Posted: March 16th, 2018
NRMC SELECTED AS 1 OF 8 FOR Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program
On behalf of the Health Resources Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), and Delta Regional Authority (DRA), The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) is excited to announce Natchitoches Regional Medical Center has been selected to participate in the Delta Regional Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program. Through the DRCHSD Program, the DRA and FORHP have partnered to support eight rural communities with an opportunity to receive intensive technical assistance (TA).
The technical assistance consists of various assessments, onsite consultations, workshops and educational trainings, which will be provided through a multi-year phased-in approach. The program is designed to increase the efficiency of the local health care delivery system practices by focusing on care coordination, social services integration, emergency medical services access, and workforce recruitment and retention with the goal to:
- Improve financial position and increase operational efficiencies
- Implement quality improvements that support an evidenced-based culture for improved health outcomes
- Address workforce recruitment and retention needs
- Increase use of telemedicine to fill service gaps and access to care
- Ensure access to and availability of Emergency Medical Services
- Integrate social services to address socio-economic challenges
- Enhance coordination of care and develop a community care coordination plan
- Strengthen the local health care delivery system to position for population health
With the support of the DRA and FORHP, The Center is proud to recognize Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for this outstanding accomplishment! The Center looks forward to working with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and its community of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
“NRMC is honored to be selected, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in this innovative program,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of NRMC. “The challenges for rural communities and rural health care providers are complex, and by working together within the community, we hope to further address and increase the efficiency of our processes and daily operations and help lead our community in addressing key health issues.
To learn more about the DRA and FORHP collaboration to support rural communities through the DRCHSD Program, visit the Delta Regional Authority website.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U65RH31261, Delta Region Health Systems Development, $2,000,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.