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Eli Heicher, MSN, RN, CENP

Director of Emergency Services

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  • Employed at Sarah Bush Lincoln since 2002
  • Director of the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services
  • Oversight of the Emergency Department polices, contracts, staffing, budget, and other resources to provide care for 37,000 patients annually
  • EDAP, SANE, SBLHS Organ and Tissue Transplant Lead
  • Coordination with EMS services to provide consistent processes with in EMS Region 6


  • Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Eastern Illinois University, 2011
  • Associates Degree in Nursing, Lake Land College, 2005


  • Certified in Executive Nursing Practice

Professional Involvement

  • Illinois American Nurses Association Representatives Assembly, 2019
  • Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Illinois American Nurses Association 40 under 40 planning committee chair, 2019
  • Illinois American Nurses Association, 2019
  • Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, 2019
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives, 2019
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2019


  • SBL Code Blue Committee
  • SBL Disaster Preparedness Committee
  • SBL Sepsis team
  • SBL Stroke team

Research & Publications

  • Heicher, E., MSN, RN, CENP. (2018, March). Are Nursing Clinical Ladder Programs Worth the Cost. The Nursing Voice, 5, 6-8. Continuing Education Offering

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as one of the 40 under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders in Illinois, 2016
  • Mildred Sidel-Perry Nursing Scholarship from Sarah Bush Lincoln, 2012
  • Anna Roberts Sain Nursing Scholarship from Eastern Illinois University, 2009
  • Li- Shang Chang Award from Sarah Bush Lincoln, 2009

Personal Note

  • As leaders in nursing, we should provide consistency to our patients and staff. For me, that is through a positive attitude, professionalism and quality care, with the focus always being on the patient. I am proud of being a nurse, and couldn’t image doing anything else.   

Contact Information

Sarah Bush Lincoln
1000 Health Center Drive
Mattoon, IL 61938