IRHA Physician of Excellence Awards


In a tradition started more than 16 years ago by the National Rural Health Association, the Illinois Rural Health Association has been honoring physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare.  Award presentation receptions are held every fall in each winner's community. 

“One of the biggest healthcare challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize those who have accepted this calling and gone out of their way to make an impact,” explained Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.

IRHA 2019 Physician of Excellence Award Presented Across the State

Congrats Dr. Benjamin Shepherd
St. Margaret's Center for Family Health in Princeton
2019 IL Rural Health Association Physician of Excellence Winner!

Pictured left 1st row: Mrs. Shepherd, Dr. Shepherd and their children. Second Row: IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn, St. Margaret's Health CEO & President Tim Muntz, IRHA Secretary Diane Potts with RMED, Martin MacDowell, PhD with the National Center for Rural Health Professions, and State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Woodhall). 


Congratulations Dr. Jeffrey Parks
SIH Logan Primary Care in Herrin
2019 Illinois Rural Health Association
Physician of Excellence Winner!


Pictured from left to right: Seated: Jeffrey Parks, MD and his wife Dr. Sherri Parks Standing: SIH President/CEO Rex Budde, IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn,  SIH Regional Practice Director Cathy Harte, State Representative David Severin (R-Benton) and SIH Senior VP Philip Schaefer


Congratulations Dr. Terry Miller
FHN Memorial Hospital
2019 Illinois Rural Health Association
Physician of Excellence Winner!


Pictured from left to right: Seated: Dr. Terry Miller and his son Daniel
Standing: IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn, State Senator Brian Stewart (R-Freeport), FHN CEO Mark Gridley and FHN Board Chair Steve Kneubuehl


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