IRHA Rural Physician Lifetime of Service Awards
This year, IRHA established the Rural Physician Lifetime of Service Award. This distinction is designed as a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for physicians who are close to retirement and have devoted their entire careers to rural practice (minimum of 25 years) and have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of life for their communities.
“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 2022 Physician Lifetime of Service Awards
William Ribbing, MD
Pictured above (Left to right): IRHA President-Elect Diane Potts, State Representative Patrick Windorst (R-Metropolis), Representative Dr. Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona), Dr. Ribbing, Margaret Vaughn, Rural Health Inc, Administrator Cindy Flamm and nominator Don Diemer, Director of SIU's PA Program
Patricia Johnson, MD
Pictured left to right 1st row seated: Dr. Johnson and her husband Robert Shoop. Standing: IRHA Board member Ken Ryan with the IL State Medical Society, IRHA Board Member Susan Bence, IRHA President-Elect Diane Potts, Dr. Johnson’s son Robert Johnson, Gibson Area Hospital CEO Rob Schmitt and IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn