What I’m working on right now: The South Dakota Office of Rural Health is currently working on Auto HPSA Impact Analysis, Flex grant docs, 340B contract amendments, reviewing J-1 applications, and conducting community assessments.
Best advice I ever received: Control the things I could and deal with those I couldn’t.
Last place I traveled to: I traveled to Utah for the Regional SORH Meeting. I extended my stay to hike and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. In February, my husband and I plan to spend 12 days in New Zealand!
Who inspires you? My mom teaches me many lessons with the way she lives her life. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman and the importance of setting goals and achieving them.
What I’m currently reading: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Favorite quote: Always make your past self jealous!
Two Recruitment and Retention (R&R) programs sponsored by the South Dakota State Office of Rural Health (SD SORH) have been so successful that they were recently revised and expanded. The programs are designed to help rural facilities— including hospitals and long-term care facilities—recruit physicians and other health professionals.
“We have great support from the executive and legislative branches in the state—both programs are funded by the state government,” said Sandra Durick, Administrator of the SD SORH. “Our governor has been supportive of rural health care including R&R programs.”
The Recruitment Assistance Program (RAP), which has been in existence in various forms since 1988, was expanded in the state’s last legislative session to encompass more levels of practice. Whereas in the past only family medicine physicians, general practice dentists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners were included in the program, it now also includes pediatricians, internists, ob/gyns, pediatric dentists and nurse midwives, said Josie Petersen, who coordinates the RAP program.
The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program (RHFRAP) was enhanced and approved by the2012legislature, with the incentive amount increasing from $5,000 to $10,000, along with the service obligation expanding from two to three years. The program recruits health professionals from a variety of fields including dietitians, LPN or RN nurses, occupational, physical and respiratory therapists, pharmacists and laboratory technologists. “With the legislative changes, all 60 spots for the 2012 program were filled and we anticipate filling all spots in the 2013 program as well,” said Karen Cudmore, RHFRAP program coordinator.
“The retention rates have been excellent,” Durick said. When a facility finds someone they want to recruit, they apply to the SD SORH for the funding. Communities of 10,000 people or less are eligible to participate in either program. Communities will pay a portion of the incentive payment based on their population size. Health professionals receive the full amount of the incentive after they have worked the required three years.