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We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. We’re recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence!

Today we're highlighting Shawnee Health Service in Carterville, Illinois. Shawnee Health Service recruited a dentist through 3RNet! Congrats!

Read more about Shawnee Health Service’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts:


Tell us a bit about Shawnee Health Service and the communities you serve.

Shawnee Health Service is a network of community health centers, providing integrated primary medical and behavioral health services, as well as specialty services including dental care, OB/GYN, nutrition counseling, in-house pharmacy, and social services. We serve communities in Jackson and Williamson Counties in southern Illinois. Jackson and Williamson Counties are characterized by low-population densities, isolated households, income and educational levels below state and national averages, and poverty, illness, and mortality rates above state and national averages.

Why do people enjoy working at Shawnee Health Service?

Our employees enjoy working at Shawnee because they believe in our mission and the mission of community health centers. We believe that that in taking care of each other and our patients and clients, we create new opportunities for success and bring big dreams to life.

What makes your community a great place to live and work?

Named for the Shawnee National Forest, Shawnee Health Service is located in beautiful, scenic southern Illinois. Residents enjoy all of the charm of small town-living, just a short drive from multiple metropolitan areas.

Tell us about your connection to 3RNet.org and/or your 3RNet member.

We learned about 3RNet through Illinois Primary Health Care Association, the trade organization of community health centers. We were able to recruit Ashish Nayak, DDS through 3RNet.

Tell us why you’re successful with your recruitment and retention efforts.

We are successful with recruitment and retention because we take time to get to know our candidates, their personalities, and their needs to understand if they will be a good fit for our organization. We understand that not every provider is the right fit for a community health center, and that is okay. However, when we find a candidate with whom our mission resonates, we know they will be a great provider and will be more likely to stay with us.

Share a piece of advice! What would you tell someone who is recruiting or someone who is being recruited.

The best advice we can give someone who is being recruited is to keep an open mind. Consider organizations and locations that you hadn’t previously considered. You never know where you might find the perfect fit.

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