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GRHA Newsletter  Week of February 22, 2013    [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 2013 GRHA Board of Directors


Denise Kornegay

Immediate Past President

Sallie Barker

President Elect

Ann Addison

Vice- President

Shelly Spires


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Tim Trottier

Mary Mathis

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Chuck Adams

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

Looming Sequestration Cuts put Rural Providers on Edge
February 20, 2013
"Our whole message to Capitol Hill is that a 2% across-the-board cut might sound like a way of providing equitable pain, but it is actually disproportionately harmful to the rural safety net. We are trying to let people know that there are serious ramifications to sequestration in rural America and a 2% cut to a small rural hospital can mean services being cut to patients and it could mean job losses. When you are operating at that small margin, and 40% of rural facilities already operate at a loss, this 2% cut on top of this other uncertainty is incredibly challenging."

Estimates provided to NRHA by iVantage Health Analytics show that urban hospitals would eat about $2.4 billion of the $2.9 billion in Medicare cuts this year, while rural hospitals would take a $482.6 million hit.  
Welcomes New Bronze Corporate Member




GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Funding And Opportunties

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International Prenatal Infection Month


American Heart Month


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 Thank you to all those who helped make 

 Rural Health Day at the Capitol

a great success!

(L-R) Representatives Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City), Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland), Carol Fullerton (D-Albany), Nikki Randall (D-Macon), Ed Rynders (R-Albany), Gerald Greene (R-Cuthbert), Sallie Barker, GRHA Legislative Chair, Rep. Bubber Epps (R-Dry Branch), Dr. Ann Addison, GRHA President Elect, Rep. Gloria Frazier (D-Hephzibah), Denise Kornegay, GRHA President, Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, Rep. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville), and House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)


The Georgia Rural Health Association would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in Rural Health Day at the Capitol.


We would like to thank our speakers, Denise Kornegay, Rep. Jason Shaw, Chair of the Rural Caucus, Senator Tim Golden, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Department of Community Health Sub-Committee and Tim Trottier.  
We had a great turn out and enjoyed meeting with you and learning what you and your organization is doing to help improve and promote rural health.


Georgia Rural Health Association was recognized in the House by Representative Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) and in the Senate by Senator Tim Golden (R-Valdosta).


S.M.A.R.T. 2013 GRHA Legislative Agenda


Rural Health Day Sponsors

The Georgia Rural Health Association would like to say thank you to:

Platinum Sponsors

Coca-Cola Company

Coca Cola

Georgia Hospital Association

georgia hospital association

Gold Sponsors

Alere Health Improvement
Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists

georgia association of nurse anesthetists, inc.

Georgia Health policy Center

georgia health policy center

Hall Booth Smith, PC

Healthcare Georgia Foundation

healthcare georgia foundation


JiannPing HsU College of Public Health 

Special Thanks to Detra Brown

2013 Rural Health Day at the Capitol 
Governor Nathan Deal with GRHA Members and Friends 

2013 Rural Health Day at the Capitol
House Speaker David Ralston with GRHA Members and Friends
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Register Today!


2013 ICD-10 Workshop


 Association of Rural Health Professional Coders



2013 Medical Coding Certification Classes  

April 3rd 2013 
ICD-10 Workshop
May 2nd 2013
ICD-10 Workshop
Ty Cobb Regional
Medical Center
367 Clear Creek Parkway
Lavonia, GA 30553   
801 W Gordon St
Thomaston, GA 30286



$169 for GRHA members 
$179 non-GRHA members 
If you have any questions please call 478-552-3620 or email
Mark Your Calendar



Georgia Organics 

A Prescription for Better Health

16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

February 22-23, 2013

Georgia International Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia



Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia




2013 Annual Conference

May 7-10

Louisville, Ky,








Matt Caseman