Sparta Community Hospital has been named Illinois’ 2022 Community Star, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) recently announced.

On the third Thursday of November, NOSORH leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD), an annual celebration that honors those serving the vital health              needs of nearly 61 million rural Americans. In conjunction with NRHD, NOSORH made a nationwide call for nominations, seeking individuals, organizations, and coalitions making a positive impact in rural communities.

Sparta Community Hospital will be featured in the 2022 edition of the Community Star eBook, which will be available on the official NRHD website,, on November 17, 2022. The eBook will showcase the stories of Community Stars from 48 states, exemplifying this year’s NRHD theme of “Driving Change and Going the Extra Mile.”

“We’re honored to be recognized for the care we’ve been able to provide in our mobile health clinics,” states Joann Emge, CEO of Sparta Community Hospital. “The pandemic has certainly been challenging for all of us in healthcare.  Our ability to partner with schools and municipalities in our service area to help keep our friends and neighbors well is something we are truly proud of.”