Sarah Bush Lincoln new operator of Fayette County Hospital

Pictured, from left, are Fayette County Hospital CFO Lionel Montoya, Sarah Bush Lincoln VP Operations Kim Uphoff, Sarah Bush Lincoln President and CEO Jerry Esker, Fayette County Hospital District Chairperson Nancy Pryor, Fayette County Hospital CEO Greg Starnes, and Sarah Bush Lincoln CFO Dennis Pluard.

Fayette County Hospital District announced it selected Sarah Bush Lincoln of Mattoon to oversee its operations.

Sarah Bush Lincoln is purchasing Heartland Health System Inc., the corporation that operates Fayette County Hospital and Fayette County Long Term Care. All employees will retain their jobs, including Greg Starnes, CEO, and Lionel Montoya, CFO. The sale became final on July 1.

Fayette County Hospital District Chairperson Nancy Pryor said, “We talked with several other hospital organizations over the last six months, and unanimously agreed that the future of Fayette County Hospital would be best served by Sarah Bush Lincoln. We are very pleased with the decision.”

Sarah Bush Lincoln President and CEO Jerry Esker said, “We are honored to have been selected by Fayette County Hospital District. This district board has spent many hours on this difficult decision. As a locally owned not-for-profit health system, we fully understand the impact these important decisions can have on the community’s future health care and are grateful to have been selected.”

Fayette County Hospital is a critical access hospital licensed for 25 beds, plus an 85-bed long-term care facility. It employees approximately 250 FTEs.

Fayette County Hospital District continues to own the building, and Heartland Health System, Inc., now wholly owned by Sarah Bush Lincoln, owns the equipment and oversees the full operation of the hospital and long-term care facility.