Published on June 22, 2013

Illinois Hospital Association Honors Representative Don Moffitt as Rural Legislator of the Year

Don Moffitt receives award

Representative Don Moffitt Honored

Photo caption: (from left) Brad Solberg, CEO, Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo; Don Shadensack, Vice President, OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg; Rex Conger, President & CEO, Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; State Representative Don Moffitt; Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo; and Lynn Fulton, CEO, Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee.

The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) presented its sixth annual Rural Legislator of the Year Award to State Representative Don Moffitt (R-74, Gilson) for his strong commitment and support of small and rural hospitals. The award was given during the Small and Rural hospitals annual meeting in Springfield on June 18.

“Rep. Moffitt has been very involved with small and rural hospital leaders to understand the unique needs and challenges they are facing in this era of health transformation,” said IHA President and CEO Maryjane A. Wurth. “He values the critical role small and rural hospitals play in their communities, providing an array of services to patients and employing more than 38,000 people. Small and rural hospitals are economic engines with a total economic impact of more than $9.9 billion annually.”

Rep. Moffitt was recognized for his efforts to support health care throughout his district which includes hospitals in Mercer, Henry, the northern part of Galesburg/Knox, the majority of Bureau and the southwest corner of Lee Counties. Rep. Moffitt has a deep understanding of the special needs of small and rural hospitals, especially the importance of having strong Emergency Medical Services and trauma systems. He listens to the needs of health care providers in his region and works with them to ensure the sustainability and transformation of health care in rural Illinois communities. He advocates for changes in the health care industry that will support access to quality health care now and in the future.

“Representative Moffitt has always been available to discuss proposed or pending legislation and truly values the input he receives from those of us in or near his District,” said Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, in his nomination form. “He is a remarkable, caring individual who spends an unbelievable amount of time trying to make sure that the State of Illinois does the right thing.”

IHA’s Rural Legislator of the Year Award recognizes state and/or federal leaders for their efforts to pass legislation and support initiatives that improve the ability of rural hospitals to serve their communities. Recipients are based on nominations from small and rural hospital leaders.
IHA’s Small & Rural Hospitals Constituency Section includes 88 hospitals that either have fewer than 150 acute care beds and/or are located outside a metropolitan statistical area.

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