Illini Community Hospital CEO Hull on a mission to provide Pike County with highest quality of care
Through her role as Illini Community Hospital CEO, Kathy Hull helps make Pike County a healthier place.
“Illini is important as a health care entity and living the mission of improving the health of our community,” Hull told West Central Reporter. “We do this through IP (inpatient) and OP (outpatient) care for both physical and behavioral health needs. We also have primary care that includes behavioral health as well as a quick clinic – Illini Xpress, and a fitness center.”
Hull started as a laboratory manager for Illini in 1999 and became CEO in 2010.
“I have loved working for Illini,” she said. “The people are what make the difference at Illini. I have the most dedicated team of people here.”
Hull has numerous goals in her vital role as CEO.
“When people think of Illini, I want them to think of highly reliable service and quality,” she said. “I want them to think about people caring for them that truly care about them. From an economic perspective, I want to assure that I set Illini up to continue to be a vital part of the health care continuum long into the future. I take my fiduciary responsibility very seriously and treat Illini with the same kind of care as if I owned the business.”
Hull said one of the highlights of her professional career was in 2015 with the implementation of Worthington Square, a 10-bed inpatient unit for seniors 55 and older who have behavioral and psychiatric symptoms.
“This was an idea that came from continued needs in the community for geriatric psychiatric care,” Hull said. “It was the first service line that my administration brought from idea to opening.”
Besides improving health, Hull refers to Illini is “an economic engine” to the community as it is the largest employer in Pike County with around 200 employees. Illini also participates in events benefiting the community such as food drives, Relay for Life and This One’s for the Ghouls Run/Walk.
Hull was born in Beardstown and has lived in Pittsfield with her family for 20 years. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology/clinical lab science and a master’s degree in health services administration.
When Hull is not working, she is active with her church praise team and also serves as an elder in the church. She enjoys playing the guitar and singing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.