 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 5.4.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,341 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 46 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 6…

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05/04/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,994 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 5.3.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,994 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 63 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 9 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 5…

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05/04/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,450 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 5.2.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,450 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 105 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s - Clinton County: 1 male 80s - Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 1…

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05/04/2020

Regaining the Public's Trust in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following is a recording from the April 28th webinar on crisis communications, presented by TAG Communications, Inc. https://icahnevents.webex.com/icahnevents/lsr.php?RCID=655de9da660a3468da4f44fead38abed

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05/01/2020

Public Health Officials announce 3,137 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 5.1.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 3,137 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 105 additional deaths. - Adams County: 1 female 60s - Clinton County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 2…

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04/30/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,563 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.30.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,563 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 141 additional deaths. - Clinton County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 female 20s, 2 males 20s, 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 4 females 50s, 6…

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04/29/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,253 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.29.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,253 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 92 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 8 females 60s, 10 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 11…

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04/29/2020

Elective procedures now allowed under Gov. Pritzker's modified order

As of 4.29.20 Submitted by IHA and Channel 20 News CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The modified stay at home order will be instituted on May 1st, which will allow medical facilities to perform elective procedures again as of May 11th. Governor Pritzker's order outlines the rules medical centers have to follow. Dr.…

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04/29/2020

State of Illinois to borrow $1.2 billion to cover expenses from economic downturn

As of 4.29.20 Submitted by IHA and the State Journal Register STATE JOURNAL REGISTER REPORT Illinois plans to borrow $1.2 billion next week to help the state cover expenses during the economic downturn and delays in filing state income taxes. Another $1 billion in bonds will be issued to pay for construction projects and voluntary…

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04/28/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,219 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.28.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,219 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 144 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 10 females 60s, 17 males 60s, 11…

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04/27/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,980 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.27.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,980 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 50 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 female 90s - Champaign County: 1 female 60s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3…

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04/27/2020

COVID-19 testing guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Submitted by the Illinois Department of Public Health As COVID-19 testing capacity expands, testing is now available for people who: • Have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath and fever) AND • Have a risk factor, such as, contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, or a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition…

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04/27/2020

Updated guidance on elective surgeries in Illinois

Submitted by the Illinois Department of Public Health as of 4.27.2020 Current Status During the COVID-10 pandemic, surgeries and procedures (collectively referred to as “procedures”) for life-threatening conditions or those with a potential to cause permanent disability have been and continue to be allowed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Centers…

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04/27/2020

Considerations for healthcare providers in any healthcare setting

Submitted 4.27.20 by the Illinois Department of Public Health How to leave COVID-19 behind when you come home The CDC states that COVID-19 is typically transmitted through respiratory droplets. Providing patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic means you and your family are at risk for exposure. The ideas or recommendations below, are compiled from the…

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04/27/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,126 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.26.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,126 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 females 20s, 1 male 20s, 1 female 30s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 9 males 60s, 3…

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04/27/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,119 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.25.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,119 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 80 additional deaths. - Coles County: 1 male 70s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 females 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 3…

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04/27/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,724 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.24.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,724 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 108 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 male 60s - Clinton County: 1 female 100+ - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 5…

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04/24/2020

Gov. JB Pritzker announces stay-at-home order extended through May 30

From Channel 9 News, Chicago CHICAGO — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will extend its stay-at-home order through May 30 on Thursday, although the modified order will slightly ease some restrictions while implementing new ones as well. The new order will take effect May 1. One of the biggest changes requires anyone who’s…

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04/24/2020

Somber Congress delivers more than $500M in virus aid

As of 4.24.20 - Associated Press News Report WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress delivered a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending Thursday, rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and one in six U.S. jobs. The measure passed almost unanimously, but…

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04/23/2020

AHA encourages critical access hospital participation in open discussion

The American Heart Association is deeply concerned about the public health crisis facing our country. Our top priority regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) is the health and well-being of individuals and their families today and in the future, in every community. We appreciate the millions of people, like you, who have worked with us relentlessly to build…

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04/23/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,826 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.23.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,826 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 123 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 male 80s - Champaign County: 1 male 90s - Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 3…

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04/22/2020

Public Health Officials announce 2,049 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.22.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,049 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 98 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 7 females 70s, 8…

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04/21/2020

ILCHF, ICAHN offer $500,000 to essential hospital workers for child care

With essential hospital staff facing childcare challenges due to schools and daycares closing, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) recently awarded the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) a $500,000 grant to help its rural hospital membership. ICAHN, which is comprised of 51 critical access and six small, rural hospitals throughout Illinois, will use these…

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04/21/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,551 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.21.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,551 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 119 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s - Carroll County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 2…

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04/20/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,151 new COVID-19 cases

As of 4 20 20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,151 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths. Boone County: 1 male 70s Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 6 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 6…

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04/20/2020

State activates alternate housing facility in southern Illinois

At the request of local government, the State of Illinois has activated a pre-staged alternate housing facility in Jefferson County to meet the identified needs of COVID-19. Jefferson County authorities have indicated a recent spike in positive cases of COVID-19, including more than 17 cases linked to a long-term care facility, will require additional resources…

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04/20/2020

Jersey Community Hospital offers insight into COVID-19 prep in rural area

CLICK HERE for the full Business Insider interview

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04/20/2020

C-SPAN interview with Pat Schou: COVID-19 challenges faced by rural America

National Rural Health Association President Pat Schou discusses challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities during the Coronavirus pandemic. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO  

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04/20/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,585 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois (4-18)

As of 4.18.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,585 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 30s, 3 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 4 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 9 females 60s, 11…

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04/20/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,197 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.19.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,197 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s -…

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04/17/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,842 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.17.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,842 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 62 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 female 60s - Cook County: 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 4…

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04/17/2020

Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis offers COVID-19 data for metro, non-metro areas

The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis daily data brief on metropolitan and nonmetropolitan COVID-19 cases has been enhanced to provide additional information on cases, deaths, and rates. Also included is a new map showing counties with case rates exceeding 10 per 10,000 population and death rates exceeding 1 per 10,000 population. Please click…

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04/16/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,140 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.16.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,140 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths. - Bond County: 1 male 70s - Champaign County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s - Christian County: 1 male 70s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2…

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04/16/2020

ILCHF, ICAHN offer child care grant to member hospital essential workers

On April 3, 2020, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) received a $500,000 grant award (EHSCCS) from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) to provide financial assistance to eligible ICAHN hospital employees to help defray their cost of childcare due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and their need to fulfill hospital work assignment. The…

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04/16/2020

NOSORH provides rural-relevant resources pertinent to COVID-19

With the growing COVID-19 concern brewing around us, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is offering several rural-relevant resources. Visit the CMS Current Emergencies landing page for Medicare and Medicaid related COVID-19 information. CMS has issued several guidance announcements and “special” announcements in the last few weeks dealing with this and many other…

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04/15/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,346 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.15.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,346 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 80 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 female teens, 1 male 30s, 2 males 50s, 11 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 4…

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04/14/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,222 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4.14.20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,222 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 unknown 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 3…

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04/14/2020

Public Health Official announced 1,672 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois (4-12-20)

As of 4.12.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,672 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 43 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 5 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 7…

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04/14/2020

IDPH issues interim guidance supporting COVID-19 testing for high-risk Illinoisans

As of 4.14.2020 - Information provided by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker This interim guidance supports COVID-19 testing for high-risk Illinoisans with symptoms. As COVID-19 testing becomes more available, IDPH will continue to expand testing to priority groups. Together, the expansion of testing will help reduce the transmission of the disease and improve health outcomes. CLICK…

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04/14/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,173 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

As of 4.13.2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,173 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 7 males 50s, 6 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 8…

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04/13/2020

Culbertson Memorial issues increased patient and staff safety restrictions due to COVID-19

In light of the ever-changing global, national and state crisis, Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital and Clinics have been working diligently to establish a system wide, clinically led team to prepare for and respond to the potential of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community. We are working closely with the McDonough and Schuyler County Health…

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04/09/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,344 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,344 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 66 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 6 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 6 female 80s, 5 males 80s, 3…

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04/08/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 1,529 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

As of 4/8/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,529 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 82 additional deaths. - Boone County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 4 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 8 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 12…

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04/07/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,287 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

As of 4/7/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,287 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 73 additional deaths. - Champaign County: 1 male 80s - Christian County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 30s, 3 females 40s, 2 males 40s, 1…

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04/06/2020

Public Health Officials announce 1,006 new COVID-19 cases

As of 4/6/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,006 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths. - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 5 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 1…

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04/06/2020

Public Health Officials announce 899 new cases of COVID-19

Submitted by IDPH on 4/5/20 The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 899 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 male 40’s, 3 female 50’s, 1 male 50’s, 1 female 60’s, 2 male 60’s, 2 female 70’s, 2 male 70’s, 4 female 80’s, 1…

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04/06/2020

Rural Health Policy Analysis: COVID-19 Rural Data Brief

RUPRI submission on  4/3/20 While much of the COVID-19 focus has been on major metropolitan areas, rural areas of the United States are not free of exposure. As of April 1, 2020, there were a total of 234,040 cases and 5,398 deaths identified in counties (data provided by USAFacts.org), with 8,866 cases and 206 deaths…

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04/03/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 1,209 new COVID-19 cases

As of 4/3/2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,209 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths. - Christian County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 50s, 4 male 50s, 4 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 2…

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04/02/2020

Public Health Officials announce 715 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

From IDPH on 4/2/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 715 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional deaths. - Christian County: 1 male 80s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s,…

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04/02/2020

Financial help on the way for small and rural hospitals

Feature on Pana Community Hospital published on NPR Illinois on 3/31/20: CLICK HERE TO READ STORY  

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04/02/2020

Critical access and small, rural hospitals to receive CARES Act funds

Critical access and small rural hospitals that participate in the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) will soon receive an award for approximately $90,000 per hospital.  The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy received $180 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support COVID-19 related…

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04/01/2020

IDPH announces 986 new cases of COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 986 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths. - Carroll County: 1 male 80s - Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 60s, 5…

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04/01/2020

To Wear or Not to Wear a Homemade Mask in Public

The World Health Organization, the CDC, and Johns Hopkins University offers advice in this April 1 Newsweek article: CLICK HERE TO READ MORE  

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03/31/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 937 New Cases of COVID-19

IDPH Communication on 3/31/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 937 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 26 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 female 60s, 5 males 70s, 2 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s…

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03/31/2020

Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help US Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

From Medicaid.gov on 3/31/20 Today, at President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Made possible by President Trump’s recent emergency declaration…

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03/30/2020

The Discomfort You Are Feeling is Grief

Karen McNenny http://www.karenmcnenny.com/served as a keynote speaker during a past ICAHN conference. She wishes to share this article from the Harvard Business Review to the ICAHN team and its extended "team" of member hospitals: The Discomfort You are Feeling is Grief  The GIST of it:   What can individuals do to manage all this grief? Understanding…

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03/30/2020

Trump Administration provides relief for Medicare providers

From CMS Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers Mar 28, 2020  Billing & payments Physicians   Under the President’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources…

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03/24/2020

St. Francis Hospital accepting hand-sewn face masks

LITCHFIELD — As potential shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment are being reported in the news, the hospital has received several messages from members of the community asking if homemade, sewn cloth masks would be accepted. There are several ways the community can help with the efforts against COVID-19.  Those include staying home,…

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03/18/2020

Potential opportunity: Need your feedback immediately

Issue.  With the recent Illinois school closings expected through the end of March 2020 or potentially a few weeks longer, many healthcare workers have children now home or have lost their childcare providers. Healthcare workers most likely will have to add the cost of childcare and/or pay more for a new childcare site in their…

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03/16/2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act heads to Senate

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, supported by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, was recently passed in the House of Representatives. The legislation is expected to be taken up in the Senate soon and signed into law by the President. This is the second legislative package moved by Congress to address the outbreak of the Coronavirus.…

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03/11/2020

COVID-19: Keeping the workplace safe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently distributed the following COVID-19 information on keeping the workplace safe: WORKPLACE, SCHOOL AND HOME GUIDANCE A FRAMEWORK FOR MITIGATION For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

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02/05/2020

Coronavirus control guidance for prehospital emergency medical services

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following information about the Coronavirus: Effective communication among clinicians requesting emergency transport of a patient with possible or known 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) disease, EMS personnel, and receiving facilities is necessary to ensure appropriate protection of healthcare workers. Prehospital personnel should follow the Centers for Disease Control…

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02/05/2020

Coronavirus Information and Resources

Intalere, a trusted ICAHN partner, recently released the following information about the Coronavirus, including this preface: Intalere is closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and potential impacts to the global healthcare supply chain. We use a robust platform to understand linkages and interdependencies across the healthcare supply chain and work with members and suppliers to understand…

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12/27/2019

Illini Community Hospital wins PCI Award for telehealth leadership

The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) recently conducted its 2019 Awards for Excellence in Telehealth Leadership luncheon in Chicago.  These awards are given to organizations and individuals that have made exceptional contributions to advancing telehealth in Illinois on behalf of their members, employees, communities, providers, and patients. Representative Ryan Spain served as the keynote…

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12/27/2019

ICAHN announces new officers, board of directors

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network is pleased to announce the following new officers and members to its Board of Directors. New officers include President Joann Emge of Sparta Community Hospital; President-Elect Alisa Coleman of Ferrell Hospital; Secretary/Treasurer Paul Skowron of Warner Hospital and Health Services; and Past President Doug Florkowski of Crawford Memorial Hospital.…

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12/10/2019

Summer Opportunities for ALL Health Professions Students

The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) is now accepting applications for its summer rural healthcare programs! The NCRHP offers three exciting summer opportunities available to ALL health professions students. The programs cater to many student needs, varying in location, benefits, and duration. Attached to my email are brochures for the programs and below…

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11/26/2019

Illini Community Hospital wins 2019 Award for Excellence in Telehealth

The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (broadbandillinois.org) recently sponsored the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Telehealth Leadership Luncheon. Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield, received an Achievement Award at this event for taking the initiative to bring telemedicine-based health service to its rural and underserved communities. Illini Community Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient cardiology and GI services…

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11/22/2019

NOSORH names ICAHN as Illinois' 2019 Community Star

On the third Thursday of November every year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the member organization for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD), an annual day of recognition, shining a light on those who serve the vital health needs of…

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11/10/2019

Special thanks to our Annual Conference Event Sponsors

The following sponsors have graciously supported ICAHN in this effort! RECEPTION SPONSOR: Legato Healthcare Marketing LUNCH SPONSORS: Consociate Health / Ironshore / Vizient Insurance Services LUNCH ROOM SPONSORS: Adkisson Search Consultants / HIV Care Connect and IPHA / Tech Electronics SPEAKER SPONSORS: The Joint Commission / Managed Care Partners / nThrive / TAG Communications, Inc.…

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10/28/2019

Partnership for a Connected Illinois Announces 2019 Telehealth Leadership Awardees

At its third annual luncheon on Monday, November 18, four exciting awardees will be recognized for their contributions to telehealth in Illinois. The third announcement of these is: Illini Community Hospital! Illini Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital in Pike County Illinois. Illini took the initiative to bring telemedicine-based health service to its rural…

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09/26/2019

Amy Arnett named as a national virtual Quality Improvement mentor

Stratis Health announced eight critical access hospital (CAH) staff who will serve as national Virtual Quality Improvement Mentors through a new initiative that aims to broadly transfer knowledge from leading CAH quality improvement staff to others across the country. The initiative is organized through Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance (RQITA), a program of Stratis Health…

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09/25/2019

Compeer Financial Supports Morrison Community Hospital Expansion

The Morrison Community Hospital is undertaking its largest capital construction project in the hospital’s history. Compeer Financial, along with CoBank, the USDA and the Community State Bank of Galena, is financing the additions to the rural hospital, which provides care to up to 1,000 patients each week. The hospital officially broke ground on the $20.5…

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09/04/2019

Horizon Health to hold a 'Garden of Hope' celebration on September 15th

The public is invited to attend a celebration of Horizon Health’s “Garden of Hope” on Sunday, September 15, from 3 to 5 pm. The garden is located in the courtyard area on the Horizon Health campus, 721 E. Court Street, in Paris. Refreshments will be available. The Garden of Hope, which opened three years ago,…

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08/29/2019

AmeriCorps offers volunteer service for your hospital, community

Looking for a skilled recent college graduate to build your team? Please note the opportunity to bring an AmeriCorps' volunteer to your community. Rural hospitals can host AmeriCorps individuals in your community and provide them with work experiences, in addition to helping your hospital and community. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AmeriCorps VISTA is a…

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08/28/2019

The Center for Rural health Webinar: 'Superbugs are Taking Over... Here's How Telehealth Can Stop Them'

Webinar: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. Arizona Time Learning Objectives: The impact of overprescribing antibiotics and how they create superbugs The importance of Infectious Disease specialists Eight steps to bringing in a solution via Telehealth Speaker Bio: Kevin T. Stephan, MD, FACP, is a board-certified Infectious Disease specialist. Previously, he served as Chief…

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08/20/2019

Horizon Health Receives 'Gold Seal of Approval': Accreditation aware recognized highest quality care, patient safety

Horizon Health continues to receive national recognition for its commitment to patient safety and top quality care. The Joint Commission, which independently evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, has awarded Horizon Health its “Gold Seal of Approval” as an accredited critical access hospital. This followed an intensive, unannounced…

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08/14/2019

Feds give more than $1.5 million to battle opioid epidemic in southern Illinois

Reported by WSIL TV U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Tuesday announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers in southern Illinois a total of $1,560,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program and the Rural Communities…

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08/14/2019

Memorial Hospital announces altered partnership with UnityPoint Health

Submitted by the Herald-Whig UnityPoint Health and Memorial Hospital announced August 12 that they have changed their partnership.  Instead of an affiliation between the two organizations that was announced last year, Memorial Hospital will enter into a management services agreement with UnityPoint Health where it will receive access to technology and other back office functions…

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08/14/2019

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services receives $1M in federal grants for behavioral health

Submitted by the Press-Gazette Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services is receiving $1 million to help expand their behavioral health services.  The funding, which was announced August 13 by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth,  is being awarded through the agency’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. “This funding is critical for community health centers…

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07/18/2019

ICAHN video encourages EMS participation in rural areas

Due largely to limited budgets, increased responsibilities and education requirements, the rural EMS workforce has steadily declined for around three decades. Couple this with an increased population of elderly residents in most rural areas, many who often call 911 when access to primary care is not available, and a gap in healthcare is firmly established.…

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07/16/2019

HSHS St. Francis Hospital Provides Tips on Staying Cool in a Heat Wave, Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

With summer temperatures rising, HSHS St. Francis Hospital is providing tips for staying cool and how to know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke, which requires medical attention. Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency.  If a person exhibits symptoms of a heat stroke, call 911 right away.  Symptoms include: High body…

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07/16/2019

ICAHN accepting 'Impact' Award nominations

This is an opportunity for ICAHN member hospitals to be recognized for projects you have implemented in your facility or in your community that have made a significant impact. ICAHN will honor three projects that demonstrate efficiency, effectiveness, or innovative service delivery to the success or betterment of your hospital or community. The top three…

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07/11/2019

'4 Under 40' Hospital Leader Award nominations now open

ICAHN will be honoring four ICAHN member hospital professionals who are making a significant difference and have demonstrated success in their healthcare career. Nominations will be judged on professional accomplishments, awards, and milestones. These elements should be addressed in the nomination. ICAHN is looking for young stars who are: New and emerging leaders age 40…

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07/11/2019

HRSA recognizes Illinois for top critical access hospital performance

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presented 10 states with the 2019 Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Quality Performance Awards. These awards recognize achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in critical access hospitals over the past year. This year's 10 top performing states are: Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah, Alabama,…

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07/02/2019

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital recognized nationally for top performance

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital was recently nationally recognized for reaching the top performance threshold in 5 dimensions of QUEST 2020. These categories include: Mortality, Effective Care and Coordination (Readmissions), Patient and Family Engagement ( HCAHPS), Safety, and Affordability. Pictured is Sue Odle, CEO, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro.

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07/01/2019

Horizon Health Welcomes Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon

A Paris native and Harvard-trained orthopedic surgeon is returning home and helping to expand Horizon Health’s existing orthopedics program. Andrew Hodge, MD, will join Ronald Wheeler, MD, and Angie Hamilton, family nurse practitioner, on a part-time basis in the Paris Clinic. Dr. Hodge is a fellowship-trained arthritis surgeon specializing in hip and knee who was…

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07/01/2019

OSF announces new president at Holy Family Medical Center

OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth has announced the hiring of a new president, Jackie Kernan. Kernan has served as president of Saint Luke Medical Center since 2018 and will concurrently serve in that role while also overseeing the medical center in Monmouth, splitting her time between the two places. She replaces Patty Luker,…

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06/28/2019

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center acquires Heartland Health System, Inc.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, located in Mattoon, IL, completed the purchase of Heartland Health System, Inc., dba Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care on June 27.  Sarah Bush Lincoln now owns 100% of Heartland Health System.  Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care has been operated by Heartland Health System since January 1,…

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06/25/2019

Resources and Funding Opportunities: Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

The Office of the National Drug Control Policy shared some great resources with stakeholders in town for the FORHP Rural Opioids Programs meeting earlier this week.  There are a lot of great resources that we wanted to share with you as attachments and below. Feel free to pass this along to the stakeholders in your…

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06/05/2019

WGH named one of Becker Hospital Review's '67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019'

Wabash General Hospital has been named one of the 67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019 from Becker’s Hospital Review.  The 67 hospitals named, make up 5% of the critical access hospitals across the nation.  Becker's Healthcare editors selected the following hospitals based on awards and rankings from respected organizations including iVantage Health Analytics,…

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06/05/2019

Wabash General Hospital named among 2019 Best Places to Work in Illinois

Wabash General Hospital was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group. “It is an…

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05/24/2019

Telligen Community Initiative grant encourages collaboration among CAHs and public health departments

Addressing the needs of rural populations is more critical than ever as we move toward population health, and we need you to be a part of this instrumental transformation. Securing grant funding through the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), McKendree University has partnered with the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN), public health departments serving rural…

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05/23/2019

Federal grant awarded for rural opioid response planning

HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, was awarded a $200,000 federal grant to fund a one-year project that creates the Heroin Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Telehealth Consortium. This funding is provided for planning to support treatment for and prevention of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in several rural Illinois communities. The grant…

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05/15/2019

Four OSF HealthCare hospitals among top critical care hospitals in the U.S.

Becker's Hospital Review, a respected national healthcare industry publication, has named four OSF HealthCare hospitals to its list of 67 "Critical Access Hospitals to Know" in 2019. There are 1,349 critical access hospitals located throughout the United States, 51 in Illinois. The four hospitals recognized include: OSF HealthCare Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth OSF HealthCare…

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05/09/2019

UNITYPOINT HEALTH – MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BECOMES SITE FOR ILLINOIS AHEC PROGRAM

UnityPoint Health – Memorial Hospital located in Carthage, Illinois hires director for recently approved as an Illinois Area Health Education Center site. The hospital will receive four years funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for the continuation of the Illinois Area Health Education Center Network Program (IL AHEC Network Program). Mary Jane…

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04/01/2019

HSHS St. Francis Foundation Presents Special Awards at Farm Family Event

The HSHS St. Francis Foundation and its agriculture committee hosted a Farm Family event for farmers and their families on March 20. The event included complimentary health screenings and a breakfast buffet and guest speakers. The HSHS St. Francis Foundation also presented two special awards at the event. Pictured are Jack and Anita Rundquist who…

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04/01/2019

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center to Host Retiree Luncheon

OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center will host a free Retiree Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the East and West Conference Rooms at 1051 West South Street, Kewanee. Retirees of Kewanee Public Hospital, Kewanee Hospital and OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center are invited to attend. “In celebration…

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03/20/2019

CDC Health Systems Scorecard

ICAHN is currently working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on the CDC cooperative agreement, “Improving the Lives of Illinoisans through Chronic Disease Prevention” (DP18-1815) grant, which we have used to provide education and resources to our members. As part of our grant, we are working with IDPH to encourage data collection on…

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03/19/2019

Brad Futrell named Chief Operating Officer at Pinckneyville Community Hospital

Pinckneyville Community Hospital is pleased to announce that Brad Futrell has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). "Healthcare is rapidly changing. Each of these changes comes with regulations. This new executive position will function as oversight of different areas within the hospital in order to maintain compliance with these changing regulatory standards," states Randall Dauby,…

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03/14/2019

New Opioid Funding Opportunity Announced

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) funding opportunity .Under RCORP-Implementation, HRSA will make approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to networks and/or consortia to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities.  Over a…

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03/14/2019

USDA Rural Development to Host 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session

USDA Rural Development to Host 2018 Farm Bill Listening Session USDA Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced that tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, USDA Rural Development will conduct a listening session webinar to listen to questions and comments from the partners, stakeholders and customers who will be…

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03/08/2019

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation to strengthen critical access hospitals

ELDORADO, IL — During a visit to Ferrell Hospital in Saline County, Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1469 to strengthen critical access hospitals in rural communities. The following are the governor's remarks as prepared for delivery: Today, we are taking a step to cement my commitment to ensure that families across Illinois have access to quality,…

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02/20/2019

Hospital Sisters Health System celebrates 40 years of incorporation

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is commemorating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation, which took place on December 26, 1978. A celebration was held at the System Services Center in Springfield, Ill. on January 22, 2019 to recognize the vision and leadership of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and the historic milestone for the…

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02/19/2019

Rural Healthcare Series: Financial Impact of Swing Bed Program

ICAHN, in collaboration with the NIU Center for Governmental Studies, recently distributed "Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Exploring the Financial Impacts of the Swing Bed Program," part of its 2019 Rural Health Care White Paper Series. The full report is available below. ICAHN Swing Bed Report (print) Final 1.31.19_for transmittal

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02/18/2019

Bob Senneff named 2019 Business Person of the Year

The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce named Bob Senneff, CEO, Graham Hospital, Canton, as the 2019 "Business Person of the Year" during recent ceremonies. "Bob works tirelessly keeping Graham Hospital a strong rural hospital that is financially stable, offers a state-of-the-art facility and provides excellent care for Fulton County residents. He is responsible for working…

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02/01/2019

TCI Grant Supports Population Health MSN Degree at McKendree

(LEBANON, Ill., January 25, 2019) — A $49,840 grant from the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) will support the development and delivery of an innovative population health track in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online degree program at McKendree University. The university’s online MSN provides graduate-level study for nurses in specific areas such as management, education…

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01/24/2019

Preceptorship Program Application Deadline Approaching!

The 6-Week Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship Program application deadline is quickly approaching! The National Center for Rural Health Professions kindly requests your help in sending application reminders to health professions students. The Preceptorship is a paid, full-time immersion program set in a rural Illinois community. This competitive opportunity is available to highly motivated students from various…

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01/16/2019

Meet and Greet Event Planned for New President, CEO at HSHS St. Francis Hospital

HSHS St. Francis Hospital will host an event Monday, January 28, to welcome new president and CEO, Jim Timpe, MS, RT(N)(MR), CSSBB. Timpe has been serving as the new president and CEO at St. Francis Hospital since Dec. 11, 2018. He previously served at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield as the director of imaging…

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01/16/2019

New CT Scanner at CMH Offers Patient Care Benefits

New technology at Crawford Memorial Hospital will offer patients a step forward when it comes to diagnostic imaging. CMH has installed a more advanced computerized tomography (CT) scanner. A CT, commonly referred to as a CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment that produces multiple images of the inside of the body to detect a variety…

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01/09/2019

Joann Emge named new ICAHN's President-Elect

Joann Emge, CEO, Sparta Community Hospital, Sparta, IL, was named 2019 President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network at its 2018 Annual Conference in Champaign. In her new role, Ms. Emge will support the organization and its mission to strengthen and provide assistance and resources to its 57 critical…

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01/09/2019

Doug Florkowski named new ICAHN Board President

Doug Florkowski, CEO, Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, IL, was named 2019 President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network at its 2018 Annual Conference in Champaign. In his new role, Mr. Florkowski will support the organization and its mission to strengthen and provide assistance and resources to its 57 critical…

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11/28/2018

Deadline for health professions scholarship opportunities is December 3

The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) offers three exciting summer opportunities for health professions students interested in gaining experience in rural healthcare. The programs cater to many student needs, varying in location, benefits, and duration. Below is a short description of each program. Attached to my email is a one-page flier that can…

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11/09/2018

HFAP launches advanced wound care certification

HFAP, America’s original healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, is launching an Advanced Wound Care Certification program, enabling wound care centers to showcase their specialty services to patients and payers. Wound care programs can be found in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospital outpatient, ambulatory surgery center, physician offices and long-term care facilities. The…

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11/05/2018

Jersey Community honored for innovation in reducing readmissions

Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville, was awarded the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s “Excellence in Innovation” honor for its work to reduce all-cause readmissions. Dr. Michael McNear, Chief Medical Officer, accepted the award during ceremonies held October 29th at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Participants vying for the honor were encouraged to submit innovations implemented…

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11/05/2018

Julie Casper receives ICAHN's "Special Partner Award" for service

Julie Casper, Center for Rural Health, Illinois Department of Public Health, Springfield, IL, was granted the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s highest award for leadership and ongoing service commitment to rural healthcare during ceremonies held at ICAHN’s Annual Conference on October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Ms. Casper, who received ICAHN’s…

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11/05/2018

Raigan Brown honored as "4 Under 40" Hospital Leader

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced its “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Raigan Brown, Director of Emergency, Outpatient and Inpatient Departments, UnityPoint Health Memorial Hospital, during its 15thAnniversary Celebration and Annual Conference, held October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Ms. Brown is joined by Tanna McCullough, Nurse…

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11/05/2018

Rebecca Hutchinson honored as "4 Under 40" Hospital Leader

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced its “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Rebecca Hutchinson, Quality and Risk Manager, Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, during its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference, held October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Ms. Hutchinson is joined by Tanna McCullough, Nurse Practitioner, Lawrence County Memorial…

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11/05/2018

Tanna McCullough honored as "4 Under 40" Hospital Leader

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced its “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Tanna McCullough, Nurse Practitioner, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, during its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference, held October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Ms. McCullough is joined by Heidi Apperson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations,…

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11/05/2018

Heidi Apperson honored as "4 Under 40" Hospital Leader

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced its “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Heidi Apperson, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, during its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference, held October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Ms. Apperson is joined by Tanna McCullough, Nurse Practitioner,…

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11/05/2018

Wabash General honored for Joint Camp innovation

Wabash General Hospital, Mt. Carmel, was awarded the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s “Excellence in Innovation” honor for its Joint Camp program during ceremonies held October 29th at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Participants vying for the award were encouraged to submit innovations implemented at their respective hospitals which initiated a new approach to…

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11/05/2018

Valley West's Breastfeeding Center gains innovation award

Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, Sandwich, was awarded the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network’s “Excellence in Innovation” honor for its Breastfeeding Center during ceremonies held October 29th at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Participants vying for the award were encouraged to submit innovations implemented at their respective hospitals which initiated a new approach to…

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11/05/2018

Jay Purvis awarded Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) awarded its inaugural “Rural Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award” to Jay Purvis, President and CEO, Wabash General Hospital, during its 15th Anniversary Annual Conference, held October 29-30 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. After serving in the military, Mr. Purvis’ first job in healthcare was in 1969. He rose quickly…

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11/05/2018

The Power of Rural: Celebrate National Rural Health

Celebrate the 'power of rural' on National Rural Health Day, November 15, 2018! There will be three live, 30-minute webinars happening on this date. The first, "Policy and the Power of Rural" will be from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. CST. This conversation will focus on the current and future work of rural health policy, how…

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10/25/2018

Dr. Philip Holloway Honored as Rural Physician of Excellence

The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) has awarded Philip Holloway, DPM, a 2018 Rural Physician of Excellence Award. The award is presented to doctors who have made a significant impact on the health of communities and shown dedication toward improving access to care in medically underserved areas of the state. Family and colleagues recently attended a…

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10/24/2018

HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals Helping Hospitalized Patients Vote

SPRINGFIELD— The hospitals within the HSHS Central Illinois Division are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming election at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good…

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10/11/2018

Magnolia Center Recognized for Healthcare Quality by National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

The Magnolia Center at Crawford Memorial Hospital has been named to the Illinois National Nursing Home Quality Care collaborative Honor roll to recognize its performance on the Nursing Home Compare long-stat quality measures. Nursing homes on the Nursing Home Quality Collaborative Honor Roll have achieved a quality measure composite score of six or less for…

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10/11/2018

Activities Director Wins Statewide Awards

A statewide organization has honored the Magnolia Center’s Activities Director for excellence in leadership. Brenda Hunt was named the 2018 recipient of the Illinois Activity Professionals Association Larry-Madge Award, presented each year to an activity professional who excels in leadership and professionalism. The award was named after Larry ver Steegh and Madge Schweinsberg, who were…

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10/04/2018

IMH and Riverside Sign Letter of Intent

Watseka, IL – Officials at Iroquois Memorial Hospital (IMH) and Riverside Healthcare each signed a non-binding Letter of Intent this week to explore merging IMH into Riverside Healthcare. “We are very excited about exploring what this could mean,” said Phil Kambic, president and CEO of Kankakee-based Riverside Healthcare. “We have served the residents of Watseka…

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10/01/2018

CARE sponsors 'Crush the Epidemic'

CARE Sponsors ‘Crush the Epidemic’ Free event is Oct. 24 at Mayo school (Paris, Ill.)—The community is invited to attend a free event titled: “Crush the Epidemic,” a motivational presentation aimed at ending drug addiction, on Wednesday October 24, in Paris. The event will take place at 6 pm at Mayo Middle School, 300 East…

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09/19/2018

Davis Announces Rural Development Grant Awarded to Jersey Community Hospital

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the Jersey Community Hospital District received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The grant will be used to purchase and renovate a building that will be used to house the Hospital District's rural health clinic in Roodhouse that will provide treatment, counseling,…

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08/22/2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs HSHS Telehealth Expansion Plan into Law

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) today announced that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed telehealth legislation, Senate Bill 3049, into law. It will go into effect on January 1, 2019. The measure, sponsored by Illinois Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur), requires Medicaid to provide reimbursements for behavioral health telehealth services. Prior…

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08/16/2018

Horizon Health Employee Receives State Award

(Paris, Ill.)—Samantha McCarty, critical care manager at Horizon Health, recently received the 2018 EMS Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA).  The award was presented in conjunction with the organization’s Annual Educational Conference held in Champaign. The award honors McCarty for her outstanding contributions to rural health. Among them are…

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08/01/2018

Telehealth Law Forum scheduled for September 20

The Illinois Telehealth Initiative Telehealth Law Forum will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Explore what it takes to build and operate a successful telehealth program with legal, compliance, clinical, and technology experts. This forum will provide excellent…

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07/31/2018

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez to Serve as Director of Marketing and Communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals

SPRINGFIELD – Sara Wojcicki Jimenez has accepted an invitation to serve as director of marketing and communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division (CID) hospitals which includes HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. Jimenez will join…

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