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NCHN eNews
July 26, 2011
Dear NCHN Members and Friends,

This is the latest issue of the NCHN e-News. This issue includes lots of national news, funding announcements from earlier this month, a comprehensive list of upcoming NCHN calls and events, news from NRHA on the debt ceiling front, and an invitation to submit your Lessons Learned.

Let us know what's going on with your network
If you have information you would like to share, or have any feedback, please email us.







Submit Your 2011 Lessons Learned

Deadline: August 12, 2011

It is that time again! NCHN is looking for lessons learned to share with other members and networks. Tell us about your program/service, how it was implemented, barriers, and how your network overcame them. Share your network's stories!

NCHN Lessons Learned submissions are submitted to RAC and included on the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) web site under Success Stories.


Quarterly Membership Calls - Need your feedback

The Program Development Committee, which is charged with managing the NCHN Quarterly Membership Call Program, is seeking input from you, as they look at educational programming for future membership calls. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey.  


Upcoming NCHN Calls & Events

Leadership Summit Committee Call
Tuesday, July 26 @ 11:00 AM ET

Program Development Committee Call
Tuesday, August 16 @ 1:00 PM ET

Quarterly Membership Call
Monday, September 12 @ 2:00 PM ET (Topic TBA)

1st NCHN Leadership Summit
Tuesday, September 27
Hyatt Regency Crown Center: Kansas City, MO

Executive Coaching Training Calls
Wednesday, September 14 at 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, December 14 at 11:00 AM ET

Coffee/Tea Chats with Dr. Mary Kay Chess
Wednesday, August 17 at 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, September 21 at 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, October 19 at 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, December 7 at 11:00 AM ET


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NCHN members (and their members) can purchase Fukuda Denshi’s Patient Monitoring Equipment on contract. NCHN facilities can now enjoy greater cost savings when purchasing Fukuda Denshi’s patient monitoring for their ED, OR, ICU/CCU, Med-Surgery, and Step-Down care area. All backed with a 5 year warranty and free 24/7/365 technical support, as well as free clinical and Biomedical Engineering training for the life of the product.

With monitors suited for all care areas, Fukuda Denshi’s patient monitoring provides flexible and reliable OR, transport, bedside, telemetry and central monitoring solutions.

DS-7600 Central Monitor
The DS-7600 Series integrated central monitors provide an ideal solution for both your low and high acuity care areas. Each Central includes the needed features to monitor patient information on up to 16 hardwired or telemetered patients. The small footprint also makes it ideal for busy, crowded central nurses’ stations. With up to 96 hours of full disclosure, built in 3 channel recorder and laser printer interface the DS-7600 Series provides high performance central station capability without the unwanted clutter making it an ideal central station monitor for busy central nursing stations.

LX-5160 & LX-5630 Telemetry
Each of these transmitters are designed for patient comfort and cost effective telemetry monitoring of your Step-Down or Med-Surgery patients. When paired with Fukuda Denshi’s central monitors and with as much as 5 days of monitoring on a single AA battery (3-Days on two AA batteries when SpO2 monitoring is added) these transmitters maintain superior surveillance of your less acute patients.

DS-7100 Portable/Bedside Monitors
Whether mounted on a wall-mount or roll-stand, these monitors provide complete hardwired or telemetered monitoring solutions in care areas where a compact monitor makes more sense. Performance is not sacrificed with the smaller footprint and each monitor can easily be set up to meet a wide range of care area monitoring needs.

DS-7300 Bedside Monitors
The DS-7300 Series OR and bedside patient monitors offer one of the most robust set of standard features to provide easy standardization of your acute care units. Whether in your ICU or CCU these monitors are easily configured to meet your demanding care areas. Adding the optional gas module also makes this an ideal OR monitor.

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Nancy Frank to Lead North Country Health Consortium

As reported earlier this month, Martha McLeod will be leaving NCHC (NH) at the end of this month. Effective July 29th, Nancy Frank will take over as Executive Director.

Contact Information:
Nancy Frank, Executive Director
Ph: 603-259-3700 x223

Job Accouncement: Helping Ourselves Prevent Emergencies (H.O.P.E)

Position: Prevention Coordinator
Location: Criag, AK
Open Until Filled

This position will be responsible for the development of a domestic violence prevention program on Prince of Wales Island, located in Southeast Alaska. The Prevention Coordinator will coordinate efforts with the Prince of Wales Health Network, and be supported by the Network in program development.




[Rescheduled] AgriSafe Webinar: "The Impact of Health Care Reform on Rural America"

July 27, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT

Topic: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Rural America
Presenter:  Maggie Elehwany, Government Affairs and Policy Vice-President, National Rural Health Association


Participate in the CONNECT Code-A-Thon

August 9-10, 2011
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099

You're invited to join us for the upcoming CONNECT Code-A-Thon taking place in Laurel, MD in August. As a participant, you'll be working with other health IT leaders as you contribute to the CONNECT solution and advance the nation's health IT agenda during this two-day event hosted by the Johns Hopkins University.

As part of the evolution of the CONNECT Code-A-Thons to address Community feedback, this event will begin with a plenary session. This session includes presentations from federal agencies about the latest developments in the needs of the federal community and their partners. It will also discuss the importance of Open Source in the government. The event is limited to 200 participants, and spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a coding event, so participants should be developers ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work! The event will be a hands-on working session where attendees and the CONNECT development team will have the chance to collaborate, share ideas and best practices.


Grant Management: Native Traditions & New Technology

August 16-17, 2011
Billings, MT

Learn how to:
Find New Funding
Write Better Proposals
Manage Federal Awards
Win More Grants

Offered by Center for Rural Outreach & Public Services, Inc. and


3rnet Annual Conference

September 21-23, 2011

The 16th annual 3rnet Conference will be in Austin, TX, September 21-23, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel (at Ladybird Lake). 

Austin, TX is the Live Music Capital of the World and the variety of food choices are out of this world.  From feasting on food from our famous Food Carts to fine dining, we have it all… and in walking distance from the Radisson Hotel.




From NRHA: Multiple developments as debt ceiling deadline approaches

July 20, 2011 (NRHA email) -The so-called “Gang of Six” reunited Tuesday morning and presented their plan for deficit reduction to a group of approximately 50 senators. Reports have stated that the deal, totaling $3.7 trillion over 10 years, would include 26 percent revenue increase and 74 percent spending cuts.

Early information shows a compromise that includes $116 billion in cuts to health care. The released information, however, does not include the specifics of where these cuts would be made. In comparison, the Boehner-Cantor proposal presented at the White House early last week would cut $340 billion in health care programs within the decade.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated that this compromise is not intended to be a solution for the looming debt ceiling issue, but rather a long-term solution to large budget deficits and debt. Reid indicated that sections of the compromise would likely be included in the McConnell-Reid proposal; however, the deal is unlikely to include the entire compromise. The full Gang of Six deficit reduction plan might be taken up at a later time as a blueprint for spending over the next several years, past the crisis of raising the debt ceiling.

The House, meanwhile, voted last night on H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. This bill would cut current spending levels for total government expenditures, cap future expenditures at a set percentage of GDP and mandate a “balanced budget amendment” to the Constitution. The vote was largely along party lines, though nine Republicans voted against the measure and five Democrats voted in favor of the bill. The Senate is unlikely to pass the legislation, and President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it is presented to him.

Because the details of the health care cuts included in the Gang of Six or Reid-McConnell proposals have not been released, it is critical that we keep our message to Capitol Hill strong. Please contact your members of Congress and ask them:

  1. To oppose a debt ceiling proposal that contains devastating cuts to rural health care.
  2. $14 billion in Medicare cuts to rural providers will decimate the delivery of health care in rural America, likely forcing many facilities to close.
  3. Rural hospitals are critical to the 62 million patients they serve and to the rural economy and can mean as much as 20 percent of revenue generated in rural areas.
Contact information for your members of Congress is available on NRHA’s homepage. NRHA will also continue to update our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed as additional information becomes available. If you have questions about this information, contact Maggie Elehwany at or David Lee at

Exchanges: HHS Official Offers Insights On State Deadline, Insurer Roles

July 22, 2011 (Kaiser Health News) - During a news briefing in Washington, D.C., Steve Larsen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the CMS, discussed certain issues related to the establishment of state health exchanges.

Modern Healthcare: Exchange Deadline May Be A Soft One
The Obama administration official overseeing the establishment of state health insurance exchanges left open the possibility Thursday that no states will establish such marketplaces by the 2014 statutory deadline. Steve Larsen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the CMS, described at a news briefing in Washington the various activities that some states have undertaken to establish their own exchanges — a central component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, even the states furthest along in the process have multiple complex steps left to undertake before the deadline (Daly, 7/21).


NIH tips for older adults to combat heat-related illnesses

July 18, 2011 (NIH News Release) - Older people can face risks related to hot weather. As people age, their bodies lose some ability to adapt to heat. They may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat. And their medications could reduce their ability to respond to heat.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known collectively as hyperthermia.

Hyperthermia occurs when the body overheats. Conditions involving hyperthermia have different names, including heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (lightheadedness or fainting in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion.


Oregon centers win a combined $1M in federal funds for telemedicine

July 19, 2011 (Telemedicine and e-Health News Alert) - Two Medford, OR, health centers have received about a half-million dollars each through the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care's School-Based Health Center Capital Program toward a telemedicine service connecting schools in Oregon's Upper Rogue region with local physicians, as well as a mobile health center for area schools. La Clinica del Valle won $456,890 to build an RV-sized medical-dental clinic that will provide free care for uninsured children,, while Community Health Center (CHC) received $494,600 to create live telemedicine communication connecting students in Butte Falls, Prospect, and eventually, Shady Cove and Trail, with physicians and nurses at CHC's White City, OR, clinic and at Eagle Point High School.


American Well™ Online Care Suite wins EHR modular certification

July 19, 2011 (Telemedicine and e-Health News Alert) - American Well™ (Boston, MA) has received electronic health record (EHR) modular certification from the federal government for its Online Care Suite. The designation allows providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act when they deploy the telehealth service. Online Care Suite was tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). Online Care Suite connects patients and healthcare providers for either on-demand or scheduled encounters using two-way video, secure text chat and/or phone.


$10 Million in Affordable Care Act funds to help create workplace health programs

July 20, 2011 (AAFP NEWS NOW) - Meeting the health care needs of the country's rural population is increasingly problematical, but at a recent primary care forum hosted by the AAFP's Robert Graham Center, former AAFP President Ted Epperly, M.D., of Boise, Idaho, along with several other speakers, suggested that instituting programs in medical schools and residencies that cross-train family physicians and general surgeons, in conjunction with critical-access hospitals, could result in an enhanced level of care for rural populations.

Rural areas often lack an adequate supply of primary care physicians and general surgeons, said Epperly during the July 14 forum here. Often family physicians and general surgeons in these areas need to provide coverage for each other and collaborate to ensure rural patients can get the health care they need.


Obama Backs 'Gang Of Six' Plan That Includes Medicare Cuts

July 20, 2011 (Kaiser Health News) - The Senate's "Gang of Six" unveiled its 10-year, $3.7 trillion deficit reduction plan Tuesday and received a warm, bipartisan reception in the upper chamber. Meanwhile, in the House, GOP lawmakers, in a largely symbolic vote, passed their "cut, cap and balance" measure, which the White House has called "unacceptable." These two separate tracks lead media outlets to examine the prospects for compromise when Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs are among the issues very much at the heart of the debate.




Cooperative Development Foundation Funding Available

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds from its MSC Fund.  The focus of this Fund is to support cooperative development initiatives that will meet the needs of senior citizens in rural communities.  In 2011, proposals will only be accepted for innovative work in two specific areas:  cooperative home care and senior cooperative housing, both in rural settings.  The deadline for submitting proposals is August 1st, 2011.  It’s recommended that any NCHN member who is interested should look first visit the Senior Resource Center on the CDF website to review the body of work in this area that’s available at the CDF website.  Then contact Liz Bailey at CDF ( or 703.302.8093) to talk about what they would propose to do.  Even if they decide not make application to the MSC Fund, that conversation could help CDF identify any NCHN members who might want to be part of CDF’s companion piece of feasibility work on the multi-stakeholder home care cooperative. 

» For more information on the MSC Fund, grant guidelines and the application form, visit the CDF website

Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

Thanks to Beverly Santicola, Director, CROPS Health Network Center, for sharing this opportunity

Deadline: August 9, 2011
CFDA# 94.022

This Notice of Federal Funds Availability (Notice) announces the availability of funding for the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program (NCBP), authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009.

The NCBP is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation), whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, the Corporation builds the capacity of America’s nonprofit sector by expanding the reach and impact of volunteers to address pressing social problems.

While the Serve America Act expands opportunities for Americans to serve through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, it also broadens the Corporation’s role around catalyzing social innovation and support for the nonprofit sector beyond these traditional grant programs.

By creating the NCBP, Congress has recognized that many small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations are significantly challenged in their ability to sustain and expand services and that organizational development assistance may be necessary to ensure the continuation of much-needed services in local communities.

Through grants awarded in this competition we aim to build the capacity of small and midsize nonprofits to develop and implement performance management systems. Research suggests that an established framework of performance management is the pre-requisite and predictor of success on other aspects of nonprofit health such as financial planning and sustainability.

Grantees will provide recipients with organizational development assistance to establish procedures for measuring progress and improving performance towards intended outcomes leading to community impact.




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