Joann Emge, CEO, was honored during the Sparta Community Hospital monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, for 45 years of service to the organization.

Joann Emge grew up on a farm in Marissa and had a dream of becoming a nurse.  After graduation from nursing school in 1976, Joann joined the nursing staff at Sparta Community Hospital District on April 25, 1977.   In August of 1981, Joann was promoted to Assistant Nursing Supervisor and later became the ER/Occupational Health Coordinator in July of 1989.  During that time, she returned to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in December of 1989.

On May 1, 1996, Joann was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sparta Community Hospital District, and one year later, accepted the promotion to Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  In the almost 25 years as CEO, Joann has led the organization through many accomplishments, including the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) conversion, establishment of seven physician clinics, including five Rural Health Clinics, expansion of home health services, and recognition as a top 20 Critical Access Hospital by the National Rural Health Association, to name a few.

As a leader, Joann is extremely visible throughout the organization.  She makes a point to hand deliver bonus checks, donuts, and cookies to personally thank staff.  Further, not too often do you see CEO’s vacuuming floors, decorating trees, hanging wall art, serving food, and planting flowers, but Joann does all of these things.

Joann’s leadership extends beyond the walls of Sparta Community Hospital District.  She is frequently called on to serve on various committees both locally and across the state, where she represents not only Sparta Community Hospital District, but the people of rural Southern Illinois.



Pictured, Joann Emge receiving her 45 years pin representing her dedicated years of service to Sparta Community Hospital District, presented by Hospital Board Member Dennis Ernsting.