IRHA Physician of Excellence Awards

In a tradition started more than 16 years ago by the National Rural Health Association, the Illinois Rural Health Association has been honoring physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare.  Award presentation receptions are held every fall in each winner's community. 

“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 those who have accepted this calling and gone out of their way to make an impact,” explained Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.

IRHA 2020 Physician of Excellence Award

Dr. Boyd A. McCracken of Greenville Named
2020 IRHA Physician of Excellence

Pictured 1st row seated:  Mrs. Janet McCracken and Dr. Boyd McCracken

2nd row standing: CEO of HSHS Holy Family Hospital Kelly Sager, Director of Clinical Services for HSHS Medical Group Tammy Allen and IRHA Executive Director  Margaret Vaughn

 On October 22, Dr. Boyd A McCracken received the 2020 IRHA Physician of Excellence Award at a “socially distanced” ceremony with immediate family and staff. 

With a grandfather and two uncles who were dentists and a father who was also a family practice physician, Dr. McCracken’s family has  been providing medical care to the Greenville community for over 100 years.  After medical school, Dr. McCracken returned to his Greenville roots in 1977 and joined the Five Provider Family Practice and provide care to Utlaut Memorial Hospital,  which later became HSHS Holy Family.

For the next 43 years, Dr. McCracken served as a “Renaissance man” to patients in Bond County, delivering babies, assisting in surgery, working as an ER physician, all while serving as president of the medical staff and suffering numerous state and local boards and tending to his office practice. 

Dr. McCracken was also presented with a copy of House Resolution 922, introduced in Springfield by Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Effingham) and a senate congratulatory certificate from State Senator Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville).

   © 2015  Illinois Rural Health Association
   9211 Waterfall Glen Blvd. | Darien, Illinois 60561

   Phone: 217-280-0206  | Fax: 630-357-3059  |  E-mail:

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software