Lawrence County Memorial Hospital
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Lawrenceville Illinois. This area is known for its small, hometown community and beautiful state park. In a vibrant community such as ours, the availability of quality healthcare is vital.
At Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, we offer compassionate, professional healthcare that meets the highest standards of excellence. We continue to approach the challenges of the ever-changing healthcare industry with energy, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to serve our neighbors.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital has many services and technological capabilities normally found only in larger facilities; yet our people care for you with the genuine concern of friends and neighbors.
See Our Services to view the areas in which our highly qualified staff offers you the best of care using the latest technological advances. You Are Important! We regard you, the patient, as the most important member of the healthcare team. Respecting your individuality and dignity is foremost on our list of priorities. We also recognize and respect your rights. By doing so, better patient care and greater satisfaction will result.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital will be the healthcare provider of choice with excellent customer service.
Exceeding all customers’ expectations.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital values:
Developed via input from Employee Committee
I will act with integrity
I will be respectful to those we serve
I am committed to provide excellent service
I will foster patient-focused care
I will generate a positive climate
I will cultivate a caring community spirit
Welcome to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital’s internet web site. We are pleased to use this communication vehicle to provide information to you about our organization, services and initiatives. We hope you are easily able to find all the information you want to know about Lawrence County Memorial Hospital with a number of links to answer your healthcare needs.
In recent months, we've had the opportunity to speak with many in the community about our Hospital. We've given our opinion on changes affecting healthcare and your hospital; We’ve shared plans for additions to the Hospital campus and we’ve shared the good work of my colleagues in important areas like technological enhancements which make our services better. As a community stakeholder, we want you to be informed on the challenges and accomplishments of your hospital.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital has been serving our community for over 60 years. While the faces and the building have changed over the years, one thing has remained constant; our hospital’s commitment of caring to our community. This website is a continuation of that commitment. So whether you have questions about the services we offer, are looking for a Physician, or are interested in joining our team of caring professionals, you've come to the right place. Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is an extraordinary organization, with an extraordinary staff, that provides extraordinary care.
We welcome you to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital as a visitor, patient, applicant or interested physician. We trust your experience with us will be very positive. As you explore our website, don’t hesitate to contact any of our staff with questions or comments.
Thank you for choosing Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. It is our privilege to care for you and your family. We will do our best to seek your input and to keep you informed on your hospital. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the staff if we can serve you.
Don Robbins, CEO
Carl Aten, Chairman
Ron Waldrop, Vice Chairman
Becky Nestleroad, Secretary
Kevin Strange, Treasurer
Gary Carr, MD
B. J. Shaffer
Gary Carr, MD
Don Robbins, CEO
Robbins is a Healthcare operations executive with 23 years of progressive healthcare administration leadership. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and began his career as an allied healthcare practitioner working in clinical therapy and sport's medicine. He then earned his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University.
Robbins is a native of Sesser Illinois. He and his wife Penny have three children Peyton, Presley, and Parker. Penny is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner specializing in Disney vacations. Their family enjoys traveling and visiting historical locations. They also like spending time at Walt Disney World since both of their daughters currently work there. Their son Parker is currently attending Rend Lake College and plans to pursue a career in Engineering.
He is excited about his new role as CEO. “My primary focus is to work diligently every day to find new ways to improve the services offered to our patients in the Lawrence County area and to work collaboratively with all hospital staff, the hospital board, and the community in order to improve our healthcare outcomes. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the community and am grateful for this opportunity.”
Larry Spour, CFO
Larry received B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University and started his financial career in the distribution industry. After eight years, Larry entered the healthcare industry as the Accounting Manager at Paris Community Hospital in Paris, Illinois. He worked in the finance department at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois before accepting the CFO position at Clay County Hospital in Flora, Illinois. He started at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital on December 16, 2013. Larry is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Larry and his wife enjoy outdoor activities in the State and National Parks.
Rita Garvey, RN, BSN, CNO
Rita received her Associate Science Nursing in 1977 from Vincennes University. She began her career at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, that same year in May 1977. Rita worked numerous positions at the hospital, including Emergency Department Supervisor before being promoted to Chief Nursing Officer in 2004. Rita graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor Science Nursing in 1990. Rita enjoys spending time with her family.
Following the depression of the late twenties, the talk of the establishment of a 27 – bed hospital in Lawrence County reached the stage of a special meeting. The federal government proposed at that time a forty-five percent cash grant of the total cost of the project with a bond issue to raise the local fifty-five percent. The Lawrenceville Chamber of Commerce named a special committee consisting of J.P. Alexander, George W. Lackey, Perry McCullough, C.F. Stoll and G.C. Armstrong, but soon there was evidence of the country’s financial recovery, and the federal government withdrew the cash grant, thus hindering the work of the committee.
Various angles were devised and studied within the county by committees and groups, including the Lawrence County Medical Society. A substantial bond issue was favorable, but the increased cost of construction resulting from the Second World War necessitated the action be postponed until conditions became more favorable. Instead, the funds were invested in war bonds to help the war effort.
In 1945, under an amendment to the Federal Hill-Burton Legislation, Lawrence County became eligible for Federal and State aid in the construction of a non-profit county operated hospital. Construction began on March 24, 1949.
Soon after the start, the Board of Supervisors named a “Lay Hospital Committee” that has carried on and today is the “Board of Directors.” Between 1946 and 1950 those serving on the ‘Board’ were C.P. Sherry, Harry Warner, Roy Mitchell, Burtis R. Stevenson, Louis Bloom, Mary Hamilton, S. W. Hancock, F.E. Brian, Bryan Buchanan, Tyler Andrews, Oran Calvert, Guy Richie, C.A. Porter, and Dean F. Campbell.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital was unique in many of its innovations, the most outstanding of which was the combining of the offices of the Lawrence County Tuberculosis Sanatorium Board and the Lawrence-Wabash County Health Department with Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. This cooperative arrangement constituted the first such project in the State of Illinois.
Lawrence County Memorial Hospital was dedicated on Sunday, July 2, 1950. Sixty One employees opened the doors and received the first hospital patient on July 5, 1950. One of those original employees, Iva Mae Chism Carter, continues to volunteer at the hospital.
Early Medical and Surgical Staff were:
Dr. E.A. Fahnestock, Chief of Staff
Dr. R.F. Snider, Chief of Obstetrics
Dr. L.J. Bennett, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Dr. Dale E. Scholz, Public Health
Dr. Richard Anderson, Surgeon
Dr. S. Joseph Smith, Surgeon
Dr. Nathan Ewing, Surgeon
Dr. Ralph Armitage
Dr. Lee R. Ireland
Dr. R.T. Kirkwood
Dr. R.O. Illyess
Dr. Robert C. Kirkwood
Dr. C.W. Cullison
Dr. Frank Arnold
Dr. P.W. Kensler
Dr. W.I. Green
Dr. Charles G. Stoll