Rural Hospitals Selected to Participate in the Delta Community Health Systems Development Program

August 15, 2019

CLARKSDALE, MS - The Delta Regional Authority is pleased to announce that four 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 top of mind 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.

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.  

Four new additions:

Franklin Hospital District | Benton, Illinois
Franklin Hospital is a 16-bed, critical access hospital located in Franklin County, Illinois. 

Pinckneyville Community Hospital (PCH) | Pinckneyville, Illinois
Pickneyville Community Hospital is a 17-bed, critical access hospital located in Perry County, Illinois. 

Savoy Medical Center (SMC) | Mamou, Louisiana
Savoy Medical Center is a 60-bed, small rural hospital located in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. 

Madison Medical Center (MMC) | Fredericktown, Missouri 
Madison Medical Center is a 25-bed, critical access hospital, located in Madison County, Missouri. 

“Through inclusion in this federal grant program, Franklin Hospital and Pinckneyville Community Hospital will be able to provide improved care to Illinoisans,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) said. “Rural hospitals are lifelines in the communities they serve and I’m working to ensure the federal government supports their operations any way it can.”

“Every Illinoisan, no matter their zip code, deserves the same access to quality health services,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). “This announcement will help Franklin Hospital and Pinckneyville Community Hospital bolster their health care systems by increasing telemedicine capabilities, improving workforce recruitment and retention, expanding access to and availability of Emergency Medical Services and much more. I will continue working to ensure that the children, families and seniors across Illinois who rely on rural hospitals have access to quality and affordable care.”

“I’ve long supported the Delta Regional Authority and its commitment to deliver health care solutions to Southern Illinois.” said Rep. Mike Bost (R-Illinois, 12th District). “The technical assistance provided by the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program will allow both the Franklin Hospital District and Pinckneyville Community Hospital to make improvements so that they can best serve the healthcare needs of our communities.”

“About one in five rural hospitals are at risk of closing, leaving patients without access to convenient care,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri). “We started the DRCHSD program in the appropriations subcommittee I chair to give rural hospitals in Southeast Missouri the support they need to continue serving people close to home. I appreciate the work DRA and HHS have done, and continue to do, to help rural hospitals strengthen their footing. This program will continue to be a priority as our subcommittee gets to work on next year’s funding bill.”

“In a time where many rural hospitals are facing closure, the Delta Regional Authority should be commended for its investment in Madison Medical Center and the community it serves,” Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) said. “The technical assistance provided by this program will result in better care and increased access to emergency and telemedicine services.”

“Congress created the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help identify and provide critical investments to the communities of the Mississippi Delta Region, said Rep. Jason Smith (R-Missouri, 8th District). “I am happy to see them invest in this facility that will help folks in the Fredericktown area receive the quality of care they need and deserve. I look forward to continuing to work with the DRA to help them recognize and support important investments that improve the quality of life for hardworking Missourians.”


About Delta Regional Authority

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Led by the Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.

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