Illinois Workforce Partnership Honors FHN

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — FHN has received the 2020 Business Leadership Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP).

The IWP honors 66 companies of all sizes in the state each year for excellence in workforce services and economic development. Each of the 22 workforce development boards in Illinois selects a winner for the three categories of awards presented by the IWP. This category recognizes a private-sector company that has demonstrated leadership in the areas of workforce services and economic development and has made significant contributions to its local workforce area.

The Workforce Connection in FHN’s service area (Boone, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties) selected FHN for the award because of its excellence in addressing workforce needs, especially during (and because of) a pandemic, using its incumbent worker training and developing an apprenticeship model.

This is the third time FHN has been recognized by the State of Illinois for its creativity in workforce development. Previous honors included the CNA to RN Scholarship Program and as a partner in the development of the Northwest Illinois Workforce Collaborative.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit