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NCHN Celebrates National Rural Health Day
November 15, 2012 - Celebrating the Power of Rural!
Dear NCHN Members and Friends,

Today is National Rural Health Day, a day to celebrate the power of rural. At NCHN, we are proud of the work that we do to support health networks, but most of all, we are proud of you - our members, partners, and friends - who work every day to address the needs of rural communities. In celebration of your work, we want to share a few of the success stories submitted by our network members and posted recently on the Rural Assistance Center website. They illustrate the power of partnerships and their innovative programs exemplify the strength of these partnerships in making a positive, tangible impact on the delivery of rural healthcare.

Montana Health Network: Telemedicine
A regional, coordinated network of not-for-profit health care providers designed to address rural health workforce disparities via telemedicine and student loan reimbursement programs.

Western Healthcare Alliance: Laboratory Services Network
The Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA) Laboratory Services Network (LSN) provides education, operations improvement consulting, best practices, and group contracting with discounted services for hospital laboratory directors.

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative: Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education
Promotes the development of Rural Training Tracks in Wisconsin to address the shortage of family physicians in rural counties.

The Hospital Cooperative: Benchmarking Inititative
Collects facility data from members and generates reports for benchmarking purposes.

The Hospital Cooperative: Mobile MRI
Provides mobile MRI services to Critical Access Hospitals.

Southwest Idaho Community Health Network (SWICHN): Education for Boards
Provides educational opportunities for members of hospital boards, rural board members in particular, via an annual statewide conference.


In closing, we thank all of you - our members, partners, and friends - for your work in rural healthcare. Today we hope that you will join us in celebrating your mission and the significant impact that you have on rural healthcare.

Yours in Celebration,
NCHN Staff and Board of Directors

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