DRA Welcomes 11 Healthcare Facilities to Technical Assistance Program

February 09, 2022

Cohort 2021 includes rural health care facilities from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.

CLARKSDALE, MS - Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced 11 additional healthcare facilities chosen to participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program (DRCHSD), which enhances healthcare delivery in the Delta and Alabama Black Belt regions through intensive, in-depth and long-term technical assistance to rural hospitals and medical facilities.

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 DRCHSD program. The technical assistance, provided by subject matter experts at the National Rural Health Resource Center, supports capacity building for quality improvement, telehealth, and integration of social services to help healthcare facilities increase financial viability and operational efficiency.

“Over the past two years, we have seen that access to quality healthcare in rural areas is more critical than ever.  The Delta Region Community Health System Development program strengthens the region’s rural healthcare systems through the implementation of best practices to address the delivery of healthcare needs for an improved overall patient experience,” said DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman Leslie Durham. “DRA is thankful for our partners at HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the National Rural Health Resource Center who support and prioritize rural healthcare access throughout our region.”

“During a time when our rural communities need support the most, we’re pleased to welcome the largest cohort the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program has seen since its inception in 2017,” said Tom Morris, HRSA’s Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy. “These facilities will get intensive technical assistance and support to address challenges so they can continue to be a key health care resource to their local rural communities.”

The following 11 healthcare facilities were selected for the DRCHSD Cohort 2021.

Alabama:

Hill Hospital of Sumter County | York, Alabama

Hill Hospital of Sumter County is a 33-bed, small rural hospital serving the residents of Sumter County and the surrounding areas.

Arkansas:

Dallas County Medical Center | Fordyce, Arkansas

Dallas County Medical Center is a 25-bed, critical access hospital serving the residents of Dallas County and the surrounding areas.

T.W. Wagner, INC | Manila, Arkansas

T.W. Wagner, INC is a rural health center serving the residents of Manila, Arkansas.

Louisiana:

Allen Parish Community Healthcare Hospital | Kinder, Louisiana

Allen Parish Community Healthcare Hospital is a 49-bed, small rural hospital serving the residents of Allen Parish and the surrounding areas.

Franklin Medical Center | Winnsboro, Louisiana

Franklin Medical Center is a 37-bed, small rural hospital serving the residents of Franklin Parish and the surrounding areas.

LaSalle General Hospital | Jena, Louisiana

LaSalle General Hospital is a 46-bed, small rural hospital serving the residents of LaSalle Parish and the surrounding areas.

St. James Parish Hospital | Lutcher, Louisiana

St. James Parish Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital serving the residents of St. James Parish and the surrounding areas.

Springhill Medical Center | Springhill, Louisiana

Springhill Medical Center is a 58-bed, small rural hospital serving the residents of Webster Parish and the surrounding areas.

West Feliciana Parish Hospital | St. Francisville, Louisiana

West Feliciana Parish Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital serving the residents of West Feliciana Parish and the surrounding areas.

Missouri:

Cape Family Medical Clinic | Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Cape Family Medical Clinic is a rural health clinic serving the residents of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Salem Memorial District Hospital | Salem, Missouri

Salem Memorial District Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital serving the residents of Dent County and the surrounding areas.

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About the Delta Regional Authority

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov