August 7, 2008

SCMH Earns $180,000 Rural Health Network Grant

Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Putnam County Memorial Hospital, and Samaritan Hospitals, in partnership with the University of Missouri Health Management and Informatics Group, has received notice of grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the amount of $180,000 per year for three years.

The funding will be used for these hospitals to formalize a rural health network called the Samaritan Scotland Putnam Rural Health Network (SSPRHN).

The grant will help lay the framework for the continued future partnership between the local hospitals to help improve rural health care across the region.

The SSPRHN’s current board members are Marcia R. Dial, CEO of Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Ray Magers, CEO of Putnam County Memorial Hospital and Bernard A. Orman, Jr., CEO of Samaritan Hospital. The network seeks to identify and address health interests of the rural hospitals specifically identifying areas for internal and external collaboration.

U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulsof provided a letter of support with the original grant application. In response to the successful grant award, the Congressman provided the following statement “This rural health network will not only identify and address health care needs, but it will shape a framework for future partnerships and collaboration to build a strong network for support for our rural constituents. I applaud this partnership and the opportunities it will present for all of Northeast Missouri. I hope it serves as a model for other rural health networks to mirror in the future.”

Samaritan Hospital will serve as the fiscal intermediary for the grant and Bernard A. Orman, Jr., Samaritan Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, will serve as the Project Director.

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