Klein Elected President of Statewide Rural Network
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February 22, 2012

Lynn Klein, chief executive office at Mendota Community Hospital, Mendota, was elected president of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Board of Directors at its annual meeting held in Springfield, Illinois on February 22, 2012.  Klein has been actively involved in the organization since 2004, serving on the Board of Directors since 2008 and recently as its president-elect.  She has served as co-chair of the ICAHN Tax Exempt workgroup, chair of its Insurance Committee and a member of the External Peer Review Advisory Committee.  Executive Director Pat Schou said, “Klein has a keen understanding of the rural healthcare environment and will bring vision and energy to this key statewide leadership position.  She has no doubt Klein’s willingness to address tough regulatory and funding issues on behalf of ICAHN and fellow critical access hospitals”.

Klein is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s in Medical Record Administration and has a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet.  She was the human resource director at Mendota Community Hospital for 20 years before being named chief executive officer in 2004.  Klein is a member of the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Hospice Board and a member of the Hall High School Education Foundation. 

ICAHN is a network of 51 Illinois critical access hospitals (CAHs) dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration.  Illinois CAHs are small rural hospitals 25 beds or less that provide primary and emergency services to over 1.2 million rural residents.  ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural health and administers several state, federal and private health care programs.  The ICAHN office is located in Princeton, Illinois and services all of the state CAHs.  Additional information can be found on ICAHN’s Web site at                          

Contact Information

ICAHN, 815-875-2999