Awards Committee Extends Deadline for NOSORH Award Nominations to October 5th!

2013 Awards CollageAs a previous winner of the Emerging Leader Award, Sharla Allen knows what it feels like to be recognized by her colleagues. As the Awards Committee chair, the Wyoming Office of Rural Health manager also knows how rewarding it can be to play a role in determining the winners.

“When I won the Emerging Leader Award it was so exciting because it meant that my peers saw something in me that brought value to my state office and NOSORH,” she said. “And being on the committee that picks the winners is special because I know how much it means to hear your name called and be recognized by your colleagues.” Read more.


NOSORH Annual Meeting: Virtual Conference Option

Sponsor Save the Date Graphic_Page_1Registration for the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on October 28-29, 2014 has been extended until October 9th. We look forward to seeing NOSORH members and partners at that time.  Once again, NOSORH is offering virtual conference participation to SORH staff that is unable to attend the meeting, but would like to join via webinar for selected sessions.  Nine general sessions will be available to virtual conference attendees. Read more.


Partners and SORHs Gearing Up For National Rural Health Day

NRHD LogoNational Rural Health Day partners and SORH are gearing up for National Rural Health Day next month.  “This was quite apparent when most attendees at the 3RNet meeting last month asked about National Rural Health Day. All it took was one look at a button or our logo to let us know that they had been working with their State Office to partner or plan their own activities,” said Matt Strycker after attending the 3RNet meeting last month. Read more.


Resources from HRSA, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and NOSORH Support New SORH Staff

ND14 PictureLast month 11 new SORH directors and staff attended an orientation to HRSA and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  New staff had the opportunity to meet with Associate Administrator Tom Morris, federal project officers from across HRSA, and the National Rural Health Association.   New staff reported that the meeting provided them with new and better direction, taught them more about SORH roles, and definitely expanded their knowledge of relevant federal programs. Read more.


NOSORH Grant Writing Institute Beyond the Basics Webinar Series

GWI CertificateJoin NOSORH in congratulating the more than 40 people who graduated this year from the inaugural Beyond the Basics grant writing webinar series offered through the Grant Writing Institute (GWI). NOSORH offered 4 in-depth trainings throughout July focusing on connecting with funders in the 21st Century, grant management, measuring investment and avoiding deadline fatigue.  Attendees sharpened their grantsmanship skills and expanded their rural health grant writing credentials. Congratulations graduates! Read more.


Promising Practices: Florida State Office of Rural Health Helps Rural Hospital Modernize

PP-HandWith its leaking roof, numerous building code violations and lack of modern technology, everyone agreed that Madison County Florida’s 60 year old hospital desperately needed to be replaced. Thanks to a sales tax referendum passed by Madison County residents, and financial assistance from Florida’s State Office of Rural Health, the brand new, state-of-the-art Madison County Memorial Hospital is proof of what can be achieved when residents and local and state officials work together.

“Florida only has 13 Critical Access Hospitals, so we can give them more personal attention and provide funds to entice them to modernize their facility and adopt new technology,” said Florida SORH Director Bob Pannell. When the new hospital was still in the development stage, the Florida State Office provided a $24,000 grant to educate the community on the need for and benefits of building a new hospital. Read more.


New NOSORH Staff Will Focus on Communication and Development

Clark, KassieKassie Clarke joins NOSORH after working independently for the past four years helping rural health care organizations with their grant writing needs.  Kassie will oversee the Grant Writing Institute for NOSORH along with preparing newsletters, writing toolkits and assisting NOSORH and SORH with grant seeking efforts.

Kassie previously worked for the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) primarily responsible for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grants.  Read more.



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Accepting Nominations for Advisory Panel

CMSThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are accepting nominations for the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. Up to four new members will be named to the Advisory Panel. Nominees must be employed by a hospital, hospital system or other Medicare provider. The panel will advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) groups and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient services. Nominations will be accepted through November, 21, 2014. Read more.