Pat Schou is the Executive Director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network and the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization. She was recognized for being among the Top 25 Women in Leadership for Peoria, Illinois in 2013, received a Women of Distinction award in Illinois Valley in 2013, and was recognized as the 2014 Illinois Rural Hero by the National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois School of Medicine, Rockford.
“I think the CEOs that are really excelling has to do with that they have a strong board support, they have good connectivity with their board in their community, and they have good connectivity with their medical staff.”
Pat also serves on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Rural Congress and Government Affairs Council, and was recently elected as NRHA Secretary. Additionally, she serves on the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems Board, was recently Chair of the Technical Advisory Services Committee for National Rural Resource Center, and served as Co-Chair of Illinois’ State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Council from 2010-2015. She has served as Chair of the local health board for over 20 years, and is a Fellow member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.