Kirby Physician Dr. James Manint was awarded the 2017 Rural Physician of
Excellence Award by the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA).
“We are proud he is a part of our Kirby family.”
The award honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare,
and Dr. Manint exemplifies the commitment through his work at Kirby and beyond.
Not only has Dr. Manint been the medical director for the Piatt County
Nursing home and president of the Kirby Medical Center medical staff,
he serves as the physician for inmates at the Piatt County Jail and has
previously served as the Piatt County Coroner.
IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn explains the importance of this
award and Dr. Manint’s work, “One of the biggest healthcare
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.”
Dr. Manint has dedicated more than 32 years of service to our community.
He started his career at Kirby as an orderly in 1968 when he was a junior
in high school. After high school, he joined the Air Force and later entered
In 1983, Dr. Manint and his wife, Cathy, moved back to Monticello, and
he opened his private practice in 1984. In 2002, Dr. Manint joined Kirby
Medical Group and has been with Kirby since that time. Dr. Manint has
spent a majority of his life in Monticello, caring for patients, friends,
Kirby CEO Steve Tenhouse says, “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. We are proud he
is part of our Kirby family.”
An award presentation was held in October. Dr. Manint said at the event,
“This is a great and unexpected honor. I appreciate being recognized
by the IRHA, my peers, and all who work in healthcare.”