PRINCETON — Princeton resident Pat Schou, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network executive director and Illinois Flex coordinator, received the 2013 Calico Leadership Award at the National Conference of State Flex Programs, held recently in Bethesda, Md.
The Calico Leadership Award is presented annually by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center, to an outstanding rural health leader. The Calico Award was created in honor of longtime rural health leader, Dr. Forest Calico, for his life-long commitment to improving the quality of rural health. This year’s award was presented to Schou for her leadership with the Illinois State Flex Program and critical access hospitals throughout the state.
“A promoter of doing the right thing, accountability, leadership, networking and tying activities back to impact in rural communities, Pat has been quoted saying, ‘If the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network can help rural health clinics and other partners find medical providers to keep rural health care facilities viable, we have done our part to keep rural whole during health care change,” said Mike McNeeley, deputy director,for the Hospital State Division of the Office of Rural Health Policy during the event.“We are honored to present the Calico Award to Pat for her numerous contributions, leadership and dedication to rural communities and the Flex program in her state and nationally,” he added.
Schou has been involved with the Flex program since its inception and brings more than 35 years of clinical and rural hospital administrative experience to the role. She was appointed as a co-chair to the State Health Improvement Plan Implantation Coordinating Council and is the current chair of the TASC Advisory Committee. Schou was also recently appointed to the Board of Accreditation Association for Hospital/Health Systems and is the past president of the Illinois Rural Health Association. ICAHN supports all critical access hospitals in Illinois to improve quality, finances, operations, and health system development.