The Delta Regional Authority announced that six additional rural hospitals will participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program (DRCHSD), which helps improve healthcare services in the Delta region through intensive technical assistance to providers in select rural communities, including critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals, rural health clinics and other healthcare organizations.
“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,” DRA Chairman Chris Caldwell said.
In 2017, DRA partnered with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the program. The technical assistance, provided by subject matter experts at the National Rural Health Resource Center, focuses on improving financial operations, enhancing coordination of care, implementing innovate service delivery techniques such as telehealth, identifying workforce recruitment and retention resources, and more.
In Arkansas, South Mississippi County Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Osceola will participate.
“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,” U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, said.