04/07/2021

Hammond-Henry announces addition of new robot to assist in joint replacement surgery

Hammond-Henry Hospital is thrilled to announce the addition of a new robot to assist in joint replacement surgeries. ROSA®, a product of Zimmer US, Inc., which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is designed to help specially trained orthopedic surgeons tailor placement of a joint implants to accommodate each patient’s individual anatomy. Currently, ROSA is formatted…

Read More »
03/27/2021

2021 ICAHN Rural Health Fellows Program to hold graduation on May 5

The inaugural class of the ICAHN Rural Health Fellowship began its eight-month leadership journey at a live, socially distanced event kick-off on October 28 in Springfield. The Rural Health Fellowship is designed for up-and-coming critical access hospital leaders. The experience covers four main pillars: Rural health Leadership Operations Finance Fellows participate in online learning, a service…

Read More »
03/24/2021

IDPH's Center for Rural Health to launch UPW program, loan repayment grant opportunity

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Rural Health will soon be launching the Underserved Physician Workforce Program (UPW) which will award eligible physicians up to $50,000 in educational loan repayment for two years of fulltime service to a non-profit site to assist with the recruitment and retention of physicians in underserved area in…

Read More »
03/24/2021

HHS to invest $250 million for COVID-19 response in underserved communities

Released 3.22.21 by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy VIEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY As part of President Biden's National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety and vaccination among underserved populations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

Read More »
03/23/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,832 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,832 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease   SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,832 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 additional deaths.   − Champaign County: 1 male 80s − Cook County: 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 2…

Read More »
03/22/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,220 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,220 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,220 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 22 additional deaths. Cook County: 1 female 50, 1 male 60, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 5…

Read More »
03/19/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 2,380 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 2,380 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,380 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 12 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s − Dewitt County: 1 male 70s − DuPage County:…

Read More »
03/18/2021

Modern Healthcare presents The Check Up with Pat Schou

Aired 3.15.21 From staffing woes to financial struggles, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already fragile environment for rural hospitals. A recent report from the Chartis Center for Rural Health suggested that 46% of rural hospitals are contending with negative operating margins. Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock spoke with Patricia Schou, executive director of…

Read More »
03/17/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,655 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,655 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Vaccine allocation data now posted on the IDPH website SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,655 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths. − Boone County: 1 male 70s − Cook County:…

Read More »
03/16/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,997 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,997 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Record 7-day vaccine administration average at more than 102,500 doses daily SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,997 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 19 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1…

Read More »
03/15/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 782 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 782 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Record 7-day vaccine administration average at more than 102,000 doses daily SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 782 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 12 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2…

Read More »
03/12/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,763 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,763 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Approximately 54% of those 65 years and older vaccinated in Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,763 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 39 additional deaths. − Adams County: 1 male 80s −…

Read More »
03/11/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,700 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,700 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Highest 7-day vaccination average with more than 98,000 doses administered SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,700 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 55 additional deaths. Adams County: 1 male 90s Alexander County: 1…

Read More »
03/10/2021

ICAHN announces Flex grant awards for financial assessment and revenue cycle

ICAHN is pleased to announce this year’s Flex Grant Awards in the areas of financial assessment and revenue cycle. 2020-2021 Financial Assessment/Revenue Cycle Awards:  Pinckneyville Community Hospital Horizon Health Warner Hospital and Health Services Franklin Hospital District Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital Washington County Hospital Massac Memorial Hospital Pana Community Hospital Sarah Bush Lincoln Fayette…

Read More »
03/10/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,682 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,682 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Highest 7-day vaccination average with more than 95,000 doses administered SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,682 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional deaths. Christian County: 1 female 90s Coles County: 1…

Read More »
03/09/2021

Pat Schou among NRHA's 2021 Rural Health Award recipients

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the association's 2021 Rural Health Award recipients. NRHA's Rural Health Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. "We're extremely proud of this…

Read More »
03/09/2021

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Mental Health Flex Grants are awarded to the following hospitals: 2020-2021 Mental Health Awards: Clay County Hospital Hillsboro Area Hospital Carle Eureka Hospital Perry Memorial Hospital Fairfield Memorial Hospital Lawrence County Memorial Hospital The funding for the Flex Grant is through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant…

Read More »
03/09/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,510 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,510 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Half of all Illinoisans 65 years and older have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,510 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional deaths. Champaign County: 1…

Read More »
03/08/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,182 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,182 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,182 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 5 additional deaths. − Christian County: 1 female 70s − Cook County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s…

Read More »
03/08/2021

ICAHN announces Outpatient Services and Population Health Flex Grant award

ICAHN is pleased to announce this year's Flex Grants in the areas of Outpatient Services and Population Health will be awarded to the following hospitals: 2020-2021 Outpatient Services Award:  Community Hospital of Staunton Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services Horizon Health (retinal camera) Genesis Medical Center, Aledo Hammond Henry Hospital Salem Township Hospital (community wellness…

Read More »
03/04/2021

ICAHN announces recipients of EMS Education and Operational Improvement/IT grant awards

ICAHN is pleased to announce that this year’s Flex Grant Awards in the areas of EMS Education and Operational Improvement/IT include: 2020-2021 EMS Education Award: (CAH and Resource Hospitals) Boyd Healthcare Services Clay County Hospital Community Hospital of Staunton Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services Horizon Health Illini Community Hospital Iroquois Memorial Hospital Jersey Community…

Read More »
03/04/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,740 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,740 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease More than 93,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered yesterday in Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,740 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths. − Bureau County: 1 male 50s − Champaign County:…

Read More »
03/02/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,577 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,577 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Illinois to receive 83,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, with vast majority being sent to mass vaccination sites SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,577 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 47…

Read More »
03/01/2021

Only a Call Away: Telemedicine Changes Office Visits

Among the featured contributors to the "Only a Call Away: Telemedicine Changes Office Visits" article, published in the March 2021 edition of Illinois Country Living magazine, are Trina Casner, CEO, Pana Community Hospital; Robin Rose, COO/Chief Clinician, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services; Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director; and Julie Casper, Coordinator, Illinois Department of…

Read More »
03/01/2021

Paid preceptorship program available in Gibson City

The application deadline of March 14 for the six-week Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship Program is fast approaching. The National Center for Rural Health Professions is seeking health professions students from ALL disciplines to apply, including, but not limited to: medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, PT/OT, dentistry, and behavioral health. The Preceptorship program is a paid, full-time…

Read More »
03/01/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,143 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,143 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease More than 3 million doses of vaccine delivered to Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,143 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 female 60s, 2 males…

Read More »
02/26/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 2,441 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 2,441 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over 102,000 doses of vaccine administered yesterday SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,441 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 55 additional deaths. − Champaign County: 1 male 90s − Christian County: 1 male…

Read More »
02/25/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,884 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,884 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Record breaking 130,000 doses of vaccine administered yesterday SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,884 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional deaths. − Adams County: 1 female 80s − Christian County: 1…

Read More »
02/25/2021

New Resource for Hospitals: Vaccine Confidence Toolkit

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) Initiative has partnered with Cynosure Health, IMPAQ International, PFCCPartners, and 10 other hospital associations to reduce patient harm, address the COVID pandemic and the opioid epidemic, and improve care transitions. HQIC partners have developed a Building Vaccine Confidence Toolkit (“Building Vaccine Confidence,…

Read More »
02/24/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 2,022 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 2,022 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,022 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 44 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s,…

Read More »
02/24/2021

ABC News Segment: Rural hospitals and their survival during the pandemic

Full Measure News Investigative journalist Joce Sterman interviews Pam Pfister, CEO, Morrison Community Hospital, and Pat Schou, ICAHN Executive Director and 2020 NRHA President, for this February 21st segment aired on ABC. The trio discusses how rural hospitals play a vital role in fighting Covid, but with emergency room visits down, elective surgeries cancelled in…

Read More »
02/24/2021

Gov. Pritzker announces one million Illinois children to receive monthly food aid following expansion of pandemic EBT program

Information submitted 2/24/21 by the Office of Governor JB Pritzker through the Medicaid Policy Network Up to $110 Million Federal Dollars Will be Brought into State Per Month, 200 Thousand More Children to Receive Support This Year SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker today announced that beginning next month, approximately one million children across Illinois will receive additional federally…

Read More »
02/23/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,665 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,665 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,665 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 27 additional deaths. − Christian County: 1 female 90s − Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70,…

Read More »
02/22/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,246 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,246 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,246 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 34 additional deaths. − Christian County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s − Cook County: 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s,…

Read More »
02/22/2021

Nominate your favorite rural health heroes

When you think of heroes in the field of rural health, who comes to mind? A doctor? A leader? A student? A teacher? Each year, the National Rural Health Association honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of…

Read More »
02/19/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 2,219 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 2,219 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Over 2 million vaccines administered in Illinois and highest single day total of over 83,000 vaccines administered in past 24 hours SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,219 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including…

Read More »
02/18/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,966 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,966 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Weather continues to delay federal government’s delivery of vaccine SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,966 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 72 additional deaths. − Carroll County: – 1 female 90s − Champaign…

Read More »
02/17/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,795 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,795 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease Weather continues to delay federal shipments of vaccines SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,795 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 70s, 1…

Read More »
02/16/2021

Public Health Officials Announce 1,348 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Public Health Officials Announce 1,348 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 63,772 doses SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,348 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional deaths. − Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s,…

Read More »