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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 2, 2014    [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 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Sam Johnson

Sherrie Williams

John Butts

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

GRHA welcomes new Bronze Corporate Member


GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS








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2014 County Health Rankings 
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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

Rural Health Workforce and the Challenges Ahead

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



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Save the Date!
2015 GRHA Annual Conference
January 12-14
Desoto Hilton
Savannah, Georgia 


September 5 - 7, 2014
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals in association with The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce & The Georgia Rural Health Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Medical Fair September 5th - 7th at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. 

Complimentary registrations are available for practicing physicians, residents in GME program and medical students. 

When: September 5-7, 2014
Where: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
             6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW

             Atlanta, GA 30339 


Click here to register


Four organizations awarded $390,000 in Georgia rural health grants

May 1, 2014
Albany Herald 
Staff Reports

ATLANTA - Four rural health organizations, including three in Southwest Georgia, have been awarded a combined $390,000 in Georgia Department of Community Health grants to expand health services in rural areas.


"These four projects will help enhance our Rural Health care infrastructure in Georgia, improving quality and access to essential health services," DCH Commissioner Clyde L. Reese III said. "Each project is diverse and demonstrates cross-county cooperation and outreach among the entities. The projects address critical issues in rural health care, including health care technology and childhood obesity."


The organizations awarded the Rural Health Safety-Net Grants by the DCH State Office of Rural Health were:


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Georgia tries new, small step for rural health care


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April 29, 2014 

ATLANTA -- In what looks like a novel tack to prop open the doors of rural emergency rooms in Georgia, a state regulator has voted to allow hospitals to create tiny, standalone triage centers in certain country communities.


The next step is finding some money.


Georgia's move for freestanding, rural ERs would be "the first ... in the country, as I understand it," said Department of Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese just ahead of his board's unanimous vote Tuesday on the new rule.


The new type of license "would allow facilities who maybe are in danger of closing due to financial difficulties or those who have closed within the last 12 months to offer a lesser set of services and to enable them to maintain some sort of health care infrastructure in their community," Reese said


Rural hospitals closing at alarming rate

By Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association

May 1, 2014


In the past year alone, more rural hospitals closed than in the prior 15 years combined. This is a staggering fact, which is under reported by national media.


When a rural hospital closes, the community often also loses affiliated rural health clinics, local ambulance service, mental health services, long-term care, rural surgery, rehab, home health and other vital services as well. What our nation is currently experiencing is the devastation, and in many cases the elimination, of the rural health safety net.


The reasons are many which include:


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Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Charitable Care Network

10th Annual Conference: Harnessing the Power of Change

May 5-6, 2014
Glendalough Manor
Tyrone, GA

For registration information, click here.


Free Webinar

Successful HIE Collaboration for Rural Healthcare 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT "An engaging and dynamic look at how Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) brought Health Information Exchange (HIE) collaboration to rural hospitals and clinics across Texas."



2014 Rural Commerce Outreach Initiative 

Date/Time: Wed, May 7 2014 at 9:00 AM
Venue: HPE
Located in Tifton Georgia


Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

3rd Annual Medical Fair 

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014 

More information coming soon!




Matt Caseman