Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) Chief Operating Officer Robin Rose was named by Becker's Healthcare to its annual list of 130 women hospital and health system leaders to know. The list is published in Becker’s Hospital Review, a trade publication for the healthcare industry. Robin Rose, RN, BSN, currently serves as COO and Chief Clinical Officer of Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services.
Prior to her appointment to these dual positions, Ms. Rose served as CNO at GAHHS. A previous member of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Ms. Rose currently serves as President of the Illinois Rural Healthcare Association, giving GAHHS and surrounding rural communities a voice in Springfield, Ill. As a leading advocate of providing access to health care in underserved rural communities, she maintains strong relationships with the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health and other state, public, and private associations that advocate for improved rural health. Leading the IRHA mission is a natural fit for Robin, who states, “Rural health is near and dear to my heart. I come from an underserved area and understand the challenges.”
Robin started her career in Kentucky where she hails from Hi Hat, Kentucky, a small mining community with a population of 900. After graduating in 2002 from McKendree University, Robin relocated to the “Land of Lincoln” shortly thereafter. Since that time, she has been involved in local, state, and national health care committees, working to improve the quality of life of residents in rural communities by supporting and expanding access to quality health care and services.
In 2014, Robin was selected by the Governor's Rural Affairs Council to be the only woman ever to receive the Rural Illinois Champion Award, an accolade given to Illinois residents working to bring about change in rural Illinois communities. In addition, she serves on the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network and the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Congress. Of her many roles, Robin acknowledges, "Rural healthcare is my passion, and I am an advocate for rural care in Illinois and across the nation. Rural America needs their community hospitals.”
According to Becker’s, the women chosen for the Top 130 designation “…are hospital and health system executives for institutions across the nation. From multi-state health systems to 25-bed critical access hospitals, the leaders represented face the challenges of running a healthcare organization head-on. Many wear multiple hats within their health system to promote organizational growth as well and compassionate care and diversity at the top.”
The leaders included on the list were selected based on editorial judgment and discretion of members of the Becker's editorial team, who evaluated leaders for their management and leadership skills and career accomplishments and also read through and considered a record number of nominations. Becker’s Hospital Review also noted that individuals cannot pay for inclusion on this list.