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February 4, 2014

NCHN Reminders

2014 Conference Location
The 2014 NCHN Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri, from June 18 - 20, 2014. For those of you anxious to make your reservations this, we should have the reservation link for the NCHN rate (an excellent rate) this week. Keep an eye on your inboxes.


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: "We"
Not THEY. Listen...which word do your employees use when speaking about your organization? “ We are offering a new service here at our hospital” has a whole different tone than “Sounds like they are going to start a new service at the hospital.” The former has a ring of pride, the latter, mild curiosity.

"We" says:


MellieMeet New Member Greater Delta Alliance for Health's Mellie Bogani-Bridewell, M.S.

Mellie Boagni-Bridewell, MS is currently Executive Director of the Greater Delta Alliance for Health.  Mellie is contracted to the Greater Delta Alliance for Health as the Executive Director through UAMS Center for Healthcare Enhancement & Development.  Mellie has thirteen years of experience in community and organizational networking, program development, grant writing, and program implementation.  Mellie has been a critical component in the development of the GDAH and is committed to implementing the organization’s goals and objectives.  Her position involves providing general direction and accountability for all programs and projects of the Greater Delta Alliance for Health.   Mellie also assists all member hospitals with individual grant applications for equipment needs and outreach projects as well as assists GDAH member hospitals with their community health needs assessments and implementation.

Ms. Bridewell has served as the Director of UAMS Delta AHEC South prior to taking the position full-time with the Greater Delta Alliance for Health and has an extensive background of working with community health networks and organizations.   Mellie’s educational background includes a BA in English Literature from Spring Hill College and a Masters of Science from University of South Alabama.  Mellie has served on many local organizations and in many leadership roles.  She has served as a state commissioner on the Arkansas Rural Development Commission and served as Chairman in 2010.

The Greater Delta Alliance for Health (GDAH), Inc. is a non-profit, horizontal hospital organization comprised of eight, independently owned, Southeast Arkansas rural hospitals. 


Monthly Wellness Column: Looking Up or Looking Down?

It’s February 4th which means, among other things, that January is already history.  Did you know that January is named after Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions?  He’s usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. 

So on January first we all made like Janus by saying goodbye to 2013 and looking to a new year of fresh beginnings and positive transitions.  (The comedian George Burns said, “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”) 

A month ago we talked about giving ourselves the gift of a good start by deciding what’s important and setting goals that are consistent with what we value.  By behaving with intention, we become mindful of our moment-by-moment opportunities to engage in behaviors that will enable us to reach those goals.


Jay Seifert
Jay Seifert is co-founder of LoneStart Wellness. He is a monthly wellness guest columnist for the NCHN e-News and blog.

NCHN Calendar

Board of Directors Call
February 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

2014 Conference Planning Committee Call
February 11, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force Call
February 19, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

Program Development Committee Call
February 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
February 28, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

20th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 18-20, 2014 - St. Louis, MO




Have you met NCHN's newest members? If not, you can check them out below:

Network Member News

RWHC: Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective – February 2014

Partner News

NOSORH: The Branch (February 2014)

NRHA: The NRHA Policy Institute is underway


Funding Announcements

Rural Health IT Workforce Loan Fund
The Delta Regional Authority provides interest free loans to small healthcare provider offices throughout the Delta region to be used to install and adopt an electronic health records (EHR) system.


National Headlines

New CMS Initiative to Improve Health Outcomes in Sparsely Populated Areas » READ
Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing » READ
Flex Monitoring Team Launches New Website, Communications Services » READ
Support for Rural Training Programs Key to Continued Health Care Access for Many Americans » READ
Rural health centers utilize tax credit program to expand primary care services » READ
House passes five-year farm bill » READ
AHA's Advocate for Rural Health Names Top Concerns » READ
Medicare’s delivery system reform initiatives achieve significant savings and quality improvements - off to a strong start » READ
On the Redwood Coast: A Collaborative Approach to Health Blossoms » READ
American Heart Month » READ

ACA News

Small rural hospitals face big changes under the Affordable Care Act » READ
Nine rural communities in Indiana, Michigan and California collaborate to create the National Rural Accountable Care Organization » READ
Life after Jan. 1: Kentucky clinic offers early glimpse at realities of health-care law » READ

HIT News

Telemedicine Emerging as Rural ICU Solution » READ
Physician EHR adoption leaps 21% in 2013 » READ
HIT: DeSalvo stays the course to better care » READ
'Soft' ROI holds sway in health IT » READ
More than half of ACOs show savings » READ


Upcoming Events

Rural Health Policy Institute
February 4-6, 2014 | Washington, DC
Scholarships Available

ORHP: ACA and You - Office Hours
Wednesdays | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Quality – When you are not the Quality Manager
February 7 & 14 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

AgriSafe Network - Chemical Safety
February 12, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Impact of Telemedicine Consultations on Medication Errors Among Seriously Ill Children in Rural Emergency Departments
February 12, 2014 | 2:30 - 3:30 PM CT
(American Telemedicine Association)

Opportunity for State Health Workforce Data Collection
February 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
(Center for Health Workforce Studies)

The Diabetes Centers of Excellence Conference
February 26-28, 2014 | Boston, MA

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