2019 Awards for Excellence in Telehealth Leadership Luncheon

Monday, November 18, 2019

12:00 NOON (CT)
Drinker Biddle Reath • 191 N Wacker Drive • Suite 3700 • Chicago


The Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) announces its third Annual Telehealth Awards Luncheon. It will honor telehealth practitioners in Illinois who have improved care for underserved populations. Registration is now open and sponsorships are encouraged.

For information about registration:

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Sponsors are listed below. For Sponsorship information:

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Here are the awardees:

Leadership Awards

Thresholds is a community mental health center that provides healthcare and housing for thousands of people with mental Illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. Thresholds first used telehealth in a pilot to provide psychiatric care for people who were frequent users of hospital emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric services. Thresholds partnered with a Medicaid Managed Care Organization. Thresholds staff would go to the home of a patient and connect them on their laptops to a Thresholds psychiatrist.

Thresholds currently uses telehealth to provide telepsychiatry services in conjunction with two Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams located about 60 miles from Chicago. The psychiatrist participates in weekly meeting of the ACT teams and provides services to clients in their homes or in a nearby Threshold office. Thresholds also uses telehealth in its Substance Treatment Program, allowing a physician to evaluate and treat persons with Opioid Use Disorder in remote locations. Since the beginning of this program three years ago, Thresholds has prescribed potentially life-saving medications to approximately 40 individuals.

 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center consists of a 200-bed acute care facility and four community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). Jesse Brown VAMC provides care to approximately 62,000 enrolled veterans who reside in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, and in four counties in northwestern Indiana. Jesse Brown has been named the Telehealth Hub for the Veterans Integrated Service Network 12. The Hub coordinates telehealth care of 7 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.  This year, Jesse Brown coordinated telehealth care to over 8,000 veterans, providing care in 12 different specialties. Jesse Brown has stories from veterans praising the quality of telehealth consultations, which avoid their having to travel hours to a VA site.

Achievement Awards

Illini Community Hospital
Illini Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital in Pike County Illinois. Illini took the initiative to bring telemedicine-based health service to its rural and underserved communities. Illini offers inpatient and outpatient cardiology and GI services be telemedicine, as well as outpatient behavioral health services.  Illini partnered with a correctional facility to bring healthcare services to the prison population via telemedicine. Illini is working with other Illinois Telehealth Network members to create a heroin and opioid treatment and education network model through telemedicine. Illini provides 1,500 telehealth visits a year.

Southern Illinois Healthcare
Carbondale-based Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) is a nonprofit health system spanning the southern third of Illinois. SIH currently operates telehealth inpatient and outpatient programs for stroke, behavioral health and cardiovascular services.  It also offers Maternal Fetal Medicine services and prompt/urgent care e-visits on an outpatient basis. Recently, the SIH system made a full commitment to integrating telemedicine into its provision of service model by establishing a system-wide telemedicine division. This is a substantial commitment to improve access to primary and specialty care providers and help to remove barriers to access health care services for the rural and underserved populations.  

Previous Awardees



  • Leadership: Illinois Telehealth Network
  • Achievement: Rush University Tele-Stroke Program


  • Presence Health


  • Leadership: Regroup Therapy
  • Achievement: TelePharm



  • Presence Health Diabetes Program for Seniors


  • Legislative sponsors of Telehealth Bills


  • AVIA


Sustaining Partner of Partnership for a Connected Illinois


Sponsors of the Luncheon

























Nonprofit Supporting Organizations


Alliance Chicago
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois
The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC)
Greater Chicago HIMSS Chapter

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans
Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

Illinois Health and Hospital Association
 Illinois Medical District
Illinois Primary Health Care Assciation

Illinois Psychiatric Society

Illinois State Medical Society
Illinois Telecommunications Association
Mental Health Summit

Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center


Partnership for a Connected Illinois 1337 Wabash Ave. Springfield, IL 62704 Phone: (217) 886-4228 Fax: (217) 718-4546 info@broadbandillinois.org