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Our History, Mission & Future


At Hillsboro Area Hospital, our mission is to positively affect the health and well being of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to providing outstanding, affordable and personalized care. As the leading healthcare provider for Montgomery County and the Hillsboro community, we are honored to serve our neighbors with compassion, utilizing the most advanced technology available.

We are grateful for the strong community support we receive. When we make a positive impact in the lives of our patients, often times they come back and share their stories. If you have story you'd like to share about a positive experience you've had at Hillsboro Area Hospital, we'd love to hear from you. Visit our Hillsboro Heroes nomination page.

Our dedicated teams of professionals work hard each day so that their patients can shine. Everyone has a story and we believe all of them should have happy endings.

Our Pledge of Excellence

COMMUNITY comes First.

SERVICE that is compassionate, professional and fosters healing.

TEAMWORK between staff, patient, family and community.

EXCELLENCE in all areas of healthcare delivery.

RESPECT patient rights, privacy, diversity and dignity.

STEWARDSHIP in how we accomplish our organization’s goals


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
American College of Radiologists
The State of Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Healthcare Association


The American Hospital Association
Illinois Hospital Association
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network


Hillsboro Area Hospital is your front door to a world of healthcare.

We are located at 1200 East Tremont Street. Our main number is 217-532-6111. If you’d like to contact us, you can also email: Hillsboro Area Hospital


An 11-year-old dream came true on February 22, 1916, when Hillsboro Hospital was formally opened. It was George Washington's birthday when the late Judge Amos Miller, president of the hospital board, chose these words for the 1916 dedication:

First hospital building
The hospital as it appeared in 1916, shortly after it opened. Before the original building outlived its usefulness, it underwent nine different additions.

"On this opening day, we dedicate this building and all its equipment to the service of relieving pain and restoring health and vigor, to the sick and injured. But in a deeper sense, if possible, let us, one and all, dedicate ourselves to an unselfish service for the support and maintenance of this hospital, to the end that it may become a blessing to the people of Hillsboro and the surrounding community."

A.B. Frankel, East St. Louis architect, submitted plans in April 1914 for the three-story hospital, estimated to cost $20,000. By July 1915, only $10,110 of $21,200 in pledges had been paid, and outstanding bills totaled $1,600. Plans had called for opening the hospital on July 4, 19 15 , but it was not until Washington's birthday in 1916 that the doors were opened to the public.

The first patients to enter the hospital were charged $15 per week for corner rooms, $10 and $12 per week for other rooms and $8 per week for beds in the wards.

New Home for Hospital

Dedication stone
This cornerstone was unveiled on October 23, 1975, a tribute to the many who gave to the new hospital and who have supported it since.

The new hospital didn't just happen. It took nearly four years of serious thinking and careful planning for it to become a reality. The board of directors, headed by Harold Sitton, began to plan for the new hospital in November 1971, when the state informed the hospital board that the existing hospital could not pass safety standards because basic wooden construction posed a fire hazard. The new Hillsboro Area Hospital became a reality on October 23, 1975 , when the 100-bed facility was dedicated on Tremont Street .

Since opening the facility in 1975, building did not stop. The Douglas-Telfer Outpatient Clinic was dedicated in 1990 to the Douglas and Telfer Families with their long history of service to patients in our area. Heartland Home Care occupies a duplex with Dr. Brian Cady built at the same time.

Tremont Ridge Assisted Living Facility opened December 2003 and the Special Care Cottage for dementia and Alzheimer's residents opened October 2004.

The Future of Healthcare in Montgomery County

On Thursday, September 25, 2008, Hillsboro Area Hospital's CEO Rex Brown, joined by members of the Hospital's Board of Directors, System and Foundation Boards, the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network and Lincolnland College, broke ground to make room for the Hillsboro Area Hospital Revitalization Project. During the last week of August, demolition of the North Wing of the hospital began in order to make way for an additional 12,180 square feet of interior space which will soon house a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and Comprehensive Imaging Center, as well as new class rooms to help educate future healthcare professionals.

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