One rural Arkansas hospital has been selected to participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program (DRCHSD).
South Mississippi County Medical Center in Osceola has been chosen to participate in the program, along with five other rural hospitals in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. This program, overseen through the Delta Regional Authority, is designed to provide technical assistance to healthcare providers in rural communities in order to improve health services.
Technical assistance includes “improving financial operations, enhancing coordination of care, implementing innovate service delivery techniques such as telehealth, identifying workforce recruitment and retention resources, and more,” according to a DRA news release.
“Healthcare is a top concern for so many folks across the Delta Region. Through this important program, specifically with the partnership for these new hospitals, we’ll be able to improve access and overall healthcare services in our rural communities,” said DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell.
Established in 2017, DRCHSD is a partnership between the DRA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Arkansas lawmakers, including Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford, praised the decision to include the Osceola hospital in the program.
“This partnership will expand critical health resources and provide South Mississippi County Medical Center with additional assistance to meet the needs of patients. Breaking the barriers that impede health care delivery in rural areas will lead to long-term improvements to the health and wellbeing of the region’s citizens,” said U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR).
“For rural Americans, access to quality, affordable healthcare is the most critical component to overall wellness. The expansion of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development program is a step in the right direction towards improving wellness across the Delta,” said Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR).
The other hospitals include:Marshall Browning Hospital (Du Quoin, IL), Sparta Community Hospital (Sparta, IL), Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services, Inc (Salem, KY),Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (Ste. Genevieve, MO), and Henry County Medical Center (Paris, TN).