Michelle Rathman Leads CAH Administrators Forum
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ARKANSAS OFFICE OF RURAL HEALTH & PRIMARY CARE HOSTS LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS
Michelle Rathman Kicks Off CAH Leader Meeting March 8
LITTLE ROCK -- February 15, 2016 -- The Arkansas Department of Health Office of Rural Health & Primary Care will host a one-day Critical Access Hospital Administrators Meeting on Tuesday, March 8. The informational session will feature keynote speaker Michelle Rathman, president and CEO of Impact! Communications, Inc., a leading rural healthcare strategy firm specializing in communications, culture transformation and community engagement. Her talk, “Building Community Stakeholder Groups,” is ideally suited for Critical Access Hospital administrators and leadership teams.
Rathman has facilitated thousands of hours of group sessions over the past 26 years, produced a short documentary on the critical role that CAHs play in our nation’s rural communities, and has been a featured speaker at numerous national and regional healthcare forums. She has worked with CAHs in 17 states as well as a number of State Offices of Rural Health.
The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care promotes the development of community-based health care services and systems throughout Arkansas to ensure that well managed, quality health services are available to all citizens. Efforts are directed in several areas such as community-based needs assessment, technical assistance for the development of primary care sites, recruitment and retention of primary care manpower and health professional shortage area
(HPSA)/medically underserved area (MUA) designations.
- Providing consultation and technical assistance to rural communities for the purpose of developing viable health care services in their communities.
- Administering state grant programs designed to assist rural communities in maintaining local health care.
- Operating a health professional clearinghouse to assist rural and underserved areas to recruit and retain health professionals.
- Providing technical assistance and training opportunities to rural hospitals that have converted to Critical Access Hospital status.
- Coordinating federal, state and other efforts focusing on access to health care.
The meeting will take place at the Arkansas Hospital Association, 419 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock. For more information, or to register, contact Flex Coordinator, Melissa Turner, MBA, RHIA at 501 661-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.