Dr. James Manint awarded Illinois Rural Health Association’s 2017
Physician of Excellence Award
MONTICELLO- Monticello physician Dr. James Manint recently earned the
2017 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association. The award honors physicians
who exhibit a special commitment to rural health care.
“One of the biggest health care challenges across our nation is the
shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is
important to recognize physicians like Dr. Manint who have accepted this
calling and gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an impact,”
said Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.
Dr. Manint’s involvement in the community extends beyond his medical
practice. He served as the Piatt County Coroner for many years as an independent
advocate for answers for the community and family. Also, he served as
the physician for inmates at the Piatt County Correctional Facility. Dr.
Manint continues to be the Medical Director for the Piatt County Nursing
Home, and serves as President of the Kirby Medical Center medical staff.
Dr. Manint, who practices at Kirby Medical Center, has dedicated more than
32 years of service to his community. He started his career at Kirby Hospital
as an orderly in 1968 when he was a junior in high school. After high
school, Dr. Manint joined the Air Force and then started medical school.
In 1983, he and his wife, Cathy moved back to Monticello and he opened
his private practice in 1984. In 2002, Dr. Manint joined Kirby Hospital
as a member of the Kirby Medical Group and has been with Kirby since that
time. Dr. Manint has spent a majority of his life in Monticello and with
the patients he cares for.
Steve Tenhouse states, “Dr. Manint is the definition of a rural health
physician. His compassion for his patients, many of whom he has been seeing
since opening his practice, is evident in the amount of time and consideration
he has for each one of them. He knows each of them and their family. He
provides care that epitomizes the rural medicine practice by focusing
on care coordination, meeting his patients where they are, and following
them along the life continuum,” said Steve Tenhouse, Chief Executive
Officer at Kirby Medical Center. Craig Webb, Kirby Medical Center board
chairman says, “Dr. Manint is a compassionate physician who works
tirelessly for his patients and community. We are proud he is a part of
our Kirby family.”
Kirby Medical Center will host an award presentation on October 2nd in the classroom next to the promenade at the hospital. Drinks and refreshments
will be served.
“This is a great and unexpected honor. I appreciate being recognized
by the IRHA, my peers, and all that work in healthcare.” said Manint.
ABOUT ILLINOIS RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association is a collaborative
association of academic institutions, clinics, consumers, EMS providers,
hospitals, health care practitioners, public health administrators, public
official and others who are committed to strengthening health systems
for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking
For more information on the Illinois Rural Health Association or to join,
visit us online at www.ilruralhealth.org or call 217-280-0206.
Memberships are available for organizations, health care professionals,
public officials and consumers with an interest in improving rural health care.
IRHA is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization