LITCHFIELD — Alison Kennedy, manager of TeleHealth, Referral Management, and Special Projects Management at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, joined other newly elected Illinois Telehealth Network board members on Aug. 30 to approve bylaws and elect officers.
The inaugural board includes:
Chair: Trina Casner, CEO, Pana Community Hospital (Pana)
Vice Chair: David Imler, Board Chair, Hillsboro Area Hospital (Hillsboro)
Secretary: Meredith Barnes, RN, BSN, Clinical IT Specialist, Shelby Memorial Hospital (Shelbyville)
Treasurer: Patti Fischer, CEO, HSHS St. Francis Hospital (Litchfield)
Gurpreet Mander, MD, Chief Medical Officer, HSHS St. John’s Hospital (Springfield)
Daniel Perryman, CEO, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital (Decatur)
Dr. Charles Lucore, CEO, HSHS St. John’s Hospital (Springfield)
Kennedy said: “Electing a board and approving bylaws are important milestones in advancing our network mission to increase access to quality health care using telehealth applications.”
The inaugural board was elected on June 10 by ITN members at their annual meeting held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.
ITN was launched in 2014 with the support of a federal HRSA grant to advance telehealth and telemedicine in rural communities. Today, ITN has 23 mostly rural hospital and health care members and is dedicated to its mission “to improve access to health care, in rural, underserved and disadvantaged communities, through the application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.”
ITN’s Executive Director, Dr. Gurpreet Mander, commented, “This network has a highly skilled and experienced board, and has made great strides in increasing access to care in underserved rural areas with provider shortages.”
ITN has helped launch new pilots for emergency room tele-stroke, heart failure remote monitoring telehealth, and virtual urgent care. The network has also secured federal grant funds for emergency room telemedicine equipment for six rural hospitals serving high poverty areas.
The network is supported by a diverse grant portfolio of more than $1 million in highly competitive federal and private foundation grants from HRSA, the USDA, and Connections for Cardiovascular Health , a program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. ITN has also been supported by grants from the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation Innovation Institute. Four of the network’s federal grant applications were supported by Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, and members of Congress Rodney Davis and John Shimkus.