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Michigan Center for Rural Health Michigan State University

 

ABOUT US / CONTACT


STAFF

John E Barnas Executive Director (517) 432-9216
Crystal Barter Health Systems Development Coordinator (517) 432-0006
Jamie Cloyd Administrative Assistant (517) 355-7979
Angie Emge Hospital Program Administrator (517) 355-7757
Garrett Kohler Administrative Assistant (517) 355-7979
Victoria Lantzy Education Program Manager (517) 355-8250
Steve Shotwell Recruitment and Retention Services  (517) 355-7758






















The MCRH is organized on a directorship basis. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from each of the following organizations:
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Michigan Osteopathic Association
  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Michigan Health and Hospital Association
  • Michigan Primary Care Association
  • Michigan Association for Local Public Health
  • The Office of the Governor
  • The Michigan Department of Community Health.
  • State Division of EMS
  • The Michigan State Senate
  • The Michigan State House of Representatives
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (ex officio)
To view the 2007 Strategic Direction Plan, click here.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

State Office of Rural Health

The MCRH, under annual contract to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health (SORH), as designated by the Office of Rural Health Policy within the US Health Resources and Services Administration, a Health and Human Service agency. This activity is supported by a state/federal cooperative agreement. As the SORH, the Center coordinates resources and activities statewide on the development of a comprehensive approach to rural health care delivery, collects and disseminates information concerning rural health issues, provides technical and other assistance and support for the development of services in rural Michigan, promotes recruitment and retention of health professionals, acts as an advocate between state and federal agencies and rural communities, and strengthens state/local/federal partnerships.

Michigan Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

The MCRH, under an annual contract with the MDCH, coordinates the development and implementation of Michigan’s Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Critical Access Hospital “CAH”).

Michigan now has thirty-four CAHs, all 25 beds or smaller, all in rural communities, all networked with a tertiary care facility, and all providing 24 hour access to emergency care. Each rural community served by a CAH has been the recipient of hospital focused community health grants for network development; medical staffneeds assessment, comprehensive recruitment and retention services,quality improvement programming, and EMS coordination. Additionally, the Michigan Flex Program supports the Michigan CAH Quality Network (MICAH). MICAH meets quarterly, collects and reviews health indicators, and posts best practices. Through MICAHs efforts Michigan CAHs have lowered the time to treat community-acquired pneumonia below the national and State average.

The Michigan Flex program is supported by a MDCH state/federal cooperative agreement averaging $500K per year over the past five years.

Office of Public Health Preparedness

The continued development and implementation of plans to assist certified RHCs in the improvement of the communication capacity through the Michigan Health Alert Network system.

Recruitment and Retention Services

The MCRH provides a comprehensive Recruitment and Retention Program managed by the Recruitment Coordinator. This program includes assisting in the training of an on-site recruitment coordinator, opportunity assessment, development of site-specific marketing, sourcing of candidates, representing rural Michigan facilities at physician conferences, screening of potential candidates, conducting telephone interviews to develop candidate profiles, providing appropriate candidate profiles to sites, assisting and preparing Area Health Education Consortium clinical sites, promoting collaboration between allied health training institutions and rural facilities, and pre-qualifying sites for state and federal loan repayment, NHSC Scholar Program and HPSA status.

Small Hospital Improvement Program

As the SORH, the Center has been contracted by HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy through MDCH to administer the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). This project provides grant-funding support for rural hospitals under 50 beds to assist with HIPAA compliance, implementation of the prospective payment system, or quality of care/patient safety issues. Each of Michigan’s 30 qualifying hospitals received a $10,000 grant in 2002 to assist in implementing one of these three objectives; and received another $9,700 in 2003.

Click here to see the 2011 Activities Report

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES MCRH IS A MEMBER

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) Board Member
NOSORH Policy Committee
NOSORH/National Association of State EMS Directors Task Force
Office of Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee
National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network Board Member
Michigan Recruitment and Retention Network
Michigan Arthritis Collaborative Partnership
Michigan Stroke Initiative Collaborative
Technical Assistance and Services Center
Michigan Oral Health Coalition

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