The Hospital State Division works to improve and maintain access to high quality health care in rural areas through strategic partnerships. Ten project officers manage grants, cooperative agreements and contracts to strengthen the role of state offices of rural health and their support to rural communities, particularly with rural hospitals. ORHP administers three grant programs within the Hospital State Division (HSD). The grant programs are; 1) Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program; 2) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP); 3) the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) Grant Program. See Grants for more details.
In 2009, there were 141 grants awarded in the three primary grant programs with a budget of more than $45 million. In addition to the above grants, Division staff members manage a wide range of cooperative agreements and contracts that support States with technical assistance, recruitment of health care providers, assistance in attaining funds to build replacement facilities and other activities.
Each project officer is assigned to a specific state, and provides oversight to all of the HSD grants in that state. The states are organized into regions, and each region has two project officers. The regional structure provides an opportunity for a small number of grantees to get updates on Federal activities and learn about activities in a discussion format, both via conference call and in person. Find a regional liaison that can assist you.
In addition to the Project officers, ORHP also provides additional technical assistance to grantees, and other constituents, through cooperative agreements and contracts.
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) enhances the rural health infrastructure in each State by providing guidance and technical assistance to State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) as well as their partners and to identify and promote best practices. The goals of the SRHCD-CA are 1) to assist in the coordination of health care delivery through the development of State level rural health leadership; and 2) to facilitate partnerships and collaboration at the national and State levels to improve the exchange of information and engage in collaborative activities for supporting rural health.
ORHP provides ongoing technical assistance to historically distressed rural hospitals in the Mississippi Delta Region, as defined by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The program focuses on improving financial, operational, and clinical performance through remote and on-site consultative services for hospitals that otherwise would not have had the resources to afford these needed services. More on the Rural Hospital Performance Improvement (RHPI) project>