Left to right: IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn, Ted Whitehead, Chairman of the Clay County Board, Mike Hobbs, Chief Financial Officer of Clay County Hospital , Mike McClane, Director of Clinic Practice, and Dr. Brandon Cycholl, Clay County Hospital Clinic Medical Director.
Clay County Hospital in Flora has been named a recipient of the “Award of Merit” from the Illinois Rural Health Association. The award presentation was held in conjunction with the Illinois Rural Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference held recently at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.
“Located in a town with a population of only 5000, Clay County Hospital is very progressive and often thinks outside the box,” said IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn. She cited examples such as Clay County Hospital’s implementation of their new Psychiatric/Behavioral Medicine Program, their Allergy Testing Center as well as their Heartburn Clinic. “We know it is a daily struggle for these rural hospitals and want to recognize those that do the most they can with limited resources to provide access to quality healthcare for their communities.”
The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) “Award of Merit” was created to recognize an individual, group of individuals, or agency who has made an outstanding contribution to the rural health movement or has successfully developed an innovative program or project to address access to care for the underserved.