Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services is pleased to announce that CEO Rob Schmitt, FACHE, FHFMA, has been named on the inaugural list of "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" by Becker’s Hospital Review.
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication which offers hospital-related business and legal news content, “these 50 presidents and CEOs have shown commitment to providing high-quality, accessible care to their patient populations and have approached the challenge of rural healthcare with great [assurance].”
The list defined "rural" as being located outside a major metropolitan area or healthcare hub. In addition to Gibson Area Hospital’s qualifying rural location, Mr. Schmitt was selected based on a number of factors including hospital awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held; and their organization's recent performance.
Under Mr. Schmitt's leadership, GAHHS was the sole recipient of the Quality Award from the National Rural Health Association in 2013, and is the only critical access hospital in the nation with 100 percent of its emergency room nurses certified in emergency medicine, according to the hospital. Mr. Schmitt joined GAHHS in 2002 as CFO and was promoted to CEO in 2007. He is on the Board of Directors with the Illinois Hospital Association, a Fellow with Healthcare Financial Management Association, and has served as President of many other boards and organizations over his tenure.
Acknowledging the recognition, Mr. Schmitt responded, "I am blessed to work at one of the best Critical Access Hospitals in the country. I am blessed with an excellent Administrative team in Robin Rose, Mike Meunier, and John Jacobson. GAHHS has a responsible, forward thinking Board of Directors who set strategy and policy and allow administration to run the organization. I am proud and honored to work with our award winning medical staff. Primary care is the life blood of rural healthcare, and our primary care base is the foundation that the organization builds its success on. Our physicians are true leaders in rural healthcare. And GAHHS is blessed to have the outstanding community support we have from all of our volunteers, Foundation, and the many communities we serve. We are proud to be their healthcare provider of choice, and I am lucky to be a part of that opportunity to serve.”
Becker’s Hospital Review also noted that individuals cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Only 2 other CEOs were recognized from Illinois, Maureen Kahn, RN, MSN, President and CEO of Blessing Hospital (Quincy, Ill.); and Brad Solberg, CEO of Hammond-Henry Hospital (Geneseo, Ill.).