A man stands with a red plaque

Colton Anderson, Director of Clinic Services at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo

The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) announced its “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership winners, including Colton Anderson, Director of Clinic Services, Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, during the organization’s 20th Anniversary Annual Conference held November 28 and 29 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.

He is joined in this honor with Ashlyn Housewright, Executive Director of Community Health & Wellness, Memorial Hospital, Carthage; Lindsey Culver, Director of Radiology, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, Lawrenceville; and Jessica Diane Carter, Director of Nursing Services, Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado.

Anderson has been with Hammond-Henry Hospital for nearly 15 years, beginning as an x-ray tech in imaging, and has worked his way to his current position. He considers Geneseo his hometown, being a proud resident since sixth grade, and cares deeply for his community. He is heavily involved in various community organizations, such as the Annawan Kiwanis Club, and also serves on the administrative team and Culture Committee for Hammond-Henry Hospital.

Anderson’s deep connection with his community and organization has led to monumental changes in clinical operations. He started his leadership career in the Colona Clinic, where he was promoted from Clinic Lead to Clinic Supervisor. From there, he, and other individuals, expressed the need for expansion.

Anderson played a key role in opening the Annawan Urgent Care Clinic, the Kewanee Urgent Care and Family Practice Clinic, and the Geneseo Urgent Care and Family Practice Clinic. Moving forward, Anderson was promoted to Clinic Director and supervised openings of the Cambridge Family Practice Clinic, the Orion Urgent Care and Family Practice Clinic, the Port Byron Urgent Care and Family Practice Clinic as well as Surgical Care Clinics in both Geneseo and Kewanee.

Stephanie DeMay, Marketing Manager at Hammond-Henry Hospital, describes Anderson as someone who has both integrity and accountability.

“It is difficult to select only one trait when it comes to Colton, as his every decision is determined by whether it meets the high standards he sets for himself, and also whether it will be in the best interest of his staff, the hospital, or the community he serves,” said DeMay. “On more than one occasion, he has humbly put his best interests aside to put the needs or wants of his staff, or his family, to the forefront. Colton ensures others feel ‘heard’ and not left out.”

Anderson makes occupational medicine a priority and visits employers throughout his service area to assist where is needed. He has a focus on providing healthcare to all ages in his community, and plays a large role in helping to bring in specialists such as audiologists, cardiovascular medicine specialists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, ophthalmologists, orthopedists, podiatrists, pulmonary/sleep medicine specialists, urologists, and highly qualified general surgeons to offer consults and perform surgeries.

ICAHN’s “4 Under 40” Hospital Leadership Award is open to new and emerging leaders aged 40 and under employed by an ICAHN member hospital or as a member of this hospital’s board for at least two years with a strong record of innovation and outstanding performance.

Located in Princeton, IL, ICAHN is a network of 59 small, rural hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare, administering several state, federal, and private healthcare programs.