Trade publication Becker's Healthcare has released its 2019 list of leaders making a positive impact on their organizations. This year’s featured CEOs lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions. Not only do these recognized leaders possess extensive experience in healthcare management, demonstrating their commitment to offering high-quality, accessible care to rural populations, but many also sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve state hospital associations.
For the sixth year in a row, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (GAHHS) CEO Rob Schmitt has been named among these top 60 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know, one of only two CEOs selected from Illinois. Schmitt, who has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership, is a fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Schmitt began his tenure at GAHHS on December 9, 2002, as the Chief Financial Officer. He was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAHHS on April 1, 2007. Since joining GAHHS, the organization has expanded its reach throughout eight neighboring counties, with clinics in ten rural communities outside of Gibson City. In addition, GAHHS has been recognized at the state and national levels for providing high quality care and high patient satisfaction by organizations like DNV GL – Healthcare, Ivantage, Women’s Choice Award, National Rural Healthcare Association, and CMS.
For inclusion on this list, individuals must serve as CEOs of hospitals in "rural" areas, defined by location outside major metropolitan areas. Becker's Hospital Review analyzed compilations by ranking and award agencies, such as the National Rural Health Association's list of top rural community hospitals. The editorial team also accepted nominations for the list.