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GRHA Newsletter  Week of June 14, 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 


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March for Rural Hospitals
July 31
Washington, DC
Funding for rural hospitals is under attack by Congress and the Administration. Cuts to critical access hospitals are again proposed, and hundreds of millions of dollars to rural PPS hospitals will be lost if Congress does not act by Oct. 1. If these threats become a reality, rural hospital services will be forced to cut services, and rural hospital doors may close. 

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2013 GRHA Annual Conference

Desoto Hilton, Savannah
October 21-23
Conference room rate is $140.00. Please use the group code GRH to make your reservation.

Agenda Coming Soon
2013 Awards of Excellence Nomination Application Coming Soon

ICD-10 Workshop in Savannah

Association of Rural Health Professional Coders


July 17

9am - 2:30pm


Memorial University Medical Center

The Hoskins Center

4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah GA 31404  

$169 for GRHA members 
$179 non-GRHA members 
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Census: Rural US loses population for first time



The Associated Press


Updated: 12:48 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 | Posted: 12:11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 


Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.


Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot spots for baby boomers.

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Survey: Many physicians unhappy with their jobs 


Christopher Seward

Posted: 6:21 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013  


Plenty of physicians are singing the blues, according to a new survey.

The survey by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare staffing firm found 42 percent of practicing physicians are unhappy with their jobs.


Physicians working for health care systems appear to be unhappier than others in private practice. Jackson Healthcare said 53 percent of respondents younger than age 45 who have never worked in private practice said they were dissatisfied with their careers, compared with 32 percent of physicians younger than 45 and in private practice.


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Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Rural Access to External Devices Grant Program to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide defibrillator and basic life support training in AED usage and place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations. The deadline to submit an application is 
June 17.  


Mark Your Calendar



Free Georgia Medicaid Rural Health Clinic Bootcamp

State Office of Rural Health, Cordele, GA

502 Seventh St. South, Cordele, GA 31015-1443  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia



Rural Quality and Clinical Conference

National Rural Health Association

July 17-19, 2013

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Matt Caseman