The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) has an interesting classification for hospitals that are smaller than academic medical centers, yet larger than critical access hospitals.
IHA calls us “tweeners”. We fall between the previously mentioned groups. Hospitals in addition to KSB Hospital that fall into this group include CGH Medical Center in Sterling , Sara Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon, and Morris Community Hospital.
Earlier this week I attended one of the quarterly meetings of the Tweener group in Springfield. I find the content and relationships incredibly helpful.
This session’s topics included the role of population health in a rural setting, IHA advocacy efforts and the political landscape in Illinois, affiliation activity, and electronic medical record implementation projects.
Consistent with many educational offerings, the additional benefit is the building of relationships with other hospital CEO’s from around the state.
It’s not bad being a Tweener!