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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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