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Memorial Health Rural Hospitals Honored for Student Experiences


­­­­­­­The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has selected Memorial Health to receive the 2023 Distinguished Community Award. The award specifically honors Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital for their support of U of I medical students working in their communities as part of the Rural Medical Education (RMED) program.

This award recognizes community organizations who have enhanced the stature or growth of the College of Medicine with contributions of a special nature.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital provides students with not only exceptional specialty electives, but also housing, meals and an active orientation to TMH and the communities the hospital serves. Since 2020, eight students have worked at TMH through the RMED program.

“I’m proud of our participation in the RMED program, which asks students to commit to serving patients in rural areas upon completion of their residencies,” said Kim Bourne, president and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. “Memorial Health is committed to providing high-quality care in our rural communities, and this award is a reminder of the importance of that work.”