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GRHA Newsletter  Week of August 17, 2012    [email protected]    478-552-3620


Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors


Sallie Barker

Immediate Past President

Nannette Turner

President Elect

Denise Kornegay

Vice President

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Deidre Howell

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Laura Bland Gillman

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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Keystone Mercy Health Plan


Tift Regional Medical Center


Prognosis Health Information Systems


River Valley Commission - AAA


Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists




Rosie Mangual 

Esther Familia-Cabrera

Dixanne Parker

Carol Smith


Elected Official

Representative Barbara Sims


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Non-members who register for the 2012 GRHA Annual Conference will receive a one year free membership with the Georgia Rural Health Association!
This offer will end August 23, 2012

Disparities in Lung Health Series

"Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities," is the fifth report in the American Lung Association's "Disparities in Lung Health Series," and examines the prevalence of tobacco addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke in rural communities nationwide, particularly among rural youth.


The report provides an overview of existing research, as well as new analysis of national data that shows the disparity in rural tobacco prevalence. The report also discusses the environmental, social and cultural factors that contribute to a higher rate of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America.


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Advocates warn against Public Health budget cuts 

By Andy Miller


Medicine for hemophilia. Screenings for breast and cervical cancer. Caring for critically ill pregnant women.


Patient advocates and medical groups urged the state to sustain or boost funding for these programs and many others, as the Department of Public Health's board held a hearing Tuesday seeking public input on possible budget cuts.



Funding And Opportunties

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

August Health Observances



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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

Rooms are still available in the surrounding areas.

For alternative lodging call 1-800-225-5292 or go to  


Callaway Gardens Resort


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration


Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers


David Cook, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and;


Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)



 Deadline extended to September 7, 2012 


SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Application has been submitted for 9.16 contact hours. 


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2012 Coding  Certification Bootcamp

October 24-26, 2012

Archbold Memorial Hospital

Williams Auditorium

Thomasville, GA





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The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals,
in association with the Georgia Rural Health Association, is proud to announce the
1st Annual Medical Fair
New this year!

October 12-13, 2012

 Greensboro, Georgia


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Rural hospitals struggle with physician recruitment, but can focus on improved quality scores

August 08, 2012 | Kelsey Brimmer, Associate Editor 



Chief financial officer John Cornell at Meadows Regional Medical Center, a 64-bed rural hospital in Vidalia, Ga., spoke recently with Healthcare Finance News Associate Editor Kelsey Brimmer regarding some of the most prominent financial issues that rural hospitals face in the future and have been facing in the last few years.


Q: What are some of the biggest financial challenges for rural hospitals right now?


A: From my perspective, in rural Georgia, our biggest challenge has to do with physician recruitment and retention. It's difficult to be able to hire good quality and trained physicians in the rural areas because we don't offer the amenities that you find in larger, urban markets. That's our biggest challenge  -  having the cash to hire quality physicians that we want reflected on our staff. We're in a little different situation than most rural hospitals in that we have been profitable pretty consistently; therefore we've had the cash flow to hire some excellent physicians. We've probably recruited a good 50 physicians over the last 10 years to our areas, but haven't been able to retain all of them.


In the state of Georgia, two out of three hospitals operate in the red and there is a large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots. Metropolitan areas have good anchor hospitals that do well, but predominantly rural hospitals are struggling.



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FCC: Broadband pilot for rural providers a success
August 14, 2012 | By Julie Bird

A $418 million pilot program to extend broadband networks to rural healthcare providers has been deemed a success by the Federal Communications Commission, particularly in fostering broadband-enabled telemedicine programs.


In a staff report issued Monday, the Federal Communications Commission says the Rural Health Care Pilot Program launched in 2006 improved the quality and reduced the cost of delivering healthcare in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, which reduced patient travel time and expense, increased revenue for rural clinics and hospitals, allowed exchange of electronic health records and training of rural medical personnel. Read more

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Notification of Funding Availability 
Direct Services Support Grant Cycle 2
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is pleased to announce the notification of funding availability (NOFA) for Direct Services Support Grants (Cycle 2). This NOFA launches Healthcare Georgia Foundation's second cycle of support available for nonprofit health organizations in 2012. The purpose of the Direct Services Support Grant funding program is to support healthcare services and health promotion programs that assist the Foundation with accomplishing its mission by funding program activities specifically related to: addressing health disparities, expanding access to affordable quality health care, or promoting health and preventing disease.


Apply for a $25,000 Rural Health Award


Do you have an idea for improving health in rural communities?


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in North Carolina, recently announced the "Innovations in Rural Health Award" and is seeking ideas to address rural health care challenges. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their innovative and inspiring ideas. Any individual or organization from across the U.S. is welcome to apply.


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Mark Your Calendar


2012 Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2012



Diabetes Update

Wednesday, August 22, 8-4:30 pm

Houston Health Pavilion 

Warner Robbins, GA

More Information



2012 National Medicare Region IV Train-the-Trainer


Aug 21 - 23, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Atlanta, GA

Information and Registration Link


2012 Annual NASCSP Conference

Sep 11 - 14, 2012 

National Association for State Community Services Programs

Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Atlanta, GA


GAFP's 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly

November 8-10, 2012

Cobb Galleria- Atlanta, GA

For more information:


ICD-10-CM Workshop

Dec 14, 2012  

American Medical Association

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Details and Registration

For more information, contact: Desiree Evans

[email protected]

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