One of the nations largest hospital associations will lose its longtime leader at the end of 2009, when Kenneth Robbins retires as president of the Illinois Hospital Association.
Robbins, 67, has been with the IHA since 1976, starting first as general counsel and becoming president of the Naperville-based organization in 1983. Under Robbins tenure, the IHA has addressed comprehensive medical liability reform legislation, state laws on hospital billings and collections for the uninsured, and three hospital-assessment programs that will bring $5 billion in Medicaid funds by 2013, according to a news release.
Robbins informed the IHAs board of trustees that he intends to retire from the position at the end of the year. The board appointed an executive search committee to recommend a new president.
In 2006, the latest year for which uniform figures were available from the Internal Revenue Service, Robbins ranked as the seventh most highly compensated executive in a healthcare association. The association has about 200 hospital and health-system members.