With essential hospital staff facing childcare challenges due to schools and daycares closing, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) recently awarded the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) a $500,000 grant to help its rural hospital membership, which includes Iroquois Memorial, Watseka, and Gibson Area Hospital.

ICAHN, which is comprised of 51 critical access and six small, rural hospitals throughout Illinois, will use these funds to help those most in need, offering the opportunity to reimburse childcare expenses to essential hospital employees that meet the grant’s criteria between the months of April and June 2020.